Pokémon Sword/Shield videos

Sword &amp; 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.

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Announcement trailer

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.

Pokémon Direct

Date: 5th June, 2019 • Length: 16:41

A new Pokémon Direct showing new Pokémon plus features including the Wild Area, Dynamax, and new characters.

Nintendo Treehouse Live

Date: 11th June, 2019 • Length: 31:33

Extended gameplay at the E3 expo from Nintendo Treehouse. The Wild Area is explored and a Max Raid Battle is featured.

Gigantamaxing Changes the Game

Date: 8th July, 2019 • Length: 2:02

In a Galar stadium some new Pokémon are introduced: Alcremie, Yamper, Rolycoly, Duraludon. Then we meet some new characters Chairman Rose, Oleana and gym leaders Bea and Allister.

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

Galarian forms are introduced: Weezing, Zigzagoon, and Linoone. Galarian Linoone gets a new evolution, Obstagoon. A new form-changing Pokémon Morpeko switches from Full Belly Mode to Hangry Mode each turn. New rivals, Bede and Marnie are shown, plus Marnie's wild fans, Team Yell.

New battle mechanics

Date: 16th August, 2019 • Length: 2:26

New battle strategies for Sowrd & Shield. Galarian Weezing's ability Neutralizing Gas is demonstrated, followed by new items Room Service and Eject Pack. Corviknight has a hidden ability Mirror Armor. Lastly, various Dynamax mechanics are showcased.