Pokémon releases Scarlet, Violet trailer at World Championships
Pokémon Company President and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara officially revealed new moves, new items, and a new Pokémon, Cyclizar, for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in video footage during the Pokémon World Championships closing ceremonies.
Cyclizar, a Dragon and Normal-type Pokémon was the main focus of the trailer. It looks like Scarlet and Violet’s legendary mascots, Koraidon and Miraidon.
The new Dragon/Normal-type Pokémon can learn a new move called Shed Tail, which allows it to summon a substitute and then swap places with another Pokémon in battle.
The trailer also demonstrates a few new moves and skill sets that players can equip their Pokémon with during battle, such as Mirror Herb’s ability to duplicate an opponent’s stat boosts when consumed and Loaded Dice, an item that allows a Pokémon to land additional hits when using a multistrike move.
Finally, the trailer shows off Tera Blast, a move that changes type to match the Tera Type of a Pokémon while Terastallized. This guarantees that a Pokémon always has a move that matches its Tera Type.
For example, Coalossal, a fire or rock type Pokémon, can Terastallize and become a water type, making it easier to activate its Steam Engine ability.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s location
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will take place in the brand new Paldea region, which is based on the Iberian Peninsula.
The new games are the first open-world Pokémon games, allowing players to explore the region without being restricted to specific routes.
The lore has it that since ancient times, Cyclizar has lived in many Paldea households. The Pokémon has a pleasant demeanor, and trainers can ride on it.
Ishihara also confirmed the comeback of the Pokémon-ex card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, a card equivalent to the Terastal phenomenon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Those cards will be officially introduced to the Pokémon Trading Card Game when the Scarlet and Violet series debuts on February 28, 2023.
Dozens of new Pokémon are expected to appear in the game, with many more secrets to be revealed before the game’s release.
Pokémon World Championships 2022 closing ceremonies
In addition to the new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet teaser, some other announcements were also made at the closing ceremonies.
The video announcement began with a quick tour of the franchise’s 8-bit Vermillion City before revealing that the World Championships will be held in Yokohama, Japan, in 2023.
Due to the strict travel restrictions, choosing Japan marks a significant change in Pokémon’s approach to the event. Furthermore, they also announced the return of Pokémon Go and Pokémon Unite.
This year’s Pokémon World Championships were won by Portugal’s Eduardo “EmbC” Cunha, who beat Spain’s Guillermo “KastyTP” Castilla Diaz to win the VGC Masters Division. He went 11-0, the most dominant victory in a decade.
Japan’s Yasuharu S. defeated Australia’s Nicholas K. in the Seniors Division VGC finals. Meanwhile, Kosaku M. of Japan defeated Australia’s Kiara N. to win the Juniors Division VGC.
Finally, Japan’s Rikuto O. emerged victorious in the Juniors Division finals. Rikuto O. won with a 2-1 victory over Canada’s Tristan T.
North American team BLVKHVND managed to win the Pokémon UNITE world championship in the game’s first-ever offline division.
Germany’s DancingRob went on a nine-set losers streak to win the Pokémon GO Masters Division, defeating South Korea trainer Godanhada in a 10-game pair of grand finals sets.