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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Release date, Paldea region & open-world gameplay

Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as they get set to usher in generation nine of the iconic franchise.

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The ninth generation of Pokemon will debut in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and fans are excited for it to hit the Nintendo Switch. Here’s a look at everything Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will deliver before its highly anticipated release.

The Pokemon Company have been spoiling fans of the legendary franchise over the past couple of years with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as well as Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Thankfully for Pokemon enthusiasts, the fun is far from over as the Pokemon Company get set to release a brand-new mainline Pokemon adventure with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will deliver the ninth generation of Pokemon following 2019’s Pokemon Sword and Shield. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet including the release date and gameplay details.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet release date

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be available on the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022. This is the official date of the worldwide release, so fans across the globe can enjoy the new region on day one.

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Players can pre-order or purchase a digital or physical version of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Meanwhile, a double pack with both versions included will also be available to players who truly want to discover everything that Scarlet and Violet have to offer.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Paldea region and gameplay

Paldea region

Thanks to a Pokemon Presents trailer on August 3, a ton of new details concerning Pokemon Scarlet and Violet were shared with fans of the franchise. The Paldea region seems like a coastal area with tons of color.

Players will be able to explore just about every type of landscape from lakes, to mountains, to frozen tundras. You can expect to encounter a wide variety of Pokemon across the region’s diverse environment.

Past regions have often been inspired by real-world countries like France and Japan, and this time players believe that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s region is akin to Spain.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet starters

As with every new mainline Pokemon game, players will begin their adventure by selecting one of three starter Pokemon. Starter Pokemon are the faces of the new region and this time players will be introduced to Sprigatito, Quaxly, and Fuecoco (left to right).

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starters

In addition to these three starter Pokemon, players will also have the chance to catch a ton of brand-new Pokemon. New Pokemon such as Lechonk have already made a strong impression on the fan base.

So far, eleven new Pokemon have been revealed, but players can expect many more including the new evolutions or regional variants for Pokemon from other regions like Paldean Wooper.

Another new feature coming to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be the inclusion of two professors. If you’re playing Scarlet you’ll meet Professor Sada (left), while Professor Turo (right) will be at the forefront of Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet professors

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s open-world gameplay

While Pokemon Sword and Shield introduced players to open world sections called wild areas, Scarlet and Violet will be a completely open world experience. This means you can work your way through the game in any order and take on challenges at your own pace.

This will mark a new chapter for the Pokemon franchise as they look to revolutionize gameplay and provide new experiences for long-time fans. You’ll be free to explore the new region in all its glory without feeling blocked by in-game borders.

According to The Pokemon Company, Scarlet and Violet will present players with three separate stories or campaigns. As of now, we know that one of the three will focus on the traditional Pokemon challenge of earning eight gym badges and working toward becoming the champion of the Paldea region.

Player on koraidon Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

It remains to be seen what the other two will entail, but players are free to tackle the gym challenge in any order. In order to get around Paldea, Miraidon and Koraidon will offer their services as your partner. These Legendary Pokemon can traverse the ground, air, and water, giving you maximum exploration possibilities.

Four-player co-op experience

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will also support four-player co-op, but it remains to be seen what this new feature will entail in terms of gameplay apart from the obvious inclusion of Raid Battles. We’ll keep you posted on what to expect from this new adventure as more information arises.

What is the Terastal phenomenon?

Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet can Terastallize during battle. This shining and glimmering occurrence will grant Pokemon with a major stat boost making them extremely powerful in battle.

Another result of Terastallization is the pontetial to change a Pokemon’s type thanks to a new concept called Tera types. Each Pokemon will have a traditional type and a Tera type. When a Pokemon Terastallizes, they adopt their Tera type. The Tera type can differ from the Pokemon’s traditional type which opens the door to new battling strategies.


For more Pokemon news, you can check out how to get Stardust in Pokemon Go.

Image Credit: Game Freak / The Pokemon Company

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Fortnite leaks claim new Doom Slayer skin could arrive soon

According to a new Fortnite leak, Epic Games might be planning to bring Doom Slayer as a brand-new cosmetic skin.

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A brand-new crossover might be arriving in Fortnite as leakers are claiming that Epic Games are planning to add a Doom Slayer skin to the battle royale title.

Epic Games have surprised Fortnite players throughout the seasons by introducing collaborations that add new crossover content to the game, including cosmetic skins for Dragon Ball characters.

Fortnite has also featured crossovers with other video game franchises such as Street Fighter, and new leaks claim that the battle royale title has entered into a collaboration with the Doom franchise.

Doom is a popular first-person shooter franchise that centers around a marine known as Slayer and his epic quest to battle an invasion of demons from hell. This character has also been given the name ‘Doomguy’ by fans of the series.

On August 19, prominent leaker ‘HYPEX’ tweeted that Epic Games are currently planning to introduce a Doom Slayer cosmetic outfit to Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 as part of a brand-new crossover.

