It’s a big day for Pokémon fans! A new trailer for the next big Pokémon game, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, revealed lots of new details, including the signature Legendaries.

We now have an official release date: November 18 on Nintendo Switch. Scarlet & Violet are described as “the first open-world RPGs in the Pokémon series.”

Most Pokémon games in the main series have a signature Legendary that graces the cover. For Scarlet it’s Koraidon, and Violet has Miraidon. We don’t know anything about them other than their dragon-reptile design.

For the first time, the two different versions of Pokémon games will also feature different Professors. Scarlet players will meet Professor Sada, while Violet goers will mentor with Professor Turo.

If you look at the dress and names of the Professors with the design of the Legendaries, we can infer that Scarlet has a primal/past theme, while Violet is all about the future-tech. How much these themes play into the gameplay remains to be seen.

Regardless, the geography and names points to a Spain theme for the region.

Both games will feature Nemona as you friend and fellow Pokémon trainer. Nemona will serve as a field guide throughout the adventure.

We were already introduced to our three Starter Pokémon in the first trailer, Sprigatito the Grass fox, Fuecoco the Fire croc, and Quaxly the Water duck. The new trailer revealed the adorable Smoliv, the tiny Olive Pokémon (Grass/Normal); Lechonk, the hilariously named Hog Pokémon (Normal); and Pawmi, the typical Pikachu knockoff Electric Mouse Pokémon (Pikachu was also revealed, in case you were worried).

Another series first is the introduction of co-op with up to four players. You’ll be able to explore, battle, and trade Pokémon together. Judging by the trailer, you won’t have to stick to the same area. Definitely want to see more co-op gameplay in future trailers!

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will release on November 18. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB, but previous Pokémon games are E for Everyone.


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