Pokemon Sword and Shield supported controllers

An overview of the controllers you can use to play Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Following the likes of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee, which had limited controller support, gamers have been asking about the controllers they can use to play Pokemon Sword and Shield. Can you use a Pro Controller? What about the Poke Ball Plus? The answer is that it’s a little bit of everything!

Pokemon Sword and Shield supported controllers

Pokemon Sword and Shield supported controllers
All controller types are supported in Pokemon Sword and Shield including the Pro Controller, Poke Ball Plus, and off-brand USB and bluetooth controllers.
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Can you use a Pro Controller to play Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Yes! A wealth of options are available to you when it comes to using a controller to play Pokemon Sword and Shield. Unlike games like Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee, you will be able to use a Pro Controller to play Sword and Shield.

Can you use the Poke Ball Plus with Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Can you use the Poke Ball Plus with Pokemon Sword and Shield
The Poke Ball Plus is also supported and can be used to play Pokemon Sword and Shield.
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Yes! You can also use the Poke Ball Plus controller introduced alongside Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee. In fact, Sword and Shield include an option that makes playing with the Poke Ball Plus a bit more intuitive.

To find it, press X to open your menu, choose Options, then look for the “Casual Controls” setting. Toggle this from Off to On, then save your new settings. With “Casual Controls” set to On, you’ll have an easier time playing Pokemon Sword and Shield with the Poke Ball Plus.

If you plan to use the Poke Ball Plus to play Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to toggle Casual Controls to On in your Options menu.
If you plan to use the Poke Ball Plus to play Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to toggle Casual Controls to On in your Options menu.
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Can you use off-brand controllers to play Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Yes! To add to the good news, you can also use off-brand wired USB Switch controllers and bluetooth controllers, you’re not limited to a Pro Controller or Poke Ball Plus. And, as expected, you can always use your Joy-Con Controllers to play Pokemon Sword and Shield (attached in handheld, or detached).

In a nutshell, you can use just about any Switch-compatible controller you own to play Pokemon Sword and Shield. If you’re playing with the Poke Ball Plus, keep in mind that you may want to take a few moments to toggle the “Casual Controls” setting to On in Sword and Shield to improve the experience.

Other than that, have fun and enjoy your time in Pokemon Sword and Shield! 

Now that you know all of the controllers that Pokemon Sword and Shield supports, we have a few other guides for you to check out including whether you can visit other regions in Pokemon Sword and Shield, what the Max Level Cap is in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and how to skip cutscenes in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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