Updated: Aug 20
A ton of news from The Pokémon Company today in a 35 minute presentation.
Earlier this past week, we reported on an upcoming Pokémon Presents for today. They dropped the video this morning on their official YouTube and it had a bunch of great new tidbits for Pokémon fans to chew on.
While a few of our initial predictions were incorrect, there were some great surprises during the presentation. And yes, we did get some of our predictions right.
As expected, they started with some great information and news for those headed to Yokohama, Japan this week to attend the Pokémon World Championships.
They’re even including a Pokémon Cruise for players to go play and trade on a big boat. Knowing that the original games’ Vermillion City is based, loosely, on Yokohama, that means that including this cruise is likely a reference to the original S.S. Anne cruise ship in Vermillion.
During the presentation, there were some details about various cartoons and anime coming soon. While there were no additional details about Pokémon Concierge, we did see three separate animations shown.
Coinciding with the Pokémon Worlds event, Path to the Peak is coming to YouTube on August 11th and focuses on a character battling with Pokémon and playing the trading card game. The main anime, Pokémon Horizons, showed off some future story shots and left no additional details.
Additionally, for those interested in more lore about the current Scarlet and Violet video games, Pokémon Paldean Winds, an original anime series, is coming to YouTube on Sept 6th, 2023. It follows students in the academy from the games, similar to previous OVA series that have hit YouTube for the previous generation of games.
As we predicted, the Pokémon Presents had a huge focus on mobile games
Pokémon GO got some fantastic news. As we predicted last week, Pokémon GO is finally getting Pokémon from the Paldea version, AKA from Scarlet and Violet, starting in September. If it’s anything like previous drops, it’ll be a slow drip to get them all out.
They announced multiple GO Fests in London, Osaka, and New York City. A Global Pokémon GO Fest will take place from August 26th to 27th and feature Mega Diancie for the first time. You can also find Mega Rayquaza this way.
Pokémon Unite is celebrating its 2nd-anniversary event right now. It includes a new game mode called Panic Parade. Mewtwo recently joined to be playable and includes their Mega Mewtwo X form. However, an event starting on August 17th will allow players to obtain their Mega Mewtwo Y form.
Pokémon Masters EX is getting Nemona and Pawmot from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, starting today. They will be a special paring called a “spirit pair” that has additional functionality. Victor and Spectrier will be dropping for players that complete an event starting August 16th. You can also login right now to claim 3000 gems for free in celebration.
Pokémon Cafe Remix is next to get some news. They’re adding Tatsugiri, the Pokémon that looks like sushi. It will be available in all three forms for new recipes in the game. However, players must choose only one of the three forms to join your staff. Logging in now will grant you a Summer Fun Jigglypuff for free.
Additionally, the Paldea starters have returned and are possible to get again to join your staff. Players that log in now get a free 11x Express Delivery until August 30th.
Pokémon Sleep recently came out. But, they’re adding a special monthly event that happens every full moon called the Good Sleep Day event for those that have trouble sleeping on full moons. Snorlax will get double his sleep power those nights.
Some games for Nintendo Switch were mentioned in the presentation
Detective Pikachu Returns, as we predicted, came with a full story trailer. Since the first game is now like 7 years old, it’s a re-introduction trailer to show off the various characters from the game, some of the mechanics of gameplay, and locations that you’ll frequent. The game will be out on October 6th, 2023.
We already had indications that Pokémon Stadium 2 was joining the Nintendo 64 section of Nintendo Switch Online. But, confirmation and release for today are both fantastic.
Speaking of Nintendo Switch Online, we got a small detail correct in our predictions. While we’re still waiting on the majority of classic Pokémon games to join the library, they did bring us the excellent Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color. It’s also coming out today.
The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and the upcoming DLC got a ton of new details and trailers
Starting off with the current generation of mainline games, Scarlet and Violet, they announced a new “Get Mew and Mewtwo” event. Players can get Mew right now with code “GETY0URMEW” in the games, which will have a randomized Tera-type.
Train your little pink cat Pokémon up to help you battle against Mewtwo in the upcoming event. Mewtwo with the “Mightiest Mark” will be a special Tera Raid Battle event taking place from September 1st to 17th. There will be additional various Tera Raid Battle events to lead up to the Mewtwo one.
For those unaware, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero is the upcoming DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It’ll come in two parts, which seem to tell a story together.
The first one, The Teal Mask, takes place in a Japan-inspired town and focuses on the mystery of the Pokémon in the Teal Mask. The Indigo Disk is a story about a new academy built on the water with four different biomes built into it.
Both come together to tell the story of a hidden treasure of Area Zero. What that means currently is still a mystery.
Today’s presentation focused on new details, such as characters, some new Pokémon types, and some new functions and features.
They showed off some new Pokémon. Dipplin, for instance, is a convergent Pokémon of Applin. We also met Archaludon, a new evolution of Duraludon. It’s great to see Pokémon from the Sword and Shield games getting some love.
They showed off some new characters, such as the siblings from Blueberry Academy, Carmine and Kieran. We also got to see the BB League, an “Elite Four” of sorts for the DLC. Their names are Lacey, Crispin, Amarys, and Drayton.
You’ll be able to earn mochi from a new minigame that works similarly to the classic “super training” from older games. For those that take a lot of photos, a Roto-Stick (AKA a selfie stick) is being added as well. Oh, and you’ll now eventually be able to unlock the ability to make Miraidon or Koraidon able to fly.
During the DLC, players were shown a new League Club. This includes a Club room that you can decorate. In the club room, you can change your pokéball throwing style animation and invite trainers from the Paldea region to come be “Special instructors” at Blueberry.
The release date for The Teal Mask is now confirmed to be September 13th, 2023. The Indigo Disk didn’t get an exact date yet, but it is still coming this Winter 2023.