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Should regional variants become a series mainstay?

Should’ve regional variants be a mainstay of the series from now on?

  • Yes

    Votes: 93 79.5%
  • No

    Votes: 12 10.3%
  • Unsure

    Votes: 12 10.3%

  • Total voters
    117

Kallyle

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I think they should be an Alolan thing. Alolan Pokémon could be ported over to the next games, but no new regional variants. Just give us some new Pokémon. I want to see what happens when the Pokédex reaches 1000.
Nope.

It's a lame excuse for not needing to introduce new Pokémon by just recolouring and re-typing stuff we already have.
Here's the thing though, Game Freak is being very cautious with the amount of new Pokémon lately, and they're currently trying to avoid the 1000 number like the plague. Even without regional variants or new form gimmicks, they'd probably keep the amount of new Pokémon low anyways. Regional variants aren't being used as an excuse to keep the number of new Pokémon lower; Game Freak is introducing less brand new Pokémon per generation regardless because they don't want to hit the number 1000 right now.

Regional variants are a rather interesting concept. I think it's perfectly reasonable to assume that their inclusion in Alola may open doors for other sorts of regional variants in the future, but honestly? I feel like that's going to get kinda messy, and it's purely for nomenclature reasons.

As of currently, every single Alolan variant is simply referred to as "Alolan (Pokemon here)" but what about in future regions? Depending on the region's name, I imagine it can be quite annoying to have to say that region's name in addition to the Pokemon name, and then the region after that, so on and so forth. It's one of the reasons why part of me feels like regional variants should stay an Alolan exclusive thing; it give credence to the fact that Alola's environment is uniquely on the extreme side of things, at least enough so that Pokemon there would have to change their physiological makeup in order to survive. It'd be rather overwhelming I think if this were to be a thing in every single subsequent region.
That's a unique perspective you got their, and I understand why you feel that way. However, I'm not sure Game Freak is all that worried about this aspect given they they've admitted to mostly referring to their designs by codenames more than their final names the players know.

Sooner or later regional variants will get extremely repetitive, plus that would mean so much more Pokemon will get new forms with new typings. It'll just make things much more complicated overall, if you want to complete the dex.

So no, I think regional variants for this gen is pretty nice, but if it goes on for 3-4 more gens I think that's way too overboard
it'd be sick to have more regional variants in future games or generations imo. it's the coolest idea they've had in several generations. i think it'd have to be done sparingly though. i don't want every generation to have like twenty new regional variants. that makes it a bit less novel. i'd probably introduce new variants for maybe two or three families a generation. four max.
That's why I think Game Freak should set certain parameters to determines if a region should have regional variants rather than sticking them in every generation:
  • How high is the amount of new Pokémon we're introducing into this region?
  • Is there a need for these Pokémon to adapt to the climate that would make sense?
  • Is there a significant example of real-life species that have adapted to this environment? Do we have a Pokémon that resembles such an animal for us to adapt?
  • How much sense do these designs make in this environment?
As long as Game Freak is careful and looks at similar criteria for deciding whether or not to implement regional variants, then we shouldn't have to worry as much about them overdoing the concept.
 

Unown Seer

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As far as Galar is concerned, I think that the only justification for new variants are the industrial city, medieval city, and the mushroom forest. The problem is that the routes themselves don't look very special. Then again, most of the Alolan variants weren't tied to Alola's uniqueness.

Urbanization affected the Rattata line, for the record.
 

lordfridge

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I like it. I think it's a good way of keeping old designs fresh. That, and it's becoming increasingly impossible to catch 'em all these days.
 

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Heck YES it should stay! It's too good an idea to waste in just one game. If anything it'd allow for underused/disliked pokemon to get a second chance at getting onto someone's favorites list.

Plus it just makes sense that some pokemon would develop differently in other regions. This concept was brought up at the start of the Orange Islands arc of the Anime and I had been waiting for it to be in the games ever since. And the games version is even better because they're not just recolors of old pokemon but are also different typings as well!
 

ItalianBaptist

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I'm 100% for more regional variants; kinda disappointed that Alola didn't have more after how hyped up they were. I think the general consensus is since Game Freak coined a separate, more universal term than just "Alolan" that they can take it and run with it, and I really hope they do. And there is a precedent from both the Orange Islands in the anime AND Delta Species from the TCG :)
 

lordfridge

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Galarian Pidove - it has no toes for some reason.
(English people will relate.)
 

Eliza

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I am disappointed this vote didn't have a selection of Arceus Yes, why are we even debating this. But yeah, I've been playing pokemon since it came out when I was in high school and I like the idea of Regional Variants.
 
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I hope so. It's a great way to keep the amount of new Pokémon low, while also introducing a full new dex to explore.

The Alola forms were pretty much a hit or miss for me, but I love the potential it has.
 

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Im waiting for ghost/ steel golurk and let it better get a nice ability.
also a fire/bug Durrant with dazzling could come quite of handy but it would need to be slower and have better sp. stats.
 
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