Pokémon Sword and Shield

In typical fashion for the second-largest media franchise in the world, Pokémon Sword and Shield just about own the news cycle five days away from their release. In atypical fashion for the beloved series, however, the games have been surrounded by quite a bit of negativity as well, particularly over the fact that hundreds of Pokémon will be missing this go-around. Regardless of if you have actually transferred the same party through each successive generation or not, plenty of our favorites will be missing in action for the first time ever, with a full list available here. Which cut Pokémon will you miss the most?

While my favorite starter is Piplup, I think I will miss Cyndaquil a bit more since I am currently leaning towards grabbing the teary-eyed water starter, Sobble, in Pokémon Sword and ShieldCyndaquil is the only starter Pokémon that I have ever used in more than one game (I chose him in both Crystal and HeartGold), and while I probably would not have gone after him for my party in Sword, I’ll miss him all the same.

Which fightin’ critter will you miss the most in Pokémon Sword and Shield? There are hundreds to choose from. Sound off with your choice in the comments.

Andrew Rockett
Reviews Editor at Nintendo Enthusiast. I am a major fan of all consoles and eras. Follow me on Twitter @habitablestorm3 to watch me tweet about the many old games I love to spend time with.

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