Will Captain Pikachu Come to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Following some compelling developments, will we see Captain Pikachu arrive in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Following some compelling developments, will we see Captain Pikachu arrive in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Could Captain Pikachu come to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? It’s likely, and here’s why. 

Following Ash’s departure from the Pokemon animated series, we have now been introduced to a roster of all-new heroes set to take the stage in Pokemon Horizons: The Series. Ash and his partner Pikachu will be dearly missed by franchise fans, but the Pokemon Company isn’t doing away with their Electric-type mascot just yet. 

Enter Captain Pikachu, partnered with his trainer, Friede. While there is still much to be revealed about the newcomer duo, trailers for the new series coupled with news regarding the Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have left fans hopeful that we might see Captain Pikachu make an appearance in the games sometime soon. 

Is Captain Pikachu Coming to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet? 

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While nothing has been confirmed just yet, franchise fans are expecting that Captain Pikachu will arrive in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet in an upcoming event due to news regarding a trademark on Captain Pikachu’s hat and the franchise’s history of distributing special event monsters. 

In a tweet by Joe Merrick, the creator of Pokemon news site Serebii, it was confirmed that Nintendo and GameFreak have both trademarked the symbol on Captain Pikachu’s hat. This implies that we’ll be seeing Captain Pikachu merchandise and perhaps an in-game appearance in the near future. 

This is further corroborated by the fact that Pokemon has a history of distributing special event Pikachu wearing Ash’s hats from across the regions. These events began in Generation 7 and continued into Generation 8 with the DLC Expansion packs for Pokemon Sword and Shield

However, Dressed-up Pikachu have also appeared in-game before, outside of special events. In Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, you could obtain a special Cosplay Pikachu that had access to a set of various Pokemon Contest outfits, befitting the theme of the performance you were participating in.  

Perhaps we’ll see a similar event or in-game feature incorporated in the Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC packs, entitled The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk, when they’re released in the fall and winter of this year.  

With that, Captain Pikachu’s introduction to the Pokemon animated series marks a new beginning for the beloved franchise mascot, and we’re likely to see this carry over into Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Whether GameFreak moves forward with a special event or provides an in-game opportunity to obtain Captain Pikachu and others in the Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC packs dropping later this year, franchise fans are looking forward to their continued adventures with the Electric-type monster who’s taken the franchise to its fame. 

So is Captain Pikachu on the way? We hope so! For more information on upcoming events, the official TCG and the Pokemon returning in the Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC, click the links or check out the rest of our Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides.

Featured screenshot via The Official Pokemon YouTube.

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Olivia Rolls

Olivia Rolls is a freelance writer who earned her degree in English from the College of Central Florida. She currently directs her creative efforts toward writing articles on a wide variety of game titles, a passion she's held close to her heart since adventuring alongside Chikorita in the Johto region of Pokémon Crystal Version. Olivia's all-time favorite franchises are Pokémon and Animal Crossing, but she is generally fond of fantasy RPGs.