Pokemon Scarlet and Purple Have a new trailer Wednesday, which revealed more about what our trips to the Paldea region will look like. The trailer showed some adorable news Pokémon like Fidough and Paldean Wooperbut also new special bling-out shapes called Terastal Pokemon. While the flashy new mechanic might seem like just another gimmick, like the Dynamax or Alpha variants, it could be a game-changer for competitive fighters and Pokemon collectors.
With the Terastal Phenomenon, a Pokémon can transform into a bedazzled version of itself with a cute jewel-like hat resembling objects including flowers and balloons. Terastallization also “gives a Pokémon a type boost and makes its moves stronger,” the developers said. in the video, and each individual Pokémon capable of the transformation will have a unique Terastal power that can change its elemental type. We don’t know which specific Pokémon will get which Terastal powers, but the trailer showed a few specific examples, including Pikachu changing from Electric-type to Flying-type, and Eevees turning into both Water- and Grass-type after Terastallizing.
The change will likely create waves in the competitive Pokémon community. You may be facing a Pokemon like Pikachu whose type you’ve known all your life, but the Terastal phenomenon challenges its type, leaving you to guess whether your chosen match is strong or weak against your opponent.
The Terastal phenomenon will likely also impact Pokemon collecting. With 18 types in total, the addition of new forms creates an astronomical list of possible Pokémon combinations for enthusiasts. A brilliant hunterSome kind of Pokemon fan who pursues special and rare shiny forms of Pokemon, might decide to pursue not only regular Eevee and shiny Eevee, but also all shiny forms of Eevee’s water-type and grass-type terastral forms. as well.
In the trailer, the developers explained that Trainers will be able to obtain rarer Terastral Pokemon by doing Tera Raid Battles. But this mechanism potentially forces collectors to engage in an immense amount of work. Unless there are other ways to catch those rare Terastral Pokémon, Tera Raid Battles could mean being stuck with a seemingly endless drudgery in order to catch a full set of Shiny Terastral forms. While this new feature is fun and inventive, it will likely keep people hooked on more repetitive elements of the game. months to catch a rare Pokémon.
There’s no one way to enjoy a Pokémon game, and the addition of a new form – even if it may require additional grinding – gives collectors something new to seek out. There is a lot of potential with the Terastral forms. While mechanics like this aren’t new – the first set of games to introduce a combat mechanic like this was Pokemon X and Yes with Mega Evolution – the gimmick feels unique as it impacts two longstanding elements of fandom: battling and collecting. It’s really cool to see a game mechanic that seems to speak to the collector side of the community. I can’t wait to see these delicious and sparkling Pokémon when Pokemon Scarlet and Purple come out later this year.