Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC Indigo Disk release date & returning Pokemon

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC Indigo Disk release date & returning Pokemon
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Written by 

Ben Williams & Dave McAdam


2nd Nov 2023 15:37


Keen Pokemon Scarlet & Violet players have been curious as to when The Indigo Disk DLC release date will be happening. Afterall, it has been a while since The Teal Mask came out, being Part 1 of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero expansion, so fans are eager to see how the story will continue in Part 2 as the DLC takes us to Blueberry Academy. 

So, let's get into both the release date of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet's The Indigo Disk DLC, along with which Pokemon are set to return. 

Is there a Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC release date?

The release date of The Indigo Disk DLC in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is Thursday, December 14, 2023. Following your time spent on the island of Kitakami in The Teal Mask, The Indigo Disk will take you under the ocean to visit Blueberry Academy as a transfer student, learning about its focused curriculum on Pokemon battling.

Through currently unknown means, you'll also encounter the newly debuting legendary Pokemon, Terapagos.

As you go through the DLC's story, you'll be soon be reunited with Carmine and Kieran, the Kitakami natives you befriended in Part 1 - before the latter ended going down the beginnings of a dark path due to The Teal Mask's events.

If you skipped playing The Teal Mask on release so you could play both parts back-to-back, be sure to also check the price for the whole Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC to buy ahead of time.

What are the returning Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet DLC?

Seel and Dewgong, two of the Scarlet & Violet DLC's returning Pokemon
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As showcased in various trailers, we've gotten a better look at some of the Pokemon from older games returning as new entries in Scarlet and Violet's Pokedex for you to find and catch during The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk DLC. 

Returning Pokemon in The Indigo Disk

As confirmed by Bulbapedia's National Pokedex order, the returning Pokemon in The Indigo Disk we currently know of are as follows: 

  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise
  • Doduo
  • Dodtrio
  • Seel
  • Dewgong
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggcutor
  • Rhyhorn
  • Rhydon
  • Magmar
  • Lapras
  • Chikorita
  • Bayleef
  • Meganium
  • Totodile
  • Croconaw
  • Feraligatr
  • Skarmory
  • Smeargle
  • Magby
  • Treecko
  • Grovyle
  • Sceptile
  • Torchic
  • Combusken
  • Blaziken
  • Mudkip
  • Marshtomp
  • Swampert
  • Trapinch
  • Vibrava
  • Flygon
  • Beldum
  • Metang
  • Metagross
  • Cranidos
  • Rampardos
  • Shieldon
  • Bastiodon
  • Rhyperior
  • Magmortar
  • Snivy
  • Servine
  • Serperior
  • Tepig
  • Pignite
  • Emboar
  • Blitzle
  • Zebstrika
  • Cottonee
  • Whimsicot
  • Minccino
  • Solosis
  • Duosion
  • Reuniclus
  • Golett
  • Golurk
  • Vullaby
  • Mandibuzz
  • Espurr
  • Meowstic
  • Inkay
  • Matamar
  • Litten
  • Torracat
  • Incineroar
  • Popplio
  • Brionne
  • Primarina
  • Pikipek
  • Trumbeak
  • Toucannon
  • Jang-mo-o
  • Hakamo-o
  • Kommo-o
  • Milcery
  • Alcremie
  • Duraludon

Returning Pokemon in The Teal Mask

Then, in the same method of order and confirmed by Bulbapedia, here are the Pokemon which returned in The Teal Mask

  • Ekans
  • Arkbok
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandshrew (Alolan)
  • Sandslash
  • Sandslash (Alolan)
  • Clefairy
  • Clefable
  • Vulpix
  • Vulpix (Alolan)
  • Ninetales
  • Ninetales (Alolan)
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
  • Bellsprout
  • Weepinbell
  • Victreebell
  • Geodude
  • Geodude (Alolan)
  • Graveler 
  • Graveler (Alolan)
  • Golem
  • Golem (Alolan)
  • Snorlax
  • Sentret
  • Furret
  • Spinarak
  • Ariados
  • Hoothoot
  • Noctowl
  • Cleffa
  • Politoed
  • Aipom
  • Yanma
  • Gligar
  • Slumga 
  • Magcargo
  • Swinub 
  • Piloswine
  • Tyrogue
  • Hitmontop
  • Poochyena
  • Mightyena
  • Lotad
  • Lombre
  • Ludicolo
  • Seedot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Nosepass
  • Illuminise
  • Volbeat
  • Corphish
  • Crawdaunt
  • Feebass
  • Milotic
  • Duskull
  • Dusclops
  • Chimecho
  • Jirachi
  • Turtwig
  • Grotle
  • Torterra
  • Chimchar
  • Monferno
  • Infernape
  • Piplup
  • Prinplup
  • Empoleon
  • Ambipom
  • Chingling
  • Munchlax
  • Yanmega
  • Gliscor
  • Mamoswine
  • Probopass
  • Dusknoir
  • Phione
  • Manaphy
  • Darkrai
  • Shaymin
  • Timburr
  • Gurdurr
  • Conkeldurr
  • Sewaddle
  • Swadloon
  • Leavanny
  • Ducklett
  • Swanna
  • Litwick
  • Lampent
  • Chandelure
  • Mienfoo
  • Mienshao
  • Vullaby
  • Mandibuzz
  • Phantumo
  • Trevenant
  • Grubbin
  • Charjabug
  • Vikavolt
  • Cutiefly
  • Ribombee
  • Jang-mo-o
  • Hakamo-o
  • Kommo-o
  • Cramorant
  • Morpeko

Are there any Indigo Disk DLC trailers?

After the February 2023 Pokemon Day announcement trailer, we hadn't really seen any new details about the Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. However, the Scarlet and Violet DLC trailers from the June 2023 Nintendo Direct, and the above trailer from the August Pokemon Presents had finally given us a proper look at both The Teal Mask and the Indigo Disk. 

But most recently, however, the above "Many Surprises Await" trailer gave as a peek at some of the extra additions coming to The Indigo Disk including old partner Pokemon, new moves, a new Tera Type, and even some of the new Pokemon like Raging Bolt and Iron Crown.

That's all you need to know for now about the upcoming Hidden Treasure of Area Zero expansions  - including the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC release dates, returning Pokemon, and trailers. 

For more of what's going on in the game, check out our Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid event schedule. Otherwise, take a look at our Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides & news homepage.

Ben Williams
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Ben Williams
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