Today’s Pokémon presentation showed us a ton of new content and information about the Pokémon franchise!
The presentation started off by reminding us that the 2022 Pokémon World Championships are coming soon on August 18th-21st. This year will feature tournaments for Pokémon Sword and Shield versions, Pokémon UNITE, Pokémon GO, Pokkén Tournament DX and the Pokémon TCG! The 2022 Pokémon World Championships will also feature a Pokémon Center pop-up shop at the venue.
The next bit of news we got was the announcement that the Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Finale is coming on August 27th! It features Pokémon players can’t catch in their area, the Ultra Beasts Nihilego, Buzzwole, Xurkitree and Pheromosa, as well as Shaymin’s Sky Forme! The game’s also receiving a new feature called “Daily adventure incense”. This will allow players to attract Pokémon not found in their area and legendaries for 15 minutes per day.
Pokémon UNITE information came right after, and started off by introducing a new battle event called “Pika Party”. This changes every Pokémon, whether player-controlled or wild, into a Pikachu! That’s not all though, the Ultra Beast Buzzwole is available today! They’re an all-rounder that can grapple and gets stronger each time they knock out an opponent. Pokémon UNITE players still have a lot to look forward to though, as Tyranitar is coming soon as well as 3 unannounced Pokémon in September. Players will also receive gifts including unite licenses and holowear costumes as log-in rewards to celebrate the game’s anniversary!
The presentation then segwayed into Pokemon Masters EX, and revealed it will be receiving a new Trainer Lodge later this month. It will feature Rosa, N, and Professor Sycamore as well as 6 other trainers. Likewise, Pokémon Café ReMix brought us a Mewtwo event focused on one-minute cooking. It also gave us news that Latias is in the game starting today and Latios will appear in the future.
And finally, we got news about Pokémon Scarlet & Violet versions! For starters, your version’s legendary Pokémon, Koraidon or Miraidon, will help you travel throughout the Paldea region. They can change forms to help players dash across the horizon, glide across the air and even swim over the ocean. Another interesting thing to note is that the game features an academy the player will go to. There players will get a quest to embark on a treasure hunt throughout Paldea. It also has three stories for players to go through. One of them revolves around battling gym leaders who you can fight in any order and eventually becoming the league champion. The presentation was very quiet about what exactly the other two are though, so for now we don’t know anything about them. We also got a very brief look at Scarlet and Violet’s co-op multiplayer!
Of course though, the presentation didn’t stop there! It also showed off new characters players will encounter like the academy director Clavell, Jacq, Arven, Grusha and Penny. Following that, we got to see some new Pokémon revealed. First came Paldean Wooper, a Poison/Ground type regional form of Wooper. Then we got introduced to Fidough, a Fairy type puppy-like Pokémon made of dough. The last new Pokémon we saw was Cetitan, an Ice type Pokémon that looks like a whale or narwhal.
The presentation also finally showed us what the ninth generation’s battle mechanic is, the Terastal Phenomenon. Pokémon in the Paldea region can all “Terastallize”, which appears to crystalize them. This lets them boost one of their types or in some cases, even change their typing to another one! Pokémon have a “Tera type” that determines what type their Terastal form is, and these Tera types can differ among members of the same species. Players will also be able to fight in Tera Raid battles, in which Pokémon have a higher chance of having a rare Tera type. These battles can be fought alongside other players, much like the Dynamax Raid battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield versions. The last thing the presentation focused on was a special early purchase Pikachu. It can only be obtained by mystery gift until February 28th, 2023 and this Pikachu has the move Fly as well as the Tera Type of Flying.
Author’s Note: Gotta say, I love Paldean Wooper and Fidough, they're adorable! The Terastal mechanic seems interesting too, definitely looking forward to seeing how it works when the game comes out! But what do you think? Please let us know in the comments below!
Writing & Editing: Zerp