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Today's Pokémon Presents presentation has given us lots of brand new information about the upcoming open-world RPGs Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Yep, The Pokémon Company are keen to remind us of this, and we're all the more excited because of it!

One pretty key piece of info we got was a little look at what seems to be generation 9's unique mechanic — Terastal Pokémon.

This new phenomenon causes your 'mons to crystallise (or Terastallize, as it's apparently called) which makes your little creatures all sparkly and shiny. And, as a bonus, they get a bit of extra decoration on their heads. Not just flowers, like Sprigatito or Eevee, seemed to have, either.

This isn't just for some nice aesthetic change, though. Turning into a crystal gives the Pokémon's stats a boost, including altering stats and changing their type to a Tera type. Each Pokémon has its own Tera type, and there are rare types to uncover too! Eevee, for example, has multiple types to find!

You can Terastallize your Pokémon once a battle, but it lasts until the end of the fight. And if your Pokémon uses a move that matches its Tera type, it'll boost its power even more.

You can't just turn your Pokémon into a big gem without a catalyst! You'll need a Tera Orb, which is apparently exclusive to certain Trainers. This means basically anyone playing the game, really. The catch, though, is that the Tera Orb loses all of its power when you Terastallize a Pokémon. You can recharge it by touching crystals out in the wild or returning to a Pokémon Centre.

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The presentation also confirmed that Raid Battles would be returning, and they'll be using this new mechanic as the basis. You and three other friends head down to a world full of sparkly Pokémon.

We'll bring you more details on the Terastal phenomenon as we get them, but it looks like the forms are subject to the Pokémon's Tera type, as we can see Water, Fire, Grass, and Flying (among others) showing different types of adornments to their heads.

What do you think of this new mechanic? Let us know in the comments!

This story has been updated with new information that has been added to the official Scarlet & Violet website, including details of the Tera Orb.