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The ninth generation (Japanese: 第九世代 ninth generation) of Pokémon games is the ninth installment of the Pokémon video game series. The ninth generation began with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on November 18, 2022 and continued with The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC packs.
Generation IX was first revealed via a Pokémon Presents video presentation on February 27, 2022, which revealed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
The ninth generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on February 27, 2022. These games were released worldwide on November 18, 2022.
Advances in gameplay
- Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are open-world games in which areas are seamlessly connected. The areas in the game can be visited in any order.
- Pokémon Scarlet and Violet feature multiplayer with up to four players simultaneously via the Union Circle, enabling trading and battling between players as well as allowing them to travel through the game's areas and hold picnics together.
- The addition of 103 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 1008.
- The addition of 48 new moves, bringing the total to 898.
- The addition of 31 new Abilities, bringing the total to 298.
- A new region to explore, the Paldea region, based on the Iberian Peninsula.
- A new villainous team, Team Star.
- The introduction of the regional forms for Tauros and Wooper.
- A new battle mechanic, Terastallization, which encases the Pokémon in gems and enhances or alters their attributes through their Tera Type.
Alterations from Generation VIII
- Doors now open automatically again.
- Random encounters in tall grass, caves, or water have been completely removed.
- Hail has been replaced with a new weather condition, snow.
- Single-use held items now replenish after battle (with the exception of Berries).
- Running from in-game Trainer battles is now possible, but doing this will cause the player to black out immediately.
- The following items have been removed:
- The Escape Rope.
- Fishing Rods.
- Consequently, the requirement for one of the parents to hold an incense to breed certain baby Pokémon has been lifted, and breeding their evolved forms will always result in that Pokémon's baby form.
- The Spanish language option is now labeled as "Español (España)", and the language label for foreign Spanish-language Pokémon is changed to reflect this (e.g. from "SPA" to "SP-EU" in the English version).
- The abandonment of the following elements:
- The Elite Four returns, replacing the Champion Cup.
- The Champion tournament is replaced by the Academy Ace Tournament.
- Pokémon Camp is replaced by picnics.
- As breeding is now done via picnics, the Pokémon Nursery is also removed.
- Curry is replaced by Sandwiches.
- The Y-Comm and Victory Station are replaced by the Poké Portal.
- Max Raid Battles are replaced by Tera Raid Battles.
- League Cards are replaced by profiles.
- Battle Points and Watts are replaced by League Points.
- 2 Pokémon received new abilities.
- 11 Pokémon had their ability changed.
- Badges are no longer required to catch Pokémon of a certain level.
- Crabrawler now evolves into Crabominable when exposed to an Ice Stone.
- Like in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, items sell for a quarter of their purchase price instead of a half.
Further additions in Scarlet and Violet updates
- Two new Pokémon (Walking Wake and Iron Leaves), bringing the total to 1010.
- Two new moves (Hydro Steam and Psyblade), bringing the total to 900.
- Main article: Paldea
The Paldea region was introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
The starters of the ninth generation, like the starters of the previous eight regions, follow the Grass-Fire-Water trio, with the Grass-type Sprigatito, the Fire-type Fuecoco, and the Water-type Quaxly.
The player battles these Gym Leaders as part of the Victory Road storyline. They are awarded a Gym Badge with each victory.
|Generation IX||Region: Paldea|
Team Star Bosses
The player battles these Team Star Bosses as part of the ★ Starfall Street ★ storyline. They are awarded a Star Badge with each victory.
|Generation IX||Region: Paldea|
|Segin Squad's Base
Team Segin's Hideout
|Schedar Squad's Base
Team Schedar's Hideout
|Navi Squad's Base
Team Tsih's Hideout
|Ruchbah Squad's Base
Team Ruchbah's Hideout
|Caph Squad's Base
Team Caph's Hideout
The player battles these Titan Pokémon as part of the Path of Legends storyline. They are awarded a Titan Badge with each victory.
|Location||Titan Pokémon||Herba Mystica||Badge||Unlocked Upgrade|
|Stony Cliff Titan
Sweet Herba Mystica
|Open Sky Titan
Bitter Herba Mystica
|Lurking Steel Titan
Salty Herba Mystica
|Asado Desert||Quaking Earth TitanS
|Quaking Earth TitanV
Sour Herba Mystica
|Casseroya Lake||False Dragon Titan
|False Dragon Titan
Spicy Herba Mystica
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Reason: Japanese SV title screens.
English title screens
|Pokémon Scarlet||Pokémon Violet|
|Pokémon Violet |
- Generation IX is the first generation:
- In which the position of Champion is more of a rank than an actual title.
- In which the player character's initial appearance changes between different game versions from the same pair.
- To begin in the same calendar year as the release of the final core series game of the preceding generation.
- Since Generation V to introduce at least 100 new Pokémon.
- To not feature Fossil Pokémon in any capacity.
- To not include Move Tutor moves.
- To include a Bug/Dark, Grass/Fire, and Electric/Fighting type Pokémon, making Dark, Grass, Electric, and Fighting pair with every other type at least once.
- To introduce a specialist for all eighteen Types (not counting the Titan Pokémon), with eight of them being Gym Leaders, four of them being the Elite Four members, five of them being the Team Star bosses, and one of them being an instructor at Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV (as well as a former Gym Leader).
- In addition, there is a second specialist of the Fighting type, who is also an instructor.
- To feature Trainers whose Trainer class is listed after their name rather than before it.
- In which the first of its Pokémon to debut in the anime is a starter Pokémon.
- To not have a new anime series with Ash Ketchum as the protagonist.
- Since Generation II in which compatible Pokémon can be transfered to the previous generation.
- Generation IX is the only generation in which no new Flying- or Ground-type moves have been introduced.
- In addition, the only new Fairy-type move, Magical Torque, is not legitimately usable by the player.
- Generation IX introduced the least amount of regional forms, with only four, three of them being forms of the same Pokémon.
- Currently, no Mythical Pokémon have been introduced in this generation, similar to the beginning of Generation VIII when Zarude was not programmed into Pokémon Sword and Shield until Version 1.2.0. Second to Generation II's reveal of Celebi seven months after launch, this generation has gone the longest without a Mythical Pokémon being revealed.
- ↑ Yusuke Kozaki on Twitter (archived)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 https://scarletviolet.pokemon.com/en-us/ Pokémon.com official website
|This game-related article is part of Project Games, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon games.|