Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are coming to the Switch next week, but they may repeat the same mistakes as 2019’s Sword and Shield. Like those two infamous titles, Scarlet and Violet will launch without a number of fan-favorite creatures.
During the release of Sword and Shield, it was announced that both games would launch without the National Pokédex, hence, #Dexit. Not long after, it was clarified that the National Pokédex wouldn’t be making a comeback anytime soon, which is why it won’t appear in Scarlet and Violet.
Fans knew this was going to happen but to see all of the monsters cut from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is still surprising. After the previous fiasco, fans were assuming that Game Freak and The Pokémon Company learned their lesson, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The datamine below (via Reddit) shows which Pokémon will be appearing in Scarlet and Violet and which won’t, at least not yet. Interestingly enough, the post also shows which creatures will be available to transfer through Pokémon Home, which might anger fans even more.
While fans saw this coming, knowing fan-favorites like Bulbasaur and Squirtle might not be in Scarlet and Violet when they were already added as DLC in Sword and Shield is questionable. Even if we never get the National Pokedex back, one would think that Game Freak, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company would just add more Pokémon.
Based on what Game Freak did with Sword and Shield, there’s a good chance that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will get an update that adds more creatures. Another expansion pass might also be in the works, just like Sword and Shield, which might add a mix of new and missing Pokémon to both games.
On the bright side, these games are going to add plenty of new Pokémon as well, if the other datamine is anything to go by. Some of these creatures look pretty good and we think that does lessen the blow, somewhat.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be coming to the Switch later this week, on November 18.