Today’s Pokémon Presents video revealed information on various Pokémon mobile titles, but also a lot of information on Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, such as the region’s name—Paldea—as well as some of its mechanics.
Two new Pokémon were revealed today, along with a new Paldean form of an existing Pokémon.
Fidough is a Fairy-type puppy Pokémon with the ability Own Tempo.
Cetitan is a massive Ice-type Pokémon classified as a “Tera Whale” Pokémon. It has either Thick Fat or Slush Rush for its ability.
Wooper now has its own regional form, in the form of Paldean Wooper. Paldean Wooper is a Poison/Ground-type with either Poison Point or Water Absorb for its ability.
The region in the game is called the Paldea region and it is a large, open-world region. In its center is the city of Mesagoza, which contains either the Naranja Academy or the Uva Academy, depending on which version you’re playing.
One of the new battle mechanics is something known as the Terastal Phenomenon, which allows every Pokémon to transform into a crystalline form that changes its type to something else. It can be used only once per battle, but it remains transformed for the duration of the fight.
While in its Terastallized form, the Pokémon has a Tera Jewel that corresponds to its type atop its head, and it also powers up its moves of that same type. A Tera Orb is needed in order to Terastallize a Pokémon, and it requires recharging either by resting at a Pokémon Center or by touching certain crystals while exploring.
Tera Raid Battles
Similar to Max Raid Battles from Pokémon Sword & Shield, Tera Raid Battles are 4-vs-1 battles where you and up to three other players can fight against a Terastallized Pokémon. This is one way that you are able to get Terastallized Pokémon of different types, which are shown to you before the battle starts.
Unlike Max Raid Battles, players can command their Pokémon without waiting for their allies to finish their turns, suggesting the fights are only semi-turn based. This may add extra strategies to have certain players time attacks or effects at just the right time.
While the two Legendary Pokémon for the games, Koraidon and Miraidon, were previously revealed back in June, it has now been confirmed that you’ll use them to traverse the Paldea region, as they allow you to ride on them to travel faster and clear specific terrain.
There’s more information about the games that goes beyond the scope of this update post and will instead be added to the site’s Pokémon Scarlet & Violet section throughout the day, so please check that out later in the day for more, or refer to the press release for more details.
Below are a few select screenshots that were included in the press release.
In today’s Pokémon Presents, two new Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch were unveiled—Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet—due for a worldwide release in late 2022. This pair of games mark the start of Generation IX (Generation 9).
You can see some footage of the game in action in the reveal trailer up above, which showcases an open world with numerous Pokémon found out in the wild and even throughout the cities. The region appears to be influenced by real-world Spain and Portugal, and the region itself is said to be open world.
The three starter Pokémon were also unveiled, which you can see down below.
Today’s Pokémon Presents video also revealed a whole bunch of information, details, and gameplay footage for early next year’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus, including two all-new evolutions of existing Pokémon and exclusive Hisuian Forms of a few other existing Pokémon.
While it was previously confirmed that the game took place far in the past in the Sinnoh region, it turns out that the region had a different name back then: the Hisui region (pronounced like “he-SU-ee”, according to the video), and there are certain regional forms of Pokémon in that region—forms that, from the seems of things, eventually died out entirely in the modern day world and Sinnoh region.
Players will not just have to battle against wild Pokémon in the region, but survive against them, as they can attack the player and if the player sustains too much damage they will be sent back to their most recent base camp—an interesting mechanic, as the player may be incentivized to sneak up on Pokémon.
Of course, the player can still battle these wild foes by using their own Pokémon, although the battle system is a bit different from the main series games, as there are two attack styles: the Strong Style and the Agile Style. Pokémon’s Speed determines not just who acts first, but also can give faster Pokémon multiple turns to attack with, especially if they go for an Agile Style move instead of a Strong Style one. It’s an interesting change to the tried-and-true formula.
Some of the new features being introduced to the games that weren’t present in the originals include the ability to customize your Trainer with different outfits and choosing skin tone similar to modern games, the ability for Pokémon to follow you outside of battle, special areas in the Grand Underground to catch Pokémon in, and a vastly more interactive Super Contest system in the form of Super Contest Shows. Pokémon HOME connectivity is also confirmed for sometime in 2022.
A special Nintendo Switch Lite Dialga & Palkia Edition will be released on November 5, 2021 and resembles the old Dialga & Palkia Nintendo DS Lite that launched around the time of the original Diamond and Pearl.
In summary, Pokémon Café Mix is becoming Pokémon Café ReMix later this Autumn, Pokémon Masters EX is celebrating its two-year anniversary by bringing back N and teasing at a new story arc in September, and Pokémon UNITE‘s mobile version launches on September 22, 2021 and both Sylveon and Mamoswine have been confirmed as upcoming additions to the roster of playable Pokémon with Unite licenses coming soon.