With Nintendo’s recent revelation that Pokemon Sword and Shield will be receiving an expansion pass — a first for the series known for releasing enhanced versions – we also learned that 200 additional pokemon
would be making their way to the Galar region over the course of both DLC packs, included with the $29.99 pass.Since not everyone from the National Dex will be making the cut – this begs the question, which pokemon should be added out of the hundreds that haven’t been confirmed? We have developed a tool to crowdsource a definitive list of Most Wanted Pokemon (MWP) … using math!
It’s fun math though, we promise: In short, your picks will be counted, along with all the other participants, and then — depending on which Pokemon win the most match-ups — we’ll post the winning list of Most Wanted Pokemon, ranked by popularity. We’ll be revealing the list of MWP, Monday, January 20, so get your picks in before then!
For more information on FaceOffs, keep scrolling.
What Is a FaceOff?
As the name suggests, in a FaceOff we’ll have one pokemon face off against another and it will be up to you to choose the winner. In this case, you’re looking at two Pokemon and picking which one you’d prefer to be in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion.
It’s possible to see the same Pokemon multiple times, especially if you keep clicking through the FaceOff. There are over 390 Pokemon here that get randomly paired up each time you pick a winner.
How do I know when I’ve clicked through everything?
There isn’t a surefire way to know that you’ve seen all the Pokemon included because they are matched up randomly. And, because there are so many combinations. Maybe you want to play until you get to choose Cyndaquil or maybe you just want Sandygast and Palossand to lose every time you see them. Keep clicking through pairs until you feel like you’ve adequately fought for your favorite Mons. We’ll let math take care of the rest.
Which Pokemon have you included?
The Pokemon you see in this FaceOff are based on a process of elimination.
We’ve included all the Pokemon that are not included in the Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield base games or already confirmed/hinted at for the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. Please note that in instances where we’ve already seen a Pokemon that has an evolutionary line we’ve excluded the other Pokemon in said line. This means that Bulbasaur and Ivysaur are not in this FaceOff because we’ve already seen images of Gigantamax Venasaur.
How is this tracked?
Every time you select a winner from a pair we get that information as a “point” in favor of that Pokemon. When we’re done tracking this information the Pokemon with the most points will be ranked from most to least, leaving us with a tidy list of Most Wanted Pokemon.
This means you can keep clicking through for as long as you want, giving your favorite Pokemon a better chance of winning. And you can return to this FaceOff as many times as you want, while it remains live.
When will the results be posted?
Once again, the results will be posted on Monday, January 20 at the top of an updated version of this article. So be sure to check back for the results!
For more on Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to check out our wiki guide. There, you can find everything you need to know about both Expansions including a working list of the Pokemon being added to Sword and Shield, all the legendaries, how to get Galarian Slowpoke, and much more.