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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Version Differences: All Version Exclusive Pokémon & More

Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet - which is the better option? Let's take a look at all the version differences between the Generation IX games!
Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Version Differences: All Version Exclusive Pokémon & More

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will kick off the ninth generation of Pokémon games. With new Pokémon, new regions to explore, and new characters to interact with, our adventure through the Paldea region is sure to be an exciting one!

However, before you can jump into a new quest, you're going to have to decide which version of the game you pick up. While the option to buy and play both exists, for those of us with less disposable income, a choice will have to be made. This is a much tougher choice than a starter Pokémon, as it will affect much of your in-game experience. Usually, there are only a few differences between each Pokémon game. In this article, we'll cover all the version differences between Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to help you make a decision. 

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Version Exclusive Pokémon

As is the tradition in Pokémon games, each title will come with exclusive Pokémon. The only way to acquire these Pokémon in the alternate game will be via trading. Here is a list of the version-exclusive Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet. 

Pokémon Scarlet

  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Stonjourner
  • Armarouge
  • Koraidon

Pokémon Violet

  • Bagon
  • Shelgon
  • Salamence
  • Eiscue
  • Ceruledge
  • Miraidon
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Which game will you choose? (Picture: Nintendo / The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Version Differences

Aside from the exclusive Pokémon, some other elements will be different depending on the game you pick up.

Pokémon Professor

Firstly, the Professor of each game will be different for the first time ever. In Pokémon Scarlet, players will meet Professor Sada. In Pokémon Violet, players will meet Professor Turo. 

Companion Legendary

We already know that Koraidon and Miraidon are exclusive to Scarlet and Violet, respectively. But this also goes for your interaction with the Pokémon in the overworld. The box art legendaries will be your main mode of transportation via land, air, and water. Koraidon will run through the land, glide through the air, and swim in the water, while Miraidon will drive through the land/water and fly through the air. 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Professors
Pokémon Scarlet is influenced by the past while Pokémon Violet is influenced by the future (Picture: Nintendo / The Pokémon Company)


Pokémon Scarlet and Violet take place in a school where you are a student. The name of the school is different for each version - Naranja Academy in Scarlet and Uva Academy in Violet. The emblem for each school will also be different for each version. Furthermore, the player character's school uniform will be different for each version, with accented orange and purple colors for each game. 


Some NPCs, such as Team Star and Academy Director Clavell, will have different colored designs for each version. 

For all the awesome content, check out our section dedicated to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet news, updates, guides, features, and more.

Featured image courtesy of Nintendo / The Pokémon Company.