Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Get a New Gameplay Trailer with News

Video details open world exploration and the new Terastallize mechanic, which 'crystallizes' the little monsters and improves their attributes; see details

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet get a new gameplay trailer with news

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet won a new gameplay trailer this Wednesday (3), released during the Pokémon Presents broadcast. The games gained details on different aspects of the ninth generation of little monsters, including a new battle mechanic called Terastallize, exploration, and even the name of the new region, called Palden. The games are scheduled for release on November 18, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

In keeping with series tradition, Trainers must face off against eight Gym Leaders scattered across the region, qualifying for a greater challenge in the Pokémon League in an attempt to become a champion. The difference is that there is now no predefined order of gyms and players are free to decide how they want to progress.

In addition, there will be two other stories with several surprises and discoveries, the details of which have not yet been released. One of them is related to a treasure hunt event, promoted by the academy where the main character studies.

A curious revelation is that the new legendary Pokémon, Koraidon, and Miraidon, accompany the player early on in the adventure and serve as mounts, taking different forms depending on needs. Their original names, in Japanese, are related to the past (ancestor) and future, and it seems that the game will play with that theme a lot.

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When used as mounts, the creatures closely resemble motorcycles, but they are also good for crossing the sea and flying at high altitudes. You can even team up with three other friends online to discover new Pokémon and explore the region freely, each with their own Koraidon or Miraidon — depending on the version of the game.

New Battle Mechanic Terastallize

The highlight, however, is the new battle mechanic called Terastallize, which leaves the little monsters with a crystallized appearance and is able to strengthen their attributes and typing. It is an equivalent of Mega Evolutions and Dynamax from previous games. In this phenomenon, present only in the Paldea region, the Pokémon is shiny and with a jewel on their heads, as if they were crowns. Professors Sada and Turo are responsible for investigating this mystery.

According to The Pokémon Company, each little monster will now have one of 18 “Tera” types, which are only taken into account at the time of Terastallize. This means that Pokémon can change their typing at the time of transformation, swapping their weaknesses and giving battles a new layer of strategy.

This phenomenon is only possible with the use of a Tera Orb, which is in the possession of select trainers. It must be recharged in Pokémon Centers or in energized crystals, which are scattered throughout the region. Finally, Raids in multiplayer mode are also back, but they promise to be much more dynamic compared to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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