'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Dexit Explained: Why Some Fans Cope With Culled Monsters

Pokémon Sword and Shield has many fans of the massively successful series feeling torn. Generation eight introduces players to the Galar region, a brand-new continent based on the United Kingdom, full of content and monsters rendered exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Developer Game Freak and the game's publishers at the Pokémon Company took a slightly different route for this entry in the series: omitting a majority of Pokémon, removing certain skills and lowering the title's overall skill ceiling.

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Rattata and Raticate consoling each other Reddit via Jamiedrummond

These changes have led to a vocal group of Pokémon Fanatics to share their feelings of dissent in a movement being called "Dexit."

What is Pokémon Sword and Shield Dexit?

There are 807 different species of Pokémon released across the first seven generations of the series, with 75 being added in Sword and Shield. Announced at E3 2019, only 400 Pokémon will be included in this Pokedex and available for use in the newest game. This cuts the viable group by over 50 percent, limiting which creatures one can battle, trade and catch in the wild.

"We knew at some point we weren't going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokémon, and we just found that Sword and Shield would probably be a good point to go back and reevaluate what would be the best selection of Pokémon that appeal to the widest audience while keeping into consideration the balance of the battle system," producer Junichi Masuda said in an interview with US Gamer at the convention in June.

Some fans did not take this decision lightly, arguing that the reason they play Pokémon is to amass a roster of their favorite monsters. With Bulbasaur, Pineco, Emolga and hundreds of other fan favorites barred from entry into Galar, there's been plenty of fodder for fans to detest. The few months before the release of Sword and Shield have been full of commentary, with a datamine of the final product catapulting the uproar. Well over 100 moves have been removed, animations have been seemingly recycled from past entries and an alleged lackluster amount of end-game content further fuel fan complaints.

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Squirtle and Wartortle just need a minute Reddit via Jamiedrummond

The official Pokémon subreddit has become a major source for contention and disatisfaction levied against Sword and Shield. Posts pulling in tens of thousands of upvotes featuring odd animations and the title's lackluster overworld have thoroughly dragged the Pokémon Company's reputation through the Muk.

Some reddit users have used the uproar surrounding "Dexit" as a chance to express the community's frustration with many different issues. Reddit user jamiedrummond has spent the past week posting an art collection titled "one culled Pokémon family every day until Dexit is reversed." The series, starring teary-eyed renditions of classic cut pocket monsters, was started to "add a bit of humor to the community" so "fans, regardless of their feelings about the game, would be able to have a chuckle," its creator told Newsweek.

Leveraging a background in photography and videography, Jamiedrummond primarily used his Photoshop skills to make the saddest looking Blastoise on the internet. Alongside every removed base Pokémon, the artist plans on capturing every Mega Evolution and regional form too.

Jamiedrummond started playing Pokémon back in 1999, has continued to play over the past two decades and is "pretty disappointed in what Sword and Shield have represented for Pokémon." The addition of Pokémon Home, a cloud-based bank that allows for certain monster transfers, and the lack of a clear answer as to why they aren't spending more time polishing Sword and Shield is worrying to them, but "it's a game, and I can make do without it," they said. The culled series of shops is meant to be satire and not evidence of a serious movement, just for "fans to have fun."

Will Dexit Kill Sword and Shield?

Pokemon Sword/Shield isn't exactly a technical marvel, but I'm certainly not going to look at a 3 second low resolution gif and then make my mind up about the quality of the entire game.....

— Stealth (@Stealth40k) November 12, 2019

The vocal minority of players tweeting and posting about what they feel to be a lackluster Pokémon game will likely not limit Sword and Shield's potential for success. The game is already a Best Seller for the Nintendo Switch on Amazon in the United States and will presumably be one of the best-selling games of the year. It remains to be seen how the Pokémon Company and Gamefreak will react to the discontent that remains.