There’s a new Pokémon coming this month; an actual 8th gen game with new critters to collect. It’s the first “true” Pokémon game for the Switch too, so it has people incredibly excited to “catch em all.” Unfortunately, despite that being the series trademark catchphrase, it seems players won’t be able to catch em all. Of course, we already knew this. In a recent interview with Polygon, Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda said that Pokémon would be cut as the team had to balance gameplay with the right number of creatures.
“We need to be able to prioritize new gameplay ideas,” Masuda said. “We need to be able to find a way to balance the right number of Pokémon and also still introduce new ways for players to enjoy the game, new gameplay ideas to keep the series fresh and enjoyable far into the future.”
[Spoiler warning – beyond here might be spoilers for Sword and Shield]
According to recent leaks (as seen on ResetERA), we now know the extent of the culling, and of the over 820 Pokémon established in the universe, only about 400 of them show up in the new games. That number includes the 81 or so new Pokémon introduced in Sword and Shield, along with roughly 3 Galarian forms. That means it’s incredibly likely that one or two of your favourites won’t be available. Here’s a collated look at the new Pokémon joining in Sword and shield.
Here though, is a very handy list of all the current Pokémon. Ones with a green background will appear in Sword and Shield, while those on a white background will be missing from the new game. Are any of your favourites missing?
On the one hand, I get it. There are way, way too many Pokémon at this point, and as with real-life animals, they’re very much a regional thing. On the other, the entire bleeding point of Pokémon is to “Catch ‘em all” and not being able to do that takes away half the fun.
Last Updated: November 5, 2019