Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex reportedly has some glaring omissions

Published: 6/Nov/2019 21:46 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 22:06

by Paul Cot


Ahead of the much anticipated Pokemon Sword and Shield release, the entire Galar region Pokedex has been leaked, supposedly revealing exactly what species will be in the game.

While fans now know which species they can expect to see on November 15, the real news has been which Pokemon didn’t make the cut following the much publicized National Pokedex removal.

Here’s our usual leak disclaimer: if you’re wanting to enjoy Pokemon Sword and Shield spoiler free then we recommend you proceed with caution.

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Many have been eager to see whether their favorite ‘mons made it into the game. There are a lot of returning Pokemon but given the reported 400 total, when you include the new Gen 8 species then less than half made it.

Inevitably a lot of trainer’s favorites will miss out as a result but there are some really bizarre omissions which fans are less than happy with.

No Bulbasaur or Squirtle?

If the leaks are correct, then it looks like Game Freak have done the unthinkable and excluded Bulbasaur and Squirtle from Pokemon Sword and Shield. This would mark the first time in a mainline Pokemon game that all the Kanto starters aren’t present.

What’s more curious is that the Charmander line is in the game. In addition to this, not only is Charizard in the game but it has also been given a Gigantamax form. This has made trainers poke fun at the Pokemon Company for their apparent Charizard obsession.

No starter Pokemon at all

That’s not all, though. There are no other starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield at all. That’s right, from Johto’s Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile to Alola’s Rowlit, Litten and Popplio, none of them are included.

It shouldn’t be any surprise this will come as a disappoint to trainers as the starter Pokemon are among the most beloved in the series.

What about the legends?

If there are no starters, then surely Game Freak have been generous with legendary Pokemon from previous generations, right? Well no, none of the Kanto legends are included. That means all of Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and even Mewtwo miss out. Mew is in the game, however.

The same applies for Gen 2 and beyond with most notably Lugia, Ho-oh and Celebi omitted.

One trainer tweeted: “I’m actually [kind of] upset about Sword and Shield’s Pokedex, almost all of my favorite Pokemon have been totally cut.”

It’s certainly an interesting decision from Game Freak who have opened themselves up to criticism. 400 is less than half what the National Pokedex would be and the exclusion of so many key Pokemon would only add fuel to the fire.

We’ll have to wait and see whether any of these species will be added at a later date or if there is more to what has been leaked so far.


Trainer confused by mystery location in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Galar Region

Published: 21/Jan/2021 14:00

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar Region map is vast and wonderful, but one trainer has spotted one place on the map they can’t manage to get to – a mystery house. 

The critically-acclaimed games have been out on the Nintendo Switch since 2019, and fans who have completed them probably believe they’ve seen everything the game has to offer.

But every now and then, something comes along that surprises players. Just recently, the community was stunned by the discovery of a Detective Pikachu easter egg that slipped by many players for over a year.

Now, one Pokemon Sword & Shield player has stumbled upon a strange house that they believe doesn’t show up in-game, but can be found on the map. What could it be?

Mysterious building found in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Reddit user jibbjebber took to the Pokemon Sword & Shield subreddit to share a screenshot of a building that appeared on their Galar map which they hadn’t seen before. They explained there was no obvious way to get to it, either.

“So while I was playing Pokemon, I looked at the map and saw this house. As far as I know there is no way to get to [it] and after looking up other maps it isn’t even there. If anyone knows more about [it] let me know,” they wrote.”

On the surface, this seemed like quite the discovery. Could we have really played this game for over a year now and never spotted such an obvious mystery?

So while I was play Pokémon, I looked at the map and saw this house, as far as I know there is no way to get to and after looking up other maps it isn’t even there, if anyone knows more about let me know. from PokemonSwordAndShield


The building appears behind Professor Magnolia’s house, and seemingly can’t be reached on foot. Galar Region maps that can be found online don’t appear to include the building, either, making things even more confusing.

It got the Pokemon trainer in question wondering what the building is used for in the game, and whether you can even visit it. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for a few other Redditors to find the answer.

Mystery solved

While jibbjebber assumed the mysterious building on the map was a house, it turns out it’s actually a train station.

In the comments section of the post, other Pokemon players pointed out that this is indeed a building that you can’t visit on foot, so in that way the poster was correct. But, it does serve a purpose as part of The Isle of Armor downloadable content.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor
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The Isle of Armor is a DLC for Pokemon Sword & Shield.

When a player wants to visit the DLC location, the train stops at the station, and a taxi then picks you up to take you to the Isle of Armor. It’s a simple explanation, but we can see why players might get confused! It does look like a house, after all.

It’s not the first time players have been left baffled by a Pokemon Sword & Shield mystery: Last year, a trainer discovered that there’s something not quite right about Wailmer and it caused plenty of debate.

At least this time, the answer was clear. Maybe the map icons could do with a slight tweak in the future, but it’s not exactly a game-breaking issue.