Originally revealed in the Pokémon Presents livestream broadcasted on February 27th by The Pokémon Company. Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be released on the Nintendo Switch late this year. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet take a new evolutionary step in the Pokémon main series.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will take place in the Paldea region, which is based on the real-world Iberian Peninsula. Whereas in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, each area was its own separate and distinct map, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be a true open-world experience, where players can explore an entire region of vast open spaces, with Pokémon able to be encountered not just in the wilderness, but also living together with people in villages and towns.
With the centrally located city of Mesagoza as their home base, players will set out as a student of either Naranja Academy (in Scarlet) or Uva Academy (in Violet). Together with their fellow students, they will engage in a special independent study project, the Treasure Hunt.
Three separate story paths will be part of the player's in-game adventures. Only one of these stories has thusfar received any significant detail, that being the traditional story of players challenging Gyms to achieve the rank of Pokémon Champion. Unlike previous games, players can challenge the Gyms in Scarlet and Violet in any order. As of yet, no details have been given about what sorts of scaling mechanics this might involve.
Each new region introduced in the Pokémon franchise now seems to have its own unique quirk now, and it would seems Paldea is no different. This latest gimmick is known as the Terastal Phenomenon.
Trainers can Terastallize a Pokémon once per battle, with the transformation lasting until the battle ends, similar to Mega Evolution. Players will need a Tera Orb to Terastallize a Pokémon, which then must be recharged before it can be used again. Players can charge their Tera Orb by touching crystals filled with Terastal energy, or by going to a Pokémon Center. How players will first acquire a Tera Orb has not yet been revealed, though the implication does appear to be that players will only have a single Tera Orb, rather than being able to carry a collection of them to use in back-to-back battles.
The exact amount of boost Pokémon receive when they Terastallize has not been stated, though presumably if this gimmick is meant to match those of recent generations, it would have to be more than simply changing or granting an additional same-type attack bonus.
Playing together with your friends has been a core part of the Pokémon franchise since the very beginning, and Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet continue this trend. The new game's equivalent of the Global Trade Station or the Y-Comm is known as the Poké Portal. Using the Poké Portal, players can engage in both Link Trades and Surprise Trades, just as in the previous generation's Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games.
Tera Raid Battles are Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet's equivalent of the Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. By interacting with shining crystals that can be found in the overworld (seemingly the equivalent of Sword and Shield's Pokémon Dens), Trainers will be able to recruit other players for a Raid Battle against a Terastallized wild Pokémon. Unlike Max Raid Battles, Trainers will not need to wait for their teammates to choose their actions, allowing for much freer flowing gameplay. If the team is successful in defeating the Terastallized Pokémon within the time limit, all players will have the opportunity to catch it by throwing Poké Balls. Pokémon found in Tera Raid battles are more likely to have rarer Tera Types than those encountered elsewhere.
The biggest change to multiplayer comes in the new Union Circle feature. Using this, players can partner with up to three friends to adventure together throughout the region. While no firm information has been given on the limitations of the Union Circle as of yet, the function appears to be more similar to something like the multi-player in Animal Crossing, and it seems unlikely that players will be able to co-operate to complete the stories together. Instead, the announcement has focused more on features such as cheering on wild Pokémon battles, and relaxing together with your Pokémon.
Pokémon Past and Future
The presentation revealed two brand new Pokémon, as well as a Paldean regional form for an additional Pokémon.
Category: Puppy Pokémon
Weight: 24 lbs.
Ability: Own Tempo
Fidough's skin has elastic qualities and is both firm and soft at the same time. When these Pokémon become excited, they intimidate their opponents by puffing up their bodies to appear bigger. Fidough ferments things in its vicinity using the yeast in its breath. The yeast is useful for cooking, so this Pokémon has been protected by people since long ago.
Category: Poison Fish Pokémon
Weight: 24.3 lbs.
Ability: Poison Point / Water Absorb
In ancient times, Wooper lived underwater in the Paldea region. After losing in a struggle for territory, it seems they began living in bogs on land. To keep from drying out while living on land, they began to cover their bodies with a poisonous film. Their gills have hardened thanks to living on land for so long. Their bodies are heavy and they move slowly, but they can protect themselves by shooting powerful poisonous liquid from their gills.
Category: Tera Whale Pokémon
Weight: 1,543.2 lbs.
Ability: Thick Fat / Slush Rush
Cetitan need to have tough muscles to be able to support their immense bodies, and physical attacks using their bodies have incredible power. They also migrate around the snowy regions, protected by a thick layer of fat.
Trainers of the Paldea region
A selection of Trainers, including classmates, teachers and a Gym Leader, were revealed for the first time during this presentation.
Arven is an upperclassman at the academy. He's good at cooking, and is researching healthy recipes that can help Pokémon feel better. He's also not good at Pokémon battles, which will lead him to ask the player to help him out on occasion.
Clavell acts as the director of Naranja Academy (in Scarlet) or Uva Academy (in Violet). His jacket will bbeorange if you're playing Scarlet, or more of a grape purple in Violet.
A strict but kind teacher, Clavell will be responsible for teaching you and the other new students many things about your school. He also seems to be a friend of Professor Sada (in Scarlet) and Professor Turo (in Violet).
Grusha (Gym Leader of the Glaseado Gym)
Grusha is a former professional snowboarder, who now works as the Gym Leader of the Glaseado Gym full-time. He is an Ice-type specialist who has Cetitan as his partner. While normally being coolheaded, he starts showing his emotions when in the heat of battle.
Mr. Jacq is a biology teacher, and also the player's homeroom teacher. He also seems a fair hand at programming, as he's apparently the developer of the Pokédex app for the Rotom Phone. Deeply knowledgeable about Pokémon biology, he can be airheaded at times, and can easily lose himself in his research.
Penny is a classmate in the same grade as the player at the academy. Though easily spotted with her distinctive fluffy Eevee bag, Penny is somewhat shy, and appears to not come into campus frequently.
Pre-Orders and Early Purchase Bonus:
Pre-orders for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet have already been available in retail stores for some time now, though those wanting the game digitally can now also pre-order on the Nintendo eShop.