New Sword & Shield Trailer Released!

A brand new trailer for Pokémon Sword & Shield has just been release on the Pokémon YouTube Channel. The trailer features a look at some new Pokémon and characters as well as a look at the official reveal of Gigantamaxing!

What’s New?


  • Alcreme is a new Fairy-type Pokémon with the ability Sweet Veil
  • Rolycoly is a new Rock-type Pokémon with Steam Engine/Heaproof for its abilities
  • Duraludon is a Steel/Dragon-type with the Light Metal/Heavy Metal abilities
  • Yamper has been officially announced!


  • Yamper gets the ability Ball Fetch
  • Steam Engine is a new ability that boosts the Speed of a Pokémon drastically if it is hit by a Fire-type or Water-type move


  • Chairman Rose is the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League and the president of a large business conglomerate. He has made the Galar League famous by implements Dynamax
  • Oleana is the secretary of Chairman Rose, and also the Vice President of his company
  • Bea is the Fighting-type Gym Leader
  • Allister is the Ghost-type Leader

Version Exclusives

  • The games have version exclusives that expand outside of Pokémon:
    • Bea is the Fighting-type leader only available in Sword
    • Allister is a Ghost-type leader only in Shield
    • Deino and Jangmo-o can only be found in Sword, while Larvitar and Goomy are only found in Shield


  • Gigantamax changes the size and appearance of Pokémon, whilst also boosting their power
  • Gigantmax Pokémon also have the ability to use a unique move known as a G-Max Move – each is specific to certain species of Gigantamax Pokémon
  • Alcreme has a Gigantamax form that makes it appear as a much larger cake
    • Fairy-type moves will become G-Max Finale when used by the Pokémon – a move that heals all Pokémon on Alcreme’s side, while damaging the opponent
  • Drednaw’s Gigantamax form makes its shell much bulkier and stand on its hind legs
    • When Gigantamax Drednaw uses a Water-type move, it becomes G-Max Stonesurge. This move not only damages the opposing Pokémon but sets up sharp rocks around it, like Stealth Rocks
  • Corviknight also receives a Gigantamax form and the armour on its wings has no separated and become blade birds
    • Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will become G-Max Wind Rage – a move that removes any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen etc


  • The Galar League Championship is held once a year: the Champion Cup
  • Players wear special uniforms during their Gym Challenge battles and can pick three numbers to represent them on their uniform
  • Players who order the Dual Pack SteelBook Edition will receive special Dynamax Crystals that allow them to encounter Dynamax Larvitar and Jangmo-o in either version, early in the Wild Area during a Max Raid Battle