Pokémon Scarlet and Violet hits Switch worldwide on Nov. 18th, 2022 (trailer, details, file size, and more)
Generation 9 Legendaries revealed!
Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokémon Company have released a new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the 9th Generation of the Pokémon series. The trailer features a first-look at the new Legendary Pokémon ‘Koraidon’ and ‘Miraidon’, and it has now been confirmed that the open-world RPGs will be released worldwide on November 18th, 2022. Online co-op has also been revealed, and it goes up to 4 players!
Digital pre-orders for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are now available on the Switch eShop, but of course, you’ll be able to pick up these games physically as well. You can see the cover art for each version above. Over in Europe, there’s also been confirmation of a Dual Pack Steelbook Edition, which you can see below.
Next, a wealth of new details have been shared on new Pokémon and characters. You can get a breakdown for all the fresh faces below.
Koraidon and Miraidon grace the covers of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, respectively. Koraidon is a Legendary Pokémon you can meet in Pokémon Scarlet, and Miraidon is a Legendary Pokémon you can meet in Pokémon Violet. These two Pokémon are said to have powers that far surpass those of other Pokémon, but details about Koraidon and Miraidon are still shrouded in mystery.
- CATEGORY: Grass Cat Pokémon
- TYPE: Grass
- HEIGHT: 1’4”
- WEIGHT: 9 lbs.
- ABILITY: Overgrow
Capricious and attention seeking, Sprigatito may sulk if it sees its Trainer giving attention to a Pokémon other than itself.
When Sprigatito kneads and rubs with its forepaws, a sweet aroma is released that can mesmerize those around it. This aroma has therapeutic qualities and makes opponents lose their will to battle.
The composition of its fluffy fur is similar to that of plants, letting it create energy by absorbing sunlight. It adds moisture to its fur by grooming itself, which aids its ability to photosynthesize.
- CATEGORY: Fire Croc Pokémon
- TYPE: Fire
- HEIGHT: 1’4”
- WEIGHT: 21.6 lbs.
- ABILITY: Blaze
Fuecoco is laid-back and does things at its own pace. It loves to eat, and it will sprint toward any food it finds with a glint in its eye.
External heat is absorbed by the square scales on Fuecoco’s stomach and back, then converted into fire energy. These scales are always warm, and at times they can also grow very hot.
Flickering atop Fuecoco’s head is fire energy that is leaking out from inside the Pokémon’s body. When Fuecoco gets excited, its head spouts more flames.
- CATEGORY: Duckling Pokémon
- TYPE: Water
- HEIGHT: 1’8”
- WEIGHT: 13.4 lbs.
- ABILITY: Torrent
This serious-mannered Pokémon will follow in its Trainer’s wake. It’s tidy, and it especially dislikes getting its head dirty.
Its body is always glossy because the gel secreted by its feathers repels water and grime. The coif on its head is slicked back using a rich, moist cream, and it becomes unkempt when dry.
It has strong legs and is able to swim without difficulty even in places with strong currents. In battle, it kicks its opponents swiftly and repeatedly.
As one of the main characters, you’ll set off on your adventure. Your outfit will vary depending on whether you play Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet. Who knows what kind of story awaits you?
Two Different Professors
For the first time in the series, one of two different professors will appear in your game depending on the version you choose to play. In Pokémon Scarlet, you will meet Professor Sada, and in Pokémon Violet, you will meet Professor Turo. Each is carrying out research into certain lore passed down in the region.
Nemona, a Powerful Pokémon Trainer
Your friend, Nemona, has a sunny and energetic disposition, and she absolutely loves Pokémon battles. She’s an experienced Pokémon Trainer and serves as a reliable guide for you on your adventures. She has undisputed skill in battle—though it does also seem that she’s not the best at throwing Poké Balls.
- CATEGORY: Mouse Pokémon
- TYPE: Electric
- HEIGHT: 1’
- WEIGHT: 5.5 lbs
- ABILITY: Static / Natural Cure
Pawmi is one of the Pokémon used by Nemona, your friend.
In addition to the electric sacs in its cheeks, Pawmi has electricity-discharging organs on its forepaws. It generates electricity by rubbing its cheeks, then it shocks its opponents by touching them with the pads on its forepaws.
Not only is the fur that covers its body good insulation against the cold, but it also serves the purpose of storing electricity. When it feels uneasy, this cautious Pokémon will begin rubbing its cheeks, preparing itself to discharge an electric shock.
- CATEGORY: Hog Pokémon
- TYPE: Normal
- HEIGHT: 1’8”
- WEIGHT: 22.5 lbs.
- ABILITY: Aroma Veil / Gluttony
Lechonk is one of the Pokémon used by Nemona, your friend.
Lechonk uses its sense of smell to find and eat only the most fragrant wild grasses and the richest Berries. As a result of its dining habits, it has come to radiate an aroma resembling herbs that bug Pokémon dislike.
If attacked by an opponent and startled, it will charge forward in a panic. It may appear fat at first glance, but in reality, the Pokémon’s body is mostly muscle built by constantly walking around in search of food.
- CATEGORY: Olive Pokémon
- TYPE: Grass/Normal
- HEIGHT: 1’
- WEIGHT: 14.3 lbs.
- ABILITY: Early Bird
Smoliv is one of the Pokémon used by Nemona, your friend.
The oil that comes out of its head has a very strong bitter taste, and it is not suitable for consumption. When startled or attacked, Smoliv will shoot this oil out, slowing its opponent down. It will then seize that moment to run away.
In the fruit on its head, Smoliv stores oil made from nutrients it gathers through photosynthesis. As a result, it can go for a week without eating or drinking. It prefers dry and sunny climates, and it seems to spend its days sunbathing.
Finally, we have details on the file size for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. According to Nintendo’s eShop listing, each game should clock in right around 10 GB. That number is sure to fluctuate a tiny bit with updates and such, but at least we have a very good idea of how much space we’ll need if going the digital route.
From the professor and legendary designs, the theme this time looks like it's nature vs. technology.
The multiplayer part is interesting.
Will the whole game be playable co-op?
Kind of looks like that's what's being hinted at. Probably shouldn't get my hopes up though.
Here's a nice tidbit:
Korai is hungarian and means early while mirai is japanese and means future.
It fits the whole theme of the games perfectly.
I'm going to need to see that the gameplay has been refreshed and taken a new turn before I jump back onto the Pokemon wagon.
Yea, I can't get behind this.
Some of these gameplay snippets look like they are hitting resolutions below 720p docked which is not ideal. In some of these shots, the nature and terrain textures looks really muddly or just plain bad. Sure, my criticism could be a side effect of Youtube's compression and that the game is still in development. But I don't know, a lot of similar things were said about Legends Arceus, and just look how that came out. I feel this is just another example of development being restricted by hardware. I truly look forward to the day a pokemon game really wows me, this ain't it.