The Pokémon we’d like to see in ‘Sword’ & ‘Shield’

If you’re in the realm of video games (or not!), you know that E3 happened recently, and as usual, the latest Pokémon news was offered to those in attendance and to those at home through live streams. This news included gameplay footage which revealed two new species but also included a shocking reveal by longtime director and producer Junichi Masuda: not all 800+ species will be programmed into Sword and Shield, which are set for a November 15, 2019, release.

Yamper (left) and Impidimp (right) during demo gameplay at E3 2019. Photo courtesy of Nintendo Insider.

Fans of the series immediately took to the Internet to voice their opinions over this, most of whom were enraged with the decision (Masuda also confirmed the removal of Mega Evolution and Z-Moves during his reveal), but we at Fuzzable want to discuss the topic with a level head. We, like everyone else, want to experience the game with every species, but the games do look beautiful and we have no doubt that this issue, born from restricted timeframes, can and will be remedied either through patches post-release or with the release of the next games, which should have every species programmed for the Switch (and which we, like everyone else, would love to see be Diamond and Pearl remakes).

With all of this said, we would like to turn our attention to accepting the creative decision made my Masuda and everyone else at GameFreak. Instead of dwelling on it, we thought it would be fun to examine which Pokémon might make it into the Galar region’s Pokédex.

A good number of species have already been confirmed through the various trailers and bits of gameplay we’ve seen. These include Gengar, Steelix, Eevee and its evolutions, Weavile, Ludicolo, Lucario, Hydreigon, Cinccino, Hawlucha, Tsareena, and so many others (a running list compiled by Joe Merrick of Serebii.net can be found here).

Meowstic, Flygon, and Golurk battling a Hydreigon that has undergone Dynamax. Photo courtesy of Serebii.net

Pokémon species from all seven generations thus far have been confirmed for Sword and Shield, and as we move into our essentials lists, we will also be adding species from every generation, as we hope that every generation gets equal love in these games. Finally, our lists will not include species already confirmed for the games and are based on personal preference (remember: you’re allowed to wish for different species than us!).

Without further ado, let’s get into it:

Generation I:

  • Ekans & Arbok
  • Igglypuff, Jigglypuff, & Wigglytuff
  • Magnemite, Magneton, & Magnezone
  • Happiny, Chansey, & Blissey
  • Horsea, Seadra, & Kingdra
  • Mime Jr. & Mr. Mime
  • Ditto

Generation 2:

  • Azurill, Marill, & Azumarill
  • Aipom & Ambipom
  • Murkrow & Honchkrow
  • Misdreavus & Mismagius
  • Gligar & Gliscor
  • Snubbull & Granbull
  • Heracross
  • Swinub, Piloswine, & Mamoswine
  • Corsola
  • Houndour & Houndoom
  • Phanpy & Donphan

Generation 3:

  • Surskit & Masquerain
  • Shroomish & Breloom
  • Sableye
  • Mawile
  • Aron, Lairon, & Aggron
  • Meditite & Medicham
  • Carvanha & Sharpedo
  • Swablu & Altaria
  • Corphish & Crawdaunt
  • Castform
  • Shuppet & Banette

Generation 4:

  • Starly, Staravia, & Staraptor
  • Pachirisu
  • Buneary & Lopunny
  • Croagunk & Toxicroak
  • Finneon & Lumineon

Generation 5:

  • Lillipup, Herdier, & Stoutland
  • Purrloin & Liepard
  • Pidove, Tranquil, & Unfezant
  • Dwebble & Crustle
  • Yamask & Cofagrigus
  • Zorua & Zoroark
  • Gothita, Gothorita, & Gothitelle
  • Solosis, Duosion, & Reuniclus
  • Emolga
  • Litwick, Lampent, & Chandelure
  • Vullaby & Mandibuzz

Generation 6:

  • Flabébé, Floette, & Florges
  • Skiddo & Gogoat
  • Furfrou
  • Honedge, Doublade, & Aegislash
  • Spritzee & Aromatisse
  • Helioptile & Heliolisk
  • Carbink
  • Klefki
  • Pumpkaboo & Gourgeist

Generation 7:

  • Dewpider & Araquanid
  • Morelull & Shiinotic
  • Sandygast & Palossand
  • Togedemaru
  • Dhelmise
  • Jangmo-o, Hakamo-o, & Kommo-o
  • Meltan & Melmetal

This completes our list of species that we absolutely want to see—and some we feel absolutely will be—in Pokémon Sword and Shield this fall. We have been excited about the games since their reveal and will continue to be excited until their release.

What are your favorite Pokémon, and which would you like to see in Sword and Shield? Tweet us @Fuzzable with all of your opinions!

Written by Preston Smith

capricorn, coffee addict, cat owner

contact: preston@fuzzable.com
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