Turn Off Exp Share in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Pokemon Sword & Shield Exp Share is a mechanic with which every Pokemon that’s in your Party share the experience points that you gain from Pokemon battles. It’s a standard thing in the franchise. However, turning off Exp Share is a different story. This mechanic would only reward specific Pokemon. I can see why people would want to do this for strategic reasons. Well, if your wondering how to turn off Exp Share in Pokemon Sword & Shield, you’ve come to the right place.

Turn Off Exp Share in Pokemon Sword & Shield
Turn Off Exp Share in Pokemon Sword & Shield

How to Turn Off Pokemon Sword & Shield Exp Share?

The short answer is, you can’t turn of Exp Share in Pokemon Sword & Shield. However, there is a workaround, annoying as it may be. Basically, if you want to level up a single Pokemon only, you’ll have to take out all the other Pokemon from your party. Just like we did, as you can see in the image above. Of course, you can also leave two Pokemon, or three. They’re all gonna share the Exp, though, so it’s up to you to decide.

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As far as we know, that’s the only way to prevent all the Pokemon in your party sharing experience points – leave only one in the party. Yes, it’s incredibly annoying to keep taking Pokemon in and out of the party, but that’s how the cookie crumbles. If you know of some other, less aggravating way to turn off exp sharing in Pokemon Sword and Shield, please, by all means, tell us in the comments. We would absolutely love to know, and I’m sure the broader Gosunoob Pokemon-playing community would, too.

So, that’s all we know about turning off Exp Share in Pokemon Sword & Shield. In case something else is bothering you in the game, I invite you to check out some of our other Pokemon Sword & Shield guides. To name just a few, we’ve got Yamper Location – Boltund Evolution, Applin, Yamask Location & Evolution, and Where to Get a Razor Claw.

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  1. P

    I hate that the exp sharer cannot be turned off.. I have difficulty keeping my team under the level cap where they stop listening to my commands, so I have to rush to the next gym to raise the cap. Cant explore or my entire team literally grows out of my control.

  2. A

    I think the most bothersome part is for those that are competitive. This disregards long term fans that respected the EV/IV training. So now I have to do one Pokemon at a time a constantly make extra trips to do so. Kinda a inconvenience at most. They should still have the menu to turn it off, but default it is always on. It would work well for new and old players alike.

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