Pokémon Sword/Shield videos
Sword & Shield were announced in a Pokémon Direct on <q>Pokémon Day</q> - February 27th 2019. Further videos detailing new features will be posted in the run up to the games' release. This page lists them all, in order from oldest first. Click each thumbnail to watch the video.
Date: 27th February, 2019 • Length: 2:13
Our first view of Sword & Shield features picturesque hills, with the protagonist living in a countryside cottage. Various areas are shown including a lake, misty forest, a red-brick industrial town. Pokémon encounters are shown to have returned to the classic format, appearing randomly in grass rather than the overworld. Old Pokémon like Pikachu and Minccino appear.
After a few more battle scenes more areas are seen: a snowy town, an underground mine with a railroad, a Pokémon version of the Cerne Abbas Giant chalk hill figure. The trainer then walks out into a large stadium, which could be a gym.
A pre-animated scene (not actual game footage) follows which shows off the three starter Pokémon. Scorbunny runs up a large cog, then leaves fiery footprints in the grass. Sobble puts out the fire and camouflages itself in a fountain, but is easily startled. Grookey taps its stick on a rock then climbs to the top of a building.
Date: 5th June, 2019 • Length: 16:41
Nintendo Treehouse Live
Date: 11th June, 2019 • Length: 31:33
Gigantamaxing Changes the Game
Date: 8th July, 2019 • Length: 2:02
The Gigantamax phenomenon is shown, with Pokémon such as Alcremie and Drednaw changing their look entirely and learning exclusive moves.
Galarian forms and new rivals
Date: 7th August, 2019 • Length: 2:00
New battle mechanics
Date: 16th August, 2019 • Length: 2:26