Pokémon Sword & Shield will be the first mainline Pokémon games to be released on a home console. The increased burden on the development team, coupled with the fact that there are now over 800 Pokémon in the series meant that Pokémon Sword & Shield would include less Pokémon than previous games. The National Dex won't be a thing in Pokémon Sword & Shield and the only Pokémon available will be ones that can be caught in the Galar region.
It isn't just Pokémon that are cut from Pokémon Sword & Shield, though, as a datamine of the games has revealed that 144 moves from throughout the series are absent. The new leak comes courtesy of Kaphotics on Twitter, who has uploaded a list of the cut moves to Pastebin.
Moves that have been removed(??) list here: https://t.co/9n1JuPDdhJ -- notable moves are Pursuit, Return/Frustration, and Hidden Power(!)— Kurt (@Kaphotics) November 11, 2019
The list of cut moves includes Dragon Rage, Barrier, Mirror Move, Bone Club, Bubble, Flash, Foresight, Return, Pursuit, Hidden Power, Secret Power, Sky Uppercut, Me First, Sky Drop, and Mud Bomb. The Z-Moves have also been cut from Pokémon Sword & Shield, which was revealed earlier this year.
It's not too surprising to see all of these moves removed from Pokémon Sword & Shield, considering the amount of content that has been taken away in other departments. The removal of so many Pokémon meant that moves must have seemed like an easy cut to make, especially as Z-Moves were already on the chopping block.
Pokémon Sword & Shield have faced a backlash from fans regarding the absence of the National Dex and there are likely to be many people who are furious that the removal of moves wasn't announced as well. There were fans who complained about Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon not having enough new content, but those games are looking better by the day when compared to the cuts that Pokémon Sword & Shield have endured to make their way to a home console.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.