by | Mar 2, 2023

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC: A Future/Past Affair

The Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC may not have come as a surprise at this year’s Pokémon Direct. The fact that there was no announcement for a new Mystery Dungeon game was even more disheartening. However, the DLC did not fail to impress when it came to first impressions.

The very first announcement that came was a couple of new Legendary Tera raids – which will be beginning on February 27th. These raids came as a bit of a surprise, as the leaks earlier reported that these legendaries would instead be tied into the plot of the expansion.

These Tera raids will offer a Paradox form of Suicine – called the Walking Wake, which is a Water/Dragon type exclusive to Scarlet. Joining it will be Iron Leaves, Virizion’s Grass/Psychic type Paradox form that will be exclusive to Pokémon Violet.

Then there’s the big news: the two-part DLC. The expansion is titled The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero and will focus on two distinct settings – in line with the games’ theme of future and past.

The first part is titled The Teal Mask – slated for a Fall 2023 release. The second part, titled The Indigo Disk, will be coming sometime in Winter 2023.

In The Teal Mask, the players will visit an area beyond the Paldea region called Kitakami, where you will meet a new legendary – Ogerpon, as well as a trio of Pokémon that “protected Kitakami in the past” – Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti.

While the trio could be tied into the story, I’d place my bet on them being a roaming trio just to make the DLC slightly longer-lasting.

With The Indigo Disk, the player visits the Blueberry Academy as an exchange student, which is a school located under the ocean. The legendary introduced in this part will be called Terapogos, which looks like a turtle with the symbols of every Pokémon type on its back.

Aside from the new inclusions, the DLC will also feature over 230 familiar Pokémon – including Metagross, Milotic, Zebstrika, Alcremie, and Vikavolt.

Leaks have also suggested that a second DLC will be coming in 2024, along with a new Switch. This DLC will also be released with a graphics enhancement patch, although Nintendo has made no official statements regarding the future of the Switch.

The DLC is available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop for $34.99, and those who purchase the game before October 31, 2023, will also be receiving a special Hisuian Zoroark.