'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.
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.
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.
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."
Animation on entering battle is pretty broken, but it works okay other than that.- Michael (@SciresM) November 18, 2019
Obviously stats are broken (didn't fix the personal entry yet), and this was originally an edited yamper that I didn't bother giving legitimate moves. pic.twitter.com/m1C8CzDQCt
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.
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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