According to the developer of Pokemon Sword and Shield, future games of the franchise will contain a limited Pokedex. The news was revealed soon after the controversial decision of the studio to cap the number of available Pokemon in the upcoming game:
“We currently have no plans to make the Pokemon that are missing from the Galar Pokedex available in-game,” said GameFreak producer Junichi Masuda. He then added that this is the general approach of the following Pokemon games.
Past Pokemon games featured two versions of the pokedex: a regional one, containing the Pokemon of the new region where the player was located, and a national Pokedex, containing every single Pokemon discovered up to that point. Officially, the Pokemon Sword and Shield won’t feature the national Pokedex, so the player is left with whatever amount of Pokemon native to the Galar region are available.
Thankfully, an option for trading Pokemon from previous games via Pokemon Home service was announced.
“Up until now it hasn’t been possible to encounter every Pokemon in every game, so people had to transfer them from old games to the new game, by using Pokemon Bank for example,” added Masuda.
Pokemon Home app
He also said that the Pokemon Home app is under development, and it will help players collect their various Pokemon but only Pokemon in the Galar Pokedex will be available for transfer from there to Sword and Shield. However, developers want to highlight the fact that there will be no considerable difference, because up until now, players were only able to encounter Pokemon from a certain region.
Pokemon Sword and Shield will be launched on November 15.