Pokemon Direct: Everything Available Right Now

You can grab a free demo, Pokemon, and more.


The Pokemon Company revealed a ton of Sword and Shield news during last week's Pokemon Direct, but that wasn't all to come out of the presentation. As has become tradition, a variety of freebies are available right now following the Direct, including a demo for the newly announced Pokemon Mystery Dungeon remake.

To help you catch up on all the offerings, we've rounded up everything that's available after last week's Pokemon Direct below. You can also check out all the biggest news and announcements from the Pokemon Direct in our recap.

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Demo

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX launches for Nintendo Switch on March 6, but in the meantime, you can download a free demo of the game right now from the Switch Eshop. The demo lets you play through an early portion of the story, and any progress you make in it can be carried over to the full game when it releases. The title is also now available to pre-purchase. You can read more in our Pokemon Mystery Dungeon pre-order guide.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Update

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A new update is now live for Pokemon Sword and Shield, which lets you get a small taste of the games' expansion pass content, even if you haven't pre-purchased the pass. After downloading the update, you can head to Wedgehurst station, where you'll run into one of the new characters from the upcoming Isle of Armor expansion. The character you meet will differ depending on which version you're playing: in Sword, you'll see Klara, while in Shield you'll meet Avery.

Free Galarian Slowpoke

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The Sword and Shield update also adds a new Pokemon to the game: Galarian Slowpoke. All players will have a chance to catch this Pokemon, whether or not you've purchased an expansion pass.

Expansion Pass Pre-Order Bonuses

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The expansion pass for Sword and Shield costs $30 USD and is available to pre-purchase now from the Switch Eshop. If you do pick one up, you'll receive a special bonus: a Pikachu uniform and Eevee uniform for your trainer. You'll get a code for the outfits via email after you've purchased the expansion pass, and you can redeem those codes in-game via Mystery Gift to claim the uniforms.

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