Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: All Pokémon confirmed so far

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: All Pokémon confirmed so far

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Yesterday Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet were announced, the new pair of games that inaugurates the ninth generation of the Game Freak series. Below is a list of all the Pokémon that have been confirmed so far.

Obviously it is still early to know which and how many Pokémon will be present in Scarlet and Violet, but the announcement trailer released yesterday and some details revealed subsequently through the official channels of The Pokémon Company they allow you to draw up a very partial list of the monsters confirmed for the two ninth generation games.

Here is the list of Pokémon of Scarlet and Violet confirmed as of February 28, 2022 : | Floette Florges Riolu Lucario Zorua of Hisui Zoroark of Hisui

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, an image portrays Larvitar and Pikachu As we can see in the list there are Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly, or the three adorable grass, fire and water type starters of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, as well as all the other Pokémon present in the trailer published yesterday and consequently their evolutionary forms. For example, we didn't see Pupitar and Tyranitar in the footage, but Larvitar's presence indirectly confirms their presence in the two games.

We specify, however, that at the moment we do not know if some of the evolutions will take on new regional forms or if some Pokémon will have new evolutions. In short, to find out more about the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Pokédex, we will have to wait for the news to arrive in the coming months. Tell us, which Pokémon from previous generations would you like to see again in Scarlet and Violet?

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be available exclusively for Nintendo Switch by the end of 2022. If you haven't done so yet, we recommend that you read our preview of the two new games of the ninth generation.

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It’s too early for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

A new Pokémon game announcement is supposed to be a joyous occasion. I still remember waking up early one morning in the early 2010s to see the first trailer for Pokémon X and Y, which felt like a radical shift for the franchise at the time. I always look forward to those exciting few minutes that give me my first glance at a new adventure that will get my friends and me talking.

I didn’t quite have that same reaction when I saw the news about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. When I turned on February’s digital Pokémon showcase, I was mostly excited to hear about new DLC for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. I got that news, but then the unexpected generation nine announcement quickly overshadowed it. Instead of eliciting a squeal of joy, it left me feeling a little disappointed.

That’s not because I don’t think it looks fun. On the contrary, I’m eager to explore the game’s Spain-inspired open-world alongside my new duck friend. It’s just that it feels like it’s releasing far too soon, giving developer Game Freak no time to take feedback from Arceus and use it to evolve the series.

Keep waiting

When I played Pokémon Legends: Arceus, I routinely said “I can’t wait to see this feature in the next mainline Pokémon game.” From freeform catching to initiative-based combat, every little tweak felt like it was auditioning for the next big RPG. At the time, my assumption was that Arceus would allow Game Freak to put some space between Pokémon generations and test out some new mechanics in a lower-stakes game. I figured we’d see a proper sequel to Sword and Shield in late 2023 at the earliest, but with a lot of quality of life changes in tow.

That isn’t going to be the case. It’s now clear that Game Freak’s time was split over the past few years as it worked on Arceus in tandem with Scarlet/Violet. The latter will launch this year, with development likely nearing its final stages already.

Pokemon Violet and Scarlet

That naturally means that Game Freak didn’t build the game around Arceus feedback (it only launched one month ago, so that would be a superhuman feat). The positive buzz around that game’s quality of life changes didn’t guide development, so there’s little reason to believe the new games will feel much different from Sword and Shield. Any significant tweaks won’t come until generation 10 lands in 2025.

I can’t help but feel like it’s a missed opportunity in the making. After playing Arceus, I’m not sure I can easily go back to some of the standard RPGs’ more aged mechanics. I loved that catching was as simple as throwing a ball without initiating a random battle. I was thrilled when I realized I could readjust a monster’s moves at any time without going through hoops to relearn deleted attacks. I’ve seen a vision of a modern Pokémon game and it’s bizarre to think that I could be going backward soon.

Pikachu battles in Pokemon Violet and Scarlet.

There is a chance that some of Arceus’ best features could still be present in Scarlet/Violet. Considering both games were in development at the same time, Game Freak may have built the game around some unifying changes. Even if that’s the case, there’s no guarantee that the features players actually liked in Arceus will be the ones present here. It would be a development shot in the dark, rather than a decision based on what worked and what didn’t for players.

Breaking the cycle

Pokémon isn’t exactly an annualized series like Madden, but it functions like one. With how routinely Game Freak churns out games (it currently operates on a somewhat strict three-year cycle), there’s no time to learn and change. By the time players have played through a game and formulated a list of grievances, it’s already too late. The developer is already on to the next project.

I was hoping that would change. When Game Freak outsourced development on Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond out to ICLA, it felt like a move towards sustainability. Game Freak could take more time to refine its games, while another studio kept the money-making churn going. That was wishful thinking. Instead, Game Freak was simply off making two giant games at the same time. The problem still persists and may even be worse now.

Swablu sit on a banner in Pokemon Violet and Scarlet.

Yes, I’m excited about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, but I’m much more interested in what’s coming after it. Generation 10 is likely going to bring the game pair I was hoping to see after playing Arceus. I’ll patiently wait for that day, but I can’t help but think that we could get one excellent Pokémon game if Game Freak wasn’t pumping out several good ones.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is set to launch in late 2022 for Nintendo Switch.

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