Sometimes you really don’t need more than one header. But when we were watching new 14 minute trailer for Pokémon Scarlet And Violet this morning, among the news about Terastalizing creatures and Cry awaylike base combat, one thing stood out to us above all else: You can bathe your Pokémon.
Scarlet & Violet is continuing to develop ways you can engage with your Pokémon — seen since X & YYour Pokémon-Amie lets you pet and play with your friends — continue Sword & Shieldare scenes where you can rest, set up camp, and have a bit of R&R with your Pokémon friends. As before, you can take out a ball for them to kick around (to this day, there’s nothing sadder than watching a Gyrados chase the ball like an excited pup) and make some meals. Eat for them to enjoy. But unlike before, you’ll soon be able to fly Duckletts with rubber and foam well.
Just look how happy Goomy is in the picture above. Because, as the trailer’s narrator says, “Looks like it’s good too!”
“When a Pokémon gets dirty after a long journey,” said the enthusiastic woman, “a scrub and a shower will keep them clean”. A sentiment that is only slightly erased by Goomy in the video isn’t dirty at all at the start of its events and looks exactly the same at the end of them.
Obviously a crying shame, this is not a kind PowerWash Emulator cross, where your pocket monsters are just dirty when you enter the camp, and then a lovely sponge and shower will see them restored to their former glittering glory. Maybe for the next game, maybe?
For now, however, things have been forgiven simply because the sponge you used to bubble your furniture was shaped like a Mareep. (No, don’t think about what it’s like to use a wool sponge, you’re just ruining it.)
I like how this doesn’t seem to serve any logical purpose, but maybe because of a bit of Pokémon association. Like someone at Game Freak said, “We had to think of something else to add to this camp stuff,” and then realized they forgot to shower that morning. “Hmmmmmm.”
I absolutely can’t wait to bathe some angry Steelix, or bathe a Scizor, purely because of how ridiculous it would look. It will be as beautiful as Pokémon Go allows you to tickle Ultra Beasts on your belly until they love you more. Also, if Game Freak hadn’t suddenly rushed to program my rubber Ducklett ideas, I don’t know what’s wrong with them.