Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s open world region has been revealed in a new trailer.
Paldea will be the main setting for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, taking the creature-capturing RPG series to a Spanish-inspired location for the first time. Set to be a fully open world region, it will span a variety of biomes – from green meadows to towering peaks and mountain ranges – as well as multiple cities.
Expect to find farming villages alongside harbor towns and bustling markets at the top. The largest city is called Mesagoza, which, according to a press release, is where the game’s two main pokemon training academies – Naranja and Uva – are located. Similar to Pokémon Sword and Shield, you will be able to access a map of the region using your character’s Rotom Phone.
Check out the new trailer below to get a feel for the world.
Terastalize to taste
In addition to offering a new map and vaguely Iberian architecture to admire, Paldea also introduces a new form of Pokemon. Just like Pokémon Sun and Moon added regional pokémon, and Sword and Shield added the option to inflate your pocket monsters to supersize, Scarlet and Violet will allow you to “terastallize” any creatures you catch.
You can activate any ‘mons’ transformation into Paldea once per battle, increasing their power and granting them a special ability. Their appearance will also change as they shine like a crystal and are given a very elegant head bling. To terastallize a pokemon, you will need to use a rechargeable Tera Orb. They can be upgraded by finding special crystals throughout the environment or by visiting a Pokémon Center.
Paldea is also special in that it is the first fully open world region in a Pokémon game. While Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduced vast environments, they weren’t seamlessly connected and needed to be accessed discreetly through a central hub. Scarlet and Violet will change that by mixing cities and deserts without carrying screens or barriers. This is just one thing we felt needed to learn from older Pokemon games.