Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Game Freak uses the World Cup to strengthen the competitive edge

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Game Freak uses the World Cup to strengthen the competitive edge

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The closing of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships was used by Game Freak and The Pokémon Company, respectively developer and publisher of the "main" video games dedicated to pocket monsters, to revive the ambitions of the series in the field of competitive gaming. There was probably no more suitable stage than that of London 2022, but few expected such a strong commitment from these companies to competitive gaming. Nothing particularly explicit, we are always talking about a Japanese company, but the information leaked suggests that the team wants to take certain steps to strengthen the competitive play of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

The Battle Stadium, or ranked games

A battle of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet The first great confirmation is the return of the Battle Stadium. In other words, within the Game Freak Stadium he wants to organize the online multiplayer of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in a clearer way and in line with market standards, as well as simplify the creation of events and tournaments (official and not) online. Inside the Battle Stadium, in fact, players will find three macro categories: Friendly Battles, Competitive Battles and Online Races.

Friendly Battles is the place where two or more players can meet to compete without commitment so that you can experiment with new strategies or just have fun with friends. All the results achieved here, in fact, will not affect the online ranking, also because there are no limits to the composition of the teams and you can customize the rules of engagement.

In Competitive Battles, however, you can test your skills by challenging players from all over the world. In this case, in fact, the opponent will be of the same level as you and each victory or defeat contributes to defining your ranking. Within the Competitive Battles the games will have well-defined rules, which are those that Game Freak establishes for its online tournaments.

In Online Competitions you can find both the tournaments officially organized by The Pokémon Company and those organized by users and partners. The former will obviously have all the trappings of official status, while the latter can be customized according to the tastes and purposes of the organizers.

The option that will allow you to hire a team is interesting. Interesting because in this way you can easily organize both thematic tournaments (only pokémon of a certain type), and you can give everyone the opportunity to compete with a "meta team" even if you don't have one. Obviously to access all this you need to have a Switch Online subscription.


A teracrystallized pikachu Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tournaments could have an edge also thanks to the new mechanic called Teracrystallization. Behind this name hides the possibility of changing the type of the pokémon for a few turns. Until the moment of the first transformation, it is not known what type of pokémon the pocket monster will transform into, something that should allow sudden reversals in the face in competitive matches.

In the trailer released at the end of the Pokémon World Championships, it is could see this mechanic in action. A Coalossal, a Rock and Fire-type pokémon, has become resistant to water attacks and can also receive a speed boost with Vapormacchina. While a Tyranitar, usually Dark and Rock, has become a Ghost pokémon.

Cyclizar in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet The new tools are also very stimulating. Charcoal Leaf allows you to copy your opponent's stat increases. Anonymity allows you to hide a pokémon and protect it from the additional effects of its moves.

New moves will also debut in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Tail Cutter creates a copy of the pokémon on the field and replaces it and appears to be Cyclizar's own, a new dragon / normal-type Mount Pokémon. Thunder Strike is a normal-type move that changes the type when the pokémon throwing it is thermo-crystallized. It also deals damage based on the highest stat between normal and special attack.

World Champion 2022

Eduardo Cunha lifts the Pokémon World Champion trophy All of these announcements came after the Coronation of Eduardo Cunha as Pokémon World Champion 2022. The final match, held at the ExCel in London on August 21, 2022, was a grueling fight that saw the Portuguese champion prevail over Guillermo Castilla, a coach from Spain, to 2 to 1. An Iberian derby, therefore, which brought the world title back to Europe 10 years after the achievement of the Italian Arash Ommati. Both players are, despite their young age, veterans of the competitive pokémon circuit. Cunha debuted in the Pokémon World Championships in 2016, while Castilla was already a world Top8 in 2012. He was also champion of Italy and Spain in 2011 and 2012, where he befriended our Pardini.

A perfect finale for the organizers, with two players from the region that inspired the settings of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

The other 2022 champions are:

Pokémon Video Games

Junior Category: Kosaku M. (Japan) Senior Category: Yasuharu S. (Japan) Master Category: Eduardo Cunha (Portugal)

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Junior Category: Rikuto O. ( Japan) Senior Category: Liam H. (United States of America) Master Category: Ondřej Škubal (Czech Republic)

Pokémon United


Pokkén Tournament

Senior Category: Fruitprime (United States of America) Master Category: Shadowcat (United States of America)

Pokémon GO

Senior Category: MEWeedle (Switzerland) Master Category: DancingRob (Germany)

2023 Edition

The 2023 Pokémon World Championships will be held in Yokohama At the end of the tournament The Pokémon Company also announced where the 2023 Pokémon World Championships will be held: after having been organized in the USA and Europe, for the first time in history they will be held in Yokohama, Japan.

A great opportunity for The Pokémon Company that will surely want at home show the world the full power of your brand.

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