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Game Freak Says Adios To Gen 8

On November 8th, Game Freak launched their final trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Although the trailer didn’t include the starter evolutions as everyone hoped, they still showcased newer details about already discussed mechanics.  With the trailer showing numerous details regarding gameplay, we at Geek News Now will be breaking down the information for you, fellow trainers.

In addition, we will also be saying goodbye to Sword and Shield, as we progress to the next generation. Now, with that out of the way, let’s get started.

Game Freak’s Last Galar Raid Battle:

Max Raid Battles in Sword and Shield. Image from pokemon.com

On November 1st, Game Freak announced that, with the future events set on Scarlet and Violet, Sword and Shield will have their last Max Raid Battle event. From the start of November, to the end of Nintendo Switch’s online service, all Gigantamax Pokémon will be available to battle.

For the past three years, Sword and Shield became the new meta for Pokémon Tournaments worldwide. This gave competitors a branch, and allowing all kinds of new ways to win. But, all good things must come to an end as we make our way to the next generation.

Although this is the last event Pokémon Sword and Shield will be doing, as far as Max Raid Battles are concerned, Generation 8 will be considered ‘Gone, But Not Forgotten’. Curry making, Dynamax Adventures, Crown Tundra, and Isle of Armor. All great things that Galar provided will be remembered forever.

Now, let’s discuss some very exciting news regarding Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

It All Started On the Beach:

Player encountering the box legendary on the beach. Image from sirusgaming.com

During your travels across Paldea, you’ll eventually come across the legendary of the game. However, you will not be able to catch it. Instead, you can use Koraidon or Miraidon (depending on your version of the game) as a travelling mount. In addition, they will also accompany you during picnics alongside your team of Pokémon.

Of course, I’m sure players can catch these legendary Pokémon later on in the story. Furthermore, it would seem that your legendary mount will have immediatte access to all mechanics of exploring Paldea. Climbing, gliding, and swimming are just some of the amazing techniques these Legendary Pokémon that even I look forward to using.

Titan’s Herba Mystica Boost:

Confronting the Titan, Clawf. Image from gfinityesports.com

If you recall, one of the stories you can embark on include Arvin, your fellow Senior classmate, asking for your assistance in seeking the mysterious Herba Mystica. It would seem that these Titans, such as Clawf, are connected to the mysterious plant. After giving chase, the Titans consume the Herba Mystica, and gain a special power boost.

This mechanic, most notably, seems to be a sort of omage to Pokémon Sun and Moon’s Totem Pokémon. Although we’re still unsure as to what buffs the Titan Pokémon will receive, it’s sure to be a very interesting encounter.

Game Freak Unveils Paradox Pokémon?!

Great Tusk (Top) and Iron Treads (Bottom). Image from knowyourmeme.com

You read that right, folks! It would appear that time certainly does a play a huge part in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. During the final trailer, a sketchbook showcased two new forms for the Armor Pokémon, Donphan!

However, are these Donphan? Shockingly enough, these new Elephant Pokémon have unique names: Great Tusk (Scarlet), and Iron Treads (Violet). Although not much information was shared aside from design and relation to Donphan, we’ll still have to wait to play the games to find out more. Game Freak certainly does what it can to surprise us, that’s for sure.

Exclusive Tera Raid Battles:

Tera-Raid battle featuring Charizard. Image from dotesports.com

In addition to the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, a day one patch will download, giving players a fresh experience. In the meantime, you can participate in special Tera-Raid battles featuring Eevee and Charizard. Eevee will be available for Tera-Raid battles from November 24th-27th at 4pm. The Evolution Pokémon will be featured throughout numerous raid battles, consisting of various types.

In addition, Charizard will be featured in Black Crystal Tera-Raid battles, boasting itself as ‘Charizard the Unrivaled’, wielding the ‘Mightiest Mark’, set at level 100, and will be the Dragon Tera-type. Charizard, surprisingly enough, is considered an invasive species to the Paldea Region. The Flame Pokémon will be available to battle from December 1st-4th, and again from December 15th-18th, both dates set at 4pm. This will give players plenty of time to journey through Paldea, and assemble a team of strong Pokémon.

Here’s looking to an exciting journey in this new, open-world region.

Special Pre-Orders & Fancy Phones:

Scarlet and Violet Pre-order bonus. Image from nintendoeverything.com

While Game Freak is hard at work preparing trainers for Generation 9, the same can also be said for the various retailers. For years, pre-orders have been getting less and less unique. But, that’s okay because the final product is what matters most.

The known pre-order bonuses are as follows:

  1. Amazon– A healing kit of 10 Potions and Antidotes, and 3 Revives.
  2. Best Buy– A berry set which includes Chesto, Cheri, Aspear, Pecha, Persim, and Rawst berries.
  3. Game Stop– A pin set featuring Koraidon and Miraidon.
  4. Target– Paldea Region starter Pokémon figurine.
  5. Nintendo Stor (UK)– A steel book featuring Koraidon and Miraidon.

Decorate your Rotom Phonecase. Image from sportskeeda.com

Another key detail to point out is Game Freak’s inclusion of being able to decorate your Rotom Phonecase. To do this, you would need records of having played the following:

  1. Pokémon Sword or Shield
  2. Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee
  3. Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl
  4. Legends: Arceus

By having records from each of these games, your Rotom Phonecase can be decorated with cases stylized with the past games’ themes.

Let’s Go, Gimmighoul!

Gimmieghoul (Roaming Form) in Pokémon Go. Image from dexerto.com

As our final topic of discussion for this article, how can we forget the newly released Melta- I mean, Gimmighoul! On November 6th, Biology Researcher Jacq of Paldea, and Professor Willow of Go discussed a strange phenomenon happening in their respective areas of research. Mysterious coins that appear to be of ancient origin have been found scattered across various areas, earning the attention of few passersby. This is all the result of a Pokémon named Gimmieghoul.

In Pokémon Go, this tiny creature will walk alongside your character. Golden Pokéstops scattered around seem to catch its eye, as by clicking on it will result in it pointing out more mysterious coins. What the end result is of finding a specific amount of coins, has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, it would seem that it also has appeared. However, these seem to be more timid as you approach, accidentally dropping a coin every now and then as it flees. It has two forms: one is a Chest Form, as it uses a large treasure chest to protect itself, and remain hidden. The second is called Roaming Form. This type appears to be looking for something, almost as if lost something of great value.

You’ll be able to catch Chest Form Gimmieghoul in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, once the games release. As for Roaming Form, perhaps you’ll be able to befriend it after finding its lost treasure in Pokémon Go.

Game Freak’s 2023 Home Plan:

Pokémon Home & Scarlet and Violet merger plan for 2023. Image from attackofthefanboy.com

Following the release of Scarlet and Violet’s final trailer, Game Freak announced the two games will be compatible with Pokémon Home in Spring 2023. According to YouTuber AustinJohnPlays, his latest video revealed the Pokémon able to be sent from Home to Generation 9. To further prove this, an image showcased a trainer fighting alongside a Hisuian Zoroark. Considering time plays a key part in these games, perhaps it was a result of time traveling through Spatial Rifts found in Hisui? Who knows.

Only one way to find out is to explore Paldea with or own eyes.

With so much to look forward to from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, being Game Freak’s first Open-World RPG, here’s to a new and exciting adventure coming to the Nintendo Switch November 18th. If you want to share your excitement for the upcoming Generation 9 games, leave a comment down below. we’d love to hear from you. Also, be sure to chaeck out our Facebook page, as we love to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest happenings.

As always, Stay Geeky!

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