Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Farigiraf, TM Machine, Picnics and More

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are coming in hot, as the upcoming Switch exclusives are ready to drop in mid-November. Ahead of their debut, Nintendo showcased a slew of new information surrounding the games, including a new evolution of a familiar Pokemon: Girafarig.

There are also plenty of new ways to interact with the Pokemon already on your team, as well as an intriguing new addition to the Pokemon meta: the TM Machine. For the first time ever, players will be able to create their own TMs and teach Pokemon a variety of moves.

It's all broken down in a hefty new trailer, but if you don't have time to watch it all or just want the highlights, we've got you covered. Here's everything we know about all of the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet announcements.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Firagarif
Firagarif is a new evolutionary form for the Pokemon Girafarig. The newly-revealed Pokemon is just one of the many new aspects of the upcoming games, which are set to debut within the next month. The Pokemon Company

New Pokemon: Farigiraf

One of the newest additions to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is Farigiraf, the next evolutionary form of Girafarig. Classified as a "Long Neck Pokemon", this Normal/Psychic dual-type is an odd-looking one. It has an elongated head and tail, with both parts of its older form having merged together. Now, both of its brains are connected by way of thick nerves that help enhance its psyshic energy.

It has a new ability seen for the first time in any Pokemon game: Cud Chew. When Farigiraf or any other Pokemon with the ability eats a Berry, it will eat it once more at the end of the next turn, meaning you'll get double the use out of the same Berry. Farigiraf's other ability, Armor Tail, is another one seen for the first time in the Pokemon series. It renders opposing Pokemon unable to use their priority moves, which could turn the tides of battle significantly.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Picnics
Trainers seen in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet enjoying picnics with their Pokemon. Picnics are just one of several ways Trainers will be able to spend time and bond with their Pokemon teams in the new games. The Pokemon Company

Pokemon Picnics and Washes

Being a Pokemon Trainer means spending quality time with your Pokemon, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will have multiple ways for you to do just that. Players will now be able to set up picnics just about anywhere when exploring the vast expanses of wilderness. Yes, that includes customizing the tablecloth, water bottles, cups, and other supplies. Pokemon can sit down with Trainers and enjoy custom sandwiches that will restore HP and even imbue them with special buffs. What's more, players can even enjoy picnics with other friends.

Sandwiches can be created with special fillings and condiments as well as sandwich picks. There's a special sandwich creation minigame that players can participate in to make sure they build the most delicious snack possible. It's important to stack the ingredients just so, because if they aren't properly balanced, they might fall off—and then the sandwich won't be as potent.

When Pokemon get dirty, as Pokemon are wont to do, you can also wash them. Dirt and grime will accumulate on Pokemon, and they must be washed off at a picnic to restore HP, clean them and improve Trainer bonds. Suds up and make sure each monster is happy, fresh and clean.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: TM Machine
The TM Machine in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will allow players to create their own TMs. They can be crafted from materials dropped by Pokemon as well as League Points (LP). The Pokemon Company

TM Machine

Yes, just so we're clear, it's called the Technical Machine Machine. In every Pokemon game prior, TMs (technical machines) have been used to teach Pokemon new moves. The new TM Machine will be installed at every Pokemon Center, and will allow Trainers to create their own TMs. They'll require League Points (LP) to concoct, as well as materials Pokemon will drop after battles. As players progress, they'll have access to additional types of TMs they can create. TMs, unlike HMs, can only be used once. But if players wish, they can harvest enough materials to make as many TMs as they like.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are Nintendo Switch exclusives set for release on November 18.