Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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Pokémon Scarlet
ポケットモンスター スカーレット
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Pokémon Scarlet's boxart, featuring Koraidon
Pokémon Violet
ポケットモンスター バイオレット
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Pokémon Violet's boxart, featuring Miraidon
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Basic info
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: RPG
Players: 1-4 players simultaneous
Connectivity: Wireless, Nintendo Switch Online
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation IX core series
Ratings
CERO: A
ESRB: E
ACB: PG
OFLC: PG
PEGI: 7
GRAC: ALL
GSRR: 6+
Release dates
Japan: November 18, 2022
North America: November 18, 2022
Australia: November 18, 2022
Europe: November 18, 2022
South Korea: November 18, 2022
Hong Kong: November 18, 2022
Taiwan: November 18, 2022
Websites
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Pokémon.com
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Pokémon Scarlet Japanese boxart
Violet JP boxart.png
Pokémon Violet Japanese boxart

Pokémon Scarlet (Japanese: ポケットモンスター スカーレット Pocket Monsters Scarlet) and Pokémon Violet (Japanese: ポケットモンスター バイオレット Pocket Monsters Violet) are the primary paired versions of Generation IX. The games were released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 18, 2022. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

The game was announced worldwide on Pokémon Day, February 27, 2022, at 11 P.M. JST via Pokémon Presents.

Plot

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The player character, having just moved to the Paldea region with their mother, now lives in the small settlement of Cabo Poco and prepares to start their studies at the Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV in the region's biggest city, Mesagoza. The academy's director, Clavell, gives the player a choice of one of three starter Pokémon and introduces them to their next-door neighbor and the head of the academy's student council, Nemona. Despite being a Champion-level Trainer, Nemona also takes one of the starter Pokémon in her care in order to train a new team alongside the player. While exploring Poco Path, the player encounters a weak KoraidonS/MiraidonV, which saves them from a pack of angry Houndour. An academy student named Arven identifies the Pokémon and hands its Poké Ball to the player.

As the player and Nemona make their way to Mesagoza, she introduces them to the Terastal phenomenon and arranges for the player to receive a Tera Orb so they can utilize the phenomenon as well. In Mesagoza, the player saves a girl named Penny from being harassed by members of Team Star, a group of delinquent academy students accused of bullying. They are also contacted by Professor SadaS/Professor TuroV, Arven's motherS/fatherV, who reveals that the KoraidonS/MiraidonV the player now travels with was originally under their possession, and asks the player to look after it.

Three days later, Director Clavell initiates the Treasure Hunt, an independent study assignment where the students of the academy journey across Paldea in order to find something that they can call their own personal treasure. This allows the player to initiate three different storylines, either simultaneously or one by one.

Victory Road

At Nemona's urging, the player sets out to challenge the eight Pokémon Gyms around Paldea. Those who collect the eight necessary Gym Badges may take on the Champion Assessment at the Pokémon League headquarters and obtain the Champion Rank. While the player travels around the region to challenge the Gyms in any order they wish, Nemona frequently shows up to support the player in various ways, most often by battling. The player is also introduced to Geeta, the chairwoman of the Paldea Pokémon League and the region's strongest Champion-ranked Trainer, the Top Champion, as well as several members of Paldea's Elite Four.

Once the player has all eight Gym Badges, they make their way to the Pokémon League headquarters. After passing an interview test, the player battles and defeats the Elite Four and Geeta, making them a Champion-ranked Trainer. Excited by the player finally becoming her equal, Nemona challenges them to one more battle, in which she holds nothing back. Defeating her in this battle concludes the Victory Road storyline.

Path of Legends

Arven tells the player about the five giant Pokémon known as Titan Pokémon he has read about that reside in various places over Paldea, and requests the player's help in defeating them and collecting their Herba Mysticas, legendary herbs said to have amazing health benefits. During the quest to defeat the Titans, the player's KoraidonS/MiraidonV gradually regains its old abilities by eating sandwiches made with the Herba Mysticas. Arven eventually also reveals that he wishes to use the Herba Mysticas to help heal his partner, Mabosstiff, who was severely injured a while back.

