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'Pokémon Sword & Shield' Modder Restores Cut Monsters

'Pokémon Sword & Shield' Modder Restores Cut Monsters

Pokémon Sword & Shield does not feature every Pokémon ever created. You will surely already be well aware of this, as it's been covered in exhaustive detail everywhere for the last few months. Whether or not you feel this affects the quality of the latest games is entirely down to you, of course.

Personally, I'm wounded that my boy Dragonite didn't make the cut, but I've put a few dozen hours into the latest games now and genuinely don't feel like the National Dex is something we needed to have in the game. There are more than enough monsters to catch and train - a great mix of old and new, at that.

New Galar region variants have been revealed, and new pokemon Morpeko. Credit: Pokemon / Nintendo
New Galar region variants have been revealed, and new pokemon Morpeko. Credit: Pokemon / Nintendo

Of course there are some people for whom the lack of certain Pokémon is simply too much to handle. In times like this, those who are unhappy with a design decision but can't do anything about it tend to write nasty things on social media. Those who are unhappy but can do something about it tend to be modders, and will simply do what they want to make the game the way they want it.

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That's exactly what Michael (@SciresM) on Twitter (via Eurogamer) has been busy doing. He recently posted a thread documenting his attempts at bringing cut Pokémon back into Sword & Shield, starting with an Omastar that he seems to have taken from Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee.

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As you can see from the below Tweets, the results are far from perfect, but it's a start. He notes that the "point of this was mostly just to demonstrate that adding new models/animations is possible to justify further work towards natdex."


While this is all well and good in theory, it's worth noting that Omastar comes with a slight advantage. It might be cut from Sword & Shield, but it's one of the original 151 monsters. This means there's a ready-made HD 3D model in Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee. A modder that wanted to include a cut Pokemon from any of the later gens might have a little bit more trouble doing so.

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Whatever the case, if someone wants to sort me out with a Dragonite I wouldn't object. I really miss that guy.

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Topics: switch, pokemon, Nintendo, Mods

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.