When Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was first announced in February, many fans theorized that Gen 9 was going to be themed after Spain. Not only did various locations in the debut trailer look similar to real-life European landmarks, but the tease for the game's map looked very similar to the Iberian Peninsula as well. There were also the names of the Scarlet and Violet Gen 9 Starter Pokémon Sprigatito, Fuecoco, & Quaxly which looked to be Spanish in origin.
Nintendo finally confirmed Gen 9's location during an August Pokémon Presents digital conference, where they announced that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are set in the Paldea region. Although the new trailer was just under three minutes, Game Freak also held an extended presentation that released many new details about the new Gen 9 region. Below is a breakdown of everything that is known about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's Paldea region.
Players will be actively attending school during the story campaign of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. At the center of the Paldea, is the region's oldest University which is located in the massive city of Mesagoza. Just like Scarlet & Violet's Pokémon Professors, the academic institution will have version-exclusive elements to it. Pokémon Scarlet players will enroll in Naranja Academy, while Pokémon Violet users will be attending Uva Academy.
At the beginning of the game, the school's president Director Clavell gives students an assignment to hunt for treasure in the region. This treasure hunt is what kicks off the game's story, as players are tasked with creating their own adventure in the Paldea region. In the August trailer, Paldean trainers are seen attending classes taught by Mr. Jacq, who is the protagonist's homeroom teacher. The Biology Professor is the creator of the Rotom phone app in the Gen 9 RPG.
In 2022's Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Game Freak introduced the Noble Pokémon mount system which allowed players to traverse the semi-open world maps of the Hisui region. As the game's story progressed, players were able to fly, swim and even climb up mountains using the special Pokémon. The mechanic is returning in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, but with a twist.
Early on in Gen 9's story, players will obtain Scarlet and Violet Legendary Pokémon Koraidon or Miraidon which will become their vehicles. Instead of having to unlock multiple Pokémon throughout the campaign though, the Gen 9 Legendaries will actually be able to change into multiple forms. In the August Pokémon Presents, Game Freak showed footage of Koraidon and Miraidon flying across the sky, swimming in the ocean, and climbing up mountains. The Dragon-type Legendaries will be the main way that players traverse the vast wilderness of the Paldea region.
In a first for the series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will actually feature three story campaigns, that can be completed in any order. The main campaign will be the traditional Pokémon League route, where players will face off against Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's Gym Leaders in order to challenge the Elite Four. In Gen 9, players will be able to tackle the Gyms in whatever order that they choose. Those who obtain all Eight badges can then challenge the Paldean Champion for the region's League title.
While the other two-story campaigns haven't been fully revealed yet, one of them appears to be tied to racing. Throughout the trailer, there are multiple shots of racing flags that seemingly feature the logo of the game's new villain group. According to multiple leaks, fellow Academy student Penny will be the second story campaign's main rival. The third and final story involves towers that are spread across Paldea's map. The plotline will have players working with upperclassmen Arven, who is good at cooking and creating recipes. According to The Pokémon Company, fans will be able to jump between the three-story campaigns wherever they want.
After months of anticipation, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's Gen 9 battle gimmick has finally been revealed. All across Paldea mysterious Tera crystals of energy have been discovered that are transforming Pokémon into powerful crystallized forms. The new mechanic is called the Terastal Phenomenon and is being researched by Paldea's Pokémon Professors Sada and Turo.
Similar to Gen 8 Pokémon Sword & Shield's Dynamax feature, players are able to Terastallize a single Pokémon once in battle. A Tera jewel will then float above the Pokémon's head and transform them into a crystalized state which gives them a new "Tera Type." Tera types are based on the Pokémon franchise's 18 attack types and can be randomly assigned to a Pokémon that is Terastallized. For example, an Eevee could be turned into a Grass-type while using the Gen 9 gimmick, which would change its weakness and attacks that are super effective. Players will need to refill their Tera Orb after every battle and can do so by finding special crystals growing throughout the Paldea region.
Another Gen 8 feature returning in the Paldea region is Pokémon Sword and Shield's Max Raid battles. Instead of Dynamaxing, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will feature Tera raid battles which feature powerful boss Pokémon that are Terastallized. Up to four players can connect online, and take on the crystalized Pokémon.
Just like the Galar region's Wild Area, Paldea will feature many Tera raid dens scattered throughout the map. Players will be able to queue up at these locations and take on the Terastallized Pokémon with either three players or NPCs. After defeating the boss, players will have a chance at catching the rare Pokémon.
According to Game Freak, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be the series' first true open-world game with seamless borders. Similar to Pokémon Legends: Arceus map sections, Gen 9 is going to borrow from the Hisui region's diverse terrain.
As players explore the Paldea region's vast map, they will encounter a variety of biomes that feature unique weather and terrain. The August trailer showed off Paldea's desert, ocean, snowy tundra, and swamp biomes. Players will be able to catch specific Pokémon in the different habitats, which will make Paldea feel like a living world.
Regional forms were first introduced in 2016's Pokémon Sun and Moon, and have since become one of the series's most popular features. The mechanic introduced the concept of classic Pokémon evolving and changing their design in different regions. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will continue the trend and will feature Paldean forms.
The first Gen 9 regional form revealed is Paldean Wooper. Originally debuting in Gen 2 Pokémon Gold and Silver's Johto region, the Water-type Pokémon has now transformed into a Poison-type that lives in swamps. While Game Freak hasn't revealed all of Paldea's regional forms, several leaks & rumors have claimed that Tauros will be another classic Pokémon to get a Paldean form.
In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's Paldea, exploration and discovery look to be the region's biggest themes. Game Freak has designed an RPG that gives players three story campaigns that can be tackled in any order. The game's main campaign centers on a treasure hunt school assignment, and it's up to players to create their own adventure by exploring the region. With Gen 9 featuring the series' first truly open-world map, there will be many more things to discover in the Paldea region when Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are released in November.
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