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New Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Details: There’s Co-Op!

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Nintendo’s new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trailer arrived this morning as promised, and though it’s only three minutes long, there are a lot of juicy details if you know where to look.

The biggest news is that a mainline game in the series will support co-op gameplay for the first time. Up to four friends can play simultaneously in the same game, and do pretty much everything: battle together, battle against one another, trade, run around in the fields like loons, whatever.

Details on the alleged “open world” in this game are becoming clearer. We’ve learned that there will be no limits or borders between areas and you can visit the towns in any order. Of course, if you wind up visiting a place way out of your league and get creamed, that’s your problem, but hey, that’s the tradeoff of an open world.

In addition to the starters, Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly, three new Pokemon have been revealed: a really chonky pig, an obese distant Pikachu relative, and a living olive that looks miserable about its very existence. See for yourself:

PAWMI (Indiana): In addition to the electric sacs in its cheeks, Pawmi has electricity-discharging organs on its forepaws. It generates electricity by rubbing its cheeks, then it shocks its opponents by touching them with the pads on its forepaws. The fur that covers its body is good insulation against the cold and serves the purpose of storing electricity. When it feels uneasy, this cautious Pokémon will begin rubbing its cheeks, preparing itself to discharge an electric shock.

This explains the common saying by Pokemon nature guides in the region: “When its cheeks start to rub, you’re in for it, Bub.”

LECHONK (I envy the person who gets to come up with these names): Lechonk uses its sense of smell to find and eat only the most fragrant wild grasses and the richest Berries. As a result of its dining habits, it has come to radiate an aroma resembling herbs that Bug-type Pokémon dislike. If attacked by an opponent and startled, it will charge forward in a panic. It may appear fat at first glance, but in reality, the Pokémon’s body is mostly muscle built by constantly walking around in search of food.

SMOLIV: The oil that comes out of its head has a very strong bitter taste, and it is not suitable for consumption. When startled or attacked, Smoliv will shoot this oil out, slowing its opponent down. It will then seize that moment to run away. In the fruit on its head, Smoliv stores oil made from nutrients it gathers through photosynthesis. As a result, it can go for a week without eating or drinking. It prefers dry and sunny climates, and it seems to spend its days sunbathing.

There are also two new Legendaries, one per box as is the tradition. They were already shown off in the reveal but we now know their names: Koraidon and Miraidon. You get Koraidon from Scarlet and Miraidon from Violet. But if you want them BOTH, there will be a combo pack sold on the same day of release as the separated versions.

That day has now been revealed as November 18, 2002. Your greatest Pokemon adventure yet (in theory) begins then!