This information reportedly came from another leaker ‘MidaRado,’ and while the exact release date of this brand-new Fortnite skin wasn’t revealed, HYPEX claims that it is “most likely coming next week.”

HYPEX added that Doom 64 is currently available for free on the Epic Games store until August 25 and Fall Guys also has Doom-themed skins. So, it wouldn’t be surprising if Epic Games also added Doom Slayer to Fortnite.

That said, it’s worth keeping in mind that these are currently just leaks, and this information has yet to be officially confirmed by Epic Games. So, we won’t know for sure if this is accurate until next week.


For more Fortnite content, check out our guide on all the Dragon Ball Vending Machine locations on the map as well as how to complete all the Weekly Quests.

Image Credit: Epic Games / id Software

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Overpowered Apex Legends double pump glitch returns in Season 14

Apex Legends players have discovered the return of the double pump glitch in Season 14, creating controversy in the community.

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The infamous double pump glitch has returned in Apex Legends Season 14, leaving players worried about people abusing the bug.

The Apex Legends Season 14 update brought a variety of changes to the game, giving dataminers a new game version to sift through and find details around the potential Season 15 Legend.

As the update brought so much new content and changes, it’s normal for new bugs and glitches to show up, which players have seen with the unlimited loot exploit.

However, players have now discovered that the infamous double pump glitch has returned, making the Peacekeeper and Sentinel even more deadly for those who abuse the bug.

Apex Legends content creator Mokeysniper brought the return of the double pump glitch to the community’s attention on August 18, posting a video of it in action.

The glitch allows players to shoot the Peacekeeper and Sentinel much faster than they should be able to, giving those who use the glitch an unfair advantage over others.

The glitch is done by shooting, reloading, swapping to your secondary, and swapping back very quickly. If players are able to get the timing right, they can repeat this process to shoot the Peacekeeper/Sentinel in a ridiculously fast manner.

This is clearly a glitch that needs to be addressed and resolved quickly by Respawn, as if it starts to be abused by players, it could create chaos.

In the comments of the Twitter post, there are a few videos of players showing them doing it in-game, which is a worrying sign. Some are very worried about it being absued, with one comment saying “I actually hate that you guys post this kinda s***. It’s always super sick to deal with some broken weird s*** in ranked.”

Hopefully, Respawn can get a fix out for this as soon as possible, much like they were able to do for the accidental removal of tap strafing.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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How to get Apex Legends Twitch Prime Gaming rewards: August 2022

Here’s how you can get the Vantage Troop Leader Apex Legends Prime Gaming skin and bundle during the month of August in 2022.

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A new skin is available to Apex Legends players with a Prime Gaming subscription in August 2022. Here’s how you can get Vantage’s Troop Leader Apex Legends Twitch Prime bundle for yourself.

Respawn Entertainment and Amazon have a collaboration that involves releasing a set of Apex Legends Prime Gaming skins throughout the game’s seasons. These are available exclusively for Twitch Prime members. 

Every month brings another skin for fans to enjoy, and it’s the brand-new Season 14 Legend Vantage‘s turn to get one for the month of August. If you have a Prime Gaming subscription, then you can get the Vantage “Troop Leader” Epic skin.

Here’s what you need to do to get the newest Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin.

Vantage Twitch Prime Troop Leader skin release date

Vantage’s Troop Leader Twitch Prime Gaming skin for Apex Legends is available from August 18 to September 15.

Players have roughly a month to claim the Skin before the next Legend gets an exclusive Prime Gaming cosmetic after August 18.

What’s in Apex Legends August Prime Gaming drop?

Vantage’s August Prime Gaming skin will be of Epic rarity and it comes alongside other items. The devs have also offered players a banner and weapon skin with this Twitch Prime drop.

  • Troop Leader – Epic Vantage skin
  • Overachiever – Flatline weapon skin
  • All Patched Up – Vantage Banner Frame

How to claim Vantage’s Troop Leader bundle in Apex Legends

Vantage’s new Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin will be available for free to Prime members throughout August all the way till September 15. You must visit the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account.

Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website.
  2. Make sure your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts are linked.
  3. Visit the “Apex Legends” section.
  4. Click “Claim Now” on the “Wraith Fleur De Lethal Bundle” when you see it.
  5. Link your EA and Prime Gaming accounts if asked.
  6. Load up the game and you should get a notification letting you know you have claimed the bundle.

Alternatively, you can start a free trial with Prime to claim it right away. This way, you won’t need to have an active membership to get your hands on the Apex Legends Prime Gaming skin.

Follow these instructions, and the new Epic Vantage skin will become available in your in-game inventory.


For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on CharlieIntel, and be sure to check out our Season 14 review and best FOV settings for the battle royale.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment / Prime Gaming

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