News surrounding Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has been slowly drip-fed to us for the past few weeks as we lead up to the game's release later this year. This includes the introduction of two Legendary rideable Pokémon, and more recently, the reveal of an elusive new Pokémon called Grafaiai.
The Pokémon Company has now officially released details surrounding this new Pokémon in a video. And today we're going to go over all the details that have been revealed surrounding Grafaiai, the toxic monkey Pokémon.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet - New Toxic Monkey Pokémon Grafaiai Revealed
Grafaiai was revealed recently in a tweet from the Pokémon Company. The Pokémon was shrouded in mystery as all we had to work with were still images showcasing strange paint markings or graffiti left in the forest and a blurry silhouette of what it could be.
Thankfully, however, we have now been gifted with a full documentary-style video, and a full reveal video depicting Grafaiai as a Poison/Normal type Pokémon (the first of its kind, which is awesome) designed with the look of an adorable monkey. Though the looks might be deceiving, since the official Pokémon Scarlet and Violet website has mentioned that it is a moody Pokémon that likes to be alone.
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Grafaiai possesses the abilities of Unburden and Poison Touch, and its graffiti gimmick is linked to its poisonous saliva, as it licks its hands to cover them in poisonous gunk, which it then uses to paint trees.
Grafaiai's saliva attracts bug Pokémon and paralyzes them so it can eat them. Grafaiai's saliva appears to change color depending on what it eats, but it's unclear whether this is just Pokedex lore or if it will play a role in gameplay.
Grafaiai is shown eating berries in the documentary-style reveal video, and it also mentions how the Pokémon's diet changes the color of its saliva. Players of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet may be able to manipulate Grafaiai's saliva, based on what they feed it in the game, but fans will have to wait and see.
Another intriguing aspect of Grafaiai is that it is a nocturnal Pokémon. As with most open worlds, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's Paldea region is expected to have a day/night cycle, so trainers may only be able to catch this Pokémon at night. This would not be the first time that a Pokémon game used a day/night cycle to determine which Pokémon are available at any given time, so it's not out of the question.
For now, the speculation and details we have to chew on regarding Grafaiai will have to tide Pokémon fans over until more details are revealed for Scarlet and Violet. But We're hopeful to see more news on the game, especially with the Nintendo Direct event happening soon, it's entirely likely we'll get more news as the event rolls around.
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Featured image courtesy of Niantic / The Pokémon Company.