The Pokemon Sword and Shield boycott didn’t end well

Published: 24/Jan/2020 11:00

by Paul Cot


Threats of boycotting were rampant in the lead up to Pokemon Sword and Shield but it doesn’t look like it had the intended effect. In fact, quite the opposite happened.

The initial announcement of Pokemon Sword and Shield created excitement perhaps unrivalled with any other Pokemon game to-date. Trainers were looking forward to the first fully fledged Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch.

Throw in the introduction of the much anticipated eighth generation and a brand new world to explore and trainers had a game to truly look forward to. However, that excitement was dampened somewhat when it was revealed that Sword and Shield would be the first mainline Pokemon game to not include National Pokedex.

If you follow the Pokemon franchise closely, you’ll be all too aware of the fallout from it. Even Game Freak couldn’t have expected such a backlash.

Pokedex Upset
The National Pokedex controversy caused some of the more disgruntled trainers to threaten to boycott Pokemon Sword and Shield…

Boycotting as a protest

Pokemon fans felt so passionate about the ability to ‘catch ’em all’ that a notable portion of the community threatened to boycott Pokemon Sword and Shield. Now, whether they did or didn’t we’ll never know but presumably at least some of them did.

It seemed the reason for this was to teach Game Freak a lesson. Whether they were right to do so or if they should have been happy with the product they got is up for debate.

Nevertheless, by not buying the game, those who boycotted it were trying to tell the developers to be more thorough in the future. After all when it comes to the business of video games, there’s nothing that hurts companies more than poor sales.

Pokemon Red Blue Yellow CoversEven today no Pokemon game has been able to match the popularity of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow…

Pokemon Sword and Shield breaks sales records

This appears to have backfired though, tremendously. Despite the controversies and criticisms, Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold extremely well so far, and has even broke records in the process.

Famitsu have shared that since Pokemon Sword and Shield released in November it has been top of the video game sales charts in Japan for nine weeks straight. In the tenth week following its release, it finished third in weekly sales.

Overall, it has nearly reached 3.5 million sales – taking it above the popular cartoon-style FPS title Splatoon 2. Worldwide sales have yet to be released, at least officially, but given how its doing in the Japan charts, it could be approaching Pokemon Let’s Go sales’ figures, which has been confirmed to hit 11.28 million units sold.

It just shows incredibly popular the Pokemon franchise is – even when some are trying to boycott. Its still got a long way to compete with the likes of Pokemon Red and Blue but Imagine what a new Pokemon game without controversy could do!


Top 20 Pokemon that can learn the most TM & HM moves

Published: 4/Dec/2020 1:26

by Brent Koepp


With the October release of the Pokemon Sword & Shield DLC The Crown Tundra, there are close to 900 ‘mons in existence. However, only a few of them can learn a wide variety of TM & HMs. Here are the top 20 monsters who can learn the most moves. 

When Game Freak debuted Pokemon back in 1996, the RPG only featured 151 monsters for players to catch. It’s mind blowing to think that decades later, the series has now spanned eight generations, and has close to 900 characters in 2020.

While many of the monsters hold a special place in our hearts, let’s face it – some are better than others. Here are 20 monsters who can learn the most moves – and the number one pick may surprise you.

Screenshot of Pokemon promotion featuring Mew.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
One Pokemon can learn more moves than the rest.

Which Pokemon can learn the most moves?

Considering how massive the national Pokedex has become, narrowing down this list is no easy feat. Not to mention the insane amount of TM & HMs there are, as well as their restrictions and limitations they have to specific species.

Coming up at the top is Gen I’s Mew. While the Mythical Psychic-type creature is small, it actually has the largest versatility. The adorable creature can learn an astonishing 249 moves – which is absolutely insane!

Even more impressive, is that it nearly doubles the second place runner-up ‘mon, Clefable, who is at 146. Interestingly, Normal-type ‘mon claimed six out of the 20 spots, with Psychic & Fairy making up the other largest chunk. Below is the overall ranking. (Note: Rank 9 and 17 were ties, and not listed in any particular order)

  • 1: Mew (249 moves)
  • 2: Clefable (146)
  • 3: Clefairy (142)
  • 4: Mewtwo (138)
  • 5: Gallade (135)
  • 6: Blissey (133)
  • 7: Arceus (132)
  • 8: Wigglytuff (131)
  • 9: Chansey (130)
  • 10: Nidoking (130)
  • 11: Nidoqueen (130)
  • 12: Rhyperior (130)
  • 13: Alolan Raichu (128)
  • 14: Rhydon (127)
  • 15: Jigglypuff (125)
  • 16: Slowking (124)
  • 17: Charizard (122)
  • 18: Snorlax (122)
  • 19: Togekiss (122)
  • 20: Dragonite (119)
Screenshot of Mew in Pokemon Red & Blue from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The 1996 ‘mon still reigns supreme eight generations later.

While Trainers will ultimately choose their team based on ‘mon they love, it’s still interesting to see which characters can actually learn the most given the RPG’s wide assortment of HMs & TMs.

Hardcore fans of the series might not be too surprised by Mew taking the #1 spot, as its lore has always stated that it’s made up from the DNA of all other Pokemon. Its ability to take on that many moves is actually quite fitting.