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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Leaks Roundup

July 22, 2022 12:00 PM

By: Andrew Stretch

 

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are the first big step into the ninth generation of Pokemon. With the previous three entries, Sword/Shield, Arceus, and Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, all being wildly different games, Scarlet and Violet seem to be stepping forward with a little bit of everything in mind.

So far, we have officially seen the three starter Pokemon, some of the early critters, and of course, the box legendary Pokemon. In terms of gameplay, it looks like the open world of Legends Arceus is not only back but getting an upgrade too, including many sought-after features like true multiplayer and an even further expanded open world.

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One thing that we've definitely seen a lot of in recent weeks has been leakers who are sharing different pieces of information on what they've seen in leaked copies, including gameplay elements, new Pokemon, their typings, and battle mechanics that are new to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. A lot of these leaks come from Riddler Khu or are passed through CentroLeaks on Twitter.

The rumors that we're discussing below all have the potential to contain massive spoilers for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. If you don't want to have information about the game coming up, then click away right now! Maybe instead take a look at what Pokemon HAVE been officially announced.

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If you're interested in catching these leaks as soon as they crop up, then you can also check out CentroLeaks on Twitter.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Pre-Release Trailers

August 3rd 2022 - Welcome to the Paldea Region

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This trailer confirmed the following information

  • The region will be the Paldea region
  • There are three different quests as part of the "Treasure Hunt", one of these is the Gym challenge
    • The Gyms can be completed in any order
    • There is an Ice Gym
  • Raid battles are returning but will be faster paced and focus on the Terastallize mechanic
  • Koraidon/Miraidon are you main mode of transport and will perform HM actions such as surfing and flying
  • New Pokemon
    • Fidough, a fairy type
    • Cititan, an ice-type
    • Paldean Wooper, a poison-ground type
  • Crystalize mechanic is called Terastallize and can give an added STAB boost, some pokemon will have Tera types different from their own that will allow them to change type

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Leaks - Gameplay Elements

Welcome to the World of Pokemon. While we don't know the name of the region, the leakers have stated the following about the region that we'll be exploring.

  • In Japanese, the name for the region is Paldea. Including the sea and islands, Paldea is meant to be larger than Hisui.
  • There will be 400+ Pokemon in the Regional Pokedex, with around 120-140 being brand-new Pokemon. This means one of these new Pokemon will be our 1,000th Pokemon.
  • There will be three major cities and nine smaller towns.
  • In order to complete the game, there are what are being described as three "routes" or "quests" to complete. Unfortunately, the leaker hasn't been more specific as to what that means.
  • A few blurry images of the map from in-game have been shared and overlayed onto the map from the trailer showing where they fall.

The Gyms of the region can be done in any order, but there is no scaling to your level, so you might get in a situation where you're far too powerful for a gym. These Gym leaders will have second jobs that are related to their typings. So far we know that one is a Skier (Ice), and another is a Streamer (Electric?). As well as traditional Gyms, there will also be a classic Elite Four, one of whom is apparently a child.

Pokemon Picnic is the Scarlet and Violet equivalent to Pokemon-Amie/Pokemon Camp. While at the Picnic, you can look after and wash your Pokemon; not all Pokemon like being washed through. Washing a Pokemon will restore its HP and increase its friendship values. This is also how you will obtain Pokemon Eggs.

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There will be an auction house where different items will go on sale and you will have to outbid other NPCs. This feature seems similar to the auction house from Wind Waker. One of the known items that will be included at this auction is the Rotom Catalogue. There is no new Rotom form in Scarlet and Violet, but apparently, it was considered at one time.

Multiplayer, where up to four trainers can explore the same world, will be possible in both online and local play.

