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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet: Great Tusk And Iron Treads Explained

"Pokémon Scarlet" and "Pokémon Violet" have been games shrouded in mystery and hints since before they were announced. In fact, there were clues about the games that we all missed before Nintendo announced it, and later previews hid new Pokémon in plain sight for fans. Just over a week before the game's release date, Nintendo released a nearly four-minute video that featured the Paldea region and Ed Sheeran's song "Celestial." The video includes some clips about two specific monsters, and the official Pokémon website explained further.


According to the official Pokémon site, there's a Scarlet Book and a Violet Book that hold information recorded by explorers from the past about Pokémon found in a location of the Paldea region that hasn't been explored. Both the trailer and the site show two such Pokémon: Great Tusk and Iron Treads. There's very little officially known about the Pokémon, but fans have an idea of where they came from.

Great Tusk and Iron Treads are version exclusives

The Pokémon website explained that Great Tusk will be in the Scarlet Book while Iron Treads will be in the Violet Book. As the names suggest, the Scarlet Book will be in "Pokémon Scarlet" and the Violet Book will be in "Pokémon Violet." The two Pokémon even match the themes of everything fans know about the games so far, with Great Tusk looking like a prehistoric mammoth from the past and Iron Treads having a digital design that looks like it's from the future.


The Scarlet Book said that Great Tusk attacked a member of the author's team with its massive tusks and larger size, which "mortally wounded" the person. While the Violet Book doesn't mention Iron Treads maiming anyone, it does say that it curls up to attack and leaves a scorched trail on the ground behind it.

Some speculated that these are new forms of Phanpy and/or Donphan, but there hasn't been any confirmation of this.