After all the Herba Mysticas have been collected, the player's KoraidonS/MiraidonV has recovered all of its former powers, excluding its ability to battle, and Arven's Mabosstiff makes a full recovery, much to Arven's immense relief. The Professor then requests the player to come see them at their laboratory at the Great Crater of Paldea, with Arven battling the player at his full power to test if they're both ready to take on the most dangerous area in the region. Defeating him concludes the Path of Legends.

★ Starfall Street ★

An individual referring to themselves as Cassiopeia hacks into the player's Rotom Phone and requests the player's help in taking down Team Star in an operation codenamed "Operation Starfall". Director Clavell, disguised as an academy student and using the pseudonym "Clive", joins the player as they make their way around Paldea to take down the five squads of Team Star at their bases by defeating the boss of each squad. During the player's one-man war against the team, they gradually learn more about the team's history. The team was formed by victims of bullying who, rallied together by their mysterious "big boss", decided to finally confront their bullies. However, when confronted 18 months before the events of the game, the bullies fled without even attempting to fight back and dropped out of the academy. Moreover, the then-deputy director of the academy wiped out all the cases of bullying from the school's records, making Team Star seem like bullies themselves. Blaming themselves for having failed to prevent this from occurring, the entire staff of the academy had resigned as a result, explaining why none of the current staff members know anything about the incident.

Eventually, once all five of Team Star's squads have been taken down, Cassiopeia reveals themselves as the "big boss" of Team Star, having started Operation Starfall because the team cannot continue operating in its current way, and tells the player to confront them in the schoolyard at night. At the academy, Clavell takes off his disguise and claims himself to be Cassiopeia, but after being defeated in a battle, he admits he was simply testing the player to see if they'd be ready to face the real Cassiopeia. The player meets the real Cassiopeia in the schoolyard, who reveals herself to be Penny. After Penny has been defeated, Clavell reveals that the Team Star bosses were watching the battle, and allows the team to continue operating as long as they turn their bases into training facilities for Trainers, which they accept. This concludes ★ Starfall Street ★.

The Way Home

After the first three stories have been concluded, the player, Arven, Nemona, and Penny make their way to Area Zero at the Great Crater of Paldea, following the Professor's request. As the group travels to four research stations around the area to unlock the door to the Professor's laboratory, they encounter primevalS/mechanicalV Pokémon, which are revealed to have been brought to the present day from another era by a time machine created by the Professor, including two specimens of KoraidonS/MiraidonV. At the laboratory's entrance, some of these Paradox Pokémon confront the player and their friends, forcing the player to enter the Zero Lab alone while their friends fight off the Pokémon outside.

Inside the laboratory, the player discovers that the Professor is actually a robot, created by the real Professor before they were killed by one of the Paradox Pokémon. The artificial intelligence within the robot, despite being an exact copy of the Professor's memories and emotions, opposes the original Professor's plan to keep the time machine running, as it would threaten to destroy Paldea's ecosystem with an overflow of Paradox Pokémon. However, since the AI is programmed to protect the time machine, the player is forced to battle it against its will. Once the AI has been defeated, the player is rejoined by their friends, and a program called the Paradise Protection Protocol takes over the robot Professor, as well as locking all Poké Balls not marked with the Professor's ID. Finally regaining its ability to battle, the player's KoraidonS/MiraidonV confronts and defeats the other member of its kind, ending the Paradise Protection Protocol's hold over the AI. The AI, however, recognizes that its systems are so integrally connected with the time machine that the machine cannot be shut down as long as it remains present. As such, the AI chooses to travel to another era using the time machine, bidding the player and their friends farewell as it disappears. After the time machine permanently shuts down, the player and their friends decide to take a slow and scenic route back to Mesagoza, concluding The Way Home and the main game.

Post-game

With the player and their friends returning to normal school life, Nemona suggests hosting a battle tournament at the school to celebrate the player's new Champion status, requesting for Geeta to take part in it as well as she is the chairwoman of the academy's school board. While Geeta says she's busy with her duties as the Pokémon League chairwoman, she agrees to take part if the player takes her place at inspecting all the Gym Leaders to see if they're still worthy of keeping their positions. As such, the player returns to each Gym and takes on the eight Gym Leaders once more in a series of rematches.

