Pokemon Scarlet and Violet launch

To mark Pokémon’s 26th anniversary, The Pokémon Company announced two new open-world games, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, which will arrive exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system in late 2022.

The announcement was made during a special Pokémon Presents video presentation streamed online to fans around the world on Pokémon Day to celebrate the launch of the original Pokémon games on February 27, 1996, a day that marked the beginning of the Pokémon series.

Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the newest chapters in the Pokémon series, take a new evolutionary step, allowing you to explore freely in a richly expressed open world.

Trainers can explore an open world where various towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness. Pokémon can be seen everywhere in this wide-open world— in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets—all over.

As one of the main characters, Trainers will jump into the world of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to begin their adventure, where their outfits will depend upon which game they are playing.

Trainers will then choose either Sprigatito, the Grass Cat Pokémon, Fuecoco, the Fire Croc Pokémon, or Quaxly, the Duckling Pokémon to be their first partner Pokémon before setting off on their journey. Here are the details of the three new starter Pokémon:

Sprigatito
Category: Grass Cat Pokémon
Height:  1’4”
Weight:  9 lbs.
Type: Grass
Ability:  Overgrow
The capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon.

Fuecoco
Category: Fire Croc Pokémon
Height: 1’4”
Weight: 21.6 lbs.
Type: Fire
Ability: Blaze
The laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace.

Quaxly
Category: Duckling Pokémon
Height: 1’8”
Weight: 13.4 lbs.
Type: Water
Ability: Torrent
The earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon.

After their release, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be able to link with Pokémon HOME, a service that allows Trainers to keep their entire Pokémon collection in one place. By linking these games with Pokémon HOME, Trainers will be able to have Pokémon from other regions adventure alongside them in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

For more information about Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, please visit Pokemon.com/ScarletViolet.