Features that will be returning

  • Raid Battles, will continue to be multiplayer
  • Alpha Pokemon will return but have a different name
  • Mass outbreaks
  • Size variations of Pokemon
  • Bike Riding… in a sense. Instead of riding a bike in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you'll instead get access to riding Koraidon/Miraidon. Riding these dragons will also facilitate climbing, swimming, and flying. You'll get access to this riding mechanic early, but won't be able to use Koraidon/Miraidon in your party until later.
  • Trainers will be able to customize their looks, but it won't be expansive as in previous games. Leakers indicate that all of the different looks are school-uniform-themed.
  • The Move Learning system from Pokemon Legends Arceus
  • Following Pokemon, only one Pokemon will be able to follow you at a time and they cannot follow you inside
  • EXP Share All is returning and will not be able to be disabled

Features that will not be returning

  • Mega Evolutions
  • Fossil Pokemon
  • Fishing
  • Catching style from Pokemon Legends Arceus
  • Not exactly a 'feature' that won't be returning, but there are no new evolution stones
  • Breeding Pokemon; this will be replaced with the Pokemon Picnic

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Leaks - Pokemon

Known Pokemon Information

Sprigatito

  • Final evolution will be Grass/Dark
  • The final evolution will be magic themed
  • Leg count will go 4 2 2

Fuecoco

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  • Final evolution will be Fire/Ghost
  • The final evolution will be rockstar themed
  • Final Evolution's signature move will be sound based
  • Leg count will go 2 2 4
  • The final evolution will be an alligator; this will ruin the Fire starter Zodiac theme

Quaxly

  • Final evolution will be a Water/Fighting
  • The final evolution will be dancer themed
  • Leg count will go 2 2 2

Pawmi

  • Will be three-stage
  • Final stage will be Electric/Fighting
  • This evolution will have a 1PP move that allows you to revive a member of your party
Pokemon SV Pawmi Third Stage
Pawmi's third evolution from CentroLeaks

Smolive

  • Will have an evolution that resembles an olive tree

Lechonk

  • The evolution of Lechonk will have gender differences

New Pokemon Forms/Evolutions

Some new Pokemon based on leaked screenshots include:

  • Flamingo Pokemon
    • Will be one-stage
    • Will be Flying/Fighting
  • Dolphin Pokemon
    • "Has a big surprise"
  • Hammer Pokemon
    • Will be two-stage
    • Will be pink in coloration
    • Will be Fairy + another type
  • Samurai-themed Bug
  • Ghost Dog Pokemon
    • This will have an evolution
  • Two other new Dog Pokemon
    • They will have evolutions
  • Coin Pokemon
  • Fairy Pokemon
  • Bike Pokemon (That's not the box legendaries)
  • Spider Pokemon
    • This will have an evolution
    • This was teased in the first trailer
  • Earthworm Pokemon
  • Crab Pokemon
  • New Grass/Fire Pokemon
  • Icicle Pokemon
    • Will be two-stage
  • Salt Pokemon
    • Will be two-stage
  • Pokemon based on an engine
    • Will be two-stage
  • Beetle Pokemon
    • Based on a dung beetle
    • Will be two-stage
  • Parakeet Pokemon
    • Will be one-stage
  • Chili Pepper Pokemon
  • Fire Pokemon
    • Will be three-stage
Pokemon SV Flamingo Blur
A blurry photo leaked of the supposed flamingo Pokemon from CentroLeaks

Pokemon with New Regional Variants

Current word is that there will only be two regional forms in total.

  • Tauros
    • Will be one-stage
    • It will have three different forms based on the area where you encounter/catch it
      • One form will have a black coloration
      • One form will be a single-type Fighting pokemon, while the other two variants have two-types each
    • Kantonian Tauros will also be accessible in the game
  • Wooper
    • It will have a Poison typing

Pokemon with New Evolutions

  • Wooper - Totally new split evolution and will have a Poison typing
  • Dunsparce - Totally new evolution
    • Will look like Dunsparce but larger
  • Primeape
    • Will be Fighting/Ghost type
  • Pawniard or Bisharp
    • May be based off a castle/rook chess piece
  • Girafarig
    • Will be pure Psychic

Pokemon Confirmed to NOT Be in the Game

While it's likely that this means the whole evolutionary line is also out, only specific Pokemon were cited to not be in the game. The listed Pokemon below are specifically those that were named.

