The DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, has been confirmed!
Like the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra expansions for Sword and Shield, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero will be released in two parts. In this case, the two parts are called The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk. Continuing the custom of introducing new Pokémon mid-Generation, both parts of the DLC introduce unique Pokémon that will play pivotal roles for each story. Each expansion will also provide additional customization options. Although there are two parts to the DLC, they link together to tell a connected story.
Mon in The Teal Mask
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The Teal Mask takes place in a new area called Kitakami, located outside of Paldea. Naranja/Uva Academy students are chosen to take part in an annual school trip in collaboration with another school. Kitakami is a place of tranquil natural expanses, filled with rice paddies and apple orchards, overlooked by a great mountain. The field trip coincides with a seasonal festival, so the village is bustling with street vendors and stalls. The player will meet new friends and Pokémon while solving the mysteries behind Kitakami folktales. Like Isle of Armor, The Teal Mask steps away from the European basis of the main region in favor of an Asian theming.
The player even dons a traditional jinbei, which is a traditional Japanese garment commonly worn during festivities.
The new Pokémon revealed that will play important roles in the story are Monkidori, Okidogi, Fezandipiti, and Ogerpon. They are based on a monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and an ogre respectively; the story of The Teal Mask could reference the Japanese folktale of Momotaro, with the player standing in as the titular character. Monkidori, Okidogi, and Fezandipiti are revered as heroes that protected Kitakami in the past, with stone statues of their likenesses made to express the people’s gratitude. Other details about the four Pokémon, such as their Typing, abilities, and combat capabilities are unknown as of writing.
Mystery of the Indigo Disk
The Indigo Disk introduces Blueberry Academy, a sister school to Naranja/Uva Academy, located under the sea. Unlike Naranja/Uva Academy, Blueberry Academy was established in recent years. The player becomes an exchange student when they visit Blueberry Academy, where the curriculum is focused on battling. They will attend classes, interact with the local students, and experience school life unique to Blueberry Academy.
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SPOILERS FOR THE MAIN GAME
The new Pokémon in The Indigo Disk is Terapagos, a crystalline blue turtle. A sketch of a Pokémon similar to it appears in the Scarlet/Violet Book found in the main game. Although the last page describing the creature has portions of the text redacted, it does appear to align with Terapagos’ design.
A _isk P__é__n?
“While sep__ated from the resea_h team in the crater’s dep__s, I found a s__ange… en__ty. Whether it was a __kémo_, or even _liv_ at all, I kn_w no_. It bore a s__ll with layers of o__rlapping he__gons, and glea__d brig__er than a __mstone. Vie__d as a whole, it res___led a mys___ious, __illiant d_sk.”
Given that previous power-ups (Mega Evolution, Z-Moves, Dynamax) originated from an otherworldly, Legendary Pokémon, it is likely that Terapagos could be the source of the Terastal phenomenon. Terapagos’ crystalline body may be a nod to Necrozma and Eternatus, whose body fragments provide the energy to Z-Moves and Dynamax phenomenon respectively. Terapagos’ shell exhibiting all 18 Types also brings to mind Arceus’ Multitype, along with its artificial progeny Silvally’s RKS System.Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Book
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As with the four Pokémon mentioned in The Teal Mask, Terapagos’ gameplay details are currently shrouded in mystery.
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In both parts of the expansion, the player meets a pair of siblings named Carmine and Kieran. They hail from Kitakami and attend Blueberry Academy. Although Carmine can be a bit selfish and cold toward people from other regions, she cares deeply for her little brother. By contrast, Kieran is quiet, gentle, and curious about the player and Paldea.
As with Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra, both DLC parts will feature the return of older Pokémon that were not in the base game. Returning in The Teal Mask are the Vulpix, Yanma, Seedot, Chingling, Feebas, and Grubbin families. Returning in The Indigo Disk are the Seel, Beldum, Blitzle, Cottonee, Espurr, and Milcery families. Vulpix’s return means that its Alolan form is eligible for transfer too. Altogether, over 230 familiar species make their comeback, bringing the Paldea PokéDex count from 400 to over 630.
The Teal Mask will be released in fall 2023, with The Indigo Disk following in winter 2023.
Are you excited about The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero? What other new content do you hope to see in the DLC? Let us know in the comments and on social media!
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