After the player has finished the rematches and reported their inspection results to Geeta, the tournament, dubbed the Academy Ace Tournament, is finally conducted. The player defeats Arven in the first round, biology teacher Jacq in the second round, battle studies teacher Dendra in the third round, and Geeta in the finals, officially making them the strongest Trainer at the academy. Clavell then declares that the tournament will not be a one-time event and will henceforth be held regularly, concluding the post-game story.

Features

The game is set in the Paldea region and is an open-world game in which areas are seamlessly connected. The areas in the game can be visited in any order without Pokémon's levels being scaled to the player's achievements. The game also features multiplayer with up to four players simultaneously, enabling trading and battling between players as well as allowing them to travel through the game's areas together.

Terastal phenomenon

Main article: Terastal phenomenon

The Terastal phenomenon is a new type of transformation that allows any Pokémon from the Paldea region to power up and become bejeweled using the Tera Orb. After Terastalizing, a Pokémon's natural type attribute is either enhanced or altered according to their innate Tera Type.

Paradox Pokémon

Main article: Paradox Pokémon

The Paradox Pokémon appear for the first time as "unidentified creatures"[1]. Great Tusk is described in the Scarlet Book appearing in Pokémon Scarlet, while Iron Treads is described in the Violet Book appearing in Pokémon Violet. They are a group of unique Pokémon that came from the ancient past in Pokémon Scarlet and the future in Pokémon Violet.

Version-exclusive Pokémon

Most version-exclusive Pokémon can be encountered and caught by players of the opposite version who join a Union Circle or Tera Raid Battle, except for Koraidon and Miraidon, which require trading. Armarouge and Ceruledge can be obtained through raids, even solo raids in the opposite version that their evolution items can be obtained in, but not a Union Circle, and vice versa for Paradox Pokémon.

Scarlet
012   Tauros
Paldean Form
(Blaze Breed)
Fighting Fire
024   Larvitar
Rock Ground
024   Pupitar
Rock Ground
024   Tyranitar
Rock Dark
042   Drifloon
Ghost Flying
042   Drifblim
Ghost Flying
043   Stunky
Poison Dark
043   Skuntank
Poison Dark
063   Deino
Dark Dragon
063   Zweilous
Dark Dragon
063   Hydreigon
Dark Dragon
069   Skrelp
Poison Water
069   Dragalge
Poison Dragon
076   Oranguru
Normal Psychic
087   Stonjourner
Rock
098   Great Tusk
Ground Fighting
098   Scream Tail
Fairy Psychic
098   Brute Bonnet
Grass Dark
098   Flutter Mane
Ghost Fairy
098   Slither Wing
Bug Fighting
098   Sandy Shocks
Electric Ground
100   Roaring Moon
Dragon Dark
100   Koraidon
Fighting Dragon
Violet
012   Tauros
Paldean Form
(Aqua Breed)
Fighting Water
020   Misdreavus
Ghost
031   Gulpin
Poison
031   Swalot
Poison
037   Bagon
Dragon
037   Shelgon
Dragon
037   Salamence
Dragon Flying
042   Mismagius
Ghost
069   Clauncher
Water
069   Clawitzer
Water
076   Passimian
Fighting
087   Eiscue
Ice
088   Dreepy
Dragon Ghost
088   Drakloak
Dragon Ghost
088   Dragapult
Dragon Ghost
099   Iron Treads
Ground Steel
099   Iron Bundle
Ice Water
099   Iron Hands
Fighting Electric
099   Iron Jugulis
Dark Flying
099   Iron Moth
Fire Poison
099   Iron Thorns
Rock Electric
100   Iron Valiant
Fairy Fighting
100   Miraidon
Electric Dragon

Compatibility

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are set to be able to connect with Pokémon HOME in spring 2023. This allows them to store and receive Pokémon from Pokémon HOME, including Pokémon from previous generations that were transferred into Pokémon HOME. However, only Pokémon that are available within Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can be transferred to them.

Unusable moves

Main article: List of moves by availability (Generation IX)

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, many moves, including those that are usable in Sword and Shield, are no longer usable. Pokémon do not normally learn these moves in the game. In lieu of their usual descriptions, most of these moves instead have the following generic description: "This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered."

