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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet differences: Version exclusives explained

Here’s a breakdown of the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet exclusives and version differences to help make your choice easier.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet professors

For years Pokemon fans have used version differences to decide which of the two newly released games to purchase, and Scarlet & Violet are no different. Here’s an overview of all the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet version exclusives.

Dating back to the release of Pokemon Blue & Red in 1996, Pokemon fans have had to choose between multiple versions of the franchise’s mainline installments. Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will present the same dilemma to players as they welcome the ninth generation of Pokemon.

While most players are interested in discovering the version exclusive Pokemon that are attached to each of the games, Scarlet and Violet will introduce more version differences than ever when they release on November 18.

Here’s everything you need to know about the version differences between Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Scarlet & Violet exclusive Pokemon

It will come as no surprise to learn that box legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon will be version-exclusive Pokemon. Koraidon is the face of Pokemon Scarlet, while Miraidon is synonymous with Pokemon Violet.

These two legendary Pokemon will be your method of transportation around the Paldea region across the ground, water, and air. Make your choice wisely as you’ll likely be seeing a lot of Koraidon and Miraidon.

It was also revealed that Great Tusk (left) and Iron Treads (right) will be available in Violet and Scarlet respectively. These Pokemon are past and future versions of Donphan found in the Paldea region. Scarlet and Violet will introduce several new past and future versions of classic Pokemon and you can take a look at them below.

Scarlet exclusive Pokemon

  • Koraidon
  • Armarouge
  • Brute Bonnet (Past Amoongus)
  • Flutter Man (Past Misdreavous)
  • Great Tusk (Past Donphan)
  • Roaring Moon (Past Salamance)
  • Sandy Shocks (Past Magneton)
  • Scream Tail (Past Jigglypuff)
  • Slither Wing (Past Volcarona)
  • Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon
  • Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar
  • Drifloon, Drifblim
  • Stonjourner
  • Oranguru
  • Stunky, Skuntank
  • Skrelp, Dragalge

Violet exclusive Pokemon

  • Miraidon
  • Ceruledge
  • Iron Treads (Future Donphan)
  • Iron Bundle (Future Delibird)
  • Iron Hands (Future Hariyama)
  • Iron Jugulis (Future Hydreigon)
  • Iron Moth (Future Volcarona)
  • Iron Thorns (Future Tyranitar)
  • Iron Valiant (Future Gardevoir)
  • Dreepy, Drakloak, Dragapult
  • Bagon, Shelgon, Salamence
  • Clauncher, Clawitzer
  • Gulpin, Swalot
  • Misdreavus, Mismagius
  • Passimian
  • Eiscue

The Pokemon Company also confirmed that the pseudo-legendary evolution lines of Tyranitar and Salamence will be version exclusives. Larvitar will appear exclusively in Pokemon Scarlet, while Bagon will only be found in Violet.

In addition, generation eight Pokemon Stonjourner and Eiscue will also be version exclusives for Scarlet and Violet respectively.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Books

The Scarlet Book and Violet Book will be two relics with ancient details that will appear in each game respectively. The books are filled with photographs and sketches of unidentified Pokemon and it will be up to you to track them down.

Trainers will likely have to use these books to track down the past and future versions of classic Pokemon found in Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Paldea professors

For the first time in the Pokemon franchise, players will have a different professor depending on the version they select.

Professor Sada seen on the left is one of the Paldea region’s two professors and appears in Pokemon Scarlet. Meanwhile, Turo seen on the right is the professor you’ll encounter in Pokemon Violet.

As you can see from the professors’ attire, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet seem to be setting up a theme of ancient vs modern. It remains to be seen how this will impact Scarlet and Violet’s gameplay but the environment and design of its characters could vary.

Scarlet & Violet academy and outfits

Paldea’s largest city in the region, Mesagoza, is home to the academy you’ll attend. Scarlet players will visit Naranja Academy, while Violet players will hone their skills at Uva Academy.

According to a Pokemon blog: “In Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the name of the school, its emblem, its uniforms, and other details will differ depending on which game version you’re playing.”

The Naranja and Uva Academy uniform colors vary to match the respective title’s color theme. Pokemon Sword and Shield introduced the concept of version-exclusive gym leaders, and while there’s no sign of them in Scarlet and Violet, we’ll keep you posted as more information comes to light.


For more, check out every new item, move, & ability announced for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet so far.

Image Credit: Game Freak / The Pokemon Company