Pokemon Presents Recap: Scarlet and Violet, Pokemon Legends Update and More

The 14-minute dose of Pokemon reveals took place on the franchise's 26th anniversary.

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Sunday's Pokemon Presents follows the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus on Nintendo Switch.

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The Pokemon Company aired a new Pokemon Presents stream on Sunday, Feb. 27, celebrating the series' 26th anniversary with some major reveals and announcements. The 14-minute pre-recorded broadcast gave us our first look at a new generation of Pokemon games, as well as updates to existing titles. Here's all the biggest news from the stream.

How to watch Pokemon Presents

The Pokemon Presents 2022 stream aired at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET on Feb. 27. If you missed on it live, you can watch a replay of the entire presentation on the official Pokemon YouTube channel. We've embedded the YouTube link above, so you can watch right here. 

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The biggest news from the stream was saved for the very end, when Pokemon Company announced two new mainline Pokemon games coming to Nintendo Switch later this year: Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. Little else was revealed about the games, but Pokemon Company says they'll feature an open world where "various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders." 

We also got a look at the games' three new starter Pokemon: the grass cat Sprigatito, the fire crocodile Fuecoco, and the duckling Quaxly. You can see the new Pokemon below.


The three new starter Pokemon in the upcoming Scarlet and Violet games.

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus 'Daybreak' Update

The recently released Pokemon Legends: Arceus has also received a new 1.1.0 patch. Dubbed the Daybreak update, this patch introduces several new features to the game, including alpha Pokemon outbreaks and new opponents to battle at Jubilife Village's training grounds. 

On top of that, Pokemon Company is distributing a handful of free items to all players via Mystery Gift. You can claim the item bundle -- which contains 30 Ultra Balls, 30 Gigaton Balls and 30 Jet Balls -- by inputting the password ARCEUSADVENTURE.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Shaymin Event


Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl players can now catch the mythical Pokemon Shaymin.

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The mythical Pokemon Shaymin has made its debut in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Pokemon Company is distributing a special item, Oak's Letter, to all players via Mystery Gift. With this letter, players can travel to Route 224 and trigger an encounter with Shaymin, making this your first chance to capture the mythical Pokemon in the remakes.