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Scarlet and Violet fans can’t stop sharing clips playing as Pokémon

Please let me just hop around everywhere as a Joltik

Totodile, Snivy, and Fennekin in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC. They are all hanging out on a grassy field. Image: The Pokémon Company
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

The Pokémon Company and Game Freak released Scarlet and Violets second installment of DLC, The Indigo Disk, last week. The game adds a hefty amount of content — there’s a new region to explore and a new series of battles that includes a new Elite Four challenge. However, my favorite part is that we just get to hop around as our favorite little guys. That’s right: You can finally play a Pokémon game as a Pokémon.

There’s a new feature called, Synchro Machine, which allows players to explore and play as a pocket monster. Since its release, game fans are sharing clips of their favorite Pokémon online to adorable results — anything from the humble Joltik to the majestic Kyogre is fair game.

The new Synchro Machine in Scarlet and Violet allows players to sync up with a Pokémon and allow people to play as them. The feature doesn’t allow you to do full, turn-based battles, but pretty much allows players to roam wherever they want in the new region. A lot of the posts simply show clips as people play as various Pokémon. Like the base game, the DLC has its fair share of glitches, but that didn’t stop the developers from adding some cute movement animations. The animation for Joltik for example, is just a zippy little hop.

Others are just doing goofy little things with super big and strong guys. Here we can see Kyogre, a legendary Pokémon that has the power to flood entire continents, spin like a top.

The DLC added some of the starter Pokémon from previous generations as well. Here, we get to see an all-time personal favorite of mine, Oshawott, have a little beach day.

When I first saw Toedscool, a Pokémon that looks like a wretched landwalking version of Tentacool, I ran for the hills.. er... ocean. Regardless, if you ever saw Toedscool and thought, “Gee, I’d love to take those grippers for a good run,” well you can also do that now.

The Scarlet and Violet DLC is far from the first game to allow fans to play as Pokémon. Spin-off series like the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and Pokémon Rumble, and games like Pokémon Unite, allow fans to play as their beloved creatures. Still, this addition feels like a special treat since it’s not a common feature to add in a mainline Pokémon game where gameplay focuses on the trainer.

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