Pokemon Sword and Shield is finally here and it brings hundreds of Pokemon with it. Which species made the cut to feature in the Galar region Pokedex, though?
Trainers have been waiting for months for this day, to finally sit down and enjoy their journey through the Galar region. However, lots of players are still wondering which species will feature in the Gen 8 game.
How much of the Pokedex will be entirely new species, and which Pokemon from previous generations have managed to get through the strict border that surrounds Galar.
Number of Pokemon
Generation 8 brings a total of 91 new Pokedex entries. This takes the National Pokedex (careful it’s a controversial subject) to a total of 890, with four of the new 91 species being evolved forms of Galarian forms.
The Pokemon Sword and Shield Galar Pokedex will feature 400 species…
The Galar Pokedex has 400 species in it, which means more than half of all Pokemon don’t feature in Sword and Shield. It also means just 309 of the 809 Pokemon that featured through Gen 1 to Gen 7 are present.
At least that’s the official line, as of now. A datamine has revealed that there are actually 435 Pokemon which include Bulbasaur, Squirtle, their respective evolutions (and you really thought Game Freak would leave them out) and various Legendary species. We’ll have to wait and see how, and if, they’ll be added to the game — our money is on some form of DLC.
Among the various leaks that surfaced in the week before the Pokemon Sword and Shield release, there were rumors that there would be 632 ‘mons in total. However, this was apparently fabricated.