Unusable moves
Move Type Generic
description
Aeroblast Flying
Anchor Shot Steel
Aromatherapy Grass
Assist Normal
Aura Wheel Electric
Autotomize Steel
Baddy Bad Dark
Barrage Normal
Barrier Psychic
Beak Blast Flying
Bestow Normal
Bide Normal
Blue Flare Fire
Bolt Beak Electric
Bolt Strike Electric
Bone Club Ground
Bonemerang Ground
Bouncy Bubble Water
Bubble Water
Buzzy Buzz Electric
Camouflage Normal
Captivate Normal
Chatter Flying
Chip Away Normal
Clamp Water
Clanging Scales Dragon
Clangorous Soul Dragon
Comet Punch Normal
Constrict Normal
Conversion Normal
Conversion 2 Normal
Core Enforcer Dragon
Crafty Shield Fairy
Crush Grip Normal
Dark Void Dark
Decorate Fairy
Dizzy Punch Normal
Doom Desire Steel
Double Iron Bash Steel
Double Slap Normal
Dragon Hammer Dragon
Dragon Rage Dragon
Dual Chop Dragon
Egg Bomb Normal
Electrify Electric
Embargo Dark
Eternabeam Dragon
Feint Attack Dark
Fishious Rend Water
Flame Burst Fire
Flash Normal
Floaty Fall Flying
Floral Healing Fairy
Flower Shield Fairy
Foresight Normal
Forest's Curse Grass
Freeze Shock Ice
Freezy Frost Ice
Frustration Normal
Fusion Bolt Electric
Fusion Flare Fire
Gear Grind Steel
Gear Up Steel
Geomancy Fairy
Glaciate Ice
Glitzy Glow Psychic
Grass Whistle Grass
Grudge Ghost
Hail Ice
Head Charge Normal
Heal Block Psychic
Heal Order Bug
Heart Stamp Psychic
Hidden Power Normal
Hyper Fang Normal
Ice Ball Ice
Ice Burn Ice
Ion Deluge Electric
Jump Kick Fighting
Karate Chop Fighting
Kinesis Psychic
King's Shield Steel
Land's Wrath Ground
Laser Focus Normal
Leaf Tornado Grass
Light of Ruin Fairy
Lovely Kiss Normal
Lucky Chant Normal
Luster Purge Psychic
Magic Coat Psychic
Magnet Bomb Steel
Magnitude Ground
Mat Block Fighting
Me First Normal
Meditate Psychic
Meteor Assault Fighting
Mind Reader Normal
Miracle Eye Psychic
Mirror Move Flying
Mirror Shot Steel
Mist Ball Psychic
Mud Bomb Ground
Mud Sport Ground
Natural Gift Normal
Nature Power Normal
Needle Arm Grass
Nightmare Ghost
Oblivion Wing Flying
Obstruct Dark
Octazooka Water
Octolock Fighting
Odor Sleuth Normal
Ominous Wind Ghost
Pika Papow Electric
Powder Bug
Power-Up Punch Fighting
Psycho Boost Psychic
Psycho Shift Psychic
Psywave Psychic
Punishment Dark
Purify Poison
Pursuit Dark
Rage Normal
Razor Wind Normal
Refresh Normal
Return Normal
Revenge Fighting
Rock Climb Normal
Rock Wrecker Rock
Rolling Kick Fighting
Rototiller Ground
Sacred Fire Fire
Sappy Seed Grass
Searing Shot Fire
Secret Power Normal
Secret Sword Fighting
Seed Flare Grass
Sharpen Normal
Signal Beam Bug
Silver Wind Bug
Sizzly Slide Fire
Sketch Normal
Skull Bash Normal
Sky Drop Flying
Sky Uppercut Fighting
Smelling Salts Normal
Snap Trap Grass
Snatch Dark
Sonic Boom Normal
Sparkling Aria Water
Sparkly Swirl Fairy
Spider Web Bug
Spike Cannon Normal
Splishy Splash Water
Spotlight Normal
Steamroller Bug
Storm Throw Fighting
Strange Steam Fairy
Submission Fighting
Synchronoise Psychic
Tail Glow Bug
Take Heart Psychic
Techno Blast Normal
Telekinesis Psychic
Thousand Arrows Ground
Thousand Waves Ground
Topsy-Turvy Dark
Toxic Thread Poison
Trick-or-Treat Ghost
Triple Kick Fighting
Trump Card Normal
Twineedle Bug
Veevee Volley Normal
Venom Drench Poison
Vital Throw Fighting
Wake-Up Slap Fighting
Water Sport Water
Wring Out Normal
Zippy Zap Electric

Save data bonuses

If the Nintendo Switch system being used has save data from previous mainline Pokémon games, the player may talk to an NPC in Mesagoza to receive a case for the Rotom Phone:

Reception

IGN rated the games an "Okay" 6/10.[2] They are the lowest rated core series games on Metacritic,[3] holding a score of 72%[4] and 71%[5] respectively.

