In April this year, Ash Ketchum will leave the Pokemon series after playing the wannabe Pokemon World Champion lead character for 25 years. Ash and Pikachu have appeared in almost 1,300 episodes in the series since it debuted back in Japan in 1997 and in the US in 1998. There have also been countless movies and spin-offs. However, as the series moves to cover the latest Pokemon generation set in the Paldea region, the show is also debuting new lead characters.
The first trailer for what is described as “an exciting, action-packed journey” has been released giving us a short look at the show’s new direction. Most notably, you’ll see that Pikachu is still around. He is also joined by the three starter Pokemon from Scarlet and Violet – the Grass-type cat Sprigatito, the Fire-type crocodile Fuecoco and the Water-type duck Quaxly.
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The show is led by two main characters named Liko and Roy. Liko bears what the trailer is described as a strange pendant while Roy has a mysterious Poke Ball. There’s also Friede who is the show’s professor. He is the character that has his own Pikachu he calls “Captin Pikachu”.
The trailer also gives us a glimpse at some supporting cast. There’s a boy with black and white hair that has his own Ceruledge. This Pokemon is one of Scarlet and Violet’s special evolutions which evolves from Charcadet. You can obtain this dark evolution by getting the Malicious Armour in Pokemon Violet. In Pokemon Scarlet, getting the Auspicious Armour would evolve Charcadet into Armarouge.
The trailer also confirms that the new Pokemon series will feature Rayquaza tied to the story somehow.
The new Pokemon series will debut in Japan on 14 April in an hour-long special episode. There’s no release date for the English dubbed version at this stage. Watch the trailer down below: