New strange Pokémon announced for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Wiglett
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What you need to know:

  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the newest Pokémon games announced for the Nintendo Switch.
  • The Pokémon Company has been showcasing the new content available in various ways, including a mock webinar with other Pokémon scientists.
  • The newest Pokémon announced bears a striking resemblance to Diglett.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are some of the most highly anticipated games coming to the Nintendo Switch family of systems this holiday season. Set in the Paldea region, which is inspired by the Iberian Peninsula, there have been a number of new Pokémon and new regional variants on display.

The Pokémon Company's approach to revealing new Pokémon has been varied, from Pokémon Presents showcases to today's mock webinar. Users who "join" are asked to sign on with their camera and microphone (though this is optional), and are faced with a panel of Pokémon scientists who are looking at new footage from the Paldea region.

Much to the scientists' surprise, a new Pokémon was shown, resembling Diglett, which is found in both the Kanto and the Alola region. Featuring a long, white, eel-like body, it seems that this is not a regional variant of Diglett at all, but an entirely new species of Pokémon called Wiglett. 

It's unclear whether Wiglett is similar in concept to Mimikyu, which is a Pikachu lookalike that is unrelated to the famous electric mouse. The Pokémon Company's dedication to biodiversity and regional variants is quite commendable, though, bringing a new layer to these creatures that makes them seem more "real". Pokémon Scarlet and Violet releases on the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.


Pokémon Scarlet

In the first open-world Pokémon game, players can take a journey through a region inspired by the Iberian Peninsula. Pokémon Scarlet features the legendary Pokémon Koraidon, whose name is reminiscent of the Japanese word "ancient". What secrets can you uncover?

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Pokémon Violet

Pokémon Violet is Scarlet's counterpart, featuring Professor Turo and Miraidon, whose name strikes a similar resemblance to the Japanese word for "future". Players can traverse the world alongside friends in this gorgeous Nintendo Switch game.

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Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.