  • Joltik
  • Milotic
  • Wailord
  • Metagross
  • Jynx
  • Golurk
  • Woobat
  • Lugia/Ho-Oh
  • Aipom
  • Toucannon
  • Furfrou
  • Miinior
  • Bidoof
  • Beedrill
  • Applin
  • Arceus
  • Smeargle
  • Gen 5 Starter Pokemon
  • Sharpedo

Pokemon Confirmed to BE in the Game

  • Garchomp
  • Gogoat
  • Teddiursa
  • Komala
  • Rotom
  • Goodra
  • Sunflora
  • Misdreavous
  • Weezing
  • Houndour line
  • Skwovet
  • Hypno
  • Mimikyu
  • Magikarp
  • Rotom
  • Mimikyu
  • Goodra and Hisuian Goodra
  • Snover

In Riddler Khu's words, there will be at least four waifumons and "many Husbandomon too". This is likely referring to the more human-looking Pokemon.

Legendary Pokemon

  • Koraidon, the legendary box Pokemon of Pokemon Scarlet will be a Dragon/Fighting type
  • Miraidon, the legendary box Pokemon of Pokemon Violet will be a Dragon/Electric type

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Box Legendaries

  • The semi-legendaries (e.g regis, legendary dogs, etc) will be a group of four. There was no word on what their theme/gimmick would be.

New Pokemon Mechanics

Paradox Pokemon

There will be new types of Pokemon that will be devolved or evolved versions of Pokemon. This isn't a regional variant but is going to be relevant to the theme of the future and past of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. These Pokemon will have their own place in the Pokedex. The Past Paradox Pokemon will be exclusive to Scarlet, while the Future Paradox Pokemon will be exclusive to Violet.

Pokemon SV Ancient pokemon
Dex photo of Ancient Amoongus from CentroLeaks

These Past/Future Pokemon will appear alongside their present-day counterparts. They have their own names/numbers in the Pokedex. Current word is that there will be 8-9 Future Species. You will encounter them at the endgame area.

Past Paradox Pokemon (Exclusive to Scarlet)

Future Paradox Pokemon (Exclusive to Violet)

Amoongus

Delibird

Jigglypuff

Gallade (Will have combined elements of Gallade and Gardevoir and will be based on an archer)

Misdreavus

Gen 5 bug Pokemon

Pseudo-legendary (Possibly Salamance)

Pseudo-legendary (Possibly Salamance)

Volcarona (Will receive both)

Volcarona (Will receive both)

 

"Sumo-Pokemon" (Hariyama?)

Some legendary Pokemon will be getting ancient/future species, but there's a question at this time if that will be saved for DLC/Events.

There will be two Pokemon that will be both a future AND an ancient species. One is Volcarona; the other will be a Gen 2 Pokemon.

Salamance will be one of the pseudo-legendary Pokemon that gets either an Ancient or Future species. There's no word which type it will be or which other pseudo-legendary will obtain a new form.

Convergent Species

Another new type of Pokemon will be Convergent Species. These evolved differently, creating massive differences in their paths.

  • A Gen 1 Pokemon is turning from a sea Pokemon into a ground Pokemon

Crystallization

Another new mechanic for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is the Crystallization mechanic. Using an item, not too dissimilar from the Z crystals and megastones but may be consumed upon use, the Pokemon will get a crystal shell around them. Once in this mode, it will boost a specific type of move. It allows them to get STAB on moves other than what they would normally be able to.

The Pokemon using this mechanic will obtain the positive effect of a typing, the STAB capability, but will not inherit its weaknesses. Unlike Gigantamax or Mega Evolutions, which occur for a limited time, this would be active until they're returned to the ball or the battle's conclusion.

Pokemon SV Crystalization
A partial image of crystallization from CentroLeaks

How Many Pokemon Do We Already Know About?

From all of the leaks so far, assuming they are true, we know about the following:

  • 50 completely new Pokemon and lines
  • 6 cross-generation evolutions
  • 5 Ancient Pokemon
  • 6 Future Pokemon
  • 1 Convergent Species

If the 120-140 number is to be believed, even with all of these leaks, we're only halfway through what will be revealed.

What do you think of the above leaks? Which do you think are true? Have any been debunked that we missed?

More Info About This Game

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Developer
Game Freak
Publisher
The Pokemon Company
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Release Date
November 18,2022
Genre
RPG