New Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on Nintendo Switch.
An abundance of new information came out of the latest Pokémon Presents Presentation on Wednesday. Specifically, the livestream detailed new Pokémon, regional Pokémon variants, and new forms for the Legendary monsters Koraidon and Miraidon.
The livestream also delved into additional tidbits surrounding the new Pokémon Switch games, including Gym challenges, Tera Raid Battles, the multiplayer Poké Portal and Union Circle, and special pre-order bonuses.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the first in the long-running monster-collecting series to feature an open world. They’re also the latest Nintendo Switch-exclusive titles. Players can explore it together by joining each other’s games for co-op play and work together in new Tera Raid Battles that support up to four simultaneous Trainers at once. Plus, it will include all the familiar aspects Pokémon fans know and love, like trading and online battles.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: New Pokémon Revealed
New Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet include the soft and elastic puppy monster Fidough. The Fairy-type can puff itself up to appear larger, and ferments everything in its vicinity using the yeast in its breath. It’s a favorite of people who love to cook, since the yeast can be used for specific dishes.
The Ice-type Pokémon Cetitan is classified as a Tera Whale. It’s a large behemoth of a Pokémon, and has massive muscles underneath its tough exterior. It’s mostly seen around snowy regions, with its body protected by a thick layer of blubber, much like a real-life whale.
The Paldean Wooper is a variant on a pre-existing Pokémon, and like its name suggests, can only be found in Paldea. These Poison/Ground-type variants are classified as Poison Fish Pokémon and cover their bodies with a poisonous film. They have hardened gills from living on land instead of underwater like their ancestors did, and have heavy, slow-moving bodies. Watch out for the poisonous liquid that shoots out from their gills.
Additionally, the latest Pokémon livestream touched on the Legendary Pokémon that appear in the games as well as the physical editions’ cover art: Koraidon and Miraidon. Depending on which version of the game players purchase, they can capture one or the other. It’s been revealed that each Pokémon can change forms between the Sprinting Build/Drive Mode, Swimming Build/Aquatic Mode, or Gliding Build/Glide Mode. These forms help players move more quickly, explore bodies of water, and jump from place to place as well as glide.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Tera Jewel and Terastal Phenomenon
Players will begin their Pokémon Scarlet and Violet adventure in the Paldea region, where they’ll encounter the Terastal Phenomenon. Characterized by a special Tera Jewel that appears above each Pokémon’s head like a crown, it adds a special glimmer to a Pokémon’s body. All Pokémon in the Paldea region have the ability to Terastallize, and they can gain special powers from doing so.
Additionally, monsters that take part in Terastallization may change forms when the ability is used. For instance, as shown in the presentation, Pikachu can change from Electric-type to a Flying-type monster when Terastallizing. Shiny crystal balloons are added to Pikachu if using the correct Tera Type. This can occur with any other Pokémon as well. This core battle mechanic has the ability to turn the tides for each encounter if used correctly.
Trainers will need to first obtain a Tera Orb to Terastallize their Pokémon, and use it to enact a special battle transformation. This can be done once per battle. The Tera Orb will need to be recharged by way of crystals found throughout Paldea or via a Pokémon Center.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are Nintendo Switch exclusives set for release on November 18.