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Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Region: Everything We Know About Paldea

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Region: Everything We Know About Paldea
Images via Nintendo

Written by 

Dave McAdam

Posted 

3rd Aug 2022 18:30

The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Region has been properly revealed to us ahead of the launch of the games. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet look set to take the mainline Pokemon games in new directions, but most staples of the series are going nowhere. A perfect example is the brand new region of Paldea, as each main Pokemon game has its own. Here is everything we know so far about the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet region.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Region: What It Is Based On

A Pokemon trainer looking out over the region from the top of a stone tower.

Most of the regions in the Pokemon series have been based on real-life locations. The regions of the early games were based on Japan, but before long the games began to branch out. We have seen regions such as Kalos which took inspiration from France, Alola which was based on Hawaii, and Pokemon Sword and Shield took us to Galar, Pokemon's take on Britain. Most recently, Pokemon Legends Arceus brought us the Hisui region, a version of the Sinnoh region based on Feudal Japan.

With Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and the Paldea region, the inspiration is pretty clear. Even from early teasers, there was evidence to suggest that this new region was based on Spain and Portugal, also known as the Iberian Peninsula. From the plants to the architecture, to the clothing and most clearly the Spanish-inspired names of new Pokemon, it is clear that Paldea is based on southwest Europe.

That said, regardless of real-life inspiration, every Pokemon region tends to have a wide variety of weather and terrain, so as not to leave any Fire Pokemon caught in the rain or Ice Pokemon stuck in the desert. As such, expect to find some weather and features you would not typically associate with Spain or Portugal.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Region: What's New In Paldea?

A trainer flying over the region from the back of their Pokemon

With every new generation of Pokemon comes new features, and often times the region will have to change to accommodate them. Pokemon Sword and Shield brought more of an open nature to the series, and so the Galar region had wide open areas for players to explore. With Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the series is going fully open-world. This is likely to make Paldea the most challenging region the developers have ever had to create.

We know so far that a central feature of this region is a prestigious academy that the player will attend. From there, the game seems to open up quite a bit. You have the standard gym badges to collect from eight gyms across the region, but there is no longer a set order for you to complete them. So it would seem that from fairly early on, players will be able to explore the Paldea region to their heart's content.

Using the legendary Pokemon from the cover, you can climb cliffs, traverse water, and fly through the sky. So not only will Paldea be a region that players can explore at their own pace, but also from every angle imaginable.

 

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Region: What We Can Expect

Two wild Pikachu are jumping up and down.

As much as these new games are clearly big steps in a new direction, Game Freak has been very clear that they have done everything they can to keep these games true to the core of Pokemon. As mentioned, there are still eight gym badges to earn on your way to becoming the Pokemon Master, as we have been doing since Pokemon Red and Blue.

We can expect plenty of Pokemon to catch, dotted around the region based on their types and locations. As such, we can expect areas of grass and trees, areas with lakes or rivers, coasts, cliffs, icy mountains and maybe a volcano or two.

We can also expect multiple towns and cities, at least one for each Pokemon gym. From what we have seen, there may be some fairly large cities in this game, by the standards of a Pokemon game. Whether these towns and cities will be directly a part of the open world map, or if you need to load into them, is yet to be seen.

That is everything we know so far about the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet region, Paldea. For more on the game, check out our breakdown of the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Terastral Pokemon.

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