As fans expected, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are set to introduce a sizable batch of new Pokemon to kick off gen-9.
The ninth Pokemon generation is set to officially launch in 2022. While it’s already been a big year for the franchise with the smash hit of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, things are only set to get bigger from here.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will potentially reinvent the Pokemon franchise, bringing the series to a new, fully open world for the first time. It will also see new gameplay mechanics added and, naturally, a batch of new ninth-gen Pokemon. Here are the ones Pokemon has shown so far.
As one would expect, a new trio of grass, fire, and water-type starters are coming. Sprigatito is set to be the new grass-type starter, Quaxly will be the water-type, and Fuecoco rounds things out as the fire-type. They have the standard set of abilities with Overgrow, Blaze, and Torrent, though hidden abilities will likely come out later to distinguish them from past generations’ starters.
At present it is unknown what they will evolve into. It’s possible that the Pokemon will be less anthropomorphized to distinguish them from the likes of Incineroar, Golduck, and Krookodile.
Outside the starters, the Pokemon most closely associated with a new generation of Pokemon are the ones that grace the covers. Since Gold and Silver, that honor has been reserved for legendaries in mainline titles. The new legendaries in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are Koraidon and Miraidon. Koraidon is a feathery lizard while Miraidon has literal rockets instead of legs.
The two are also set to serve as ride Pokemon. The third trailer for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet showed the duo serving as bikes, planes, and boats for the player character.
Not all the new Pokemon can be starters and legendaries. Fleshing out Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s lineup are Smoliv, Pawmi, and Lechonk. The trio are set to be the signature Pokemon of new frenemy Nemona. Smoliv is a grass-normal Pokemon that looks like an olive, Lechonk is a pure normal-type based on the black Iberian pig, and Pawmi is an electric type.
As with the starters, it’s highly likely that these three will evolve but nothing has been shown as of yet. Fans can safely assume that they will all have two more stages.
The third trailer for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet revealed two new gen-9 Pokemon and one new regional variant. The two new Pokemon are Fidough and Cetitan.
Fairy-type Fidough is likely to be one of the cuter additions to the game. As the name suggests, it’s a dog made of baked goods and it is absolutely adorable in action. On the flipside is Cetitan, a massive, imposing ice type that is the signature Pokemon of new gym leader Grusha.
Regional variants are expected in every new Pokemon release at this point and the first one is Paldean Wooper. The water-ground type that was introduced in Pokemon Gold and Silver but is getting reimagined as a ground-poison type in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Cyclizar is a new dragon-normal Pokemon, a typing that already underwhelmed fans in gen-seven with Drampa. That’s an underwhelming combination, but this new Pokemon does have some redeeming factors in-battle.
Cyclizar is set to have a new move called Shed Tail. This move creates a substitute and switches out, leaving the substitute in place. This move will likely be extremely powerful, the big question is whether this move will be exclusive to Cyclizar or whether others will be able to use it.