Pokemon Scarlet & Violet players have found that the alpha Pokemon they caught in Pokemon Legends: Arceus shrink when carried over to the latest games using Pokemon HOME. It seems that the increased size and power have not been taken into account, resulting in the Pokemon appearing only slightly larger than usual.
With Pokemon HOME, players can transfer their Pokemon to different titles in the series and create their dream team from their favorite Pokemon. However, the different sizes of games on Nintendo Switch are causing some fans to reconsider which Pokémon they import.
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Alpha Pokemon shrink when transferred to Scarlet and Purple with Pokemon HOME
Pokemon HOME was recently updated with Scarlet & Violet compatibility. This finally allows players to move their Pokemon into the latest game to play with their favorites, regardless of where they were caught. However, some fans are disappointed with the size difference an alpha Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus goes through when imported into Scarlet & Violet.
A user created one Post on the Scarlet & Violet subreddit about their Alpha Lucario from Pokemon Legends: Arceus, showing how the creature no longer towers over the player character, but is on a par with them.
Still another post features a colossal Zoroark that appeared capable of eating a human in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, shrinking and standing just above the player in Scarlet & Violet. The dramatic change here, while not groundbreaking, raises the question of the point of transferring alpha Pokémon. If they look like war beasts in one game but nothing special in another, the clear solution is to keep them in the game they were caught in.
Some fans have jumped into the comments on these posts, explaining possible backstories for the Pokémon’s height changing over the games. It appears that they will be given a “former alpha” status, recognizing the effort players have put in to get them. However, the general reaction of most players is that they are let down a bit. Alpha Pokémon are powerful, and their size reflects that, but they don’t look like much when they lose their size. As one player puts it, “I just want a little, island-sized Wailord like in the Sword/Shield DLC.” The Pokémon series has always had fun little quirks, and this Pokémon size change feels like a missed opportunity.