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Here’s what the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet legendaries could be

By Steven Rondina


May 17, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Some interesting ideas are floating around out there for the legendaries of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

The next installments of the Pokemon franchise are set to drop later this year, offering a new open-world experience unlike anything seen before in the Pokemon series. Little is officially confirmed about these new legendaries at this point, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some credible theories that can be put together about what’s to come.

The formula for what each Pokemon generation brings is largely figured out at this point, so the question is what the specific Pokemon will be like. Here are some possibilities for what may be coming.

What will the legendaries of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet be?

The most likely candidates for the cover legendaries of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet would be a bull and a dragon.

Little is officially known about Pokemon Scarlet and violet at this point, but one of the things that is known is that the game will be set in a region based on the Iberian Peninsula. No new Pokemon have been shown off in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet outside the three starters.

Besides the starters, the cover legendaries are often the Pokemon most closely associated with a generation of Pokemon. Though not all legendaries are loved equally, even the likes of Solgaleo, Yveltal, and Zekrom are easier to remember than the vast majority of other Pokemon.

There isn’t necessarily a strong rhyme or reason to what the legendaries are based on, but the national animals of Spain and Portugal could offer up some inspiration. Spain’s national animal is a bull, an animal that hasn’t been used as inspiration in the Pokemon series since Tauros. Portugal’s former monarchy used a coat of arms that featured a pair of green dragons and Game Freak will take any opportunity it can to add more dragons to the Pokemon series.

This doesn’t mean that either of these animals will appear in the game as cover legendaries, of course. Pokemon Black and White’s Unova region was based on New York and rather than a bald eagle, the games got a pair of dragons.

How many legendaries will be in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet likely won’t have a broad assortment of legendaries to catch. 

The first games in a new Pokemon generation have never had all legendary Pokemon from past generations available to catch. Back generations’ legendaries have largely been found in the Platinums and Ultra Suns. In Pokemon Sword and Shield, these games were replaced with the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra DLC. That trend is likely to continue here and if Nintendo holds onto the Sword and Shield formula, there won’t be many legendaries at all.

Pokemon Sword and Shield originally had just three legendaries in Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus. Many more were added later including Calyrex, Spectrier, Glastrier, Urshifu, Regieleki, Regidrago, and the Galarian legendary birds, but all these came in the game’s DLC.

As such, don’t expect Scarlet and Violet to have many legendary Pokemon.


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