Today’s Nintendo Direct started with a new trailer for the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, showing some gameplay footage and sharing some details on the upcoming two-part DLC.
The Teal Mask (Part 1)
The first part, The Teal Mask, takes place on the island of Kitakami for a school trip, and centers around a town known as Mossui Town.
Statues of the Loyal Three—the new Pokémon, Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti—can be found in a park known as Loyalty Plaza, and there’s also a festival known as the Festival of Masks.
Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti’s Ability: Toxic Chain
The official website has also shown off the new Ability that the Loyal Three all have: Toxic Chain. Toxic Chain has a chance of badly poisoning the target Pokémon whenever they use a damaging move against the target. In the screenshots above, you can see Fezandipiti using Air Slash and badly poisoning Meowscarada as a result—it is also worth noting that Air Slash does not make contact, so unlike Abilities such as Poison Touch, it appears this can trigger with any damaging move.
Several Pokémon found in Kitakami are version exclusive, meaning that you’ll only be able to find some of them in the wild while playing Pokémon Scarlet and others will only be found in the wild in Pokémon Violet. One example of this is Aipom and Gligar, with Gligar only available in Scarlet and Aipom only available in Violet.
More Screenshots for The Teal Mask
The Teal Mask Release Date
At the time of this post, no specific release date has been provided. The planned release date is still listed as Fall 2023 (Northern Hemisphere).
The Indigo Disk (Part 2)
The second part of the DLC, known as The Indigo Disk, takes place at the Blueberry Academy in a distant land. It houses the Terarium, an undersea biodome that houses four distinct biomes where numerous Pokémon reside. These biomes each have their own climate and ecosystem, and there’s an artificial sky that’s projected onto the walls of this undersea haven to reflect the time of day and weather on the surface, according to the official website.
New Characters in The Indigo Disk
Cyrano is the director of the Blueberry Academy and is apparently a longtime acquaintance of Director Clavell, according to the official website. He invites you to the Blueberry Academy as an exchange student.
Lacey is a second-year student at the Blueberry Academy and shows you around when you arrive. She apparently knows a fair amount about battling as well.
Screenshots from The Indigo Disk
The Indigo Disk Release Date
At the time of this post, no specific release date has been provided. The planned release date is still listed as Winter 2023 (Northern Hemisphere).
Gimmighoul Tera Raid Event
Until July 2, 2023 at 4:59pm PDT / 7:59pm EDT (23:59 UTC), you’ll be able to face off against Chest Form Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battles. They’re available in 1-star through 5-star Raids, although the 5-star Gimmighoul Raids have a chance of it being a Shiny Gimmighoul (any 1–4-star Gimmighoul raids cannot be Shiny).
Additionally, a limited-time Mystery Gift code is available for Scarlet & Violet. You can input TREASUREHUNT until July 31, 2023 to receive 10× Nugget, 10× Rare Candy, and a fairly rare Friend Ball. All you need to do is just input the code via Mystery Gift and you’re good to go, although it can only be redeemed once per save file.