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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet: How Does TM Crafting Work?

The ninth generation of "Pokémon" is almost here, arriving November 18 via "Pokémon Scarlet and Violet." These two games will introduce new Pokémon, like the three adorable starters, and evolve the long-running IP with fresh gameplay mechanics and features. "Pokémon Scarlet and Violet" will be the "first open-world RPG of the 'Pokémon' series," allowing players to explore Paldea at leisure. "Scarlet and Violet" will also include another major development for the franchise: auto battles.

With the release of "Scarlet and Violet" rapidly approaching, the Pokémon YouTube channel uploaded a 14-minute-long gameplay video showcasing another feature. In the video, the player accesses a menu that allows them to craft Technical Machines (TMs) for their Pokémon. As long-time fans already know, TMs are consumables that players can use on Pokémon to empower them with new abilities. But how does TM crafting work?

Exchange materials and League Points at a TM Machine

Although the Technical Machine crafting portion of the "Jump into a Paldean Journey" video is short, it still provides some clues about how TM crafting will work in "Pokémon Scarlet and Violet." From what is shown, the TM crafting menu is only accessible at a TM Machine in a Pokémon Center. Although perusing the TM Machine is free, players will need to trade in resources to craft a TM.

One of the craftable TMs the video showcases is the electric-type move, Thunder Fang. Alongside highlighting the stats and description of the ability, the menu also lists what resources players need to craft its TM: 3 Shinx Fangs and 800 League Points. Players can get materials such as Shinx Fangs from defeating or catching wild Pokémon. League Points, on the other hand, are acquired by exchanging materials at the TM Machine. However, there may be more ways to earn League Points that have not been revealed yet.

Players must have the corresponding recipe first to have a TM appear in the TM Machine. One of the ways players can acquire TM recipes, as the video demonstrates, is by finding them in the wild. So far, it seems that TMs can only be used on Pokémon with the corresponding type, although the new Terastalizing feature may open up Pokémon to learning new moves they previously couldn't.