On Friday, March 24, 2023, a trailer for Pokémon Horizons: The Series was released. This upcoming series will follow the animated exploits of trainers Liko and Roy as they take the first steps on their Pokémon journey.
Pokémon Horizons will mark the first time that an animated Pokémon series will not star Ash Ketchum. The character first made his debut in the very first episode of the animated Pokémon series in 1997. However, 25 years later, Ash is still 10 years old. Nevertheless, Ash’s journey will conclude soon in Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series.
However, the adventures in the Pokéworld will continue with Liko and Roy in Pokémon Horizons. This series will feature Pokémon who made their debut in the most recent video game release from the franchise, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet on Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, the adventure within these mainline games is still ongoing. In late February, it was announced that DLC was on the way for Scarlet and Violet later this year.
In the trailer for Pokémon Horizons, it seems as though Liko’s partner Pokémon is Sprigatito, the grass-type starter from Scarlet and Violet. Both human protagonists Liko and Roy seem to be in possession of enigmatic artifacts. Liko wears a mysterious pendant, while Roy is in possession of a steam-punk style Pokéball.
However, it won’t only be the new Pokémon who appear in the series. Even if you haven’t had a chance to play Scarlet or Violet, there will still be some familiar pocket monsters. According to the logline for the series, the duo will encounter the Rising Volt Tacklers, a group led by Friede and Captain Pikachu. The description also promises the heroes will meet a “popular video streamer known as Nidothing.”
While no official release date has been announced, The Pokémon Company International’s vice president of marketing provided a quote to Variety stating it would begin “premiering outside of Japan later this year.”
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