Pokémon Scarlet and Violet - Is It Generation Nine?

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Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are the next set of games in the long-running Pokémon series. Developed by Game Freak, the duo of games boasts an exciting layout where the wilderness and towns flow together. This makes the Region sound like the optimal place for any trainer to go on adventures to track down a variety of Pokémon.

Ever since the franchise began, different waves of Pokémon have been sorted into generations. The first generation of Pokémon dates back to the first game in 1996, and from then on, some of the major installments in the franchise have typically introduced a new generation. This pattern has created an important question about Scarlet and Violet.

In this guide, we're going to let you know if you'll be meeting generation nine in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Sprigatito and Fuecoco
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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet - Is It Generation Nine?

Yes, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are introducing the ninth generation of Pokémon. This brings an end to the eighth generation, with Pokémon Legends: Arceus being the last in that line. However, there are a few familiar Pokémon that show their faces in the trailer, so you can rest assured knowing that your favourite may make an appearance.

So far, the only brand new Pokémon we know of are the starter trio that can be seen at the end of the announcement trailer. They are, in true Pokémon tradition, a grass type, a fire type, and a water type. Nothing has been announced about how you'll meet your starter Pokémon pal nor have any details been revealed about their evolutions.

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How Many Pokémon Are in Generation Nine?

There has been no official announcement on how many new Pokémon you can expect from generation nine yet. However, when you look at previous generations, Scarlet and Violet could introduce anything from 70 to 100 (or more) new Pokémon species. We know so far that there are at least three, Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly.

We will update this page as we learn more about generation nine.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are due to be released later in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles. Check out our starter guide to learn more about Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. In the guide, we break down everything we know so far about the starter trio. Also, we have an article that lets you know if Scarlet and Violet are open-world.