There are a lot of Pokemon not in Sword and Shield, and while new additions came to the game with The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra DLCs, some are still missing from the Galar region.
The National Pokedex fiasco was as talked about in the build-up to Sword and Shield as the release was itself. Trainers were astonished when it was revealed that, for the first time in history, some Pokemon were not able to be caught in Sword and Shield. Threats of boycotting the game ensued but despite this, the Nintendo Switch game performed incredibly well commercially, receiving glowing praise from many fans.
The teams behind Sword and Shield obviously heard the fierce criticism about the National Pokedex and have alleviated this somewhat by adding a host of species to the DLC. While the game still falls far short of the National Pokedex, you’ll find more types while out on your adventure than when it released.
What Pokemon are not in Sword and Shield?
Here is the full list of Pokemon that can’t be found in Pokemon Sword and Shield:
It’s amazing to think that there are still 34 missing Pokemon from Kanto. Dragonite is probably the most notable recent addition, but it is also strange to think there is a new mainline Pokemon game out there where a Pidgey won’t even spawn!
The 45 missing Johto Pokemon represent slightly less than half of the generation. Fortunately, the Johto beasts along with Lugia and Ho-Oh were released later this year.
Gen 3 doesn’t get much love either. Again, well under half of the Pokemon originating from Hoenn are not in Sword and Shield. However, a decent amount of popular and competitively popular Gen 3 Pokemon were added with the Crown Tundra DLC.
A large portion of the Gen 4 Pokemon are also not available in Sword and Shield. The only Gen 4 additions with The Crown Tundra were the Legendaries, Spiritomb, and Garchomp. Considering how fondly the generation is looked at these days, this will come as a blow to a lot of trainers.
As a percentage, Gen 5 is one of the better generations when it comes to Galar region representation‚ with just 20% missing. We don’t know the logic behind this, or if it was even intentional from the Pokemon Company.
Only 72 Pokemon were added in Gen 6, which would explain why only 21 are missing.
Gen 7 has the fewest missing Pokemon from any generation, but with only 86 included, it wasn’t going to be much more than this.
According to this list, there are still 234 that are unable to be transferred. This represents nearly 20% of all Pokemon!
While all of the previously missing Legendaries were added as part of the Crown Tundra expansion, it’s looking very likely that the National Pokedex will never come to Pokemon Sword and Shield now that both DLCs are out. This is especially true with Pokemon Arceus and Diamond and Pearl on the horizon.
So, there you have it – all of the Pokemon not in Sword and Shield.
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