Folks, we’ve heard the confirmation that Pokemon Sword and Shield won’t let you import any Pokemon from previous gens that aren’t in the Galar Pokedex. Game Freak has even admitted that there is no guarantee that even later games will allow the Pokemon to be transferred.
Realistically, what’s most likely to happen is that the existing Pokemon will be cycled into future games. No Pokemon will be left behind entirely. But the more popular Pokemon will probably get to appear in more games, while others will have to wait their turn longer.
Ideally, I’d rather have every Pokemon be in every game, but we’ve finally reached the point where we have to make decisions about which Pokemon we’d rather appear in the games, and which ones should be left to obscurity. So here are some Pokemon that I honestly feel are pretty redundant. If push came to shove, I’m fine with them being removed from the national Pokedex.
The Rattata Line
Rattata and Raticate were never interesting Pokemon. Their theme was always just “overgrown rat.” And although a bunch of Kanto Pokemon got fun Alolan variations, Rattata’s ended up being the least interesting of them design-wise.
The Nidoran Line
Nidoran’s original gimmick in gen 1 was to introduce the idea of gendered variations of Pokemon designs. That’s been done a lot better in subsequent gens (Pyroar especially comes to mind). Even their final forms, while cool, seem less imposing in the modern games than they did in the original.
I love you Farfetch’d, but you are just a duck holding a leek.
The Seel Line
Seel is completely outclassed by Spheal and Popplio in every way. There is nothing interesting about Seel.
The Krabby Line
Has Seel’s problem in that there’s no concept to this Pokemon besides “it’s a crab.” It’s also outdone by Crawdaunt and Crabrawler.
Mr. Mime and Jynx
Too human-like, too uncanny. Mr. Mime did have good appearances in the anime and in the Detective Pikachu film, I’ll give him that. But as a creature, neither Mr. Mime nor Jynx fit in with the Pokemon games. Later gens have avoided making any creature as human-like as these two, which makes them stand out even more in the gen 1 remakes. At least their baby forms are fine.
In theory, I like the idea of Gloom being able to evolve into a Pokemon as bright and cheerful as Bellossom. Problem is, I think Bellossom’s appeal is better encompassed in Lilligant’s design. Vileplume was always the better evolution for Gloom, anyway.
I have so many questions…
This poor creature has never been represented in any Pokedex besides the Johto one. Stantler is half-forgotten already. And it’s easy to see why – it’s a weak creature with an uninteresting design. The Deerling line from gen 5 is far superior.
The Wurmple Line
Wurmple was a shallow attempt to replicate the Caterpie and Weedle lines, complete with a cocoon-themed middle evolution. Given that both Pokemon serve the same purpose, the question is which of them has the better design? Beautifly is alright, but Dustox is an abomination. And thus I’ve decided to send Wurmple to the chopping block.
Volbeat and Illumise
Like Plusle and Minun, Volbeat and Illumise were originally created to sell the tag team mechanic introduced in gen 3. But unlike Plusle and Minun, which have the plus and negative motif to keep them interesting even after the novelty of double battles faded, Volbeat and Illumise have nothing to sell them as a duo.
The Shieldon Line
The games give you so many fossil Pokemon, and all of them are so cool that I can’t bear to take away any of them… except for the Shieldon line. Bastiodon looks awful. Not only that, it hardly even looks like a prehistoric Pokemon anyway.
There was no point adding another Regi Pokemon, only for it to be incredibly weaksauce.
I don’t understand Phione’s point. It is the one legendary baby Pokemon, but it can’t even evolve into its parent Manaphy.
Victini’s design is so disappointing. It’s generically cute and has a V on its hand to represent victory. That’s it. Gen 5 had so many mythical Pokemon, and this one is just superfluous.
The Tepig Line
Of all the starters, Tepig is the most redundant. Its final evolution is the weakest of the fire-fighting starters, and the idea of an animal brawler was better done with Incineroar. I’m still crushed that a cutie like Tepig became… what it became.
The Purrloin Line
Pokemon has so many good cats, but Purrloin and Liepard are the most boring of them. Its smug and mischievous appeal is already covered by the more iconic Meowth and Persian.
The Elemental Monkeys
The elemental monkeys only really existed to bring type balance to the player’s team in gen 5. Otherwise, they’re weak and their evolutions look awful. The series has plenty of other monkeys to play with.
Throh and Sawk
Throh and Sawk are just straight replacements for Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. Although they do have the benefit of looking like certain Sesame Street characters, there’s not much else to them besides that.
The Ultra Beasts
I love the Ultra Beasts. However, they represent creatures from another dimension, and as such shouldn’t really be represented in a national Pokedex. I can make exceptions for otherwordly Pokemon like Deoxys because it is a Legendary, but there are too many Ultra Beasts, and all of them look like they belong in a different game series. This worked in the Sun and Moon games because the story was all about the Ultra Beasts and alternate dimensions, but if they were inserted into the other mainline games, the Ultra Beasts would just feel out of place.
There are even more Pokemon that I could make an argument for ditching, but I don’t want to do that because I really do love all the Pokemon. So I’ll just leave this tentative list here as a discussion starter. Which Pokemon would you be fine with removing from the national Pokedex? Do you agree or disagree with my selections? Let me know in the comments!