Pokemon Scarlet and Violet tease Past and Future-themed Pokemon alongside a new trailer

The Pokemon Company has unveiled a new music video trailer of Celestial by Ed Sheeran, showcasing some new features of the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, alongside a slew of new information pertaining to the game. 

Today's primary announcement comes in the form of a teaser for Past and Future-themed regional variants for Pokemon; in this case, Donphan. The "Great Tusk" - a regional variant based on themes of the past - and the "Iron Treads", which are based on themes of the future were both quickly shown off during the trailer. Typings for both variants have yet to be revealed; though these variants are said to be a major part of Scarlet and Violet's story, with accounts of their existence recorded within the Scarlet Book and VIolet Book respectively.

Additionally, it was confirmed that Tera Raid Battles will have special versions called Black Crystal Tera Raid Battles, which will feature Pokemon much stronger than you would normally face during a raid. The specific Pokemon found within can only be encountered for a limited period of time, and as an example, it was confirmed that a Dragon Tera Type Charizard will be part of the rotation from December 1 through 4, and then again from December 15 through 18.

Beyond Black Crystal Tera Raid Battles, it's planned that special events will also spawn ordinary Tera Raid Battles that might have an increased chance of containing specific Pokemon. For example, during the Eevee Spotlight that is planned to be held from November 24 through 27, players will be able to find Eevees with a variety of different Tera Types within raid battles with a "mysterious aura" surrounding them.

Finally, Pokemon GO and Pokemon Home compatibility will come to Scarlet and Violet sometime in Early 2023, and players with save data for other Pokemon games on their Nintendo Switch will receive cosmetic Rotom Phone cases in-game as a bonus corresponding to the titles they've already played. 

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet release on November 18 worldwide for Nintendo Switch.

Watch the new music video trailer below, along with a slew of new information and screenshots shared today, including details about Black Crystal Tera Raid Battles, the Scarlet and Violet Books, and more.

The Scarlet Book and the Violet Book

The Scarlet Book, which will appear in Pokémon Scarlet, and the Violet Book, which will appear in Pokémon Violet, are expedition records that were written long, long ago. This expedition is said to have traversed an uncharted area of the Paldea region, but whether the accounts depicted in the books are true remains unclear.
Photographs and sketches of unidentified creatures fill the pages of both books. While there have been sightings of similar creatures in recent years, such reports are rare, and specific details of their biology are still a mystery.

  • The Monster Known as Great Tusk
  • The Scarlet Book describes how this savage monster attacked the expedition team with its large body and tusks, mortally wounding one of the explorers.
  • The Monster Known as Iron Treads
  • It is said in the Violet Book that when this monster curls its body and rolls to attack, it leaves a trail gouged into the ground, as if it had scorched the earth.

Take On Black Crystal Tera Raid Battles

During their adventures, players may find black crystals that look different than the ones they’d ordinarily approach to take on a Tera Raid Battle. The Pokémon they’ll face at these black Tera Raid crystals are much stronger than those that appear in ordinary Tera Raid Battles and are only available for a limited time. Trainers that manage to successfully defeat these Pokémon can get rewards that are even more exciting than usual.

  • Charizard with the Mightiest Mark will be appearing in black crystal Tera Raid Battles![1]
  • This Charizard will be appearing during two time periods: first December 1–4, 2022; then again December 15–18, 2022. Charizard cannot normally be encountered in Paldea, and the Charizard appearing during this event has Dragon as its Tera Type.
  • Players will be able to take on Tera Raid Battles at black crystals after completing certain postgame events. However, players who haven’t completed the event may still participate in these Tera Raid Battles by joining other Trainers in multiplayer by using a Link Code.

Special Tera Raid Battle Events Increase Your Chance of Encountering Certain Pokémon or Tera Types

After the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, Tera Raid Battle events will allow players to take on specific Pokémon or encounter Pokémon with certain Tera Types more frequently. The Tera Raid crystals related to these events may look ordinary at first glance, but they are shrouded in a mysterious aura.
The first of these Tera Raid Battle events will be the Eevee Spotlight held on November 24–27, 2022. During the event, Eevee with various Tera Types will appear more frequently in Tera Raid Battles![2]

Pokémon HOME & Pokémon GO Compatibility

The latest Battle Stadium statistics from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will soon be viewable in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME! From the app, players will be able to view information about Trainer rankings, frequently used Pokémon, Online Competitions, and more. Players will also be able to see what moves, Abilities, and held items are being used in battles. This update to Pokémon HOME’s Battle Data feature is slated for early 2023.
Compatibility between Pokémon Scarlet, Pokémon Violet, and Pokémon HOME is slated for spring 2023. After players have linked either title to Pokémon HOME, they’ll be able to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to Pokémon HOME and bring select Pokémon from past games to the Paldea region.[3]
It has also been confirmed that linking Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to Pokémon GO will allow players to receive Gimmighoul (Roaming Form) in Pokémon GO![4]
Receive Special Rotom Phone Cases in Your Game!
Players with save data from the Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! games can receive a Rotom Phone case corresponding to its respective game in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.[5]
Updates & Online Play
Updates are planned for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet after release. The first of these updates is version 1.0.1, which will become available the day of release. Downloading the version 1.0.1 update will allow players to enjoy online play, so it’s recommended that players download the update before they begin playing.
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