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Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet release time - when do they drop?

Are you a budding Pokémon trainer looking forward to the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet release time? Well, we have everything you need to know below

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If you’re sitting there, Nintendo Switch in hand, waiting to explore the Paldea Region, then you’re going to want to know all about the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet release time – and when you can actually start exploring the Generation 9 region for yourself – right? If so, keep reading and we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know below.

We know a new Pokémon game can be exciting, but Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are going to take the series to another level – and there are so many reasons to be excited for this. There’s going to be a whole party-load of new Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Pokémon to discover and even some familiar faces with both Pokémon Scarlet Paldean forms and Pokémon Violet Paldean forms. On top of all this, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet multiplayer co-op is going to change the way you play with your friends, too.

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet release time

If that all sounds good to you, let’s get stuck into talking about when the game itself is actually out.

You’ll be pleased to know that the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet release time is expected to be 00:01 local time on November 18. With this being a regional roll-out, the earliest time you could technically play both Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet would be at around 03:00 PST / 06:00 EST / 11:00 BST on November 17 – which will be around 00:01 local time on the above date in New Zealand.

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If you’re planning to pick up this Pokémon game on release day, you can find out more about all the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet version exclusive Pokémon here – to help you decide which one to get (first, anyway). We also have a guide to the Pokémon type chart here – which is universal in all Pokémon games – and the complete Pokémon Scarlet Pokédex and Pokémon Violet Pokédex here.

Is this going to be one of the best Nintendo Switch games out there when it drops? Well, it is a Pokémon after all – they’re usually very good. So, we’re hopeful, but that remains to be seen. Thankfully, though, we don’t have too long to wait.