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Farigiraf, Paldean Picnics, Gender Neutral Characters, and More From Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s New Trailer

11:46 AM October 08, 2022

As the release date nears, a new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer was released and with it came news about Girafarig’s new evolution, picnics, gender neutral characterization, and more.

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With the new trailer 14-minutes long, here’s a quick recap if you don’t have the time to watch it.

Girafarig Gets A New Evolution

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Everyone’s favorite palindrome Pokémon Girafarig gets its own evolution form. | Via Nintendo / The Pokémon Company

Farigiraf debuted as a Normal-Psychic type evolved form of Girafarig. As a result of its evolution, Girafarig’s tail becomes a sort of like a helmet for Farigiraf, which can be used for offense and defense.

Along with Farigiraf’s introduction comes two new Pokémon abilities: Cud Chew and Armor Tail. Chew Cud allows the Pokémon to eat the berry it carries twice in over two turns. Meanwhile, Armor Tail stops an opposing Pokémon from using priority moves — an ability that we’re predicting to be popular in competitive battling. With Farigiraf’s stats still unknown, one can only wait and see if Farigiraf will be competitively viable.

Paldean Picnics

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Similar to Sword and Shield’s camping feature, a new way to hang out with your own Pokémon was teased and it’s all about picnics. From a washing minigame (with a poor little Mareep as a sponge), tablecloth customization, and sandwich making, the Paldean Picnic is a welcome addition for casual gamers to just chill with their respective Pokémon.

What’s more, is that this mechanic might just have a new way to breed Pokémon as Pokémon Eggs might appear in your picnic basket (and it wasn’t explained why).

Gender Neutral Characterization?

With games being more gender-inclusive nowadays, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will have gender neutral customization as customizing characters in the game features a plethora of choices that aren’t gender-locked.

More Camera App Action

Yes, cameras are a thing in this game. | Via Nintendo / The Pokémon Company

The camera feature in this game has lots to offer. You can take selfies, photograph everything around you (Pokémon, landscapes, etc.), and use multiple filters.

Moreover, the pictures you take can be used as your character’s profile card background.

Other Information

There is a lot of information to unpack from the new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer. Here’s the rest of them:

  • League Points might be a new currency that can be used in the game. We’re guessing you can gain them through battles from trainers and gym leaders.
  • Pokémon now drop items akin to a feature from Pokémon Legends Arceus.
  • TMs can now be crafted through the TM Machines found in Pokémon Centers. You can craft TMs using League Points and items dropped by other Pokémon after battling as long as you have its recipe (how to get recipes are still unknown).
  • The mini-map now shows nearby wild Pokémon.
  • A ton of information on Terastallizing
    • There are a total of 18 Tera types. Tera Pokémon can have a Tera type that’s not their usual typing in their basic forms.
    • Tera Pokémon revert back to their normal form when it gets low on HP.
    • Wild Tera Pokémon can be encountered.

With so many things already announced, we can’t wait for the game’s release. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are set to release on November 18, 2022. For more information on the game, you can visit its official website here.

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