The day 1 Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet update 1.0.1 has been made available ahead of the game’s launch next week.
As said, this day 1 patch has already been rolled out and will be downloaded and installed automatically if this option has been enabled for those who pre-ordered the game digitally. Those who purchased the game physically can download this update on launch day.
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The release notes for this update are quite minimal and only mention bug fixes and adjustments. Of course, it’s likely that this patch also included some undocumented changes. We’ve included the release notes, as released by the Pokémon Company and Game Freak down below:
Day 1 Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet Update 1.0.1 Release Notes
■ Ver.1.0.1 [2022.11.11 delivery]
・Several bug fixes and adjustments have been made so that you can play the game comfortably.
Although the game isn’t out yet, both versions already appear to be playable on PC through Switch emulators Ryujinx and Yuzu. The game’s ROM leaked online last week, and some already managed to get their hands on it. Emulation isn’t perfect just yet, but performance will likely release in the future.
As to prevent spoilers, we won’t be including the gameplay here, but those interested can still look at it on YouTube or various mirrors.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will launch globally next week on November 18 for the Nintendo Switch. Want to learn more about the latest Pokemon entries? Be sure to read our 'everything you need to know' article right here.
For the most part, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s battles will still be familiar turn-based affairs. That said, you will now encounter some Pokémon that have been “Terastallized,” giving them a shiny crystal-like shell and enhanced abilities. You can also Terastallize your own critters with special rechargeable orbs, some of which will be able to change your critter’s type, giving you more versatility in battle.
The other big change to battling in Scarlet and Violet is that… you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You can set one of your Pokémon to fight wild Pokémon passively, allowing you to explore freely and collect XP without having to worry about constant battles. Similarly, battles with other trainers won’t be forced on you anymore – only you can initiate them.