A new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was released recently, depicting new overworld mechanics, a new evolution to an older Pokémon, a raid boss encounter, and more. The new mechanics are much different than those seen in previous installments thus far.
Wild Tera Pokémon
In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, players may encounter sparkling, glowing Pokémon while journeying through the Paldea region. When provoked for battle, these Pokémon will instantly Terastalize, revealing their Tera type. Terastalized Pokémon have their type changed to one of the 18 other types in the game.
Dealing enough damage to a wild Terastalized Pokémon will revert it back to its normal state. The trailer also reiterates that any Pokémon can have any Tera type.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is introducing a new way to interact with your Pokémon through commands. The one shown in the trailer was the “Let’s Go” command. This command sends your lead Pokémon forward to battle the closest hostile Pokémon or gather nearby items.
Using this command will certainly shorten the time it takes to level up Pokémon, search for items, and gather materials. There may be a way to quickly cycle between which Pokémon is your lead, or even send out multiple Pokémon with the “Let’s Go” command. It’s shown in the trailer that, while battling in a Team Star base, the trainer gives the command to multiple Pokémon to take out waves of grunts and their Pokémon.
Gathering Materials and TM Crafting
There will be new currencies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in the form of Pokémon crafting materials. It appears that most of these materials are gathered from defeated Pokémon in the wild. These materials can be used at TM machines to be exchanged for TMs.
It seems that materials can also be exchanged for League Points, as seen in the UI briefly. This currency is also used to craft TMs at the machine. Other uses for these currencies remain to be seen.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Storylines
There will be at least 3 prominent storylines in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet:
Starfall Street: Battle Team Star across the Paldea region in order to stifle their plans.
Path of Legends: Seek out legendary herbs known as “Herba Mystica,” battling Titan Pokémon along the way.
Victory Road: The classic Pokémon tale of collecting the region’s gym badges to earn the rank of Champion.
Farigiraf: A New Evolution for Girafarig
Girafarig, the Normal/Psychic-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II, is able to evolve into Farigiraf in the Paldea region. Its tail becomes a protective hood for its head, and it grows larger.
While its actual stats are unknown, it is known that it will retain its typing and gain one of two new abilities. Cud Chew allows it to eat a berry twice: once when triggered to do so, and then again at the end of the next turn. The other ability, Armor Tail, prevents the opposing Pokémon from using priority moves.
Picnics, as shown in the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer, combine multiple new and returning mechanics. These streamlined mechanics include raising happiness levels, breeding, and out-of-combat buffs.
Cleaning and Caring for Pokémon
Pokémon can be cleaned and groomed during a Picnic to raise their happiness levels. In previous entries, a happier Pokémon will randomly perform acts to aid you in battle, such as dodging attacks or landing critical hits. Cleaning Pokémon also restores their HP.
During a picnic, Pokémon may lay an egg. While it’s unconfirmed whether or not Pokémon daycares will be returning, picnics seem like an efficient alternative to them. More breeding mechanics have not been revealed yet, but they may be more or less the same from previous entries.
Picnics allow you to manually stack ingredients to make the perfect sandwich. According to the trailer, sandwiches give you and your Pokémon buffs, both in and out of battle.
These buffs appear type-specific. For example, the trailer shows “Catching Power: Fairy,” implying that Fairy-type Pokémon will be easier to catch for a duration. The ingredients in your sandwich may impact what kinds of buffs you gain. Finally, feeding your Pokémon sandwiches restores their HP.
Tera-Raid Battles are a new game mode in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. In these battles, you and up to three other trainers battle against a powerful Terastalized Pokémon with a rare Tera-type. There are a few unique mechanics in Tera-Raids that aren’t present in other battles.
These battles have a time restraint. Defeat the raid Pokémon before time runs out. Furthermore, there are no turns in a Tera-Raid — Pokémon can attack as soon as they possibly can, though coordination is key.
When your Pokémon is knocked out in a Tera-Raid, it will eventually be revived, with no items required.
Cheering On Pokémon
Even if your Pokémon doesn’t have any support moves, you can still bring utility to battles by cheering. Depending on which cheer you choose, you can raise your group’s Pokémon’s offenses or defenses, or restore HP.
Catching Tera-Raid Pokémon
After dealing enough damage, a Tera-Raid Pokémon’s Terastalization will break, allowing it to be captured. Victories will also award items as well.
The recent Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer showcased a lot of new information, as well as developments on known mechanics and features. The games will release on November 18th.