The internet is awash with stories about the volume of Pokémon that developer Game Freak has cut from Pokémon Sword and Shield. Game Freak has confirmed that it will not be addressing the situation, stating that “some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield”. That may not be strictly true, though.
Pokémon Sword & Shield have been out for less than a week, but modders have already had success with re-adding missing Pokémon. The attempts can be split into two categories. On the one hand, the likes of @mattyoukhana have enabled Pokémon that were deactivated within the games’ code. Game Freak stated that it was unsure whether these Pokémon were usable or whether they merely leftover data. As the video below demonstrates, the code for Lunala contains attack animations, while its assets look fairly complete.
"we don't know if they're usable it's probably just leftover data" lol pic.twitter.com/Ia0gRKLndh
— Matt (@mattyoukhana_) November 16, 2019
On the other hand, some Pokémon fans have edited the poke_resource_table to include missing Pokémon that were included on Pokémon Let’s Go. These attempts are more incomplete than those that were present in the games’ code though, with some intriguing repercussions. Bulbasaur, for example, drops motionlessly from the sky. This is likely because of incompatible animations, but idle and attack animations have been possible to port across.
Here is one I did with the broken animation. https://t.co/esAXASvdbg
— KazoWAR (@KazoWAR) November 18, 2019
Overall, these mods arriving just days after the release of Pokémon Sword & Shield smacks of Game Freak being rather lazy with the games’ development. If it has proven this easy to add missing Pokémon into the games, then we cannot understand why Game Freak decided against including the Pokémon that it used in Pokémon Let’s Go in its latest edition of the series.