Say ¡hola! to Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Paldea region

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Paldea region looks set to be a sunny holiday, like leaving the hubby and jetting off to Lloret de Mar for a few margaritas, probably

A map of the Paldea region in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. IN the middle is a large stony bowl-type thing that looks like it's full of clouds. In the back is a large snowy mountain, nearer the from some sandy outcrops and whatnot. The whole thing is surrounded by a circle of water.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is the first ever mainline Pokémon game that is promising a proper open world. With rolling hills, glistening beaches, and bright towns, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Paldea looks to be an interesting world to explore, too. I’m in need of a good holiday, and this game looks like it’s gonna be the cheapest way to get some of that.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Paldea region is based on Spain, and with it, there are Pokémon inspired by olives, towns that look like they serve a mean tapas, and lots more references to uncover. There are also brand new Pokémon variations, a new (slightly odd) mount, and more.

So, join us on a jaunt through Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Paldea region, breath in the sea breeze, and get up to speed before the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet release date. We’ve also got guides to Pokémon Scarlet & Violet starters and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet legendaries so you can get to grips with the monsters your gonna put in your little ball.

Anyway, let’s get some sun.

A building with multiple spires coming out of the top, in the middle of which is a large Poke ball. It looks a bit like the Sagrada Familia. The sky is blue, with barely a cloud in sight, in a screenshot from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Paldea region

The Paldea region features lots of references to the lovely country of Spain. With a map dotted with rivers, trees, and windmills (Don Quixote anybody?), alongside vibrant towns with people to meet, the inspiration for the game is everywhere. There’s even a big building that looks like the Sagrada Familia.

Nowhere is this inspiration more apparent than in the new forms of old Pokémon alongside brand new critters inspired by olives and Iberian pigs. We’ve only got a look at one regional form so far, with the Paldean Wooper, which you can learn all about in our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet new Pokémon guide.

During your adventure, you make use of a trusty Rotom phone, which has several apps and features to make your life easier. The Pokédex and map will be apps on there, meaning you’re gonna use it a whole lot to grab information on things like nearby towns, Pokémon centers, and wild Pokémon.

Speaking of Pokémon centers, you’re bound to want to rest your Pokémon and get Poké balls to catch more Pokémon. That’s why the land is dotted with Pokémon Centers all around Paldea, which light up at night with a large Poké ball sign on the roof.

A woman behind a red counter in a Poke centre (it basically looks like a shopping mall). On the right is a red creature with a wheel in between its front legs and another between its hind legs. It's on all fours, and atop it is a person. This is from Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Weird, right?

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Paldea mounts

The new sprawling region brings with it a new way to get around, namely by using the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon as motorcycles. Nope, I’m not joking. They even have wheels that seem to pop out of them from nowhere, so you’re basically riding a motorbike with a head and four legs, which is odd.

Either way, it’s a nice way to get around, and you can team up in a group of four and go on road trips through the lovely Basque countryside. You can learn all about it in our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet co-op guide.

Lechonk, an Iberian pig Pokemon, in the grass by a shady tree, with touches of dirt in the foreground, some stony structures behind, and a clear blue sky, in a screenshot from Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Paldea differences

While there are some rumours that the regions will be different depending on the version of the game you buy, the only thing we know for certain is that there are different Pokémon available in each. For example, Larvitar and Stonjourner appear in Pokémon Scarlet, while Bagon and Eiscue appear in Pokémon Violet. Be sure to check out our Pokémon Scarlet & Violet differences guide to get the right one.

Anyway, for everything other than Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Paldea region chat, check out our Pokémon Scarlet & Violet pre-order page to make sure you’re good to go on day one.