Photo Credit: GameFreak

Photo Credit by GameFreak

I thought I knew what I was getting into with Pokemon Sword and Shield. I knew over half the roster of pocket monsters wouldn’t be there. Before I purchased a copy for myself and my significant other I poured over lists of what was and what wasn’t in the new games. I started to make a mental inventory of who would be in my team. Strengths and weaknesses, type advantages and disadvantages and the most important aspect, which Pokemon would be my go to. Who was going to lead my team to victory through the Galar region. I don’t know which site it was that misled me but someone, somewhere listed the three starters from Pokemon Sun and Moon as entries in the Galar Region Pokedex. In Pokemon Sun and Moon I wasn’t that big of a fan of Litten, Popplio or Rowlet. Even after having chose Rowlet I had a certain level of disdain for his Hoothoot looking design. When he evolved into an emo My Chemical Romance following pre-teen it was even worse.

Good things come to those who wait and his final GhostGrass form became one of my favorite designs to date. Decidueye looks like the CW’s Green Arrow made into a Pokemon and he absolutely destroyed anything that came into contact with him. I was planning on nabbing a Rowlet and spending countless hours on Route 3 getting a shiny version to lead my team as our GhostGrass captain. Alas, I was misinformed because Rowlet and his starter counterparts are not in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

I am a victim of the Dexit Movement.

I’m also an adult who recognizes I’m playing a game made for children. I’ll be subbing in Leafeon or Tsareena for my grass-type. Pokemon Sword and Shield is an excellent addition to  the series and the inclusion or exclusion of any one Pokemon isn’t going to change that. Grow up.

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