A new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet revealed at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships shows off a new Pokémon, Cyclize, as well as the new Battle Stadium and some new moves and mechanics.
The Competitive Play trailer shows off the new Dragon/Normal-type Pokémon Cyclize using a new move called Shed Tail. When used, Cyclize will deploy a substitute on the field that can deal some damage, then swap it out for another Pokemon in the trainer’s party. Seems like a solid competitive move for players worried about taking a lot of damage when trading a new Pokémon. The trailer also revealed the Terastallized forms of Breloom and Tyranitar, with the latter gaining a Tera-Type Ghost. New items revealed include Mirror Grass, which allows a Pokemon to copy its opponent’s stat boosts during battle, and Charged Dice, which increase the number of times multi-hit moves will hit.
While only a little of this is seen in the trailer, the games website fully presents the Multiplayer Battle Arena Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. This mode will include four main options: Casual Battles, Ranked Battles, Online Competitions, and Rental Teams. Casual battles allow the use of any Pokémon, but stats are not tracked. Ranked Battles track and update your rankings on a tiered system, with the Master Ball level being the highest. Online competitions have two subcategories: Official Competitions and Friendly Competitions. Official competitions have specific conditions that you must follow to compete in them, while friendly competitions allow you to organize your own tournaments. Finally, Rental Teams allow players to share and borrow opponent’s Pokémon teams in battle via shared IDs.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are scheduled to release on November 18 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.