Pokémon Sword and Shield will be missing Pokémon, people aren’t happy

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During yesterday’s official Nintendo Treehouse stream of Pokémon Sword and Shield, the company revealed that the new games will lack the full national Pokédex. Instead, the game will have a more limited selection of Pokémon, and players will be unable to transfer any of their older creatures to Sword and Shield that are unavailable in the Galar Region Dex. Essentially, if the Pokémon isn’t available in Sword and Shield natively, you won’t be able to get it in the game.

Pokémon fans react

Fans did not take the news well, to say the least. Yesterday, the #BringBackNationalDex hashtag was already trending on Twitter.

Others have decided to take to Change.org to voice their dissatisfaction with the move.

One fan alleged that Nintendo deleted a tweet about the games because of all the blowback it was receiving.


Others decided it was best to mourn the loss with memes and other forms of humor.


One of the biggest concerns voiced on Twitter was the effect of this change on competitive play. After all, Pokémon players have been breeding their perfect competitive creatures for well over a decade. That could all change with Pokémon Sword and Shield.


Some even said they would cancel their pre-order because of the omission.


Still, other fans have remained hopeful. Many pointed out that Generation 7 didn’t have a national Pokédex either. Some plan to just give the game a chance even without it.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are set to launch on November 15 for the Switch. The game will retail for $59.99.

How do these changes to Pokémon Sword and Shield affect your decision to pick up the game? Does the lack of a true National Dex upset you? Are you still dedicated to playing through the new title? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Eli Pales
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn't taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.