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.
This hashtag is trending in the USA. People are overreacting to National Dex thing. Pokémon Sun/Moon didn’t have a National Dex, so it doesn’t matter if it’s in the game or not. If you are upset that you can’t bring your favorite Pokémon into the game, please don’t whine about it pic.twitter.com/AAVh6zmVuT
— Mimikyu Kev (@Sad_Mimikyu) June 12, 2019
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.
Nintendo deleted their Pokemon tweet because every reply is about the National Dex lmao pic.twitter.com/3xRqUMALP9
— Shane (@HailandRain) June 12, 2019
Others decided it was best to mourn the loss with memes and other forms of humor.
am I allowed to make cruddy memes about losing the national dex pic.twitter.com/TsijGfCyLC
— oceandi tweets? (@oceandiagonale) June 12, 2019
No national dex in the Galar region
credit u/bionui123 pic.twitter.com/3mpt8grPkD
— Grant Benefield (@grantbenefield) June 12, 2019
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.
No National Pokedex or non-region pokemon in #PokemonSwordShield ?
Fan favorites just gonna be thrown out like trubbish?
Not to mention the entire Competitive pokemon scene changing?
For the first time ever, the Pokemon community may suffer great anguish and peril.
— Breloom Propaganda (@LoomaGanda) June 11, 2019
Some even said they would cancel their pre-order because of the omission.
This'll be the first Pokemon game I haven't played. I canceled my order this morning after hearing there won't be National Dex support. @NintendoAmerica @Pokemon @Junichi_Masuda #BringBackTheNationaldex pic.twitter.com/4MF1qKQXWh
— Dan B. (@dansballance) June 12, 2019
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.
I get it, not having the national dex sucks but doesn't mean #PokemonSwordShield are gonna suck because of this. Give it a chance. Y'all were so hyped before #E32019 and now y'all petitioning to not pre order or even buy until they "fix it". Come on now.
— Delta Navi (@RoshelyAnn) June 12, 2019
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!