Pokémon Sword/Shield videos
Sword & Shield were announced in a Pokémon Direct on
Pokémon Day - 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
Date: 20th August, 2019 • Length: 2:14
Camping, Alcremie flavors, new Pokémon
Date: 4th September, 2019 • Length: 3:22
Next, the camping feature is shown. Various games can be played with Pokémon and you can visit other players' camps. Alcremie is seen in the camp and it's revealed to have multiple
flavors. Curry can also be cooked in the camps.
Finally, we see various clothing customizations and
League Cards are shown.
Date: 18th September, 2019 • Length: 0:36
A short teaser following that reveals a new Galarian evolution: Sirfetch'd, which is exclusive to Pokémon Sword.
Galarian Ponyta reveal
Date: 9th October, 2019 • Length: 0:25
G I G A N T A M A X
Date: 16th October, 2019 • Length: 2:31
Date: 24th October, 2019 • Length: 0:30
A short advert that features a huge swarm of Pokémon. It starts with a retro pixelated Pikachu in a realistic setting and progresses through Nintendo's handheld consoles, showing Pokémon as they were in that generation up to the 3D models of X/Y and Sun/Moon. All the different sprites converge on a large mountain and are transformed into their high-resolution 3D versions for the Nintendo Switch.