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More fan outrage: Pokemon Sword and Shield producer doubles down on NO National Pokedex

Published: 1/Jul/2019 9:40 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 10:19

by Paul Cot


Unless you’re a Pokemon trainer who has been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you will know about the Pokemon Sword and Shield National Pokedex controversy – Masuda has responded but this hasn’t appeased fans.

In short, the producer of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Junichi Masuda, announced at E3 2019 that Game Freak’s latest game wouldn’t include all Pokemon. This meant for the first time in the history of mainline Pokemon games that all Pokemon wouldn’t be catchable.


This news was met with fury throughout the community – a reaction that Nintendo or Game Freak wouldn’t have expected in their worst case scenarios.

PokemonMasuda (right) announced the news of the National Pokedex removal at E3 2019…

Masuda finally responds

After a few weeks of enduring constant outrage from trainers, Masuda finally responded with a statement. However, this has only been met with more outrage since.


His statement was short and simply doubled down on their decision to remove the National Pokedex. “Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokemon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokemon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me,” the Game Freak director said.

Some Pokemon fans remained optimistic that the decision would reversed, at least to a degree. This now seems unlikely as Masuda said: “I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokemon is not available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.”

The straw that broke the Camerupt’s back from r/pokemon

Complete Pokedex is a must

One Reddit post got straight to the point, posting a meme showing that the National Pokedex fiasco was the final straw. They essentially said after 10 years of tolerating sub-par graphics that the National Pokedex removal was the nail in the coffin.


Elsewhere, another trainer stated that they would rather not have any new Pokemon at all, experiencing the Galar region and its new features with the old ones.

They said: “It’s upsetting that I’m having to bargain with a multi-million dollar company to implement something so simple and core to their franchise, but I feel like it’s come to this.”

I’d rather have a National Dex than any new Pokémon. from r/pokemon

They went on to make ask the question what will happen when there are 1500+ Pokemon. Perhaps this won’t be a problem for the eventual Nintendo Switch successor though.


Another fan reacted to the statement with their own cynical theory as to why Pokemon will be limited in Sword and Shield. They noted that by removing some Pokemon that they won’t be in Sword or Shield’s data – which means fans will need to subscribe to Pokemon Home to transfer Pokemon in future games.

As we lead up to the November 15 release date of Pokemon Sword and Shield, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops – stay tuned.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.