Introducing the Paldea region, new Pokémon, and more from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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More details are announced for The Pokémon Company’s upcoming game, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, during today’s Pokémon Presents, along with the announcement of the Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Finale Event.

Explore the Paldea Region 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be the first open-world RPG in the franchise. The game will take place in the Paldea region, inspired by the Iberian Peninsula, where Spain and Portugal is located.

The main Legendary Pokémon for both games, Koraidon and Miraidon, will be ridable. They will help you traverse through grasslands, move across water, and fly through the air, changing forms as needed.

Official map of Paldea

Choose your own path

The story starts with you enrolling at a certain academy (Naranja Academy for Scarlet and Uva Academy for Violet). You will be tasked with a project with the theme “Treasure Hunt” where you will embark on your own journey to find a treasure of your own in Paldea.

From here, the story branches out to three separate stories. One story is the familiar Gym Battle route, in which you beat 8 Gym Leaders in any order you want and aim to become a Champion. The other two stories have not been given any details, but was announced as “[holding] many surprises and discoveries.” You can choose between any three story to start with.

New Pokémon, New Regional Variant

The Wooper of the Paldea region is Poison and Ground type. They started living in bogs on land after losing their territory. To keep themselves from drying out, they began to cover their skin with poisonous film.

These Wooper 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.​

Cetitan is an Ice type Pokémon with a large body and five hard horns that can freeze its surroundings. It can be seen as one of the Pokémon of the Ice-type Gym Leader Grusha.

Cetitan need to have tough muscles to be able to support their immense bodies. They also migrate around the snowy regions, protected by a thick layer of subcutaneous fat.

Fidough is a Fairy type Puppy Pokémon that has smooth and elastic skin. Its breath contains yeast, which is said to be useful for cooking.

Fidough’s moist, smooth 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.​ Adorable! Let’s hope for an equally punny evolution name, like Purebread or Doughmutt.

Terastalized Pokémon

The Terastal Phenomenon is this generation’s gimmick (similar to Dynamax of Sword and Shield or Mega Evolution of X and Y). Terastallizing Pokémon will change its type according to its Tera type while also boosting moves of the same Tera type. You can only use Terastallize once per match. Once it is used, it must be recharged via Pokémon Center or crystals with Terastal energy.

It seems that the Tera type is the same as the current Pokémon’s type by default, but there will be Pokémon that have different Tera Types. For example, Eevee will usually have the Normal Tera Type, but it has been confirmed to possibly have Grass, Water, or Flying Tera Type.

To get Pokémon with rare Tera Types, you will need to catch them in Tera Raid Battles. Similar to Dynamax Raid Battles, you and up to three other Trainers will battle a Terastrallized Pokémon, but this time, you can attack and heal at your own pace, without waiting on your allies.

Information on the official Pokémon Scarlet and Violet site seems to tease that all Pokémon will have access to all 18 Tera types. This will definitely be interesting when it comes to competitive Pokémon and VGC.

Official Terestal Arl

Version Exclusive Pokémon

Larvitar and Stonjourner appear in Pokémon Scarlet, while Bagon and Eiscue appear in Pokémon Violet.

How it relates to Pokémon GO

Similar to Alolan and Galar regional variants, it is very likely that Paldean regional variants will be released first in Pokémon GO before they release new Paldean Pokémon. This means Paldean Wooper could be one of the first few Pokémon that will be in Pokémon GO.

Since Hisuian Voltorb was released during the release window of Pokémon Legends Arceus, it is fair to assume that Paldean Wooper or another Paldean regional variant will be released in Pokémon GO to celebrate the launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

It’s too early to tell if Paldean Wooper will evolve into anything that will be relevant in the current PvP meta, but I really do hope Paldean Quagsire looks great. I actually prefer if they leave Quagsire altogether and go for a new evolution similar to Sneasler. Quagsire is already perfect as it is.

Pokémon Presents

If you want to watch the full presentation for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, watch the video below.

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