The next entries in the Pokemon series are right around the corner, and thanks to Pokemon Presents on August 2, we now have a better understanding of what to expect from them. With a new region, Pokemon, characters, mechanics, and a non-linear, branching story, there’s plenty to get excited about in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, so here’s a roundup for (hopefully) you get pumped like I am.
Types of tera
Alright, let’s get down to business before this turns into me gushing about Mr. Jacq and Sprigatito. Almost every Pokemon game has its own unique gimmick, and Scarlet and Violet are no exception. The latest feature in the series is terastallization, or the process of transforming Pokemon into crystallized versions of themselves with enhanced abilities and even new types. Besides being mostly cool, Terastal Pokemon add a unique element to battles in that they switch effective Pokemon against each other. Safe to say this ability could come into play in sticky situations.
Three distinct campaigns
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet follow your student-turned-Pokemon Trainer as they embark on a school-mandated “treasure hunt,” though what exactly that treasure is hasn’t been specified (my money’s on ” friends along the way”). Once the hunt begins, however, they are free to go through three different story campaigns in any order they choose. While one of these stories is your typical “defeat all eight Gym Leaders and become the Pokemon Champion” storyline we all know and love, the other two journeys have yet to be revealed. Additionally, these eight Gym Leaders can now be defeated in any order. A lot of people suspected that Pokemon games would gradually become more open, and it seems that’s exactly what’s happening.
His school environment
In general, Scarlet and Violet’s decor looks inspired, but I’m notably a fan of Game Freak’s decision to make your kind of “hub” a school. While not everyone is a fan of uniforms (fingers crossed we’ll always have clothing options as robust as the choices in Sword and Shield), I think the student element makes a lot of sense narratively and helps flesh out the wonderful world of Pokemon.
This Sprigatito still
Yes, I am a tattooed bisexual woman in love with internet astrology. Yes, I love cats. And yes, I will be choose Sprigatito as a starter. However, even though I made my choice the second I saw the entrances to the Paldean region, this image alone made me certain my choice was the best. Don’t get me wrong, Fuecoco and Quaxly are adorable and I respect those who choose them instead, but I would give my life for this little baby. Just see to him. Wow.
Paldean Wooper / Whopper / Pooper
This could very well be another example of the fact that we never know exactly what the internet will end up completely attached to when new gameplay footage is revealed. Paldean Wooper’s Pokemon fan art is already taking off, with many affectionately calling the little guy uh…poo.
Personally, I think they’re reminiscent of America’s (only?) favorite malted milk balls, Whoppers, but each to their own taste. Either way, he’s looking to be a true star of the show, and I’m excited to see what Paldean Quagsire will ultimately look like.
Dirt bikes that are also Pokémon?
Move over, Rotom – there is of them new utility Pokemon in town. It turns out that the legendary Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Koraidon and Miraidon, are legendary for a reason: they double as all-terrain vehicles. I’m still not sure how I feel about their ability to transform into wheeled vehicles capable of traversing land and sea, climbing mountains, and flying through the air, but it’s both a feature unique and practical. Plus, with Scarlet and Violet’s four-person co-op enabled, you can also use them to race your friends, adding a whole new element of fun to the series.
When I was little, all my Pokémon and Yugioh cards were stolen from me – and that was devastating. However, even though I had some much rarer cards – including lots of cool French and Japanese cards I had acquired through travel – the one I missed the most was my Flying Pikachu card. That said, I am then excited to be able to catch it and train it in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Additionally, his new Tera Type gives him an incredible advantage in battles. While Ground-type Pokémon can annihilate Electric-types, they are weak at flying, which gives it a hidden advantage.
Pokemon was simple. Game Freak used to spell “snake” backwards, paint a snake purple, and call it a day. Now we have chandeliers, heaps of trash, ice cream, and more – and I think we’re better off for it. The latest weird Pokemon to join the mix is Fidough, a fairy-type Pokemon shaped like a dog and made of bread. As a lover of dogs, carbs, and those teddy bear-shaped loaves of bread you can buy in San Francisco, I love this pup. I want him as a pastry chef and faithful companion. And bonus: there are also plenty of clever options for variants and evolutions, the fan art of which already circles Twitter and Reddit. Will they go with Purebread? Doughmutt? The puns – and the cuteness – never end.
Literally every character
To quote one of my all-time favorite TikTok sounds, “Capitalism really broke out today.” All character designs in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are excellent and somehow thirsty. I mean, look at this scruffy professor aka Mr. Jacq. And don’t even get me started on Garcha and Professors Sada and Turo. But the thirst aside, there is too seems like an interesting assortment of classmates to just hang out with – like Arven, Nemona, and Penny – and plenty of other cool characters to fight and befriend.
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