First Impressions of Koraidon and Miraidon

Trainers! One of the most exciting aspects of being a Pokémon fan is the new generation of games and the new Pokémon that they bring along with it. In the same vein, the Gen 9 games: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet recently released their second trailer that showcased some new mons, the professors of each game version, trainers, and some picturesque views of the region whose name is yet to be revealed. 

The trailer ends on a ‘legendary’ note, with the box legendaries Koraidon (for Pokémon Scarlet) and Miraidon (for Pokémon Violet) being shown in their full glory. While their typing wasn’t revealed and we technically know nothing more than their names, keen-eyed Pokémon fans spotted loads of clues that have led to some pretty impressive and solid theories.

To put it into perspective, the designs of Koraidon and Miraidon are backed by many subtle aspects in the trailer that are in sync with their designs per see. And I can bet that you will find them very, very interesting!

This article aims to explore the first impressions drawn regarding these two legendaries, spread across the internet. Whilst there are many such cool concepts, I will present only the most convincing or obvious ones. While anything related to Gen 9 is super good stuff for any hardcore Pokémon fan, how is it relevant to someone who is solely inclined to Pokémon Go? 

Well, the box legendaries of Gen 8: Zacian and Zamazenta made their debut in the game out of nowhere, way before Gen 7 even hit the game. For crying out loud, we are yet to get Gen 5’s Black and White Kyurem, Gen 6’s Zygarde, Gen 7’s legendaries, and the remaining Ultra Beasts apart from Nihilego.

In other words, you never know when Koraidon and Miraddon will ride into Pokémon Go. So it doesn’t hurt to know why the Gen 9 legendaries have been so well-received by almost any Pokémon fan. The consensus is obvious: The Gen 9 legendaries look cool!

With that being said, let’s check out all we can infer from Koraidon and Miraidon!

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet



The word korai in Japanese refers to the past. Also, don is a reference to a lizard, or at times, even a dragon. So, a dragon from the past?


The word mirai is a reference to the future. A futuristic dragon, eh?

So in essence, Koraidon is a lizard/dragon that is an ode to past civilizations, with old school elements throughout its body. On the other hand, Miraidon is a fast forward to the future, with a futuristic look complemented by its mechanical design. 

Color scheme

It’s quite obvious that Koraidon is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and Miraidon is exclusive to Pokémon Violet. Yes, it’s in their color scheme. But wait! There’s more than meets the eye. 

You see, Scarlet and Violet are technically the opposite ends of the visible color spectrum. 

The visible color spectrum, here ranging from scarlet to violet.

Not only that, the game cover art features the two legendaries looking away from each other. Why is that interesting? Because this is the first time that the box legendaries are doing that. Is it relevant? Maybe. Maybe not. But red and violet are literally opposite ends of the spectrum. Red has the longest wavelength and the highest frequency, while violet and the shortest wavelength and the highest frequency. Literal opposites with regards to their presence in the color spectrum and also their optical properties. 

The cover art of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

Design elements


Remember the liard reference from ‘don’? Well, there’s more! If you think that the ‘crests’ on the throats of these two Pokémon look unnatural, then you got another thing coming! That’s because such crests actually appear in nature!


The Anole Lizard: inspiration for both designs.

Wait, what? Do you find these legendary ‘lizards’ awkward when they stand? Emboar and Incineroar deja vu? Nah, these ‘dons’ are legit. Check this out!

Hola! Por favor, am I legendary now?

But these aren’t just crests, are they? 

If you take a close look at their neck crests, they are actually…

Motorbike tires!

Indeed, the crests on them are the front tires of a motorbike. While Koraidon has the ‘wheels’ of a traditional motorbike, Miraidon’s ‘wheels’ looks sci-fi and futuristic. In other words, past and future. 

So there you have it! The main theme of the design here is motorbikes. But guess what? The motorbike (or motorcycle) theme goes beyond the tires!

Let’s check out Koraidon first.

Notice those horns or appendages on Koraidon’s head? Umm, now what do they remind you of?


Koraidon likes long handlebars. Image credit: Harley Davidson.

There are more elements of a vintage motorcycle in Koraidon’s design. These include:

A part of the tail looks like it could be the rear wheel.
The shoulders seem to be having motorbike handles.

Let’s check out Miraidon now.

You can see the backseat and the handle on the shoulders.

The design of Miraidon is clearly inspired by futuristic hoverbikes backed with high-end and state-of-the-art technology and sci-fi displays. 

A futuristic motorbike that clearly has elements associated with Miraidon.

Miraidfon only gets cooler when you pay attention to the jetpacks it has for rear limbs!

You can see those awesome jetpacks. So cool!

Since it has been indicated that both the legendaries would have rideable forms, we can see where this is possibly going.

Koraidon is associated with a vintage bike from the past that has long been creating a legacy for itself. Miraidon is a futuristic hoverbike that is sleek, possibly runs on electricity, is super fast, and can propel itself forward and upwards through jet propulsion mechanics. 

Check out these pictures:

Those eyes tell a story!

Koraidon’s eyes appear vintage and reptilian, while Miraidon’s eyes look pixelated. Either way, it sits perfectly with their past and future lore respectively.

The ‘headdress’ on Koraudon looks majestic and reminiscent of an old civilization while Miraidon has an electric current just above each of its eyes and a typical frontal attachment of a motorcycle on its head.

Speculation on their typing

Based on rumors flowing around the internet, Koraidon is Dragon/Fighting, while Miraidon is Dragon/Electric. It is worth noting that this is not yet confirmed and obviously, time will tell how accurate these typings are. 


So that’s all I can present about the Gen 9 box legendaries at the moment. These Pokémon have received a lot of praise and countless people are looking g=firward to playing these games. Thers are clues that point toward the region and lore being based on rideable Pokémon, racing, and alternate forms for Koraidon and Miraidon wherein you can ride them as you will!

The game releases on November 18th, 2022. So we can look forward to the reveals of various Gen 9 Pokémon by then. Till then, you never know when these two would end up in Pokémon Go. So let’s keep our fingers crossed and hopes high on an absolute banger of a region and its Pokémon!

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My name is Niladri Sarkar. A Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist & a Dragon Master on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown where I particularly excel with Dragon types and Weather teams in Ubers / OU. I love to apply my vast knowledge and experience to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go, specialising in DPS/TDO math, movesets, the Master League and Dragon types. Garchomp is my best Pokémon pal through and through.

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