The next generation of Pokemon is here! We kick off June with the first sneak peek at Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Purple, the ninth generation of RPGs in the franchise. The game will, of course, be coming to the Nintendo Switch and the question many have been asking is how much information the new trailer would reveal. Of course, we wanted to see new forms and new Pokémon, as well as confirmation of what old and new mechanics would be returning to the franchise.
Here are some of the new things we learned from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Purple.
4 person multiplayer mode
Although the trailer doesn’t say so, it does show us what a new cooperative mode is that will allow up to four trainers to play at the same time. We do not have further details on whether this game mode will be available throughout the campaign or only in certain designated areas.
New teachers, different for each version
For the first time in franchise history, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Purple will have two different teachers. Professor Sada and Professor Turo will be exclusive to Scarlet and Purple (respectively). What little we know about each is that they will represent ‘ancient knowledge passed down through the ages’. Its design, of course, reminds us of the legendary that accompanies each game.
Two new legendaries: Koraidon and Miraodon
The two new legendaries that represent each region are Koraidon and Miraodon. For now we don’t have details of their types, but we can be sure that they are dragon type as primary or secondary, with Koraidon being dragon/fighting or fire and Miraodon elect dragon/steel.
Mencia / Nemona, the new rival of Pokémon Scarlet
The trailer shows us what seems to be one of the rivals of the new game. The official description reads as follows: “Mencia is full of energy and loves fighting. She has experience as a Trainer and will be a wonderful friend and guide on your adventures.”
More like Arceus than traditional games
There are several things that tell us that Pokémon Scarlet and Purple will offer many changes to the more traditional formula of the game. It seems that the campaign will not have a rigid order in which the players can complete the events. Instead, there is the promise of greater freedom of exploration.
We also see that the capture system will take some of the mechanics from Arceus. We see that players will be able to sneak up on Pokémon, and the capture system also tells us that it won’t always be necessary to start a battle to do so.
However, it seems that not all areas of the game will have open spaces in which wild Pokémon will appear. We see different zones where we see trainers, but not wild Pokémon.
We have three new entries in the pokedex
Pawmi, the ‘pika-clone’ of the generation. He is an Electric-type and has the Static/Natural Cure ability: “In addition to electric sacs on his cheeks, Pawmi has organs that discharge electricity on his front legs. He generates electricity by rubbing his cheeks together, then electrocutes his opponents by touching them with the pads of his front paws.”
Lechonk, the normal-type pig pokemon. “If attacked by an opponent and startled, he will charge forward in panic. It may look fat at first glance, but in reality, the Pokémon’s body is mostly muscle built from constantly walking around looking for food.”
Smoliv, the grass-type pokémon, “The oil that comes out of its head has a very strong bitter taste, and is not suitable for consumption. When startled or attacked, Smoliv will fire this oil, slowing down his opponent. Then he will take advantage of that moment to flee.”
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Purple will go on sale on November 18.
Images: screenshot and Pokémon Company