Pokemon Scarlet and Violet competitive play trailer reveals Cyclizar plus new moves and items

A new competitive play trailer for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has been released and revealed new moves, new items and Cyclizar, a Dragon and Normal type Pokemon that could very well be the pre-evolution of the legendary Pokemon Miraidon and Koraidon of these new games.

The trailer was revealed during the Pokemon World Championships 2022 and gave us another look at battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Cyclizar was one of the main focuses of the new footage, and as you can see below, the new Pokemon not only resembles the previously mentioned Legendaries, but it can also be used as an in-game mount like Miraidon and Koraidon. Their connection hasn’t been confirmed one way or another, but the clues are there to point to this possibility.

Cyclizar, Koraidon and Miraidon

On Pokemon.com, it is revealed that Cyclizar “has lived in many homes in the Paldea region since ancient times. He has a gentle disposition, and people riding Cyclizar are very common. It seems that Cyclizar doesn’t care to be ridden because the warmth of a rider helps ward off the cold.”

He can also sprint over 70 MPH while carrying a human, and he comes with a new move called Shed Tail that “creates a substitute for [Cyclizar] using its own HP before switching places with a waiting party Pokémon.

We were also shown a few items in the trailer and on Pokemon.com, and they are as follows;

  • Mirror Grass: This grass will allow the holder to mirror an opponent’s stat increases and increase their own stats, but only once.
  • Secret Cloak: This hooded cloak conceals the wearer, protecting them from the added effects of moves.
  • Charged Dice: If a Pokemon holding this item uses a multi-strike move, that move will be more likely to hit more times.

Finally, Terastallizing was introduced and teased the phenomenon in the Paldea region that causes Pokemon to “glow and shine like gems”. In addition to looking brighter, Terastallizing in battle changes your Pokémon’s type to its Tera type.

There is also a TM that can teach Pokemon the Normal type move Tera Blast which will become a move of the same type as Pokemon’s Tera type.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022. Find out more about how these new games will have three story campaigns that you can tackle in any order, our wiki page which has collected all the new Pokemon revealed thus far, and what it was like for IGN’s Joshua Yehl to compete in the Pokemon TCG World Championships for the first time.

We also got a glimpse of Koraidon and Miraidon in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, and these will obviously be two of the cards featured in the upcoming Scarlet and Violet sets.

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Adam Bankhurst is a reporter for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.


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