The Pokémon Company has released another new trailer revealing new details about the franchise’s upcoming games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet!
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the first set of Generation 9 games, taking place in the Paldea region. Trainers take an independent study course as they catch, train, and befriend various Pokémon. In contrast to previous installments, the game is open-world and the development of the three main stories is up to the player’s preferences.
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Let’s Go, Auto-Battle, and Terastalize!
A beloved feature returning from previous games is having Pokémon follow their Trainer in the overworld. However, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet expands on what they can do during their time outside their Poké Ball. With the “Let’s Go!” command, the player can send their Pokémon out on their own to search for Items and engage in battles. While Pokémon are left to their devices, they can automatically battle while the player performs other tasks.
It has been established that the Terastal phenomenon turns a Pokémon crystalline and temporarily alters their Type(s), enhancing moves that match their Tera Type. Any Pokémon in Paldea can Terastalize, with each individual specimen having one out of 18 Types for its Tera Type. Special wild Pokémon emit an aura in the overworld and will Terastalize in battle. The transformation is undone when the Tera Pokémon is weakened enough. As with Galar’s Dynamax, Raid Battles are another way to encounter Tera Pokémon.
Farigiraf Makes Ends Meet!
Farigiraf is a new evolution to Girafarig, retaining its Normal/Psychic Type and Long Neck Pokémon classification. It stands 10’06” (3.2 m) and weighs 352.7 lbs (160 kg), being as tall as Arceus and weighing as much as Hydreigon. Farigiraf resembles its pre-evolution, but its Chain Chomp-like tail has merged with the main head to become a hoodie-like feature. Girafarig’s evolution to Farigiraf has literally put its own two heads together, joined by bundles of thick nerves and enhancing its Psychic powers that it emits from its antennae.
As with Girafarig, Farigiraf’s name is a palindrome in English, French, Spanish, Getman, and Italian. However, its Japanese name リキキリン (Rikikirin) is an anagram of Girafarig’s name キリンリキ (Kirinriki), combining the words キリン (kirin, meaning “giraffe”) and 力 (riki, meaning “power”). Farigiraf also inverts Girafarig, fitting its two-headed, double-ended theming.
Although mindful of its surroundings, sometimes Farigiraf’s brain reacts faster than its body. The tail head acts as protection for the main head, closing the former’s mouth lets it whip its long neck around to inflict physical damage strong enough to smash rocks and bend steel beams. Farigiraf has two new abilities: Armor Tail and Cud Chew. The former blocks priority (being another reskin of Tsareena’s Queenly Majesty and Bruxish’s Dazzling), and the latter grants the user to consume their held Berry twice.
Paldea Picnics Provide Pokémon Palatable Provisions
As a spiritual successor to Galar’s Pokémon Camp, Picnics are a way for Trainers to unwind during their adventure, sending out their entire party to play and eat. The difference from Galar’s Camp is that the player is actively involved in bonding with their Pokémon. Pokémon Eggs are also obtainable via Picnic when at least two Pokémon present are biologically compatible, even between different Trainers.
What’s a picnic without food? One can prepare sandwiches using an assortment of ingredients, such as ham, lettuce, and tomato. Depending on the combination, these scrumptious sandwiches have a variety of effects, including healing, experience, and increasing the encounter/catch/raid rate of certain Types.
Returning from Alola is the ability to clean up Pokémon and take pictures with them, taking cues from Pokémon Refresh and the Alola Photo Club respectively. The pictures can be used for one’s in-game profile, allowing for a wider variety of images.
Other Details About Pokémon Scarlet and Violet…
Carrying over from Legends Arceus, Paldea has a Technical Machine Machine. With this service, Trainers can craft Technical Machines using materials from defeated Pokémon. These Technical Machine Machines can be found at Pokémon Centers.
Eagle-eyed viewers can spot several unidentified new Pokémon throughout the trailer. At 4:08, a Team Star Grunt can be seen in the background sending out an unfamiliar bipedal Pokémon. At 7:18, one can spot Rookidee and three (four?) unfamiliar new Pokémon on the map at the bottom right-hand corner. At 9:33, yet another unknown Pokémon can be spotted moving around behind the button display. What could they be…?
Some new tweaks to Trainer customization have been added to expand the feature. One of them is changing one’s eye shape. Since its inception, players could change their character’s eye color, but only the color. This time, one can not only change eye shape, but also choose from different eyelash types to make the character look even more different. Previously, only females were able to choose eyelash designs, since they are traditionally considered feminine.
With how the options are becoming more and more unisex, this could be a step to making the game more appealing for those who do not follow traditional gender presentation. Another addition is wearing facial marks, such as freckles and beauty marks, something that was exclusive to Kalos’ PR Video.
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Source: The Pokémon Compay