Pokémon Violet and Scarlet could return to traditional catching mechanics

A number of members of the Pokémon community have refined text on the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet official website that appears to indicate that “traditional catching mechanics” will return in the games — that is, not Pokémon Legends catching: Arcus.

The website text in question reads as follows:

Various cities blend seamlessly into the wilderness without borders. You can see the Pokémon of this region in the sky, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets – everywhere! You can experience the true joy of the Pokémon series – battle wild Pokémon to catch them – now in an open-world game that players of all ages can enjoy

This, combined with a screenshot of a fight involving a wild Larvitar and a trainer’s Pikachu, has been interpreted by a number of Pokémon fans (many of whom gathered in this Reddit thread) to mean that we won’t be in purple and scarlet able to easily throw PokéBalls at monsters in the overworld, like in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Instead, we have to participate in battles and weaken them first, just like in every other main series Pokémon game up to this point (except Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee).

While this information isn’t enough to say for sure one way or the other how catching wild Pokemon will work in these games, it’s probably a safe guess. For one, Pokemon Let’s Go! implemented twists on traditional Pokémon catching that haven’t been seen in a Pokémon game since, suggesting they were more of an experiment than a permanent fixture.

And while Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ catching mechanic was hugely popular, including ours in our review, the game came out less than two months ago – almost enough time for Game Freak to tweak a key feature based on audience feedback alone.

All confirmed Pokemon in Scarlet and Purple

However, fans are divided on whether or not this return to basics is a good thing. While some in the thread bemoan the possible lack of Arceus’ stealth mechanic, others point out that a traditional Pokémon game likely won’t have the same focus on catching piles and piles of the same kind over and over again, which is what conquering the overworld is all about makes unnecessary . For now, though, this is all speculation as we don’t know much about Violet and Scarlet’s design or how catching will play a part in it.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were recently announced on February 27th during a celebratory Pokémon Day stream. We looked at three new starter Pokemon: Grass Cat Sprigatito, Fire Croc Fuecoco, and Water Duckling Quaxly. The games are slated for release on Nintendo Switch in late 2022.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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