I can’t quite believe how quickly Gen 9 has come around but it’s almost time for more catching and battling with a new host of Poké friends.
Following Sword and Shield, on November 18 you’ll be able to check out Pokémon Scarlet or Violet exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
What do you get in each edition? What editions are there? We’ve got you covered trainers.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are exclusive to Nintendo Switch.
Both editions launch on November 18, 2022.
Is this Gen 9?
Yup. Set in the all new Paldea Region, over 100 new Pokémon are joining the fray, including LeChonk and Bellibolt. You’ll also see some familiar faces and new evolutions of your favourites, including a Farigiraf and a Paldean Wooper.
Will every Pokémon be in it?
Sadly not. Just like Gen 8 (Sword/Shield) unfortunately this won’t be a complete Pokédex. There’s so many Pokémon out there now that it just wouldn’t be possible to have all of them in the game. You should also expect this as the norm going forward for all future generations.
Are there new starters?
Absolutely! For those who prefer Grass types, you’ll have Sprigatito. The Fire type is Fuecoco and the Water type is Quaxly.
What about Legendaries?
For sure. And as always, there’s an exclusive to each game, with Koraidon exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and Miraidon exclusive to Pokémon Violet.
Any Pokémon exclusive to the versions?
There is, it’s almost like you’ve played these games before and know just which questions to ask!
Due to datamining, the full list is out in the wild if you’re really interested, but for now and fear of spoilers, we’ll give you a topline overview of what’s been confirmed by Nintendo so far.
What other exclusives do I need to be aware of?
Glad you asked. Depending on what version you pick up, you’ll start out in certain attire and you’ll be matched to a different professor from the opposite game.
So in Pokémon Scarlet you’ll have an orange tie, orange shorts and white socks and be mentored by Professor Sada, whereas in Pokémon Violet you’ll have a purple tie, purple shorts, black socks, and be mentored by Professor Turo.
Any additional content?
There is and it tends to vary from where you pick the game up from. However if you buy the game direct from the eShop before 28th February 2023, you’ll get an ‘Adventure Set’ which includes…
- Potion ×10
- Full Heal ×5
- Revive ×3
- Ether ×3
- Rare Candy ×1
- Nugget ×1
A special Balloon Pikachu is also available to any player who buys the game/s early. You can claim in game via ‘Mystery Gift’.
Finally, if you buy the Pokémon Scarlet/Violet Double Pack, you’ll 100 Poké balls for each game.
Is there a Season Pass?
To date, a Season Pass and any further content for the game hasn’t been mentioned or confirmed, though with Sword/Shield getting its own Expansion Pass we feel it might be a safe bet to assume some post-launch content could be on the way.
Buy standalone and you’ll gain access to the Koraidon legendary as an exclusive. This also doubles as a mount which you can ride through Paldea. You’ll train with Professor Sada and have orange and white attire. There will also be exclusive Pokémon to this edition of the game which we’ve listed above.
Buy standalone and you’ll gain access to the Miraidon legendary as an exclusive. This also doubles as a mount which you can ride through Paldea. You’ll train with Professor Turo and have Purple and Black attire. There will also be exclusive Pokémon to this edition of the game which we’ve listed above.
If you don’t want to miss out on any exclusives, you can also buy a Double Pack which includes both games in one set. As mentioned above, you’ll also get a code to redeem 100x Pokéballs per game.
You can get either edition as a Steelbook via the Nintendo Shop as an exclusive.
Switch OLED Bundle
Finally, there’s a Switch OLED Bundle which is custom designed with a stunning-looking JoyCons and dock. You’ll also get the Double Pack for the game. Sounds like too good of a deal to miss out on.
Which version are you picking up? Are you getting both?
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