Pokémon Scarlet & Violet To Have Three Story Campaigns

We already knew that Pokémon Scarlet & Violet would be fully open world, and could be explored in any order – but now we know the game will include three main story campaigns, including the usual gym battling route.

The official Pokémon website notes the three different travel modes, and they have different names for each Pokémon. Koraidon has three builds; Sprinting, Swimming, and Gliding builds. Miraidon has three pretty much identical modes; Drive, Aquatic, and Glide modes. The main difference seems to be that Koraidon uses its legs to sprint/paddle and wings to fly, while Miraidon is more mechanical in style, using its tail and throat as wheels.

Revealed in today’s Pokémon Presents broadcast, we learned that journeys in the Paldea region will begin with your character joining a school (the Naranja Academy in Pokémon Scarlet, or the Uva Academy in Pokémon Violet).

The Pokémon Company describes Scarlet and Violet as an open world RPG, suggesting wide open spaces will be an important aspect of the game, as it was with the recent Pokémon Legends: Arceus. This may explain the need for a legendary Pokémon with such vehicle-like abilities.

From there, you’ll be given a “special independent study project, known only as ‘The Treasure Hunt’. The Treasure Hunt will see you exploring Paldea, where “three grand stories” are on offer, and can be approached in any order.

As you’d expect from the series, one of those stories revolves around becoming the region’s best trainer, by beating the leaders of 8 Pokémon gyms. However, in the new games, there’s no set path through those 8 gyms, meaning you can take them on in any order. In the latest gameplay, we saw Glaseado Gym, an ice-type location set in what looks like a ski resort.

The other two campaigns are more of a mystery, although there are some distinct possibilities for those hinted at in the new footage. One could revolve around the game’s legendaries, Koraidon and Miraidon, who appear to partner with the player early on and are rideable Pokémon, able to act like bikes, gliders, boats, and can even climb mountains.

Another could revolve around the game’s new battle mechanic, Terastallizing. This option allows any Paldea Pokémon in the game to turn into a new gem-like form, which makes them stronger and can even change their elemental type (connected to a new stat, Tera Type). The game will also introduce Tera Raid Battles, which can reward you with Pokémon that have rare Tera Types – in the trailer, we saw a water-type Gardevoir, for example.

No specific story reason was given for why Terastallizing is a part of the game – but the official webiste says the new Professor Sada and Professor Turo are researching the phenomenon, so it seems likely to form part of a story campaign.

We speculated that Scarlet and Violet’s legendaries could be ridable vehicles back in June, where we also wondered if the gyms will have a motorsport theme. For more, check out the news that it will be 4-player co-op and the Scarlet and Violet memes that have already started happening.

We’ll find out more when Pokémon Scarlet & Violet launch on November 18, bringing full 4-player co-op multiplayer into the series, too.

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