Pokémon: Junichi Masuda addresses Sword and Shield’s missing National Dex

Junichi Masuda Sword and Shield National Dex

Pokémon Sword and Shield are set to make a splash on Nintendo Switch later this year. The twin games will transport players to the Galar Region to meet lots of new Pokémon. Unfortunately, players will also have to say goodbye to some old friends. The new games will not feature a National Dex, so some past favorites won’t be transferrable. This might be the case for all future games. Needless to say, a lot of fans are upset about this news. The complaints are numerous enough that Pokémon producer Junichi Masuda issued a statement today.

Masuda weighs in

Masuda acknowledges that he’s heard the outcry from fans, but it doesn’t sound like Game Freak’s plans are changing. The sheer number of Pokémon in existence is through the roof. Balancing all of them for one game just might not be possible going forward. Instead, Masuda hopes fans look forward to the new things the series has to offer.

Thank you to all of our fans for caring so deeply about Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.

Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokémon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokémon is not available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.

The world of Pokémon continues to evolve. The Galar region offers new Pokémon to encounter, Trainers to battle, and adventures to embark on. We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.

June 28, 2019

Junichi Masuda

Bye, bye National Dex

Sorry, collectors, but it doesn’t sound like this is something that will be changed with a post-launch patch. We still don’t know how many Pokémon will be available in Sword and Shield. It could still be a massive lineup, but it won’t be a complete National Dex. However, if one of your favorites doesn’t make the cut this generation, it could still return in the future. The series, like its lovable creatures, is evolving.


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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.