The 19th Tera Type, new moves and returning Pokémon announced!

As it’s tradition, Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara of The Pokémon Company has closed this year’s World Championships by sharing the latest updates for the key Pokémon products, namely UNITE, the Trading Card Game, and also Pokémon Scarlet & Violet!

In the video game department, a new and 19th Tera type has been revealed, as well as two new moves and further information on Raging Bolt and Iron Crown, the Raikou and Cobalion-inspired Paradox Pokémon that were revealed on Tuesday’s Pokémon Presents.

A 19th Tera Type!?

During the video presentation, a new Tera Type has been hinted at, although no official name or chart of weaknesses and resistances is known yet. It must be noted that all official material refers to it as a “Tera type” rather than just a “type”, and therefore should be expected to only exist as a special effect of Terastallization, similar to other mechanics like Gigantamax.

This type has a hexagon-shape, akin to Terastal form Terapagos’ shell, and can apparently be used by regular Pokémon like Baxaclibur. When activating it, Tera Blast also changes to this new type, and according to the only official screens that we have as of now, it’s simply Effective against regular Dragonite.

New Move: Psychic Noise

Psychic Noise is a Psychic-type special move that deals damage and prevents the target from recovering HP through moves, items or abilities for a certain (for now, unspecified) number of turns. In essence, it inflicts the Heal Block effect.

New Move: Upper Hand

Upper Hand is a Fighting-type physical move that will deal damage and flinch the target, as long as said target selected a priority attack in the current turn. In essence, it combines the effects of Fake Out and Sucker Punch, but only for priority moves from the opposing side, such as Scizor’s Bullet Punch!

Raging Bolt and Iron Crown

The two Paradox Pokémon, previously revealed on the Pokémon Presents a few days ago, got now confirmation of their typings and signature moves:

  • Raging Bolt: Electric/Dragon-type. Its signature move, Thunderclap, will deal Electric-type damage with increased priority to its target as long as the opponent is using an attacking move. Otherwise, the move fails.
  • Iron Crown: Steel/Psychic-type. The signature move is Tachyon Cutter, a two-hit special Steel-type attack that bypasses the accuracy check (that is, will always find a target) and will hit two successive times.

Both Pokémon will both be available in the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC Part 1: The Teal Mask, which comes out worldwide on 13 September. You can read more about them on this page.

More Pokémon to return in the DLC Part 2

More Pokémon were revealed to return in the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC Part 2: The Indigo Disk, namely:

  • All previous First Partner Pokémon and their evolutions. This means the return of VGC staples such as Charizard, Venusaur… and the infamous Incineroar!
  • After a long absence since the 3DS, everyone’s favourite nightmare from 2016 returns! The one and only Smeargle!

You can check the full list of returning Pokémon in the upcoming DLCs on this page.

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