Pokémon Sword And Shield Will Have Limitations, Not All Pokemon Will Be Transferable

During Nintendo’s E3 2019 Treehouse livestream yesterday right after Nintendo Direct, developer Game Freak revealed that not all Pokemon found in Pokémon Sword and Shield double pack will be transferable. If a Pokemon isn’t obtainable within Sword and Shield, players won’t be able to transfer it to Pokemon Home.

Is it due to Nintendo Switch’s hardware limitations? Or is there a more specific reason behind it? Here’s the answer:

Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct took place yesterday which was followed by Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream. During the Treehouse livestream, game producer Junichi Masuda talked extensively about Pokémon Sword and Shield. During the interview, Masuda said:

Players will be able to transfer their Pokemon from Pokemon Home only if they appear in the Galar region Pokedex.

The Galar region in Sword and Shield is a large, narrow expanse of land, heavily inspired by Great Britain.

Even though Masuda’s statement is somewhat open to interpretation since he was using a translator, it is clear that Pokémon Sword and Shield will have limitations. Right now it is unclear just how many Pokemon will be and won’t be included in the game.

And there could be a number of reasons why Game Freak has put this limitation in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Nintendo Switch’s computational power is limited so it could be a scaling issue. On the other hand, it is likely Game Freak doesn’t want specific Legendary Pokemon to be used in Galar.

To get an idea of which Pokemon will be appearing in Sword and shield, check out this leak.

But this decision to limit Pokemon in Galar doesn’t come without a reason though. According to Masuda:

In previous games that worked with the Pokemon Bank service, you were able to–for example, in Sun and Moon–bring over any Pokemon, even if they weren’t in the Alola Pokedex.

Of course, previous games had a cloud service, the Pokemon Bank. Players could use the bank to transfer Pokemon even if they weren’t in the Alola Pokedex.

Masuda further explained by saying:

But with the transition to the Nintendo Switch hardware, being much more powerful [and] allowing us to be much more expressive with each of the individual Pokemon … at Game Freak we really spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was, really preserving the quality of all the different Pokemon while also taking into account the battle balance, having so many different Pokemon available, all within a limited development time so we don’t keep fans waiting too long for every new entry in the series. And after a lot of discussions, we decided to come to a new direction.

Right now, it is unclear whether or not Game Freak’s decision to add Pokemon limitations to Sword and Shield will be fruitful or not. Clearly, it will anger some Pokemon trainers who were looking forward to forming their favorite teams in Galar. But not all hope is lost though, there still is the possibility of Game Freak adding all Pokemon in Galar after the game’s launch.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens…

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are being developed by Game Freak with a release date for November 15th, 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. You can get the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack here.