As we anxiously await the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, we're stuck wondering which of our favorite Pokémon have made the cut and which ones are going to be missing from the Pokédex. Anyone who has been following the updates on this game will know that a lot of Pokémon that we loved from previous games were said to be removed from the game. But which ones?
Recently, the whole Pokédex for Sword and Shield leaked and we finally found out which Pokémon we're going to be able to catch and which ones we'll have to do without. The leak came as a pretty big surprise since some serious fan favorites seem to have been left out.
To see 10 of the Pokémon we're going to miss the most, keep reading!
Updated December 10th, 2019: Since Sword & Shield was released, a few Pokémon that were previously missing were added to the game! Because of this, some of the Pokémon on this list may now be in the game.
Castform is a Pokémon that was introduced in Generation III. This Pokémon is a Normal-type Pokémon and although Sword & Shield has plenty of other Normal-type Pokémon that we can catch and keep in our parties, this one is special.
Sword & Shield's new weather system has been a ton of fun and a total game changer. Since Castform has different forms based on different weather and can change the weather, we thought this Pokémon would be a perfect fit for the game. Unfortunately, it wasn't added to the game.
Psyduck is a Pokémon that definitely makes a lot of fans of the Pokémon franchise nostalgic. Although it's often useless because of its headaches, it's still a Generation I favorite that many of us can't let go of.
Unfortunately though, we do have to let go of Psyduck as this Pokémon is one that was unfortunately cut from the game and left in previous generations. It almost makes us feel bad for not appreciating this Pokémon while we had it.
Unfortunately, a lot of the saddest Pokémon that we seem to have lost are starter Pokémon from past generations. That means that if you've been waiting to transfer your starters from past games, you're out of luck.
One of the saddest starters that we lost is Bulbasaur. Many people became attached to this dual-type Grass/Poison Pokémon after it was introduced in Generation I. In past games, it was available through trades and various special events. But in this game? Sorry, Bulbasaur just didn't make the cut.
Mewtwo is a Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon that was introduced in the very first generation of the Pokémon franchise. It was available in past games, mostly through events or trades and Poké Transfers, with the exception of a couple of games where the Pokémon appeared as part of the game.
Unfortunately, the leak revealed that Mewtwo is one of the many earlier-generation Pokémon that simply won't be available in the game. Even if you have one from a past game that you cherish, you won't be able to transfer it to Sword and Shield.
Absol is a Pokémon that was introduced in Generation III and is definitely one we would have thought to be perfect for Pokémon Sword & Shield.
This Pokémon's tail and the growth on the side of its head are both super sharp and almost look like swords themselves! Although we got Aegislash, a Pokémon that actually looks like a sword, it's a bummer to see that this Dark-type Pokémon didn't get to come with us to the Galar region.
Arbok is a Poison-type Pokémon from Generation I and is the final evolutionary phase of Ekans. Arbok is a snake-like Pokémon - fitting because its name is "kobra" backward - that many people became familiar with through the one that Jessie from Team Rocket had in her party.
This Pokémon has been available in the past games, sometimes through finding it in the wild and other times through trading or transferring it into the game from a past one. Unfortunately, this Pokémon is one that was cut from Sword and Shield.
Unfortunately, Incineroar is another past-generation starter Pokémon that we had to say goodbye to according to this leak. In Generation VII of the Pokémon franchise, players that chose Torracat as their starter Pokémon were able to evolve it up into Incineroar.
Considering the fact that this Pokémon was one of the new characters added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it seems a little unusual that it was one of the many Pokémon cut from the Pokédex.
Cubone is a Ground-type Pokémon that was introduced in Generation I of the Pokémon franchise. This Pokémon constantly wears a skull as a helmet and is a pretty powerful Pokémon, especially after it evolves into Marowak.
Even though this Pokémon got a special Alolan region variant in Generation VII, it's one that didn't come with us to the Galar region. It would've been pretty awesome to see Galarian Cubone, though!
Alakazam was introduced in Generation I of the Pokémon franchise. This Psychic-type Pokémon is the final form of Abra and available after evolving Kadabra in the past games, but unfortunately, players aren't going to be able to keep this Psychic-type Pokémon in their party in Sword and Shield.
This wasn't the only Psychic-type Pokémon that was cut from the Pokédex. Other Psychic-type Pokémon that didn't make the final Pokédex include Exeggcute. We'll miss you, Alakazam!
Like Marowak, Sandshrew is a Pokémon that got an Alolan region variant in Generation VII. Although it would have been pretty nice to see Sandshrew get another special variation in the Galar region, we'll have to keep dreaming about what it could have been.
Unfortunately for fans of this Ground-type Pokémon, Sandshrew was cut from Sword & Shield and did not make it into the National Pokédex.
Although Generation VIII introduced us to Corviknight, a new dark colored bird-like Pokémon, we had to say goodbye to one that has been with us since back in Generation II.
Murkrow is a dual-type Dark/Flying Pokémon that has been in the series for a long time. But, with the release of Sword & Shield, it's among the many Pokémon that was cut from the National Pokédex.
Slowpoke is a dual-type Water/Psychic Pokémon that was introduced in Generation I of the Pokémon franchise. Although this Pokémon is definitely not the most powerful of either of those types, this Pokémon is still one that many people enjoyed.
This Pokémon is one that could be received through a trade or by going to the edge of the water where it would often sit in past games. Unfortunately, this Pokémon and its evolution, Slowbro, got cut from Sword and Shield.
Even though we got Charizard, another giant orange Pokémon from Generation I, we're still missing one of them!
Unfortunately, even though we got Charizard in the Sword and Shield, another orange Generation I Pokémon, we had to say goodbye to. Dragonite is a dual-type Dragon/Flying Pokémon that evolves up from Dragonair and was available in past games through trading or evolving. Sadly, it won't be coming back for this game.
Squirtle was a starter Pokémon in the first generation of the franchise. After that, it was available in later games either through trading, through special events, and other special circumstances like Poké Transfer or Island Scan.
Unfortunately, like many of the other starters from past generations of Pokémon, we won't be able to get this Pokémon in Sword and Shield. Many people liked this Pokémon because its final evolution, Blastoise, was so powerful against Ground and Fire-type Pokémon.
Considering the fact that there are several hundred Pokémon in the complete Pokédex now, it's no surprise that they had to cut some out. A lot of those cut came from Generation I, the very first and oldest Pokémon from the Pokédex.
One of the Pokémon from Generation I that wasn't put into the Galar Pokédex in Jigglypuff. This dual-type Normal/Fairy Pokémon was unfortunately cut from the Sword and Shield Pokédex and will definitely be missed.