Twitch streamer and YouTube content creator PointCrow has used a custom mod, created by a user known as “CraftyBoss,” in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl that resizes Pokémon to appear more to scale according to their Pokédex entries. These are the sizes that they’re apparently programmed to be in the game already, but ILCA correspondingly scaled them for better visual clarity. This creates a discussion on why Pokémon haven’t been represented this way since Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
In the pictures above, you’ll see a comparison of how Palkia looks in the game now versus the modded version when choosing the option to have it follow you in the overworld. These small versions of large Pokémon break the immersion and make legendary Pokémon like Palkia seem not as threatening as when you encountered it at Spear Pillar.
The last time we had to scale Pokémon was back in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Now Pokémon like Wailord are scaled down so that Pokémon like Skitty actually have a chance when they’re paired up at the daycare. Players want to be able to feel like they’re in the Pokémon world, so doing this makes the fantasy even less believable. PointCrow exclaimed numerous times during his live stream with the mod enabled how much he loved seeing this and that it made the game more fun.
You can see the mod in action here.
What do you think? Are these not-to-scale Pokémon disappointing to you or have you been able to happily play Pokémon games because this is what you’re conditioned with? Feel free to let us know in the comments or continue the conversation in our Discord!