The Teal Mask is the much-awaited upcoming new DLC on Pokemon SV and it’s the biggest Pokemon news right now.
Pokemon SV was the first open-world Pokemon game unless you count Pokemon GO open-world too. And despite the fun parts, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet continues to have performance issues despite the 20+ million sales to it.
It just so makes sense that Nintendo would release the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC in 2 parts, The Teal Mask being Part 1.
Here’s extensive pre-release coverage of it. I’ll keep on adding more reviews on-release and post-release.
The Teal Mask News: Pre-Release Crumbs
A lot is going on for Part I of this DLC. Nintendo ‘unexpectedly’ ended up providing early limited access to key media outlets, mostly Japanese. So, every bit of info over here is well backed up by direct (and inside) sources –
Initial impressions point towards much better graphics with a denser representation of objects. In simpler words, The Teal Mask will be more fun than the base game. There’s more grass, more layers, better 3D realization of figures, and smoother color gradients.
I’m a bit iffy about the final performance since these issues have persisted all through Pokemon SV’s brief but popular span. And even after the benefit of doubt that your Nintendo Switch is not the most powerful gaming console out there, any Switch-exclusive game must play well.
As an open-world RPG on a hand-held gaming device, this is great. With better graphics, you may find yourself wandering about the whole available world to not just catch stray Pokemon but sometimes just lay back and wander. The Teal Mask might be the best-looking Pokemon game yet and it’s only a DLC. Rumors are the Indigo Disc will look even better.
DLC Exclusive and Legendary Pokemon
Preorder this DLC to get the Hisuan Zoroark that will come with the Happy Hour move, doubling your battle and activity rewards.
There are other legendary and exclusive Pokemon you’ll get only in The Teal Mask including the Loyal Three and Ogerpon.
The Loyal Three include Okidogi, Munkidori and Fezandipiti, the benevolent guardians of Kitakami, revered by the people.
Ogerpon is a guardian too but not on the same level as the Loyal Three. It is said Ogerpon battled the Loyal Three and now, does not find a place of worship.
Ogerpon may be a Grass/Ghost or Grass/Dark type Pokemon and an immensely powerful one as well.
The Teal Mask will also feature a sure-shot exclusive – Bloodmoon Ursaluna. This is the only regional form of the Ursaluna which is otherwise not there in Kitakami. I’m sure it will show up at some point in the storyline or at least it should.
Chances are, most of these legendaries will end up as DLC exclusives.
Here’s everything about the new Pokemon in The Teal Mask. Find them here.
New Photo Mode
There’s a new photo mode added in with The Teal Mask – Roto-Stick.
It’s an item and with it, you can now take wider shots and even add filters, effects, backgrounds, plus more. It will do more than just selfies. You can use it in battles, camps, and in the overworld.
With better graphics, this Pokemon SV DLC is now sure to look better on social!
Part of the preorder bonus includes new uniform sets to wear for each season including a traditional outfit option. But there’s even better news from the rumor mill.
You might get a Kitakami Centre in the game where you can customize our characters’ hair, clothes, and even pick up picnic items! Finally, some much necessary options to create personalized profiles.
The Teal Mask New TMs
We’ll get 5 brand-new TMs with the Teal Mask and I’m sure there’ll be a few more added on with the Indigo Disc.
This is a Fire-type physical move. It deals average damage, and it lowers the Special Defense stat of the target in battle.
Burning Jealousy is best for Pokemon with a high attack stat. It’s also a spread move so damage will affect all opposition Pokemon. This move also burns Pokemon with an active stat boost. Burning Jealousy is a powerful early-battle move to gain a serious advantage if facing multiple high damage and high Special Defense only combinations even if the Special Defense is varied.
This is a Grass-type move with a huge perk. Other than the base damage, this move increases the Speed stat of your Pokemon.
This move is best used with Pokemon that can put Grassy Terrain on as an effect. Once that’s done, Grassy Glide lets them take the first turn before the opponent, letting you deal substantial damage. This is best used with Grass-type Pokemon that can create Grassy Terrain to deal additional damage and finish weak opponents or those with low health.
A powerful Dark-type move, Lash Out is a melee move dealing substantial damage. What it also does is it reduces your opponent’s Attack stat. But this move is best used as a revenge move.
If your Pokemon is hit by a stat-lowering move, using Lash Out in the same move doubles your Pokemon’s base stat to deal heavy damage. This is best taught to Pokemon that have a high base stat to strike battle-ending blows.
This is a Ghost-type move. With this move, your Pokemon deals average damage, but it also reduces the Defense stat of your target.
Poltergeist is best used when your opponent has Pokemon that will use an item for boosting stat or negating damage. When they do, Poltergeist will let your Pokemon control the item and attack.
Toxic is a Poison-type move and I’m thrilled it’s a TM again. It deals damage and poisons the target, reducing its health over time.
This move is best paired with Sleep or Paralysis. It’s also great to use at the start or even towards the end of a battle when the opponent is already in low health. Avoid using this against Pokemon that don’t have Poison Heal or immunity.
How to Get The Teal Mask
Get it right from Nintendo.
If you’re about to preorder The Teal Mask, you surely have the base game. Without the base Pokemon SV, you can’t play this DLC.
Also, if you have both Scarlet and Violet base games, you’ll need to buy The Teal Mask twice since this DLC pack is specific to each of the base games. A lot of us do have both base games and, sadly, you need to buy The Teal Mask twice for each but that’s understandable since each base game will demand specific DLCs given they are not the same game.
There are preorder bonuses if you buy this Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC before 31st October including the Hisuan Zoroark and the New Uniform Set. Worth the preorder, especially with the Indigo Disc releasing just round the corner.