The Isle of Armor DLC is here, and you don’t need to have finished the campaign in order to get to it. Here are the simple steps you’ll need to play The Isle of Armor, the first Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC.
First, you’ll need to have reached the Wild Area in your playthrough.
If you’ve already done that and have the DLC downloaded, you should get this message upon opening Pokemon Sword or Shield:
“You have an Armor Pass!
If you didn’t get that message, you can double check your Key Items to make sure you have an Armor Pass. You’ll need this to get to the Isle of Armor. If you don’t, make sure your game is up to date and double check that the DLC downloaded. You’ll need to restart Pokemon after downloading the DLC.
Enter Wedgehurst station. You’ll come across your new rival. If you’re playing Pokemon Sword, you’ll see Klara. If you’re playing Pokemon Shield, you’ll see Avery. Approach your rival and the station attendant and you’ll meet a Slowpoke if you haven’t seen this scene already.
Meeting the new rival and the Galarian Slowpoke doesn’t require you to have the DLC, but you’ll need to catch the Slowpoke either way so it can stop blocking the ticket gate. The Slowpoke is only a level 12, so you can catch it quickly if you’ve got high level Pokemon and a Quick Ball.
With the cutscene done, you should be able to approach the station attendant and he’ll recognize your Armor Pass. You can now choose to visit the Isle of Armor and start your next adventure!