Sales

The games are the most pre-ordered games in the series' history.[6] They sold over 10 million units in their launch weekend, which is the highest for any Nintendo game in this time frame.[7]

Staff

Main article: Staff of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Version history

Version Release date Game file size Official note More information
1.0.0 Initial release 5.5 GB N/A Playable version only available via physical game cart.
1.0.1 November 10, 2022 6.6 GB
  • Various bug fixes and adjustments have been made to make your gameplay experience more enjoyable.
    • NOTE: In order to enjoy Mystery Gifts and features using online play, you will need to have downloaded the latest data.
  • The original version when downloading from Nintendo eShop.
  • This update is required for online connectivity.
  • Certain Pokémon had move compatibility changed.
  • The base stat totals of the members of the Treasures of Ruin were lowered by 10 each.
1.1.0 December 1, 2022 6.6 GB
  • Season 1 of Ranked Battles will kick off, allowing you to enjoy Ranked Battles through the Battle Stadium.
    • Please check the in-game notice for more details about Ranked Battles Season 1.
  • An issue has been fixed that caused the music to not play correctly during the battles with the Elite Four and the Top Champion in the Victory Road path.
  • Other select bug fixes have been made.

We are aware that players may encounter issues that affect the games' performance. Our goal is always to give players a positive experience with our games, and we apologize for the inconvenience. We take the feedback from players seriously and are working on improvements to the games.

  • Pokémon afflicted by the sleep status condition in battle now close their eyes.
  • Some Pokémon now use proper idle animations in battles.

Notes:

  • v1.0.0 is present on the physical game carts, and is playable on a Switch whose internet connection remains off.

Gallery

Logos

Trivia

  • The titles of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are similar to several Japanese trademarks registered by Nintendo, Creatures, and Game Freak in 2008 and 2009. The Chinese titles use the same characters as two of the trademarks.
    • Pocket Monsters Vermilion (Japanese: ポケットモンスター) [application number 2008-093273, registration number 5222908]
    • Pocket Monsters Purple (Japanese: ポケットモンスター) [application number 2008-093274, registration number 5222909]
    • Pocket Monsters Crimson (Japanese: ポケットモンスター) [application number 2008-093275, registration number 5222910]
    • Pocket Monsters Scarlet (Japanese: ポケットモンスター) [application number 2008-093276, registration number 5222911]
    • Pocket Monsters Vermilion (Japanese: ポケットモンスターヴァーミリオン) [application number 2009-060076, registration number 5307994]
    • Pocket Monsters Purple (Japanese: ポケットモンスターパープル) [application number 2009-060077, registration number 5307995]
    • Pocket Monsters Crimson (Japanese: ポケットモンスタークリムゾン) [application number 2009-060078, registration number 5341303]
    • Pocket Monsters Scarlet (Japanese: ポケットモンスタースカーレット) [application number 2009-060079, registration number 5341304]
  • These are the first paired core series games:
    • In which the player characters' initial appearance differs depending on the version.
      • In addition, these are the first core series games in which the player characters wear the same outfit regardless of gender.
    • To feature version-exclusive Pokémon Professors.
    • Since Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 to be named after colors.

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese ポケットモンスター スカーレット・バイオレット
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢 朱/紫
Mandarin 寶可夢 朱/紫
宝可梦 朱/紫
  French Pokémon Écarlate et Violet
  German Pokémon Karmesin und Purpur
  Italian Pokémon Scarlatto e Violetto
  Korean 포켓몬스터 스칼렛・바이올렛
  Portuguese Pokémon Scarlet e Violet
  Spanish Pokémon Escarlata y Púrpura


References


Generation I: Red & GreenBlue (JP)Red & BlueYellow
Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!‎
Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
Brilliant Diamond & Shining PearlLegends: Arceus
Generation IX: Scarlet & Violet
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