New POKÉMON SCARLET and POKÉMON VIOLET Trailer Revealed New Features
The Pokémon Company has released a new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. This video highlights many of the new features that trainers will find in their travels. If you’re interested, check out the trailer below. Scarlet and Violet are set to release for the Nintendo Switch on November 17 with pre-orders open on the eShop and at your favorite retailers including GameStop.
The trailer focuses on Terrastilizing which makes sense as it’s the generation’s new battle mechanic. Any Pokémon can potentially have a Terra Type that is any of the 18 types, which means that you can find some very interesting combos for unique strategies. There is also Terra Raids that will provide opportunities to find Pokémon with rare Terra types and seem to be polished Dynamax Raids.
Speaking of polishing features from previous games, we got to see Picnics. These appear to be extremely similar to Pokémon Camp, but the aspect where you play with Pokémon seems to be a bit nicer, you make sandwiches instead of curry, and there’s also the option to clean your Pokémon, and that reminds me of the Pokémon-Amie and Pokémon Refresh. In addition to healing your Pokémon, sandwiches will also provide bonuses like making it easier to catch certain types of Pokémon and more. Also, the hairstyling feature looks a bit more streamlined.
We also got a look at the Let’s Go feature in action. This allows your lead Pokémon to go out and do auto battles with wild Pokémon or grab items in the distance. It looks like a very useful tool for grinding. Something that caught me off guard was that we saw the player Quaxley defeat Litleo’s and would gather Litleo Tufts. This made me think that apparently, we are going Monster Hunter and harvesting parts from Pokémon. But to what end?
The end of collecting resources from Pokémon is to get TMs. In Scarlet and Violet trainers will have the opportunity to use a TM Machine to craft TMs for their Pokémon to learn. For example, you can craft Icy Wind (TM34) by spending 800 League Points, 3 Snom Thread, and 3 Snover Berries. This is certainly an interesting route, in some previous games, you could infinitely use TMs at no cost. It also further leans into the open-world RPG/adventure game that the development team appears to be going for.
Speaking of, we got to see the trainers walk around, and they really are shooting for an open-world game experience. There’s a mini-map in the bottom corner, a more detailed world map that you can put markers on, and more. I really hope that the legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon bring the same energy as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds to Pokémon so that we can do more vertical exploration. It looks like they want more of that with the Drive Mode.
In the trailer, we also see that in Paldea Girafirig can evolve into Farigiraf which gives the Pokémon a bit of a tan and moves the tail to come up and over the head which is interesting. During this section, we got a look at the new Pokédex and it looks really nice. This is due in part to the fact that Pokédex entries not only have the image of the Pokémon, but each entry also has a nice postcard-like photo. This is a change that is very cool. That’s not the only photography added to the game though. There’s a new photo mode so you can take pictures of your trainer with your Pokémon and update your profile picture. This can even be done on a Picnic with your whole team which is really cool.
Category: Long Neck Pokémon
Height: 10’6″ (3.2 m)
Weight: 352.7 lbs. (160 kg)
Ability: Cud Chew / Armor Tail
As a result of its Evolution, the head of its main body and the head from its tail have become one. Both of Farigiraf’s brains are connected through thick nerves, increasing its psychic energy, and it can emit psychic waves from the antennae on its head. Farigiraf is always mindful of its surroundings, and while it can detect danger in an instant, there are times when its body cannot react as fast as its two brains can think.
Farigiraf’s Ability, Cud Chew, is a new Ability appearing for the first time in these titles. When a Pokémon with Cud Chew eats a Berry, it will eat it one more time at the end of the next turn. Armor Tail is another new Ability appearing for the first time in these titles. It makes opposing Pokémon unable to use priority moves.
In the Victory Road storyline, trainers will compete at Gyms and work towards taking on the Pokémon League like traditional games. A new feature I’m excited about is that each gym appears to have a non-battle challenge that needs to be completed before the battle. This is something I’ve wanted since I was a kid and watched the Orange League arc in the anime. I love this! However, this section of the trailer does have me a little concerned. At this point, the trainer is going around finding Sunflora and the Sunflora seems to be running at a very low frame rate. Now, the trainer seems to be running at only a slightly lower frame rate but the Sunflora are very choppy.