Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC: Release date latest & pre-order news

There’s no doubt: despite performance issues at launch, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were big hits for Nintendo.

If you’ve somehow caught all of the Paradox Pokémon, defeated all of the Tera Raids, and completed the Paldea Pokédex, but are still desperate for more mons, then we have good news for you: Scarlet and Violet are getting a massive DLC.

Announced at a special Pokémon Day gift, the DLC will be split into two parts and will see players leave the Paldea region and embark on an exchange journey to a new area for the first time.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC titled The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero.

When is the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC release date?

As with the Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet expansion will be split into two parts. The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero will be the overall name of the DLC, with Part 1 titled The Teal Mask and Part 2 titled The Indigo Disk.

Part 1: The Teal Mask first appears in autumn 2023, with a specific date to be announced closer to the time.

Part 2: The Indigo Disk will arrive soon after winteralthough technically that could mean an early 2024 release.

Can I pre-order the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC?

Yes! You can pre-order the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC now. The expansion is also available as part of a bundle with the base games.

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Make sure you buy the DLC for the right game – there are separate pages for Scarlet and Violet!

There are also several pre-order incentives for those who purchase before Tuesday October 31, 2023. The main draw is code for a special Hisuian Zoroark that knows the Happy Hour attack, has a Dark Tera Type, and has the Charismatic Mark.

Hisuian Zoroark in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Early purchasers can also get the new uniform set by pressing the X button and accessing the in-game downloadable content menu.

Both incentives are available now – no need to wait for the DLC release!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC: gameplay and story details

Promo artwork for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Indigo Disk

The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero will have two distinct parts set in different locations, although it looks like the two will be tied into the same overarching story.

In Part 1: The Teal Mask, players go on a school trip to the land of Kitakami and participate in an external study program with another school at the foot of a large mountain. The trip coincides with a festival being held in the village that appears to be based on Japanese folklore, where new Pokémon and street vendors will appear.

Part 2: The Indigo Disk allows players to participate in an exchange program to Blueberry Academy, an underwater school specializing in Pokémon battles.

The DLC introduces new Legendary Pokemon: Ogrepon in The Teal Mask and Terapagos in The Indigo Disk. There are also rumors of a third Legendary Pokemon said to be the cause of the Terestral mechanics in Paldea…

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Three other new Pokémon have also been confirmed for Teal Mask: the dog-like Okidogi, the ape-like Munkidori, and the bird-like Fezandipiti. They appear to be based on the Japanese folk tale of Momotarō, in which a boy born of a peach travels with a talking dog, a monkey, and a pheasant to defeat ogres.

More like that

It’s also been confirmed that a whopping 230 previous Pokémon will be returning in the two DLC installments, with the following confirmed so far:

  • Chimecho
  • Milotic
  • Vikavolt
  • Yanma
  • Crazy
  • Nine Stories
  • Zebstrika
  • Whimsicott
  • Taugong
  • Alcremie
  • meta gross
  • Espurr

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC trailer

There is no real gameplay in this trailer, but we do get a taste of the new locations we’ll be visiting in The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero:

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