What Are The Differences Between Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (2023)

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Pokémon has always done dual releases ever since its inception. At the same time, people question the reasoning behind and criticize it; its inception was revolutionary. The double release was done so that people would interact with each other more since different versions of games would have different Pokémon. The Pokémon games had multiplayer functions in their games even before it was a concept, and that tradition has continued.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is now live and there are currently plenty of reviews on Scarlet and Violet, which looks promising, there seem to be some technical issues with the game.

Even though the core of the games is the same, there are many differences between the two versions. Lets look into Scarlet and Violet differences.

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Different Academies

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet shift from the old tradition of starting the game from your house and taking you to a school. The schools in both games are different; this includes its name, emblem, and uniform.

While the design and everything else the school presents feels the same, their names differ depending on the game you play. Pokémon Scarlet features the Naranja Academy, and Violet features the Uva Academy.

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scarlet and violet school emblem

From the information we have, the only difference between the school’s structure and design is their name and emblem. The color scheme and design of emblems differ; Naranja, which is Orange in Spanish, and on the emblem is orange, while the Uva which means Grape is Purple and light blue on the emblem.


The game features impressive customization options, and you can buy new clothes throughout your play. However, when you’re thrown into the Paldea region, you will see two sets of uniforms for boys and girls. They are collared shirts, socks, hats, and shoes, but the color combination is different. In Scarlet and Violet, in Scarlet, the shorts are orange with white stripes, and the shirt and socks are both white.

The Tie is orange, the shoes are black, and the hat is brown. Whereas for Pokémon Violet, The shirts and hats are lavender, and the Tie and shorts are both purple. The socks are black, and the shoes are brown. That’s not the only difference; the uniforms of all the NPCs have their colors changed according to the game.

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The World and Setting

The Pokémon game’s naming conventions always revolve around a duality of sorts like Black and White, Sword and Shield, and now Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This time, it seems that the Pokémon Company is exploring the dynamics of the Past and Future. This can be inferred from the logo’s fonts, where Scarlet is more Prehistoric, and Violet is space-themed and Futuristic.  

The Legendary Pokémon

While observing the designs of Koraidon and Miraidon for Scarlet and Violet, respectively. Their design does feature and furthers past and future aesthetics. Koraidon is still running on all fours when they turn into bikes, whereas Miraidon transforms into a motorcycle.

For water and swimming, Koraidon puffs up its front wheel and uses its strong hind legs to swim. In contrast, Miraidon transforms into a motorboat – esque vehicle with jet engines.

Gliding is a new feature introduced in this Pokémon game; Koraidon transforms into a large bird with wings and soars through the sky, whereas Miriaidon transforms into a plane with two jets.

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The Professors

There are two different professors for the Pokémon games, which is the first time in history this has happened. Professor Sada is for Pokémon Scarlet, and Professor Turo is for Violet. Their attire strongly represents this theme, where Professor Sada is dressed as a cavewoman with a prehistoric-designed coat and accessories. Whereas Professor Turo, her counterpart, is dressed in the most futuristic sense in a full-body suit that seems made for space or virtual reality and excludes the SciFi lab coat.

Scarlet and Violet Books

scarlet and violet books

The Scarlet book and Violet book show ancient records of the region’s recorded history. The Pokémon Scarlet book features The Great Tusk, whereas the Pokémon Violet book features The Iron Treads. These both contain documents, photos, and sketches of data recording these events through previous expeditions.

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The Exclusive Pokémons

Another important distinction is the version-exclusive Pokemon in Scarlet or Violet. While these exclusive Pokemon aren’t too many, they are still noticeable and may affect your decision regarding which version you want to choose. A list of Pokemon exclusive to Scarlet and Violet versions that we know so far is given below:

Scarlet Version PokemonViolet Version Pokemon
Great TusksIron Treads

Scarlet and Violet New Pokemons

At the time of writing there are currently 21 new Pokemons in Scarlet and Violet, and over 200 Pokemons from previous generations will be returning. Since the game has been released, more new Pokemon have been added and the full Pokedex has also been launched. This finally allows players to start building their team.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Differences – Final Thoughts

The release dates are finally here, and you can now explore the entirety of the Paldea region with your friends. Whatever version of Pokémon you chose, you will still be able to complete the Pokedex in other ways because this game features four-player co-op, which is going to be a whole different experience with your friends.


Will Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have different stories?

Yes, there are 3 different story paths for players to play

Is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet two separate games?

Physically yes, players can purchase separate games. However both games are very similar in how to play, settings and story. The main difference are the Pokemons, professors, characters, academy and the legendaries.

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Si Yan

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

  • Release Date: November 18, 2022
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre(s): RPG
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