How about that new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer, eh? We’ve already covered a lot of the big news, which you can read in our separate articles:
(And, of course, we had an “Everything You Missed” for the trailer we saw in June, too, which you can read right here. We already knew about co-op, Toby Fox’s music, and the past-vs-future theme!)
But this new trailer was full of tiny details, too — and we don’t want them to pass us by, so we’ve assembled all the wee things we noticed in this new trailer, and the updated Pokémon website, too. You can watch the trailer below, and tell us if you noticed anything new in the comments — we’ll keep updating this article!
The motorbike legendaries are… really bad motorbikes
At least, Koraidon is. Miraidon seems to have it figured out, more or less. They have wheels. They are literally shaped like motorbikes. So, why is Koraidon using its legs? Evolution has some questions to answer here.
Scarlet & Violet’s Pokédifferences
Larvitar and Stonjourner appear exclusively in Pokémon Scarlet, while Bagon and Eiscue appear in Pokémon Violet.
Also, your outfit and your academy will change depending on your version!
The trailer spoke about there being three main stories, only one of which is the normal Pokémon thing of beating all the gym leaders (although you can apparently do it in any order). What are the other two stories? Is one of them going to follow some supernatural goings-on, or some maniacal gang leader, like other games in the series? We can but speculate!
The trailer mentioned a treasure hunt a lot. Like, A LOT. But it never actually said what the treasure hunt was. What’s the treasure? Why are they making students look for it?
Some NPCs might have different outfits based on your version
Take a look at Professor Clavell, who seems to run the academy you’re attending:
The trademark Pokémon creepiness is back
From Fidough’s description:
“Fidough ferments things in its vicinity using the yeast in its breath. Said yeast is useful for cooking, so this Pokémon has been protected by people since long ago.”
They could have just said that it was a cute lil bread puppy, but no! It has fermenty breath!!
Can wild Pokémon be poisoned before battle?
The description of the new Paldean form of Wooper says the following:
“Their bodies are heavy and they move slowly, but they can protect themselves by shooting powerful poisonous liquid from their gills. You may see poisoned Pokémon in areas where these Wooper live.”
That sounds to us like we may be able to find pre-poisoned Pokémon in the wild, unless this is just flavour text.
Grusha is a shy guy
We love him.
The Terastal forms are all just… hats?
- Grass type = Flower hat
- Water type = Fountain hat
- Fire type = Candelabra hat
- Normal type = Diamond ring hat
- Flying type = Balloons hat
There might be more types and hats, but those are the ones we’ve seen so far! You can read more about the Terastal mechanic here.
Flying Pikachu might be a reference
You can get your own Flying Pikachu with pre-orders
Wooper. But brown. Pooper. Sorry. It also works for Poison + Wooper. Surely, they knew about this?
Although it’s been done before, Poop– sorry, WOOPER’s Poison type is reflected in his whiskers/antenna/sorrywedon’tknowtheofficialterm looking like crossed bones, the symbol for poison.
Cetitan is a land whale, and you know what’s cool about that? Whales used to have legs, and that makes Cetitan a sort of ancestor to the Pokéwhale, making it yet another allusion to Paldea’s past/future theme.
Also, fun fact: The word “cetacean” means “of the whale family”!
Paldea’s map is huge
Oh, and Paldea apparently comes from “pal” — friend, obviously — and “aldea”, the Spanish for a village.
Cool new villages
From the Pokémon website:
“You can find lots of people and Pokémon living together in a variety of locations, ranging from a farming village with bountiful harvests to a port town with a bustling marketplace.”
Rotom Phone is back
The Pokédex will be an app on your phone, alongside your map, which will give you info on nearby Poké Centers and Pokémon.
The Pokémon Centers are… petrol stations?!
And they’re combined with Poké Marts, too! It fits nicely with the motorbike theming of the legendaries, Miraidon and Koraidon.
No idea what this is or who is belongs to, but it was featured quite prominently in the trailer, so it’s probably important.
Cooking and restaurants
Restaurants seem to definitely be on the menu (although don’t look too closely at the ingredient list of that ham sandwich) and cooking may well be returning, too. The description of your classmate and friend Arven says that he’s “good at cooking and is researching healthy recipes,” and we see Fuecoco setting fire to an apple, which is… basically cooking, right?
Special forms for the legendaries?
Towards the end of the trailer, we see Miraidon and Koraidon sporting some fancy feathered headgear. We can only assume this is an exciting new form for the pair. Is it a mechanical one? A tactical one? An aesthetic one? All three??? We’ll have to wait and see.
Naturalistic animal behaviour
A fair few of the Pokémon in the trailer were… taking naps. Under trees, mostly. Paldea looks pretty warm, so we don’t blame them — and it seems like this may give us Pokémon Legends-style chances to sneak up on a wild sleeping ‘mon for greater chances at catching them. They also seem to hang out in groups sometimes, with other Pokémon in their evolutionary line. Aww!
Weather in the Pokémon games has been around for a while, but we’re not sure we’ve seen thunderstorms before. It’s giving us Breath of the Wild’s Thundra Plateau vibes! Will we be able to get special evolutions or unique wild Pokémon if we go out in a storm? Who knows!
This image, from the trailer, looks a lot like a selfie mode to us. We know Nintendo has the tech! They put it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons relatively recently! We thought it might just be a cutscene, but… this is the co-op mode, so that seems unlikely. Photo mode, baby!!
We knew this was possible, but weren’t sure how it would interact with the uniform that you seem to be forced to wear. However, it seems like the uniform is changeable. Here:
“Ranging from short sleeves and shorts to warm blazers, the academy has four different kinds of uniforms in total. Additionally, you can collect a wide variety of accessories from boutiques. Wear your favorite items and try out different styles along the way on your adventure!”
“In Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, you can now make changes to your character’s eye shape, mouth shape, and more to look the way you want to look. You can, of course, change your hairstyle, hair color, and eyebrows at salons, too, so look your best when on your Treasure Hunt!”
So, you’re not going to look entirely unique, but you’ll have a different face, hair, hat, and uniform combo. And honestly? We think that’s kinda cute. Finally, our Pokémon protagonists will seem like actual 10-year-olds!
That’s all we’ve noticed in this trailer — and some of it could be (and definitely is) pure speculation for now, but a few of our predictions in July came true, so we’re feeling a little confident.
But tell us: Did you notice anything new in these trailers? Do you think you picked up on some tiny, unnoticed detail? Pop it in the comments!