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The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Part 1: The Teal Mask DLC for Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet is Available Now

Explore the land of Kitakami, meet a host of new faces and discover an array of Pokémon that can’t be found in the Paldea region!

London, United Kingdom – 13 Sept. 2023 – The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Part 1: The Teal Mask DLC for Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet is now available, exclusively for Nintendo Switch™ systems via Nintendo eShop*.

Part 1: The Teal Mask features a range of exciting features for players to enjoy.

  • Experience a whole new land – Welcome to the land of Kitakami, a tranquil place whose quaint rice fields and apple orchards set it apart from the wilds of Paldea. You’ll visit this lush countryside area as a part of your academy’s school trip, joining students from another academy in an outdoor study program that has you travel the land in search of signboards depicting one of Kitakami’s oldest folktales.
  • Meet a variety of fantastic characters – Adventure together with new characters like Carmine and Kieran, a brother and sister duo who attend Blueberry Academy but call Kitakami home; Perrin, a camera-loving traveller who is on the hunt to snap a shot of a mysterious Pokémon; and Ms. Briar, the teacher in charge of your school trip who shows a keen interest in the Terastal phenomenon.
  • Discover new Pokémon – Catch newly discovered Pokémon from the land of Kitakami including the Matcha Pokémon, Poltchageist; the Candy Apple Pokémon, Dipplin; and a trio of Pokémon said to have protected Kitakami in the past – Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti. You can also look forward to encountering a host of previously discovered Pokémon like Vulpix, Snorlax, Poochyena and more.
  • Explore together with your Pokémon and friends in new ways – Ogre Oustin’ is a fun minigame in which you collect Berries by popping Ogre Balloons. As a reward, you’ll receive mochi that can alter the base points of your Pokémon’s stats. Play solo or with friends and come up with a strategy to take on higher difficulty levels! Taking photos has also never been more fun – the new Roto-Stick accessory for your Rotom Camera will allow you take photos at wider angles, and a new feature will allow you to direct Pokémon to help set up the perfect shot.

Players must own the base Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game to access The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC**. For more information, please visit
* To purchase The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero from the in-game menu, players must have updated their Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game. Full version of game required to use DLC for that game. Sold separately.

** To begin the main story of Part 1: The Teal Mask, players will need to have begun their Treasure Hunt in Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet. The start of the Treasure Hunt occurs after about three hours of gameplay, though individual gameplay time may vary.

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