Is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Generation Nine?

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Pokemon Center Trailer Screengrab
February 9, 2023: Scarlet and Violet release in just over a week!

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are the next set of games in the long-running Pokémon series. But is it Generation 9?

Developed by Game Freak, the duo of games boasts an exciting Mediterranean layout where the wilderness and towns flow together. This makes the Paldea Region sound like the optimal place for any trainer to go on adventures to track down a variety of Pokémon.

With us seeing more of the new game, we've got some handy guides ready to go for you ahead of the game's release: check out the new Professors, and the Legendaries, and where you can pre-order the game.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Sprigatito and Fuecoco
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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet - is it Generation Nine?

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.

So it appears that 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 title. There are plenty of returning Pokémon that show their faces in the trailers, so you can rest assured knowing that your favourites may make an appearance.

We've only seen a handful of brand new Pokémon, but there are over 100 confirmed sightings of Pokémon from earlier generations that are in the game. Here's our list of all the confirmed Mons!

How many Pokémon are in Generation Nine?

Game Freak has been consistently releasing new Pokemon's designs for the last few weeks in the run-up to Scarlet and Violet's release. There's a range of new types and evolutionary lines. Check out our full Pokedex list here to find out who we know for sure is returning, and which new Mons have been revealed!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are due to be released on November 18, on the Nintendo Switch family of consoles. Check out our starter guide to learn more about Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. Also, we have an article that lets you know if Scarlet and Violet are open-world.

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