Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: What We Know

Duncan Schiller, MVC writer

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be the first mainline Pokémon game to be released in 2023, and news about the game is already being released. While limited information is available currently, information leakers on social media platforms and Nintendo themselves, are providing updates to the public weekly. The game takes place in the region of Paldea, which is based off of Spain.

News about new Pokémon has been sparse, but some regional variants for already existing Pokémon have been announced, like Diglett and Wooper. The three starter Pokémon have also been announced, those being Quaxly, the water-type duck, Sprigatito, the grass-type cat, and Fuecoco, the fire-type alligator. Four other new Pokémon were announced last week: Giraffaiai, Klawf, Amarouge, and Ceruledge.

The special version-exclusive legendary Pokémon for these games are Koraidon and Miraidon. They both appear to be large snakes or dragons, with what seems to be a wheel embedded into them. The reception of these legendaries has been mixed, and from trailers, it seems that the player can ride their pre-evolution form around the region of Paldea.

As for new mechanics, Nintendo seems to be bringing back ride Pokémon, a feature from the games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which allows the player to ride a Pokémon to move around faster. Also, there are crystals that appear to act like Z-Crystals, which power up a Pokémon’s attack, but these crystals change the actual appearance of the subject Pokémon, making them crystalized. The exact use of these crystals is currently unknown.

Thousands of fans worldwide are waiting in anticipation for the release of this game. More information is surely coming, but for now, this is all there is.