Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Gen 9 trailer, location, open world and everything we know

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

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

With an all-new open-world location (yes, open world!), Starters, and more in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Trainers have a lot to handle in the latest region.


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Announcement Trailer & Gameplay

The February 27 reveal trailer shows a glimpse of the vast landscape of the new open-world region, giving players an insight into what the Gen IX location will look like during the day, evening and night.

It’s filled with lush greenery and wild Pokemon galore, with the Hisui regions of Hisuian Zoroark confirmed 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 center (what could this be?), as well as the male protagonist and their house and bedroom.

Is there a release date for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Battle screenshot
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company

Fans will be able to dive into this new region at the end of 2022.

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

Based on previous major releases, it’s likely that it could be released in November 2022. It could also fall on a Thursday or Friday, like other entries in the series.

Of course, it’s just speculation at this point, so we’ll keep you updated with official confirmation as soon as we know.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is an open world

As a first for the series, The Pokemon Company has confirmed on their website that Gen 9 will have full open-world gameplay.

While Legends Arceus had large sections split into maps for trainers to scramble between, Scarlet and Violet will be “seamless”. This means no loading screens for different areas – it all loads as one.

“Several cities merge seamlessly into the borderless wilderness,” it reads. “You will be able to see the Pokemon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets – everywhere! You will be able to experience the true joy of the series – fighting wild Pokemon to capture them – now in an open-world game for players of all ages to enjoy.”

Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet region screenshot.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company

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

New starters in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

The three new starters for Scarlet & Violet were also shown in the trailer on Pokemon Day: Sprigatitofuecocoand Quaxly


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Grass Type Starter Sprigatito

Category: Grass Cat Pokemon
Height: 1′4″
Weight: 9 pounds.
Type: Grass
Assets: overgrow


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Fire Type Starter Fuecoco

Category: Fire Croc Pokemon
Height: 1′4″
Weight: 21.6 pounds.
Type: Fire
Assets: Blaze


Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Water Type Starter Quaxly

Category: Duckling Pokemon
Height: 1′8″
Weight: 13.4 pounds.
Type: Water
Assets: Torrent

A 4chan leak circulating on Reddit suggests Sprigatito will evolve into a Grass/Electric saber-toothed tiger Pokemon with lightning bolt-shaped teeth.

It goes on to say that Fuecoco will take on a more snake-like body shape and will be Fire/Dragon. Finally, it states that the last evolution of Quaxly will resemble some kind of naval admiral and use feathers as swords, it will be Water/Fighting type Pokemon.

While we’re often skeptical about 4chan leaks, it’s worth pointing out that many of the Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks were accurate. However, take it with a grain of salt until we know more.

Gen 9 Region & Location

The name and location of the new region are unknown at the time of writing. That said, all signs point to it being based on Iberia.

In the background of the announcement trailer appeared a map that closely resembles the Iberian Peninsula, home to Spain and Portugal.

There were also several references to Spain in the video, namely a huge building that resembles the Sagrada Familia Temple, the Plaza de Espana and the Sanabria Lake. The architecture in the trailer also resembles the squares of many Spanish cities.

pokemon gen 9 card

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Version Differences

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

As a first for the main series, both games will feature a few different playable characters depending on which one you pick.

They are very similar, only with contrasting outfit colors: Scarlet’s main character wears red and blue, while Violet is dressed in purple and white.

Pokemon Scarlet Pokemon Violet protagonists
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company

The protagonists are basically the same, just with different colored outfits.

The leak that originated on 4chan and was later shared on Reddit suggested that “the region will have two main schools that will play major roles in the plot, depending on which version the characters come in from different schools.” Based on the clothing above, we suspect that the two schools are connected to the versions of the game, Scarlet and Violet.

The leak also suggests that the game’s token rival character will be from a different school. Again, take all this with a grain of salt until more official information comes out.

New Legendary Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet

During the reveal, Game Freak continued to be tight-lipped about the legendary mascots for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, so nothing has been confirmed yet.

Despite this, eagle-eyed fans noted that the trailer featured two shield decals on a wall embossed with an orange and grape logo. The fruit could also be seen in a bowl on a table.

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

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Legendary Hint
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company

Could these hints at two new Legendary Pokemon?

The 4chan leak above shared on Reddit suggests that “Two legends have an animal appearance, similar to reptiles, but they are more abstract. Scarlet’s will be of the Fire/Fairy with a four-legged stance with translucent scarlet scales, the second is the Psychic/Fairy with a purple and gray biped stance with a series of purple glass orbs along the back.”

It goes on to say, “The third Legendary is a Dragon/Dark, it’s a black wyvern with red eyes and bright red wings, and he’ll have an ability that reverses his weaknesses and resistances.”

Again, don’t take this leak as gospel until there’s more evidence, but the leak certainly sounds plausible.

Pokemon HOME Connectivity

It was confirmed on the official press website of The Pokemon Company that Gen IX will be compatible with Pokemon HOME.

“After their release, Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet will be able to link to Pokemon HOME, a service that allows Trainers to keep their entire Pokemon collection in one place,” it reads.

“By linking these games to Pokémon HOME, Trainers can let Pokémon from other regions side-by-side adventure in [the games]†

This is interesting considering Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl and Legends Arceus are still waiting for Pokemon Home connectivity. This could indicate that the service will arrive on those games before Gen IX launches in late 2022.

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