Chill Out to This 24-Hour Pokemon Sword and Shield Forest "Livestream"

Chill Out to This 24-Hour Pokemon Sword and Shield Forest "Livestream"

Maybe you'll see a new Pokemon, maybe you won't.

The Pokemon Company is currently hosting a 24-hour "livestream" set in Glimwood Tangle, a Galarian forest, that may reveal a new Pokemon or two from Sword and Shield. The catch? It's meant to be like a real nature stream, so nothing's really happening most of the time.

Last week, the 24-hour event was announced on the official Pokemon Twitter account. In-fiction, the stream was set up by Sonia, the granddaughter and assistant of Sword and Shield's Professor Magnolia. The stream doesn't feature in-game footage, but since Glimwood Tangle is in the Galar region it seems likely that'll we'll be able to visit the forest in Sword and Shield.

Viewers are supposed to "pitch in" by reporting their Pokemon sightings, which have been few and far between on the stream so far. Early on, a Pikachu ran through the clearing, and viewers spotted a group of Morelull shortly afterwards.

For what it's worth, in the last 20 minutes I've had the stream up, I've not seen or heard any Pokemon. It's a little weird to have a stream up in the hopes of maybe seeing a Pokemon (either brand-new or returning for Galar's limited Pokedex), but it captures the monotony of a real-life nature stream pretty well. Plus, it doesn't hurt that there's some soft, tinkling music floating through the trees of Glimwood Tangle.

This is definitely an interesting swerve from the previous Sword and Shield Pokemon reveal, where fans tried to decipher a glitched-out Pokedex entry that turned out to be teasing the introduction of Sirfetch'd. There's no mystery to solve in Glimwood Tangle—all you've got to do is sit, wait, and hope you're watching at the right time.

Keep up to date with all things Pokemon Sword and Shield in our need-to-know guide. Sword and Shield launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 15.

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