Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: The Hidden Treasures of Area Zero DLC announced for 2023 release
As largely expected, today’s biggest Pokémon Day reveal was DLC expansions for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, with The Hidden Treasures of Area Zero comprising of two connected expansions set to release throughout the year.
The first part of these expansions, ‘The Teal Mask’, will be available at some point this Autumn and will see players leave the Paldea Region for a school trip to the land of Kitakami. This expansion centres around a Lantern Festival analogue and swaps the Spanish flair of Scarlet & Violet’s main Region for a more traditional Japanese look. It will also introduce several new Pokémon, two new characters, and another Pokémon School.
Kitakami is described as a place of tranquil natural expanses where a great mountain towers over the land and the people live at its base. It is a place of tranquil natural expanses, featuring rice paddies and apple orchards. The trip seems to coincide with a festival regularly held in the village in Kitakami during this season, so the village is bustling with various street vendors and stalls. Players will meet new friends and Pokémon as they unravel the mysteries behind the folktales that have been passed down in this land.
At least four new Pokémon will debut in this first expansion:
Fezandipiti, Munkidori and Okidogi are described as beloved by the people of the village as heroes that protected the land of Kitakami in the past, and stone statues were made in their likeness to express the people’s gratitude. Ogrepon meanwhile will be the lead Legendary Pokémon at the heart of The Teal Mask’s storyline.
Two new characters will debut in The Teal Mask and also appear again in the second DLC:
Part Two: The Indigo Disk
Not much has been revealed about the second DLC pack, but it is planned for release in Winter 2023 and will take players to visit the Blueberry Academy, a sister school of the Paldea Region’s, as exchange students. While it is a separate part, the two DLC packs combine to tell a single over-arching story.
Within this second pack, a new Pokémon, Terapagos, will appear. This Pokémon seems to be the mysterious orb-shaped Pokémon described in the Scarlet/Violet books within the main game.
Other Returning Pokémon
The two DLC packs are also confirmed to bring with them over 230 returning Pokémon, with certain lines already confirmed for each DLC pack:
The combined expansion is now available on the eShop for £31.49 and will require a separate purchase for Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet if you happen to own both. A combined package of one of the base games along with the DLC pack is also available, though at £81.48 it does not represent any discount for buying the two together.
Purchasing the pack prior to the 31st October 2023 will also net you a special code to receive a Hisuian Zoroark in your game today. This Hisuian Zoroark knows the move Happy Hour, which it cannot learn normally, along with Tera Blast, Bitter Malice and Nasty Plot. It will come with the Charismatic Mark and has a Dark Tera Type.
We’ve got several other Pokémon Day updates to come today, including a big update to our Trainer Card Maker, so make sure to keep checking back throughout the day!