Press Release


More Mysterious Pokémon Spotted in the Great Crater of Paldea!

BELLEVUE, WA—January 12, 2023—The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo celebrated discovering over one thousand Pokémon across all titles with the reveal of Gholdengo. The new Pokémon evolves from Chest Form Gimmighoul or Roaming Form Gimmighoul in the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games.
More details were also shared about the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, available now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch system.
Introducing Gholdengo
Gimmighoul evolves into Gholdengo when it levels up after its Trainer has collected 999 Gimmighoul Coins. Apparently, Gholdengo is a lively and cheerful Pokémon whose body is made of a thousand coins.
Gholdengo functions by controlling the coins that comprise its body, and it even uses them as weapons in battle. The coins are densely packed, making Gholdengo durable. Gholdengo can attack by firing coins from anywhere on its body.
Name: Gholdengo
Category: Coin Entity Pokémon
Type: Steel/Ghost
Height: 3'11" (1.2 m)
Weight: 66.1 lbs. (30 kg)
Ability: Good as Gold
Mysterious Pokémon Discovered in the Great Crater of Paldea
In the center of the Paldea region lies the Great Crater of Paldea. A strange place called Area Zero is spread out across this crater, and mysterious Pokémon that are barely seen outside of the Great Crater of Paldea call it home.
Introducing Roaring Moon:
An article in a suspicious magazine says that this Pokémon looks similar to a Salamence that has undergone a certain phenomenon that occurs elsewhere in the world. According to this article, this creature is said to scatter feathers as it flies around at high speeds seeking prey, and it’s thought to be extremely savage.*
Name: Roaring Moon
Category: Paradox Pokémon
Type: Dragon/Dark
Height: 6'7" (2 m)
Weight: 837.8 lbs. (380 kg)
Introducing Scream Tail:
Scream Tail has reportedly been sighted in a Paldean forest. This Pokémon shares Jigglypuff’s endearing puffball appearance, but its ferocious aggression leads it to attack anyone who comes near. Its primitive looks and savage nature have prompted rumors that it could be a Jigglypuff as it would have existed a billion years ago.*
Name: Scream Tail
Category: Paradox Pokémon
Type: Fairy/Psychic
Height: 3'11" (1.2 m)
Weight: 17.6 lbs. (8 kg)
Introducing Great Tusk:
This Pokémon is described as having an aggressive disposition, gigantic tusks, and tough scales. There are theories that it is a living relic of the dinosaur era that has lived through to today, but no one can say for certain.*
Name: Great Tusk
Category: Paradox Pokémon
Type: Ground/Fighting
Height: 7'3" (2.2 m)
Weight: 705.5 lbs. (320 kg)
Introducing Iron Valiant:
An article in a suspicious magazine tells of a theory that this Pokémon is, in fact, a robot—the product of a mad scientist’s efforts to create the most powerful psychic Pokémon of all. The article describes Iron Valiant as resembling both Gardevoir and Gallade. Iron Valiant is also said to be cruel enough to take its brilliantly shining blade and cut down anyone confronting it without hesitation.*
Name: Iron Valiant
Category: Paradox Pokémon
Type: Fairy/Fighting
Height: 4'7" (1.4 m)
Weight: 77.2 lbs. (35 kg)
Introducing Iron Bundle:
A suspicious magazine reports that Iron Bundle resembles Delibird and that it possesses a spherical apparatus from which it fires huge blasts of ice to propel itself through snowy lands. The magazine also says that many theories have been floated about this Pokémon, with a leading one suggesting that Iron Bundle is the product of a long-gone civilization.*
Name: Iron Bundle
Category: Paradox Pokémon
Type: Ice/Water
Height: 2' (0.6 m)
Weight: 24.3 lbs. (11 kg)
Introducing Iron Treads:
This Pokémon is rumored to be a weapon made from alien technology, though no one knows for sure. Iron Treads has the ability to suddenly assume a spherical shape and launch into a swift rolling attack.*
Name: Iron Treads
Category: Paradox Pokémon
Type: Ground/Steel
Height: 2'11" (0.9 m)
Weight: 529.1 lbs. (240 kg)
*This information is written in a paranormal magazine kept at the academy. Its validity is not verified.
Meet the Evolutions of the Three First Partner Pokémon
Sprigatito Evolutions:
Name: Floragato
Category: Grass Cat Pokémon
Type: Grass
Height: 2'11" (0.9 m)
Weight: 26.9 lbs. (12.2 kg)
Ability: Overgrow
Name: Meowscarada
Category: Magician Pokémon
Type: Grass/Dark
Height: 4'11'' (1.5 m)
Weight: 68.8 lbs. (31.2 kg)
Ability: Overgrow
Fuecoco Evolutions:
Name: Crocalor
Category: Fire Croc Pokémon
Type: Fire
Height: 3'3" (1 m)
Weight: 67.7 lbs. (30.7 kg)
Ability: Blaze
Name: Skeledirge
Category: Singer Pokémon
Type: Fire/Ghost
Height: 5'3" (1.6 m)
Weight: 719.8 lbs. (326.5 kg)
Ability: Blaze
Quaxly Evolutions:
Name: Quaxwell
Category: Practicing Pokémon
Type: Water
Height: 3'11" (1.2 m)
Weight: 47.4 lbs. (21.5 kg)
Ability: Torrent
Name: Quaquaval
Category: Dancer Pokémon
Type: Water/Fighting
Height: 5'11" (1.8 m)
Weight: 136.5 lbs. (61.9 kg)
Ability: Torrent
Meet More of the Gym Leaders of the Paldea Region
Katy is a Bug-type Gym Leader who also runs Patisserie Soapberry.
This Water-type Gym Leader is also known as the Surging Chef. He has a warm, hearty, and jovial personality and is the owner and head chef of the Kofu Lounge restaurant in Cascarrafa.
This Normal-type Gym Leader is also a businessman.
Tulip is the Psychic-type Gym Leader. She is a makeup artist who applies seemingly magical makeup with the help of her Pokémon.
Ryme is a legendary rapper and Ghost-type Gym Leader also known as the MC of RIP.
Meet the Bosses That Lead Team Star[1]
He is the boss of Team Star’s Dark crew, the Segin Squad. Apparently, he sometimes uses DJ software to give one-man surprise concerts.
She is the boss of Team Star’s Fighting crew, the Caph Squad. She’s an athlete who is consistently diligent in her efforts, and she uses her experience with personal discipline to lead Team Star’s training regimen.
Atticus is the boss of Team Star’s Poison crew, the Navi Squad. He is skilled at dreaming up and sewing unique fashion designs, and his passion and technique are held in high regard.
He is the boss of Team Star’s Fairy crew, the Ruchbah Squad. He also contributes to the team as a mechanic—he’s the one who built the Starmobiles.
New Abilities for Paradox Pokémon
Protosynthesis is an Ability that Paradox Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet have. This Ability is most effective if the Pokémon that has it is holding the Booster Energy item or is under harsh sunlight.
Quark Drive
Quark Drive is an Ability that Paradox Pokémon in Pokémon Violet have. This Ability is most effective if the Pokémon that has it is holding the Booster Energy item or is on Electric Terrain.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Software Update Coming in Late February
Update Ver. 1.2.0, which will include bug fixes and add functionality, is planned to be released in late February. Please look forward to more details soon.
For more information about Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, please visit


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[1] Some outfits will differ depending on game version.