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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet reveals long-awaited Girafarig evolution

It's been a 21-year wait, but Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will have a Girafarig evolution that wears its tail like a hoodie and possesses some awesome abilities

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Girafarig evolution: A screenshot of Farigiraf, a giraffe-like pokemon

For 21 years, Gen 2 Pokémon Girafarig has patiently awaited an alternate form or evolution. Well, after the premiere of the latest Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer, that wait is finally over.

First introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver, Normal/ Psychic-type Girafarig fell into that category of forgotten single-stage Pokémon. However, in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, it finally gets an evolution, and it sees its two heads combine into one.

The Girafarig evolution is known as Farigiraf (very original, we know) and retains the same typing. However, as well as increased stats and a new appearance that sees Girafarig’s black rear head become almost like a hoodie over Farigiraf’s main head, it comes with two brand new abilities which could both be super strong in competitive battling.

The first is Cud Chew. When a berry is eaten by Farigiraf, it can then re-eat at the end of the next term, reaping the same benefits. For berries such as Sitrus Berries that replenish health, this could be a very handy ability indeed.

The second is even more intriguing. Armor Tail prevents opposing Pokémon from using priority moves, which would include the likes of Fake Out, a popular move used in competitive play to prevent an opponent from attacking as it causes them to flinch.

As well as Farigiraf, icons for several other new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Pokémon were spotted for a brief moment during the trailer. The names and details about these Pokémon are unknown at this point, but they resembled animals such as a parrot and a mouse.

Despite the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date being close now, it feels like there’s a lot more Paldean Forms and new Pokémon to show off, so maybe we’ll just be kept guessing right up to launch day.