The legends of Pokémon Scarlett and Violet have been revealed, and they are as terrifying as they are strange.
New pairings coming to Pokémon Scarlett and Violet announced in a new trailer (opens in new tab), showing us how they would look and how they are used. And they will be used a lot. These aren’t your average super rare pocket monster, but are actually functional mythical creatures that look halfway between a Frankenstein’s monster and a motorbike.
Named Koraidon and Miraidon, each can be used as a vehicle, allowing you to ride on their backs to ride around the game’s new Paldea area. Need to zoom in on a meadow? Engage “drive mode” and watch your legendary friend grow a humble wheel from their chest and er, crotch. Stick to “sprint mode” if you want to walk. They can also swim across water, climb mountains and produce wings to glide through the air.
Watch them in action in the trailer below.
The design of the two is not a world away from the legends of previous Pokémon generations. The elegant dragons that stand head and shoulders above the other ‘Mons, Coradon and Miradon’ are not messing around. But it is the addition of their locomotive abilities that makes them so strange.
However, in the context of the wider game, they make more sense. Pokémon Scarlett and Violet will be the first fully open-world Pokémon title, allowing you to intuitively explore its vast world. No more loading screens between towns and jungle, you will be free to roam anywhere.
It seems likely that Coradon and Miradon will serve as a gateway to that exploration. They are essentially all-terrain vehicles capable of navigating every nook and cranny of Paldia. We expect that they will need to reach certain areas of the map – such as the top of a mountain – and all that will be needed to travel from one end of the world to the other.
This may suggest that the pair will be available much earlier in the game. While Legends are usually unlocked as rewards for completing battles late in the game, Pokémon Scarlett and Violet may be giving them to you sooner. We will know for sure when this game will be released on November 18th.