Everything We Know About Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: 9th Generation Positions, Beginners, More

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have officially been revealed, taking a whole new direction for the main Game Freak series. Here’s everything we know about Gen 9, including the release window, location, and starter.

On Pokemon Day 2022 on February 27, Generation 9 was announced. With many expecting nothing more than a Legends Arceus update, fans were shocked when Pokemon Scarlet and Violet were revealed.

With a brand new open world location (yes, open world!), starters and more in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, trainers have a lot to learn in the newest area.


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet announcement trailer and game

The February 27 reveal trailer shows a glimpse of the vast landscape of the new open-world area, giving players a better idea of ​​what the Gen IX location would look like in daylight, on evening and at night.

It’s brimming with lush greenery and plenty of wild Pokemon, with Hisui region’s Hisuian Zoroark confirmed to be in the game, as well as fan favorites from other Generations like Lucario, Larvitar, and Seviper .

A city is also shown, with a giant tower in the middle (what could this be?!), as well as the male protagonist and their house and bedroom.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is open world

In a first for the series, The Pokemon Company confirmed on their website that Gen 9 will feature full open world gameplay.

While Legends Arceus has large sections divided into maps so the trainer can scroll between, Scarlet and Violet will be “seamless”. This means there are no loading screens for different regions – they will all load at once.

“Various towns blend seamlessly into the borderless wilderness,” it wrote. “You’ll be able to see Pokemon of this region in the sky, in the sea, in the woods, on the streets — everywhere! You’ll be able to experience the true joy of the series — battling wild Pokemon to catch them — now in an open-world game that players of all ages can enjoy. ”

Screenshot of Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet region.
Game Freak / Pokemon Company

Pokemon Gen 9 will have a completely open world for players to explore.

New Beginnings in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Three new starters for Scarlet & Violet were also featured in the Pokemon Day trailer: Sprigatito, Fuecocoand Quaxly.


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Grass Type Starter Sprigatito

Category: Grass Cat Pokemon
Height: 1′4
Weight: 9 lbs.
Type: Grass
Ability: Overgrown


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Fire Type Starter Fuecoco

Category: Fire Pokemon Croc
Height: 1′4
Weight: 21.6 lbs.
Type: Fire
Ability: Blaze


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Water Type Starter Quaxly

Category: Duck Pokemon
Height: 1′8
Weight: 13.4 lbs.
Type: Drinking water
Ability: Torrents

Region & location 9 generation

The name and location of the new area have yet to be revealed at the time of writing. That said, all indications point to it being Iberian based.

A map appears in the background of the announcement trailer that is very similar in shape to the Iberian Peninsula, home to Spain and Portugal.

There are also some mentions of Spain in the video, namely a huge building that looks like the Sagrada Familia, Plaza de Espana and Lake Sanabria.

pokemon gen 9 map

The difference between Pokemon Scarlet and Violet versions

So far, only one difference between Scarlet and Violet is known and that is the main characters.

In the first installment to the main series, both games will feature a different pair of playable characters, depending on which character you choose.

They are very similar, except for the contrasting outfit colors: Scarlet wears red and blue while Violet’s wears purple and white.

bright red pokemon pokemon violet main character
Game Freak / Pokemon Company

They are basically the same, only sport with different colored outfits.

New Legendary Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet

During the reveal, Game Freak is keeping the Legendary mascots for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet a secret, so nothing has been confirmed yet.

Eagle-eyed fans did notice, though, that the trailer featured two shield symbols on a wall embossed with an orange and a grape symbol. Fruit can also be seen in a bowl on the table.

This has led some to speculate that this is a Legendaries hint of official box art. But what could it mean? Only time will tell.

Legendary scarlet and purple pokemon hint
Game Freak / Pokemon Company

Could these hint at two new Legendary Pokemon?

Connect Pokemon HOME

On the official Pokemon Company press site, it was confirmed that Gen IX will have compatibility with Pokemon HOME.

“Once released, Pokemon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be able to link to Pokemon HOME, a service that allows Trainers to keep their entire Pokemon collection in one place,” it wrote.

“By linking these games to Pokémon HOME, Trainers will be able to let Pokémon from other regions adventure with them in [the games]. ”

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Release Window

pokemon red and purple battle screenshot
Game Freak / Pokemon Company

Fans will be able to explore this new area by the end of 2022.

No specific release date has been set at the time of writing, but we do know that Gen 9 will release in “late 2022”.

Based on previous major releases, there’s a chance it could release in November 2022. It could also drop on a Thursday or Friday like the other entries in the series.

Of course, that’s just speculation at this point so we’ll update you with an official confirmation when we know. Everything We Know About Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: 9th Generation Positions, Beginners, More

Emma Bowman

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