After the announcement of Wiglett only a week ago, a brand-new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer has dropped over night, giving us another in depth look at the Paldea region, its Pokémon, the activities we’ll engage in, and the open world we’ll be able to explore. There was a lot to take in from the 14-minute showcase, but there were a few things that stood out to us in particular among the many details we got.
For starters, we got a better look at the ability to Terastallize, where Pokémon crystalize, adding extra damage to moves that match that Pokémon’s Tera type. You can run into wild Tera Pokémon that will Terastallize in battle, and can be caught just like regular Pokémon once broken out of their Terastallized form. Some Pokemon have Tera types completely different from their original types, so it seems there’s more than meets the eye in regards to Terastallizing.
We also got a look at the “Let’s Go” command, which will send your lead Pokémon out into the field and battle independently. They’ll also pick up items and search their surroundings. Not only does this seem like a great accessibility inclusion, but also a way to streamline open-world exploration for those who want to avoid battling wild Pokémon. The items you pick up allow you to craft TMs at Pokémon Centers, which sounds like an excellent way to streamline the obtainability of TMs, especially when it comes to building teams for competitive play.
You can also setup Picnics in the open world to clean up your Pokémon, let them spend time playing, find Pokémon eggs, and make a sandwich with ingredients from towns that give boosts and special effects to you and your Pokémon. It’s a cute and wholesome moment that fits well into the theme of adventure and the premise of Scarlet and Violet.
We got some more information in regards to the three main stories you’ll be following in your journey across Paldea. Starfall Street is where you’ll go up against the school’s team of troublemakers – Team Star, Path of Legends is where you’ll seek out legendary and rumored Pokémon throughout Paldea. The most familiar of the three is the gym challenge, with a traditional 8 gyms to challenge to eventually reach Victory Road.
While there wasn’t much in terms of new Pokemon, we did get to see an all-new evolution of Girafarig, aptly named Farigiraf. It has a very unique design but seems like a logical step forward for a Girafarig evolution.
The last thing we got to look at was a Tera Raid Battle. They look similar to Pokémon Dens from Sword and Shield, where instead you fight Terastallized Pokémon with a group of trainers before the timer expires. Once defeated, you gain an opportunity to catch the Tera Pokémon, there’ll surely be more to it than that in the full game, but that’s the general gist.
You can watch the trailer here:
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet release on November 18th. You can find the cheapest copies below: