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Area Zero (Japanese: エリアゼロ Area Zero) is an area located within the Great Crater of Paldea at the center of the Paldea region. It is initially accessed from the Zero Gate. After the player has entered Area Zero for the first time, they may also enter it by falling through the clouds over the Great Crater of Paldea.
The area is off limits to most people, though the Flying Taxi service still covers it. An official school rule forbids any student of Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV from entering Area Zero during the Treasure Hunt due to the aggressive Pokémon that live there and the hazardous geography of the area. It contains various wild Pokémon, including Paradox Pokémon that usually cannot be encountered anywhere else. Additionally, it is where the Terastal phenomenon originated; Tera Orbs are made out of the crystals found in Area Zero.
2,000 years ago, the Paldean emperor attempted many expeditions into Area Zero, starting off the Great Age of Exploration. The reason was due to a rumor, claiming there was treasure located at the bottom. However, this decision led to the empire declining after 1,000 years. 800 years later, Heath and the Area Zero Expedition would be the first to reach Area Zero's bottom. Here, Heath proceeds to take many notes on the area, Herba Mystica, the various wild Pokémon and first encounter with the mysterious Paradox Pokémon. He would later record his research into the Scarlet BookS/Violet BookV. However, people accused Heath of fabricating his story, hence the whole Area Zero Expedition were widely discredited. The expedition team also took the Herba Mystica with them outside of crater for a research project. The project failed due to local Pokémon near each five facility consuming the herb, transforming into the Titan Pokémon.
60 years after the expedition, the Terastal phenomenon would be discovered for the first time in Area Zero. However, the phenomenon could not be taken outside of Area Zero. 53 years later, a research station was built in Area Zero in order for research to be continued at the location. Ten years before the events of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Professor SadaS/Professor TuroV started an expedition into Area Zero, setting up the Zero Lab. Professor SadaS/Professor TuroV would find a way to bring the Terastal phenomenon outside of Area Zero through the use of Tera Orbs. Eventually, Professor SadaS/TuroV moved permanently into the Zero Lab to continue more research on Area Zero and the Paradox Pokémon as part of the Tera Project, leaving their son Arven behind to take care of himself. Not long before the events of the game, Arven would enter Area Zero in an attempt to find his parent, only for his Mabosstiff to be attacked by a creature he describes as either "rampaging"S or "metallic, machine"V. This injures it to the point where all attempts at using traditional medicine failed to heal it, until he decides to ask the player for assistance, setting into motion the events of the game.
Places of interest
- Main article: Area Zero journals
Multiple journal entries can be found in Area Zero's various Research Stations describing the professor's efforts in studying the Terastal phenomenon, as well as Koraidon and the ancient pastS/Miraidon and the distant futureV.
Multi Battle partners
Nemona uses these teams as a Multi Battle partner against a wild Glimmora, then later against an escaping Great TuskS/Iron TreadsV:
If the player chose Sprigatito:
If the player chose Fuecoco:
If the player chose Quaxly:
Penny uses this team as a Multi Battle partner against a hostile Scream TailS/Iron BundleV, and then against an escaping Brute BonnetS/Iron HandsV:
Arven uses this team as a Multi Battle partner against an aggressive Great TuskS/Iron TreadsV, and later against an escaping Flutter ManeS/Iron JugulisV:
- Although the White Flower form of Floette is meant to be the rarest of its forms, it's the only one that spawns in Area Zero and is a common spawn there.
- The Paldean Pokédex doesn't list Area Zero as a spawn location for any of the Pokemon that spawn there.
- The Paldean Pokédex states that Glimmet has a very rare spawn chance. However, Glimmet is a common spawn at the bottom of Area Zero.
- Despite the abundance of tera crystals, wild Terastallized Pokémon cannot be found in Area Zero.
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