The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero

The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero (Japanese: ゼロの()(ほう) The Hidden Treasure of Zero) is paid downloadable content for the Generation IX core series games Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It was announced on February 27, 2023 during a Pokémon Presents, and was made available for purchase later that day. A physical bundle pack was announced on September 26, 2023 and was made available for purchase starting on November 3, 2023.

Pokémon Scarlet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
ポケットモンスター スカーレット ゼロの秘宝
Scarlet HTAZ EN boxart.png
Pokémon Scarlet + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero's boxart, featuring Koraidon, Ogerpon in its Teal Mask form, and Terapagos in its Terastal Form
Pokémon Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
ポケットモンスター バイオレット ゼロの秘宝
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Pokémon Violet + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero's boxart, featuring Miraidon, Ogerpon in its Teal Mask form, and Terapagos in its Terastal Form
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: RPG
Players: 1-2, 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: N/A
Release dates
Japan: February 28, 2023
November 3, 2023*
North America: February 27, 2023
November 3, 2023*
Australia: February 28, 2023
November 3, 2023*
Europe: February 27, 2023
November 3, 2023*
South Korea: February 28, 2023
November 3, 2023*
Hong Kong: February 27, 2023
November 3, 2023*
Taiwan: February 27, 2023
November 3, 2023*
Websites
Japanese: Official site
English: Official site
Japanese boxart
Scarlet HTAZ JP boxart.png
Pokémon Scarlet + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Japanese boxart
Violet HTAZ JP boxart.png
Pokémon Violet + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Japanese boxart

Mechanics

Following the precedent of Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, the Hidden Treasure of Area Zero allows players to continue using their existing save data from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to access the added content.

Players can begin The Teal Mask and visit Kitakami after starting the Treasure Hunt as part of the main storyline of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. In order to begin the main story of The Indigo Disk, players need to have completed the main storyline of Pokémon Scarlet or Violet as well as that of The Teal Mask.[1] In order to begin the story of Epilogue: Mochi Mayhem, players need to have completed The Indigo Disk and the previous two stories.

As a purchase bonus, the DLC provides a set of exclusive clothing, including four new uniforms. Players who purchased the DLC before October 31, 2023, also received a serial code for a Hisuian Zoroark.

Parts

Part 1: The Teal Mask

Main article: The Teal Mask

In The Teal Mask, the player is chosen to take part in a school trip that is held each year in collaboration with another school. They are taken to the land of Kitakami, where a great mountain towers over the land and the people live at its base. It is a place of tranquil natural expanses, featuring rice paddies and apple orchards. The trip coincides with a festival regularly held in the village in Kitakami during this season, so the village is bustling with various street vendors and stalls. Players meet new friends and Pokémon as they unravel the mysteries behind the folktales that have been passed down in this land. This expansion features many new and returning Pokémon, including the game mascot Ogerpon. It was released on September 13, 2023.

Part 2: The Indigo Disk

Main article: The Indigo Disk

In The Indigo Disk, the player travels to Blueberry Academy, a sister school of their own academy located in the Unova region, as an exchange student. This expansion features many new and returning Pokémon, including the game mascot Terapagos. It was released on December 14, 2023.

Epilogue: Mochi Mayhem

Main article: Mochi Mayhem

In this final part of the DLC, the player returns to Kitakami and encounters the Mythical Pokémon Pecharunt. It was implemented along with The Indigo Disk, though is only accessible if the player has a Mythical Pecha Berry. It was announced on December 20, 2023[2] and made available on January 11, 2024 through the event distribution of the Mythical Pecha Berry.[3]

Staff

Main article: Staff of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero

Gallery

Logos

Trivia

  • The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, like the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, features two Legendary Pokémon as game mascots, with each representing a different part of the games' DLC.
  • When preorders became available, the Nintendo eShop unusually displayed The Teal Mask's release date as December 31, 2023; and The Indigo Disk's release date as April 30, 2024. (When a partial release date is revealed, the eShop usually aligns with the latest possible date that matches.)
    • The Teal Mask's release date on the eShop also did not update when the official date of September 13, 2023 was revealed.
  • Both game mascots of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero are connected to the Terastal phenomenon.
    • Neither can have their Tera Types changed due to their unique Terastal forms.
    • Ogerpon has four unique Terastallized states for the Teal Mask, Wellspring Mask, Hearthflame Mask, and the Cornerstone Mask.
    • As the source of Terastallization, Terapagos has a unique Stellar Form.

References

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese ゼロの秘宝 Zero no Hihō
Chinese Cantonese 零之秘寶 Lìhng jī Beibóu
Mandarin 零之秘寶 / 零之秘宝 Líng zhī Mìbǎo
  French Le trésor enfoui de la Zone Zéro
  German Der Schatz von Zone Null
  Italian Il tesoro dell'Area Zero
  Korean 제로의 비보 Zero-ui Bibo
  Spanish El tesoro oculto del Área Cero


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