Well, it’s hard to believe, but GameFreak has done it. They’ve announced the newest chapter in the Pokemon franchise, Scarlet and Violet. What’s more unbelievable is that the games are slated to be released at the end of 2022. It might seem like a long wait, but give it time and the months will fly by. Therefore, I decided to make a list of things these new games need to add, subtract and change. Take a look below for our list of 10 things most players want to see in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
1. Do The Gyms In The Order You Want
Even though Pokémon is 27 years old, the previous games still force players to tackle gyms in a specific order. That really needs to stop. Pokemon Legends: Arceus introduced a true open-world that allowed players to explore the region of Hisui as they saw fix. It would be nice if Scarlet and Violet followed suit.
2. More Memorable Villains
Each mainstream Pokemon game need a memorable villain group. Gen 1 and 2 had Team Rocket, Gen 3 had Team Magma and Team Aqua and Gen 7 had the Aether Foundation. But Gen 8’s Team Yell was super lame. They were there mostly as artificial barriers that prevented the player from advancing.
What Scarlet and Violet need are some memorable villains that are there to do more than just cause trouble for players. Team Magma and Team Aqua is based on the Isahaya Bay land reclamation project on the Japanese island of Kyūshū where one side wants to turn the island into farmland and another wants to preserve one of Japan’s last remaining wetland regions.
3. More Memorable Version Exclusives
One element that gives Pokémon games their signature je ne sais quoi since Gen 1 is that each version (excluding third) has Pokémon exclusive to that version. In Gen 1, Red had Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz as exclusives while Blue had Vulpx, Pinsir and Magmar as their exclusives.
Sun and Moon might have been the last Pokémon games to have some truly cool version exclusives as the ones in Sword and Shield were mostly different forms or evolutions of previous Pokémon and the newer ones were really lame save for the version-exclusive legendaries. What we need are brand new version exclusive Pokémon that have nothing to do with old generations.
4. Making Ice Pokemon Strong Against Electric Attacks
How many readers out there notice that electrical equipment doesn’t work well in the cold if it works at all? That might be something GameFreak should take into consideration, especially given how Ice Pokémon are only strong against attacks of their own type and Electric Pokémon are only weak against Ground attacks. One Pokémon named Tynamo and its evolution forms have no immediate weakness due to their ability Levitate. This imbalance has gone on long enough.
5. Bringing Back The Cel-Shading From The 3DS Games
One of the reasons why the 3DS games were good was because how the cel-shading made it feel like you were actually playing a cartoon. And because the Switch was more powerful than the 3DS, you’d expect the same kind of cel-shaded goodness if not better. Sadly, that wasn’t what we got. The graphics looked really bland in comparison. It would be nice if the cel-shading was brought back.
6. Creative Designs
I know it’s tough coming up with new ideas for Pokémon, but that’s no excuse for some of the lame designs I’ve seen. Black and White has got to have some of the worst with the likes of Vanilluxe, Cryogonal and Klinklang. These designs were totally lame and unoriginal. And GameFreak didn’t learn their lesson because Sword and Shield introduced a Grass/Dragon type called Applin. Yes, a Pokémon in the shape of an apple. Let’s see something new and creative.
7. Ditching Of The Ridiculous Evolution Gimmicks
Now don’t get me wrong. Seeing Pokémon evolve is the bee’s knees if you’re familiar with that saying. It’s really awesome to see Pokemon evolve from one form to another; getting stronger, being able to learn new moves and being more ferocious looking to boot. But I think Generation 2 introduced us to all the evolution methods we need; levelling up, using stones, basic trading, trading with items and friendship evolution.
That’s it. I believe those are all the methods we need. Generation 3 introduced us to how Feebas can only evolve into Milotic if its beauty is high enough. Really? Who has that kind of time? And Generation 6 introduced us to Inkay which evolved into Malamar at level 30 while holding the 3DS upside down. Enough with the ridiculous methods. Can we just go back to basics please?
8. No More Disposable TMs
One of the most frustrating things about Pokémon until Generation 5 was that TMs could only be used once. While you could buy some TMs at department stores, there were some TMs you only found once, such as those you get from beating gym leaders. I thought that disposable TMs were gone until Sword and Shield introduced Technical Records which were basically disposable TMs of yore.
You really needed to be careful how you used your TMs because once they were used, that’s it. You better hope you used the right TM on the right Pokémon. Can we please make these precious resources renewable again? Thank you.
9. More Evolutions For Eevee
Eevee is one of the most mysterious Pokemon in the franchise. When it was introduced in Red and Blue, you could use a Thunder Stone, Fire Stone or Water Stone to evolve it into Jolteon, Flareon or Vaporeon respectively. Gold and Silver gave it two new forms; Espeon and Umbreon if you level it up with high enough friendship in either the daytime or at night.
Diamond and Pearl gave us Glaceon and Leafeon if you leveled it up near an ice rock or moss rock respectively. And finally X and Y gave us Silveon if you evolved it with high enough affection while it knows a fairy-type move. This makes Eevee a very versatile Pokémon. However, it would still be awesome if Eevee had an evolution form for all types currently available.
10. Revisit Previous Regions
As of this list, Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal as well as the Heartgold and Souldsilver remakes, are the only Pokémon games that let you visit past regions. Some players were disappointed that we haven’t had a Pokémon game where players could explore past regions after becoming champion since Generation 2 lets you explore Kanto from Red and Blue after becoming champion. If Game Freak is looking for ideas for Post Game content, this could be an idea.