Pokémon is a yearly affair for fans, but its upcoming mainline entries, Scarlet and Violet, promise a change in formula. The Gen 9 additions will introduce several new gameplay elements into the franchise, including co-op play, open-world exploration, and apparently, Legendary critters that can turn into flying bikes.
Yes, you read that right. In a new trailer for the game, players are shown riding Koraidon and Miraidon, the Legendary duo that appear in Scarlet and Violet respectively, across the new Paldea region. By transforming into motorcycle- and glider-like forms, they will be able to help players scale mountains, traverse grassy plains, and fly through the sky.
The critters are equal parts goofy-looking and elegant, but what’s cool is that fans will be be able to race, ride, and explore together with their friends. There’s also a treasure hunt to look forward to, along with new species, new Paldean versions, and something called a tersatal form.
Essentially, “terastalised” Pokémon can adopt or change into different types by absorbing crystals, which is as interesting as it is bizarre. For the first time in series history, Scarlet and Violet will feature different professors: Sada and Turo, with the former wearing prehistorically-styled clothes, and the latter in a futuristic bodysuit.
Unfortunately, the showcase didn’t reveal the greatly-anticipated evolutions of starters Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. On the bright side, Fidough will be joining the likes of Smoliv, Pawmi, and Lechonk in the “cute and adorable” department when Pokémon Scarlet and Violet heads to the Nintendo Switch on 18 November 2022.