Game Freak will not add the missing Pokémon to Sword&Shield

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Missing pokémon won’t be added to Sword and Shield (Picture: Game Freak)

Earlier this year, Game Freak let us know that not every Pokémon would be able to be brought over to our adventures on Pokémon Sword and Shield. Only Pokémon from the Galar region are available in the new instance of the franchise. Some fans had speculated that they would later change this, but it seems like it will not be the case.

Producer Junichi Masuda told dutch site InsideGamer on an interview that Game Freak has no plans to add the missing Pokemon from the Galar Pokedex later on the year. This is because they of their new app, Pokemon Home, where you will be able to collect Pokemon from older games and store them in the cloud to have them available for future releases. Another reason for this has been because there are over 800 Pokemon species, and managing the balancing of the competitive gameplay would be a nightmare.

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Masuda said:

“We currently have no plans to make the Pokemon that are missing from the Galar Pokedex available in-game. This is an approach that we want to continue with in future Pokemon games. Up until now it hasn’t been possible to encounter every Pokemon in every game, so people had to transfer them from old games to the new game, by using Pokemon Bank for example.”

“We encourage people to use Pokemon Home to collect their Pokemon from old games. From there they might be able to take them to other games in the future. So take good care of your old Pokemon, because perhaps you can travel with them again in the future.”

“We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey”

He also clarified that, even though not every Pokemon is available in Sword and Shield, it doesn’t mean they are gone forever. You will be able to play with them again on a later game. How do you feel about this? Will you still play the new instance of the long-standing franchise?

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