After what seems like forever, if you’re a Pokemon fan at least, the latest Pokemon game is finally releasing today! Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is the ninth generation of Pokemon on Nintendo. Along with the release, players can explore a new open-world region in 3D, with a bevy of new and exciting Pokemon to collect. If you don’t have a Switch, you can still play other titles, like Pokemon GO, Pokemon Unite, and Pokemon Cafe Mix
In this latest installment, players will explore the Paldea region. There will be some Pokemon from other regions as well, but players will receive all new starter Pokemon, legendaries, and of course, new Pokemon from the region. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will also feature the all-new Paradox Pokemon, which is a brand new class to collect and train.
So far, at least 107 new Pokemon have been confirmed. For your starter Pokemon, you can choose between the traditional three types – fire, plant, and water. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you can choose between Sprigatito (grass – and eventually dark-type), Quaxly (water and eventually fighting-type), and Fuecoco (fire – and eventually ghost-type). The other new Pokemon you can encounter include Floragato, Meowscarada, Crocolor, Skeledirge, and many more.
Also being introduced in the game for the first time are black crystal tera-raids. During play, trainers might come across black crystals. These are different from the crystal you usually interact with from tera raids, and the Pokemon you battle are also much stronger. Beating these opponents, however, will result in rewards that are more exciting than usual.
Unfortunately, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is a Nintendo exclusive, the same as many of the previous story-driven releases. However, that doesn’t mean if you don’t have a Nintendo, you should miss out. There are still free games available for those that want to enjoy the Pokemon experience, like Pokemon GO, Pokemon Unite, and Pokemon Cafe Mix.
In celebration of the release of the new game, Pokemon Unite is holding a special in-game event from November 18th, 2022, until February 1st, 2023. During this time, players will be able to receive Pokemon Scarlet and Violet fashion items, stickers, and more.
Pokemon Go celebrates the release by revealing a new Pokemon from the series, Gimmighoul. This new Pokemon has been spotted in the wild in Pokemon GO from the start of the week. This has been intentional as it forms part of the promotional event for the release of the game. From 2023, Pokemon GO players will also be able to collect Gimmighoul coins, as the lore states these coins are dropped while the Pokemon is in its roaming form.
The excitement surrounding the release shows just how popular the franchise still is, even after all these years. We look forward to learning more about this new game and any future Pokemon-related developments.