What are the differences between Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet?

Which version is the one for you?

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Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the highly anticipated ninth generation of Pokemon, is due in November 2022. This installment will feature a diverse variety of locations in the Paldea region, including major cities, deserts, forests, and a seaside manor, which is seemingly where your trainer will begin their adventure. But as with all mainline Pokémon titles, there will be some core differences between Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, some new to the series.

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Player character outfits

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Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be the first titles in the series where the trainer’s default outfit will be different depending on which version you pick up. Naturally, the color of your clothing is closer to either the color scarlet or violet, according to your version of choice.

Pokémon professors and schools

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For the first time in a mainline Pokémon game, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will each have a different professor. Pokémon Scarlet owners will interact with Professor Sada, while Pokémon Violet deal with Professor Turo — as you can notice, they both have diametrically opposed aesthetics, as if they were from completely different time periods.

The school that these professors teach in are named and colored differently depending on version as well. Scarlet has the Naranja Academy and Violet takes place in the Uva Academy; both are functionally the same and are set in the city of Mesagoza.

Version-exclusive Pokémon and cover Legendaries

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Related: All version exclusive Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

As is the standard since Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, the main Legendary Pokémon you will encounter depends on which version you play. Pokémon Scarlet players will pair with Koraidon, while Pokémon Violet will feature Miraidon. Both of these Pokémon are featured early in the game, letting the player ride them through different terrain and environments.

As of this writing, the only other confirmed version-exclusive Pokemon are ones from previous generations.

  • Scarlet: Larvitar, Stonjourner
  • Violet: Bagon, Eiscue

This guide will update as The Pokémon Company gradually releases looks at the new and old version-exclusive monsters.

Pokémon Violet – Nintendo Switch
  • Pre-order Pokémon Scarlet, Pokémon Violet, or Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Double Pack, and receive a download code for an exclusive in-game Healing Set.

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