Nepgear is cute.
- Jun 9, 2014
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I agree that this is jumping a slippery slope, but I think that swapping one evolution for another evolution isn't as bad as having a normal version of a particular Pokémon only evolve in one region, which seems to be what Game Freak's doing with regular Farfetch'd instead of just having a Galarian Farfetch'd be the one that evolves. That is definitely a dick move.And again- they had Mega Evolution in those games. We know that Mega Evolution will not be in Sword and Shield. The fact that they did it in LGPE does not mean that it will be the practice moving forward.
To me it seems evident that LGPE was largely an introductory pair of games and offered a taste of regional variants and mega evolution so they would not be unfamiliar to the GO players and whomever was coming in new to the series, in order to bring those people up to speed with the rest of the fanbase. It isn't evidence that they will definitely include regional variants alongside their original forms in future games any more than it was evidence that they would include Mega Evolution in future games.
We're still treading into territory where an entire evolution can disappear in future games due to being the "wrong region" for it. Obstagoon isn't guaranteed to be in every game that Linoone is in, but you can at least predict where it will show up while it's tied to its regional form. If Farfetch'd doesn't have a regional variant but only evolves into Sirfetch'd in Galar, what does that mean for them both?
Sorry, but the waters look murky to me and I'm not comfortable with how things are laid out yet until GameFreak makes it clear that there will be some order established so we really can make "safe" assumptions like Serebii's "available in Galar" list including evolutions for pokemon we've seen in trailers despite not actually seeing those evolutions yet. Because this zone of "this pokemon only evolves into this in this region" is falling into a realm of possibility where you can't count on the fact that your Rattata will definitely always evolve into a Raticate.