Three months after release, there is still a ton about Pokemon Scarlet and purple we don’t know, but a new trailer shown during the 2022 World Championship sheds a little more light on how the Gen 9 games will shake up the competitive scene in some big ways. Plus, in addition to details about a lot of new items and Teratal Transformationswe also got our first look at everyone’s favorite new big boy lizard, Cyclizar, which may or may not evolve into the game’s colorful legendary mounts.
But first the new combat mechanics. Here’s a quick rundown of new tactics that will be available for Scarlet and purple players this fall:
- Terastallizing changes a Pokémon’s type to its hidden Tera type
- Tera Blast is a normal-type attack learned from a TM that changes into Tera-type during transformation
- Newly held item Mirror Herb will match an opponent’s stat boost once per battle
- New Covert Cloak held item protects Pokémon from additional movement effects
- Newly held item Loaded Dice makes multi-stroke moves hit more often
- New move Shed Tail creates a decoy while swapping Pokémon with one on the couch
Especially the items are a big problem. Mirror Herb will make opponents think twice about burning a turn on moves like Sword Dance, while Loaded Dice will make moves like Bullet Seed much more powerful, adding to the arsenal of an extremely competitive sleep doctor like Breloom.
The Terastal transforms are also a big problem. The trailer seems to confirm that you don’t need to waste space on a held item to use Terastallize in combat, and Tera Blast is a great example of what the mechanic can turn into a game changer. In the trailer, a Tyranitar starts out as a Rock/Dark type, switches to Ghost type after Terastallizing, then unleashes a Ghost type attack with Tera Blast. In addition to changing its damage type, it also suddenly gains the upper hand against its natural enemies such as Bug and Fighting types.
That got some players excited about the new strategic capabilities in Gen 9, but the trailer also unleashed a torrent of fan theories surrounding Cyclizar. The Dragon and Normal type is native to the Paldean region and has a turned metal-style wheel attachment to carry trainers long distances. It also looks a hell of a lot like Koraidon and Miraidon, the Scarlet and purple-exclusive Legendary Pokémon previously revealed to also act as player mounts.
This has led to fans to speculate that Cyclizar can have a split evolution, and actually transform at some point in Koraidon or Miraidon. Others have postulated that they gave hints Scarlet and purple with time travelCyclizar might be the present-era form, while Koraidon is the old form and Miraidon is the version that exists in the future. Time-based variant forms of other Pokémon have already been reported to exist in the recent series of massive leaksso there are many options.
Whatever Cyclizar’s backstory turns out to be, it will provide fans with more productive fodder than the alternative: bashing again pokemon‘s chart. Some players are already thinking about the latest trailer and complain about some of the aesthetic compromises compared to? Sword and Shield. There’s also some frustration that the new games don’t seem as fluid in camera and character movements during combat as Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Of course people were worried Arceus would be a disasteronly to win over fans when it was finally out.