Pokemon Scarlet and Violet COUNTDOWN - release time, version exclusives, gym leaders, multiplayer & More

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet lets you pick from three of the most exciting starters.

The first games of generation nine are just around the corner as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are taking us on a new journey through the Paldea region.

With plenty of new Pokemon to catch and three stories to explore, you'll have no issues finding something to do as you aim to become a Pokemon master.

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Here is everything you need to know about the game.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release Time

A look at the Paldea Region found in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Release

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For fans wanting to get their hands on the latest games, they're not going to have to wait for much longer.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet release worldwide on Friday, 18th November 2022, meaning that you will be able to begin your journey the moment it becomes Friday in your region.

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Version Exclusives

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are based on the past and future

As is common in the franchise, both Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet will have version-exclusive Pokemon but unlike past games, it will have some of the most unique exclusives we have ever seen thanks to the past and future forms revealed in the Scarlet and Violet books.

Below we have listed the exclusives for both versions currently known through official sources and reliable leaks.

Pokemon Scarlet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet might have the most unique version exclusives in the history of the franchise
  • Larvitar
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  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Stonjourner
  • Armarogue
  • Koraidon
  • Great Tusk (Paradox Donphan)
  • Slither Wing (Paradox Volcarona)
  • Brute Bonnet (Paradox Amoonguss)
  • Scream Tail (Paradox Jigglypuff)
  • Flutter Mane (Paradox Misdreavus)
  • Sandy Shocks (Paradox Magneton)
  • Roaring Moon (Paradox Salamence)

Pokemon Violet

Pokemon Violet has a lot of unique forms for future Paradox Pokemon
  • Bagon
  • Shelgon
  • Salamence
  • Eiscue
  • Ceruledge
  • Miraidon
  • Iron Treads (Paradox Donphan)
  • Iron Moth (Paradox Volcarona)
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  • Iron Valiant (Paradox Gallade/Gardevoir)
  • Iron Hands (Paradox Hariyama)
  • Iron Bundle (Paradox Delibird)
  • Iron Jugulis (Paradox Hydreigon)
  • Iron Thorns (Paradox Tyranitar)

Gym Leaders

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will have some of the most unique gym leader designs for the series.

As has been the case for a majority of the main Pokemon series, Scarlet and Violet will have a series of gym leaders for you to face on your way to becoming the champion of the Paldea region.

Out of the eight gym leaders, three of them have already been revealed officially. The first of the three is the Ice-Type trainer Grusha, a snowboarder that uses the massive Cetitan as his partner Pokemon.

Iona is the electric gym leader in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The second gym leader, known as Brassius, is a dour-looking grass-type gym leader whose ace appears to be a Sudowoodo with a grass tera-type

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The third and final gym leader is Iona, an electric-type gym leader and online influencer who streams to fans across the Pokemon world, calling her gym battles "collabs"

Multiplayer

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has live multiplayer for the first time

In an exciting new addition to the main series of Pokemon games, a 4-player co-op has been added to the game, letting trainers explore the region with their friends for the first time ever.

In the past, multiplayer has been limited to competitive-only battles and the occasional location-specific multiplayer like the underground in the Sinnoh games.

Now, players can join up and journey all across the Paldea region together, working with their friends to find their own treasure.