Originally revealed in the Pokémon Presents livestream broadcasted on February 27th by The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be released exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on November 18th. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet take a new evolutionary step in the Pokémon main series.
As discussed in the Pokémon Presents that aired on August 3rd, players are enrolled in a school, either Naranja Academy (in Scarlet) or Uva Academy (in Violet), that will host an independent study project, the Treasure Hunt. As part of completing this project, three separate story paths will be opened to the player, which can be completed in any order:
In the classic Pokémon storyline, players will challenge eight Pokémon Gyms, that are located throughout Paldea. Trainers can earn the coveted Champion Rank by defeating all of the Gym Leaders, and then passing the Champion Assessment at the Pokémon League headquarters.
Similar to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, before challenging a Gym Leader, players must first pass a Gym Test, with each Gym having their own unique Test. Unlike previous games however, 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, or indeed if there are even any scaling mechanics used in the first place.
The second adventure path features the search for Herba Mystica on the Path of Legends. Players will help Arven in his research of making healthy recipes for Pokémon by seeking out rare ingredients called Herba Mystica, which are said to immediately restore one's health when eaten. Herba Mystica are extremely rare herbs that can only be found in Paldea. They are guarded by Titan Pokémon, which are bigger and stronger than ordinary Pokémon (similar to the Totem Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon), making these rare herbs even more difficult to obtain. After helping Arven, he may offer to give the player some of his hand-made dishes.
Team Star, the apparent villianous team of the Paldea region, is comprised of the school's most rebellious students. Team Star is made up of several squads, each of which has their own base scattered across the Paldea region, and is led by its own boss. These class-cutting delinquents are known for causing trouble for all those around them, with their pushy recruitment tactics disturbing the peace and giving the academy's students and teachers a hard time.
The school uniforms worn by the members of Team Star will differ depending on the game version, with Team Star wearing Uva Academy style purple uniforms in Pokémon Scarlet, and Naranja Academy style orange uniforms in Pokémon Violet.
When players challenge each squad's base, they will be confronted by a seemingly endless wave of Pokémon sent out by the team's numerous grunts. Only after defeating a large enough number of these Pokémon within a given time limit will players be able to draw out the squad's boss and challenge them to battle.
Team Star's bosses will ride into battle on a custom hovercar called a Starmobile. The engine blocks of these vehicles themselves seem to be possessed by a Pokémon, and the Starmobile will pose an additional hazard in battles with the bosses. Players will need to defeat both the squad boss's party Pokémon and their Starmobiles to take down these leaders.
While travelling in the overworld, players will be able to have one Pokémon out and walking with them. Players will be able to use the new "Let's Go!" feature to direct that Pokémon to independently pick up items in a specified area or direction.
Players can also use the "Let's Go!" feature to activate Auto Battles with nearby wild Pokémon in the field. Pokémon can be directed to engage specific Pokémon, or can be sent out in a specified direction to find and initiate Pokémon battles on their own. By defeating wild Pokémon in Auto Battles, these Pokémon can also earn items and Exp. Points.
Pokémon sent out using the "Let's Go!" feature do not need to be watched over by their Trainers, allowing players to separately challenge other wild Pokémon, or look for items nearby. One short segment in the trailer, seen at approximately 43 seconds in, also seems to show a Trainer with two of their Pokémon engaging in Auto Battles at the same time, though how this would work with players only able to have one Pokémon out walking with them is unclear.
Pokémon Past and Future
Three brand new Pokémon were revealed in the new trailer. Two of these, the version-exclusive Amarouge and Ceruledge, aesthetically link to the same past and future theme previously seen with the Legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon.
Category: Fire Warrior Pokemon
Weight: 187.4 lbs.
Ability: Flash Fire
Armarouge's set of armor belonged to a distinguished warrior, and is the source of the energy used for its Psychic-type moves. It also uses the psychic capabilities of this armor to control the fire energy within its body and unleash attacks.
