After much mystery surrounding Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's multi-path possibilities, today's trailer has shed some light on the story elements that we can expect to find in the game and revealed that the three different paths are just that: different paths.
The Paldea region will not be governed by the strict movement from Gym A to Gym B, with the trailer giving us a taste of what the three storylines will entail.
So let's break down everything that we know about the different paths, as well as outline the kind of challenges you will face along the way...
The 'Victory Road' pathway is perhaps the most conventional gameplay structure for a Pokémon game — but would it really be a Pokémon game without it?
In this story, you apparently progress through Paldea's eight gyms to become a Champion-Ranked trainer. While this initially seems very close-to-home for the series, there are some new features here that are bound to make things a little more interesting.
Perhaps the most prominent of these is the newly introduced 'Gym Test', also dubbed 'The First Trail of the Gyms'. These challenges will be unique to each gym, with the one shown in the trailer having your trainer running around town in the search for Sunflora. Only once you have completed the Gym Test will you be able to take on the town's gym and its leader, so this introduction should keep you exploring Paldea's urban areas a little more than other regions have done in the past.
Path of Legends
The second storyline that you will have the option to play, 'Path of Legends', will see you embarking on a quest to find Herba Mystica, a rare health-restoring herb unique to Paldea.
Just a spot of gardening, that doesn't sound like too much of a mission? Well hang on now, these herbs are fiercely guarded by Titan Pokémon who don't look like they are going to be giving up without a fight.
Journeying with herbologist and (for some reason) chef Arven, 'Path of Legends' sees you facing off against huge Pokémon to further your research and see a side of Paldea which is not quite so full of gym-talk.
The third and final arc for you to undertake in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is a trip down 'Starfall Street'.
More closely related to the Team Rocket storylines of the previous games, this path will have you taking down pesky students who appear to have made a headquarters for themselves out in the hills of the region (as you do).
Unlike the Team Rockets of Pokémon games gone by, this storyline has the group divided out into different squads, each helmed by a truck-riding boss. The trailer introduced us to one of these new antagonists, Mela (below), whose rainbow-encrusted Starmobile had us instantly thinking of some kind of Mad Max fever dream. Take down all the students before taking on the boss and their vehicle to move on to the next challenge.
So there we have it, three different storylines and a brand new region to explore! We had predicted that Victory Road and a Team Rocket replacement would be likely to make an appearance, though the Path of Legends has us ready for some herb hunting.
Which pathway will you be taking on first? Map out your journey in the comments below!