Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – Generation 9

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were announced by Pokémon International on Sunday 27th February 2022, Pokémon Day.

The announcement means that the current Pokémon series – Sword and Shield – will come to an end in 2022. The Sword and Shield series launched with two games in November 2019 and the Sword and Shield TCG Base Set followed in February 2020.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The new expansion series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, will launch in November 2022 with two games for the Nintendo Switch. The game format for – Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be open world, with the player’s chosen character able to roam freely and ‘explore an open world where various towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness’.

The name of the new region has not yet been revealed but it appears to be based on Spain. One of the game screenshots appears to show the Barcelona landmark Sagrada Familia, in its completed form, set against a night sky. The actual building (right), designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, is not yet completed.

Pokémon Generation 9 based on Spain

The appearance of the main characters have been revealed. They are identical for each game except that their uniform colour reflects that of the game being played – Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Uniforms

Pokémon International have also released details of three new Pokémon which will be the starter Pokémon for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. 

Scarlet and Violet Starter Pokemon

Sprigatito is described as a capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon. It weighs 4.1 kg and has a height of 0.4m. Sprigatito’s special move is Overgrow.

Quaxly is an earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon that weighs 6.1 kg and measures 0.5m. Its special move is Torrent.

Fuecoco is described as a laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace. It weighs 9.8 kg and is 0.4m tall. Its Fuecoco’s special move is Blaze.

The names of two of these Pokémon offers further evidence that the new region is based on Spain. The word fuego is Spanish for Fire, while gato is Spanish for cat.