The 10 Best New Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The 10 Best New Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are here, and like all previous games in the series, the Gen 9 versions have added a ton of new Pokémon to the Pokédex. We have finally crossed the 1000 monster milestone. This is seriously impressive.

Of course, not every new addition is a winner, and we all have our favorites. We’ve rounded up the top 10 new Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet right here. Before complaining, yes, we know there are more than 10 on this list. We’ve grouped some by evolution; others are collected into one entry for cohesion. Here are our favorites, listed in alphabetical order.

Related: 10 Best Water-type Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Annihilap

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Munky and Primeape have been the most evil Pokémon monkeys since the first generation, but they haven’t attracted much attention since then. Scarlet and Violet finally bring a new evolution called Annihilap, which is so evil that it even rages at death – it’s a double Ghost/Fight type. Great play on words in the title.

Sharcade / Armarouge / Serulej

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This trio is on the list of the best fire-type Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, so it’s only fitting that they made it here too. The evolution of Charcadet depends on which version you’re playing: you get a fire/psychic-type Armarouge in scarlet and a fire/ghost-type Ceruledge in purple. In both cases, this is a cool new mon, similar to the Mega Man boss.

Fido / Taxboon

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People have been fans of Fidough, the “bread dog”, ever since it was revealed. It’s unclear why the team chose to pair the puppy with freshly baked buns, but the result is adorable and beautifully named. The buns get even more toasty when they are also made into Dachsbun.

Gimmigul / Goldengo

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Players are used to getting different Pokémon depending on which version they choose. However, Gimmigul is unique because he has a different form in Scarlet and Violet compared to Pokémon Go. In the main games, you can collect 999 gold coins to turn it into Gholdengo, which has the honor of being the 1000th Pokémon. Do you see what they did there?

Lehonk / Oinkologine

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Like Fido, Lechonk has been a fan favorite ever since he was first shown in the trailer. The little truffle pig has received a lot of fan art thanks to its adorable round shape and worried face. He becomes a little more confident when he transforms into Oincologne, which looks more glamorous.

Corydon and Miraidon

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You just need to add new legendary items to such a list, right? Including both can be a cop-out, but they serve an additional purpose here. Scarlet and Violet introduced the Paradox Pokémon, which are existing Mons with past and future forms. This is what Corydon and Miraidon are: the respective past and future evolutions of Cyclizar. They are much more than cover stars.

Paldean Tauros

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The Paldean Tauros is one of the best regional variants in the series, earning it a spot on this list as well. Tauros had been overlooked since the first generation, and then Scarlet and Violet introduced not one, not two, but three new forms. The Bull Pokémon, as you might expect, is a fighting type in Paldea. You can also find two special breeds: Fire/Combat in Scarlet and Water/Combat in Purple.

Smoliv / Dolly / Arboliva

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Rounding out the list of Gen 9 little cuties is Smoliv, who has received as much love as Fido and Lehonk. There are many Plant Pokémon in the series, but Smoliv is the first to take the form of an olive. Its evolutionary chain also makes complete sense: it grows into a full-blown Doliv, and then becomes a full-fledged olive tree called Arboliva.

Starters and their evolution

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How do you tell someone that your starter is better than theirs? We don’t know, so consider it generic for the new core trio and their various forms. Whether you choose the prim and proper Sprigatito, the deliciously empty Fuecoco, or the swaggering Quaxley, you’ll have a good time.

Tinkatink / Tinkatuff / Tinkaton

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Finally, we have Tinkatink, Tinkatuff, and Tinkaton, a trio of Fairy/Steel types with fantastic progress. Not only do they get bigger and get a new hairstyle with each evolution, these Pokémon also upgrade their hammer along the way. After all, Tinkaton wields the kind of weapon you’d expect to see in the hands of Harley Quinn. Korvacite, be careful.

The 10 Best New Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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