Pokémon Presents: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s first DLC pack launches on the 13th September
Today’s Pokémon Presents has revealed a plethora of information about upcoming games, anime series and the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC, with the headline announcement being the release date for the first half of the Hidden Treasures of Area Zero DLC landing worldwide on the 13th September.
As previously announced, Part One: The Teal Mask will take the player out of the Paldea Region to the land of Kitakami, where a legend surrounding four brand new Pokémon – Okidogi, Munkidori, Fezandipiti and Ogerpon – will not only be celebrated by the festival you’re there to join in on, but may be about to play out again as you encounter the Pokémon yourself.
These are not the only new Pokémon being added to the game with the DLC, though. Four new Pokémon were also revealed. New regional evolutions for Applin and Duraludon, as well as even more new Paradox Pokémon taking after more members of the Generation II and Generation V legendary trios. This time, Raikou and Cobalion.
(First appears in Part 1: The Teal Mask)
Ability: Supersweet Syrup / Gluttony
When Dipplin first enters battle, the scent of its syrup spreads across the battlefield, lowering the evasiveness of opposing Pokémon.
A Grass-type special attack that causes an explosion of syrup. This move coats the target in syrup and causes its Speed stat to lower each turn for three turns.
(First appears in Part 2: The Indigo Disk)
Ability: Stamina / Sturdy
It gathers vast quantities of energy and fires off a high-voltage bolt of electricity. Under rainy weather conditions, Archaludon can immediately fire off this attack without charging it.
(Pokémon Scarlet Exclusive)
(Pokémon Violet Exclusive)
Meanwhile, the Pokémon first revealed during the Pokémon Horizons debut has been confirmed to be the ‘Normal’ form of the previously revealed Terapagos. This comes after a reveal in today’s trailer for the first DLC that Ogerpon will also have a special form when Terastallized. Both Ogerpon and Terapagos’ types have yet to be confirmed.
Terapagos (Normal Form)
Terapagos (Terastal Form)
Both DLC packs will also see the return of a wide variety of Pokémon that weren’t available in the Paldea Region and may yet contain even more new Pokémon, yet to be revealed.
As part of the first DLC Pack, a new photography minigame will also be introduced. New character Perrin will task you with exploring the Timeless Woods and taking photographs of the Pokémon there in the hopes of encountering and photographing a certain Pokémon.
New photography features will join the existing camp photo feature by introducing a Roto-Stick for selfies and the long-requested ability to direct your Pokémon while preparing your photo so you can snap the perfect pic.
You will also be able to directly share photos taken during Union Circle sessions with other players.
Meanwhile, an Ogre Oustin’ minigame will see you riding your Koraidon/Miraidon within a special field to race to collect berries and pop Ogre Balloons to compete for special reward Mochi. These new items can be used to slowly increase the EVs of your Pokémon similarly to Pokémon Black & White’s Wing items, or the Fresh-Start Mochi can even be used to reset your Pokémon’s EVs entirely. While there are plenty of EV training items available in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet already, collecting these new Mochi items should offer an easy way to build up supplies to fine-tune your Pokémon’s stats.
The Ogre Oustin’ mini-game can be played co-operatively with up to three other players online or via local wireless and features multiple difficulty levels with even higher rewards.
Part 2: The Indigo Disk
While there will still be a while to wait for the second half of the DLC’s release – still due “Winter 2023” – a few more details were revealed today. Already announced to take place in a high-tech Blueberry Academy – a school that features a vast underwater Terarium full of Pokémon and multiple biomes to explore. While visiting the school, a group of students will invite you to join their battling league – the BB League – and eventually challenge a whole new Elite 4.
Each member of the new Elite 4 reigns over one of the 4 distinct biomes in the Blueberry Academy Terrarium. As well as taking you on in battle – the focus of which seems to be double battling – each member will also have a trial for you to complete.
One of these trials will feature your Koraidon or Miraidon being able to take a supplement that will temporarily grant it the power to fly. The trail itself takes the form of a ring-flying minigame, but it’s teased that you might be able to permanently unlock this ability.
Also teased in today’s trailer is the ability to invite certain trainers from the Paldea Region to join you temporarily at the academy to act both as a mentor and as a challenger in battle. As part of this feature, a customisable club room will serve as your home base while at the Academy.
Further details on the final DLC will be announced at a later date, but we do at least know that the second DLC pack will also feature a final trip back to the Paldea Region to uncover the final mysteries of Area Zero…
This only scratches the surface of today’s Pokémon Presents announcements, which we’ll round up throughout the rest of the day for you. Make sure to check back later for updates to the Pokédex and Trainer Card Maker too!