- Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are considered to be significant upgrades in the Pokemon series, on par with Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
- The open-world aspect of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is one of the game’s standout features, allowing players to explore and encounter critters in the wild.
- The endgame loop in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is criticized for being repetitive and not as rewarding as the endgame content in Pokemon Sword and Shield, particularly the Dynamax Adventures.
Although the initial reception of Gen 9 games was not great on the technical and performance side, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are arguably one of the biggest upgrades the series has gotten in modern times, and they are in the same league as Pokemon Legends: Arceus in these regards. Part of what made Pokemon Scarlet and Violet incredible games is the fun one can have with a fully open-world Pokemon game, encountering critters in the wilds and exploring every nook and cranny in search of secrets or easter eggs. However, as much as The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk DLCs further improve the experience of playing Gen 9 games, they fall flat in one big area where Pokemon Sword and Shield preemptively succeeded.
This is important to keep in mind when seeing how Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are flocking back to Sword and Shield after The Indigo Disk, as it highlights the biggest issue with Gen 9 games and what Gen 10 needs to learn before it releases – possibly sometime in 2025 or 2026. Although Gen 8 was received rather poorly overall, especially prior to the release of the Crown Tundra DLC, it ended up being a solid generation when it comes to the endgame loop – and that’s where Gen 9 misses the mark.
After Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Gen 10 Should Give Arbok the Incineroar and Sceptile Treatment
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduced broken new critters and made older ones equally powerful, and it’s time Gen 10 does the same with Arbok.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Endgame Loop is Irredeemably Broken
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Endgame is Repetitive and Not Rewarding
The main issue is that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s endgame after The Indigo Disk has not changed much, with the biggest allure coming from catching every returning starter in their shiny forms or collecting past Legendaries from the Snacksworth quests. These are valuable things to do in the game, but the actual endgame content is currently limited to farming Tera Raids and completing events where exclusive Pokemon are added, such as the 7-star Tera Raid bosses.
7-star Tera Raid bosses in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet can be exciting because they are essentially collectibles, with these critters all having the exclusive Mightiest Mark as well as perfect IVs. And though this may be good for the game long-term, it doesn’t fix the biggest problem that Gen 9 has had since launch, and that is the endgame grind. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the main farm players have is to get materials and Tera Shards from Raids, and as replayable as that may be, it pales in comparison to what Gen 8 had to offer.
Why Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Dynamax Adventures Are The Best Endgame in The Series
Dynamax Adventures Are The Crown Jewel of Gen 8
Pokemon Sword and Shield‘s Dynamax Adventures remain one of the best, if not the single best, activities in the entire franchise, and that’s because they are replayable and offer great rewards. One can potentially get every shiny Legendary Pokemon available in Gen 8 through Dynamax Adventures, outside of new ones or some rare cases of shiny-locked encounters, and that alone is a big reason why Pokemon Sword and Shield currently bring more value to the table than Gen 9 does. After beating the game, there is not much else to do in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and Gen 8 fixes that.
Instead, Pokemon Sword and Shield have an endgame activity that is highly replayable, potentially very rewarding, and one where player agency is at its highest. In fact, players can opt to catch and then keep several pocket monsters during Dynamax Adventures, but there will always be a Legendary at the end. This Legendary can be swapped out for a random one, or it can be kept over and over, allowing players to essentially shiny-hunt it until they find it. There is nothing comparable to Dynamax Adventures in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, as Tera Raid bosses are shiny-locked, and so are all the returning Legendaries, meaning Gen 8 fortunately atoned for its successor’s sins and showed Pokemon games can and should get meaningful grinds.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet are the main entries in the series for Generation IX. They introduced over 100 new Pokemon and brought players to the Paldea region.
- November 18, 2022
- E For Everyone Due To Mild Fantasy Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 31½ Hours