Armarouge believes in a fair fight and will challenge an opponent head-on no matter how much stronger that opponent is. It specializes in using its sturdy armor to bolster its defenses and take down enemies with its high firepower.
Armarouge can learn the new move: Armor Cannon. Armor Cannon is a Fire-type special move in which Armarouge moves both its pauldrons to its hands and puts its arms together to form a cannon, allowing it to shoot its own armor out as blazing projectiles. However, using it will lowers its Defense and Sp. Defense stats.
Armarouge is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet.
Category: Fire Blades Pokemon
Weight: 136.7 lbs.
Ability: Flash Fire
Ceruledge dons an old set of armor steeped in grudges and wields blades made of fire and ghost energy. In battle, these blades transform into great swords to increase Ceruledge's power. Cuts from these great swords leave wounds from which life energy will flow.
Ceruledge prefers close-quarters combat and isn't above using tactics such as sneak attacks and surprise attacks to win a battle. It uses its quick movements to capitalize on its opponent's blind spots, then closes the distance to slash its opponent with its large blades.
Ceruledge can learn the new move: Bitter Blade. Bitter Blade is a Fire-type physical move that gathers the lingering regrets of the fallen into Ceruledge's swords, allowing it to focus that bitterness into a slashing attack. After the attack hits, the user's HP is restored by up to half the damage taken by the target.
Ceruledge is exclusive to Pokémon Violet.
Category: Ambush Pokémon
Height: 4'3" (1.3 m)
Weight: 174.2 lbs. (79.0 kg)
Ability: Anger Shell / Shell Armor
Klawf can rotate its protruding eyeballs to see everything around it, eliminating all blind spots. It latches upside down onto cliffs to ambush its prey from above. However, Klawf eventually gets dizzy from the blood rushing to its head, so it can’t stay upside down too long.
Klawf's claws can hold onto things very tightly, not letting prey go once within its grasp. It uses one claw to hold its opponent in place while using the other to break its guard and hit it where it hurts. Even if a Klawf loses a claw in battle or elsewhere, it will grow back after a while. In certain parts of the Paldea region, Klawf claws are considered a valuable cooking ingredient.
Klawf has an new Ability: Anger Shell. When Klawf's HP drops to half or less, it lowers its Defense and Sp. Def stats but boosts its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.
Trainers of the Paldea region
A selection of Trainers, including the Pokémon League chairwoman and Champion, a Gym Leader, and a leader from the region's villainous team, were revealed for the first time in this trailer.
Geeta is the chairwoman of the Pokémon League, which operates Paldea's Pokémon Gyms. She also serves as Paldea's Pokémon Champion.
Though mild-mannered, Geeta has a commanding presence, and is looked up with admiration by all Pokémon Trainers in the Paldea region. She is on the lookout for talented young trainers who may be capable of passing the Champion Assessment and earning the Pokémon League's Champion Rank.
Brassius is the Gym Leader of Artazon, a town that's alive with flowers and art. He specializes in using Grass-type Pokémon and is known as the Verdant Virtuoso.
Brassius treats Pokémon battles as works of art. Constantly in search of artistic quality, he uses his Gym Test to judge the aesthetic sensibilities of challenges. His pièce de résistance, "Surrendering Sunflora," is a statue installation that depicts adorable Sunflora with somber expressions. Just what these Sunflora are surrendering to is apparently a topic of debate among connoisseurs, though personally we're just a little worried about that thorny vine whip that Brassius can be seen carrying around.
From the trailer, Brassius can be seen using a Smoliv, as well as a Sudowoodo that is capable of Terastallizing into Grass Tera Type.
Mela is the boss of the Schedar Squad, Team Star's Fire crew. Leaving a forceful and gruff impression on others, she employs heavy-handed methods to fix any and every problem thrown her way by the team, earning their trust through her steadfast devotion to completing anything she puts her mind to.
The trailer shows Mele using a Torkoal in battle.