Fans won’t be pleased when they learn that GameFreak again decided not to implement this fan-demanded feature on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Some fans would consider a Pokemon game feature-complete only if its Pokedex carries all existing Pokemon from previous generations. However, Pokemon has become so expansive to a point that you can’t name all of them anymore. Hence, GameFreak has decided in some of its more recent titles not to include all Pokemon in their games. This started with Pokemon Sword and Shield, and will apparently carry over to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Pokemon website Serebii mentioned that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will only allow a specific number of Pokemon in the game, even when players try to import Pokemon through the Pokemon Home service. Fans were already bummed out about this back in Pokemon Sword and Shield, so we can imagine the same disappointment this time.
On a technical aspect, it’s perfectly understandable why GameFreak can’t include all other Pokemon from previous generations. As of the time of this writing, there are a total of 904 Pokemon – including the starting three in the ninth generation, and more to come when the full Pokedex of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet gets revealed. With that being said, it’s no longer as easy as it was before to include all existing Pokemon in one game. Plus, there are also some Pokemon like Vulpix who have different variations depending on which region they’re from. The eighth generation of Pokemon was one of the least expansive versions of the series, adding only 81 new Pokemon to the game. We could assume that the ninth generation will introduce around the same limited number of new Pokemon as well.
As of now, information about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is very limited. This means we don’t necessarily know which Pokemon will be in the game’s code. What we can assure is that many fan-favorites will make an appearance, but, definitely not all. We’ll just have to wait for the game’s release later this year to find out which Pokemon players can use. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are coming out sometime in late 2022 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.