Is the National Pokedex ever coming back to Pokemon? - Dexerto

Is the National Pokedex ever coming back to Pokemon?

Published: 13/Nov/2019 14:25 Updated: 13/Nov/2019 19:34

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s developer Game Freak have faced a strong backlash after scrapping the National Pokedex for their next game, but will we ever see it available to complete again? 

The franchise’s video game series dates right the way back to 1996, following the release of the original 151 species, and since that time being able to catch’em all has been a staple of not just the products developed for the mass market, but also the TV show.

A flood of confusion swept across the fanbase, though, when the developers of Sword and Shield made potentially their most scrutinized announcement to date, which has been dubbed as “Dexit” by some trainers – a play on words for the Pokedex they know and love having exited the games.

While many members of the online gaming community have come together to question the decision from Game Freak already, a key figure in its development team has been discussing the move with Inside Gamer.

Pokemon, YouTube

Junichi Masuda, the game producer of Sword and Shield, said: “We now have no plans to make the Pokemon that are missing in the Galar Pokedex in-game available. That is an approach that we want to continue in the future with Pokemon games.

“Of course, up to now it has not been possible to encounter every Pokemon in every game, so people had to transfer it from old games via Pokemon Bank to the new game, for example.”

These comments could be read in two different ways. From one perspective, it may look as if the chances of the National Pokedex coming back – at least while Game Freak are working with The Pokemon Company – remains slim for the foreseeable future.

PokemonPokemon Home and Bank have previously connected games, allowing players to catch’em all.

Another way of looking at the situation, though, could be that the developers are willing to put the ideas of the past on the shelf for the next few projects they are working on in order to explore different ways of creating a unique experience for fans.

The idea of completing the national dex might well have been something fans looked forward to, but having the same goal for each game, no matter the name, generation, or storyline, may not have the same glamour in the future.

By the same token, it does mean that whatever comes next is going to have to be just as challenging. Catching every single Pokemon each year might have been fun for some players, but it was no doubt a difficult slog for others.

Pokemon / NintendoBulbasaur and other Gen 1 starters feature in Pokemon Let’s Go for Nintendo Switch.

With its absence certainly confirmed for the upcoming games, we now have a confirmed list of Pokemon from previous generations that will not feature in the Galar Region.

Starters from other areas of the Pokemon world have largely been excluded, although leaks suggest fan-favorites Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle will be available. This is unconfirmed, though, at the time of writing.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is set for a November 15 release date and while many details have been revealed, or leaked, ahead of its launch, it remains to be seen whether or not a bright idea to replace the National Pokedex will arrive shortly or in future titles. For now at least, it looks to have been put on the back burner.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.