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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Japanese fans furious about National Pokedex removal

Published: 11/Jul/2019 10:59 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 11:34

by Paul Cot


As the fallout from the Pokemon Sword and Shield National Pokedex removal announcement continues, the always-loyal Japanese fans have added their voices to the growing list of complaints.

Unfortunately for Game Freak, the highlight -or lowlight- moment of their Pokemon Sword and Shield Treehouse presentation at E3 2019 was the confirmation of the National Pokedex removal. The news was confirmed by Director Junichi Masuda and was a key reason for the 80% dislike ratio across 1.5 million views.


The uproar since has been like nothing the Pokemon community has ever seen before. Complaints have been incessant and have caused division between fans, with some claiming not to care and others promising to boycott Pokemon Sword and Shield upon release.

Even the Japanese are upset

Video game fans have become increasingly vocal over the years when it comes to the direction and quality of the games they’re passionate about. With the growth of social media, players have access to a quick and effective avenue of sharing any thoughts or opinions. 


Japanese fans are sometimes considered less vocal than their Western counterparts but they have been quick to share their displeasure with the National Pokedex situation. While they remained respectful in their complaints, they have been sure to let Nintendo know how upset they are. Their gripe seems to be the lack of information surrounding which Pokemon will be missing, rather than the removal of them itself.

The National Pokedex removal from Pokemon Sword and Shield has dominated headlines…

National Pokedex removal not announced in Japan

The following Tweets have been translated by Nintendo Soup.

“Could you please announce the Pokemon that aren’t compatible (with Pokemon Sword and Shield) before pre-orders start? It’s cruel to find out myself that my favorite Pokemon is missing after I purchase the game,” were the concerns of one Japanese fan.


Another fan, who was equally respectful in their reply, also believes Nintendo should reveal the full list before release. 

“I’m planning to pre-order both games early,” they say. “But you should reveal the full list of Pokemon appearing in the game so people can decide whether or not to buy it! There’s a chance sales will decrease if you do that, but I hope your company will show sincerity during these times.”

Elsewhere, there seemed to be a sentiment that the game devs would hide the list in order to maximize sales. 


One fan asked: “Are you serious? You’re still hiding the fact that Pokemon are going to be cut from the game when pre-orders are about to begin? I have a feeling you’re going to continue to hide the fact even after the release date.”

Perhaps most interesting of all, though, is the claim that the Japanese Nintendo and Pokemon accounts haven’t even announced the cut Pokedex situation at all. For them to not announce it in Japan risks leaving a lot of Pokemon trainers disappointed come November 15.


Despite Game Freak’s alleged silence on the matter, the above tweets show plenty of fans from Japan are fully aware of the National Pokedex removal and less than happy about it.

We’ll continue to see how this plays out over the coming months – the pressure is mounting on Nintendo and Game Freak to perhaps reverse this decision but so far they have remained steadfast in their approach.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.