The newest main series Pokémon game, “Pokémon Scarlet & Violet,” will arrive on the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.
The trialer of this new game dropped today morning which reveals new details about the ninth generation of the classic franchise. Most importantly, Lechonk.
Lechonk may not be the most important reveal. “Pokemon Scarlet” and “Pokemon Violet” will be the first open world RPGs in the franchise, building off of the recent “Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
In other exciting (yet not Lechonk-level) news, this will be the first Pokémon game with multiplayer functionality — up to four people can team up and explore together (unfortunately, the trailer and accompanying press release are quite vague, so… it’s not quite clear what that means just yet).
We already knew about the three starter Pokémon for generation nine: Sprigatito, a grass cat, Fuecoco, a fire crocodile, and Quaxly, a knock-off Donald Duck. But we’re getting some key new info about these friends in their Pokédex entries, mainly, this tidbit: “Quaxly is tidy, and it especially dislikes getting its head dirty.”
Aside from Lechonk, we met two more new buddies. Smoliv, a small olive Pokémon, is delightful.
According to its Pokédex description, Smoliv likes to sunbathe. Then, there’s Pawmi, an electric mouse that generates electricity by rubbing its cheeks.
In “Pokémon Sword & Shield,” some fan favorite Pokémon were initially left out of the game, sparking controversy (justice for Bulbasaur).
So far in the trailers, we’ve spotted species like (deep breath) Magnemite, Lucario, Hoppip, Drifloon, Combee, Meowth, Pikachu, Larvitar, Bagon, Cyrogonal, Fletchling, Flaaffy, Chewtle, Flabébé, Venonat, Coalossal, Mareanie, Lurantis and Gengar.
Finally, the new trailer introduced us to this generation’s main, version-exclusive legendary Pokémon: Koraidon and Miraidon.But honestly, they’re nothing compared to Lechonk.