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Generation IX (Japanese第九(だいく)世代(せだい)HepburnDai Ku-sedai) is the ninth installment of the Pokémon franchise. It was first announced on February 27, 2022 (Pokémon Day) with the announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.[1]


New Pokémon[]

102 new Pokémon species were introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and 18 more new Pokémon species were introduced in the Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLC.

Terastal phenomenon[]

Regional variants[]

Only two new regional variants were introduced in Paldea: Tauros and Wooper. However, Paldean Wooper evolves into Clodsire instead of Quagsire.

Paradox Pokémon[]

Paradox Pokémon are either past ancestors or future descendants of Pokémon from the present day.

Gym Leaders[]



Paldean Forms[]


  • Like Kalos and Galar, the Paldea region is based on an area of Europe. In this case, it takes inspiration from the Iberian Peninsula, which contains Spain and Portugal.
  • This generation will be the first to be fully open-world. While Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Legends: Arceus feature open-world elements, they are not fully open-world, as they often block off specific areas from the player based on how far they've progressed. Contrastingly, these games will allow the player to take on the Gyms in any order, though the Leaders' Pokémon won't scale in level to suit the player.
  • This is the first generation to not contain routes or route numbers in its map.
  • This generation is the first to have version-exclusive professors, with Professor Sada appearing in Scarlet and Professor Turo appearing in Violet. In the same vein, Turo and Sada are the only mainline professors not named after plants and they are the first professors to be the main villains of each game.
  • This is the first generation to exclude the Swimmer trainer class.
  • As of Generation IX, the Pokémon that have appeared in every region or in every DLC region are Psyduck line, Magnemite, and Magneton.


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