Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will change the way trainers approach the Pokemon franchise. Not only does it carry over some of Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ mechanics and features, it also introduces brand new ways to approach the story.
Game Freak has even said that there are three stories that can be tackled in any order.
One of those stories takes a page from the quintessential Pokemon adventure. There will be eight Gyms to challenge, but trainers can battle them in any order without a forced linear path.
Gyms can be challenged in any order in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
The brand new Paldea region introduces several new ways to experience the main Pokemon series. Traditional aspects remain, such as earning Gym badges and becoming champions.
While these features are intact, this time they have a twist. Players can jump back and forth between the different stories as they see fit. This means that collecting Gym badges can be an afterthought for some.
Those who like to show off their powerful Pokemon can head straight to the Gyms, traverse them, become the Pokemon champion, and then focus on the other storylines.
This is the freedom that arrives with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. There is no set order for how the Gyms should be challenged, which is a huge change from previous generations.
Prior to Scarlet and Violet, trainers often had to fight Gyms in a certain order. Collecting a Gym badge was used to access other Gyms or Hidden Machines, allowing Trainers to progress in their respective regions.
Game Freak has now given players a choice. Gyms still have specific Pokemon types they use and different strength levels, but that’s where the real challenge comes in.
Trainers can go through it from the lowest to the highest level or test their luck against one of the more powerful early stage Gyms to get a taste of what the Paldea region really has to offer.
One Gym Leader has been confirmed
There will be eight Gym leaders and, more than likely, an Elite Four with a champion waiting after that. When it comes to the Gyms, only one leader has been announced so far.
Former snowboarder Grusha is the active leader of the Glaseado Gym. Of course, he will use Ice-type Pokemon to freeze his opponents and make them pay.
Ice-type trainers are reserved for later battles in many of the franchise’s main series games. There’s a good chance Grusha will be one of the tougher Gym leaders trainers will encounter in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.