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Meet POKÉMON SCARLET and VIOLET’s New Starters

On the heels of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, The Pokémon Company announced two upcoming Pokémon games: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. These latest games in the Pokémon franchise will build help the series “take a new evolutionary step” into “a richly expressed open world.” While Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ gameplay was expansive and exploration-driven, Pokémon has not yet had true open-world games before. This makes Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet extra exciting. And, of course, new Pokémon games mean a new generation of Pokémon to discover. Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet have already announced three new Pokémon that players can look forward to catching… Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s new Gen 9 starters have arrived for us to meet.

New Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starter Pokemon. These new gen 9 pokemon starters, Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, have the internet in an uproar (1)
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Scarlet and Violet‘s New Pokémon

As mentioned, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will feature the next generation of Pokémon: Gen 9. And given the open-world nature of the game, we expect there will be many surprises when it comes to the Pokémon the game will introduce. The official description for the game shares: “Various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders. You’ll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets—all over!”

A Spain-inspired city with a rainbow over it
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With so many different environments, we can’t wait to find out who we will meet. From new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet starters to new legendaries to new regional forms and evolutions, we expect to see a whole slew of unique creatures. We’ll share more about all of Violet and Scarlet’s Pokémon when they are announced.

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet‘s Starters

Starter Pokémon are among some of the most important Pokémon in the games. Trainers pick these creatures as their first companions and they set the tone for the rest of a player’s adventure. They also often reveal the theme of the game. For instance, Gen 9’s starter Pokémon hint at the idea that the Scarlet and Violet games will take place in a Spain-inspired Region. Often, starter Pokémon are Earth, Fire, and Water-types, and Scarlet and Violet‘s new starters follow this format as well.

Gen 9’s New Grass-type Starter: Sprigatito

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's new water-type Starter Sprigatito - one of the new gen 9 starters
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The first of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet‘s new starters is Sprigatito, Gen 9’s grass-type starter. More specifically, Sprigatito is a Grass Cat Pokémon. This Pokémon’s height is 1’4″ and it weighs 9 lbs. Its primary ability is Overgrow.

According to its official description, Sprigatito is a “capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon.” Well, that sounds like every cat we’ve ever met to us. But watch out for this one’s leaves, in addition to its claws. It has a sweet smile, but we can see the mischief lurking underneath.

Gen 9’s New Fire-type Starter: Fuecoco

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's new Fire-type Starter Fuecoco - one of the new gen 9 starters
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Gen 9’s adorable fire-type starter is Fuecoco. This Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet creature is actually a Fire Croc Pokémon. He reminds us more of a fire dinosaur, but we can see the croc there if we squint. We’re sure that aspect will come out more in Fuecoco’s evolutions.

In its starter form, Fuecoco measures 1’4″ and weighs 21.6 lbs. Its main ability is Blaze. Its official description shares, “The laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace.” Absolutely adorable. Perhaps Fuecoco and Slowpoke can be good friends.

Gen 9’s New Water-type Starter: Quaxly

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's new water-type Starter Quaxly - one of the new gen 9 starters
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Quaxly makes up the last part of Scarlet and Violet‘s starter trio. This adorable duck is a water-type Pokémon in the Duckling category. (Our new favorite category, it must be said.)

Although Quaxly is a brand new Pokémon, he has already won many hearts. At 1’8″, it stands as the tallest of the Gen 9 starter Pokémon. And Quaxly weighs 13.4 lbs. Its main ability is Torrent.

We know that Quaxly is an “earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon.” Cue the collective awwwwws over this Pokémon.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Gameplay, Pre-Order/Release Information, and More

So far, The Pokémon Company has only released one trailer for their upcoming game. In addition to information about the new starters, we see some of the cool environments and gameplay we can expect from the open-world adventures. From desert areas to beachside houses, the game offers a lush variety of different settings. We also feel interested to see if an element of time travel comes into play.

The trailer seems to focus on a whirling clock. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, trainers traveled back in time. But perhaps in Scarlet and Violet, fans will see gameplay across time periods. This would allow the games to showcase a wider scope of action. Additionally, if the games really are inspired by Spain, they could take players to different moments in history. It would certainly offer a cool twist on the standard Pokémon game.

For now, you can already pre-order Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. 

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Plus, although, of course, we love the first three Pokémon we’ve gotten to meet, we know more will soon arrive. We’ll keep you updated with all the Pokémon coming to these new games until Scarlet and Violet release in late 2022.

Originally Published February 28, 2022.

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