Not every Pokémon may be featured in Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Chansey
Pokemon Scarlet Violet Chansey (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

What you need to know

  • Pokémon Sword and Shield were the first mainline games to exclude Pokémon and the National Pokédex.
  • Two new games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, were announced during the February 2022 Pokémon Presents.
  • Some statements by The Pokémon Company suggest that not all creatures may be available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

One of the biggest controversies surrounding Pokémon Sword and Shield was the fact that not all Pokémon could be obtainable or transferred over into those games. Dubbed "Dexit" by the Pokémon community, it spurred a lot of calls for boycotts and for Game Freak to change their policies.

During the February 2022 Pokémon Presents, Game Freak announced a new pair of Pokémon games set in what appears to be Spain, called Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Featuring a cat Grass-type, a crocodile Fire-type, and a duck Water-type starter Pokémon, these games are reportedly open-world, similar to Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

However, a report by takes note of a statement made that suggests history repeating itself.

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The tweet features a screenshot of an image which states:

Each game that can receive Pokémon via Pokémon HOME can receive only Pokémon that can be obtained in that particular game. To find out what Pokémon appear in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, please look forward to the release of those games.

While this doesn't outright confirm that exclusion of certain Pokémon, nor does it indicate which ones may be excluded, it does state that it's a possibility that some Pokémon transferred into Pokémon HOME may need to remain on that platform until another game features those particular creatures. There are nearly 1000 Pokémon in existence now, so it is possible that Game Freak may not have the time or capacity to include them all in the newest games. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any news regarding this issue.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.