New Tera Forms for some Pokemon may be included in the DLC for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, although it shouldn’t follow the same pattern as Mega Evolution. The Terastal Phenomenon, which was introduced in the base games as the new fighting mechanic for Gen 9, is rumoured to be expanded upon in the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC. If these rumours are accurate, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC will grant some Pokémon a new form that resembles Mega Evolutions when they Terastallize. While these forms have the potential to drastically alter gameplay, Game Freak shouldn’t pass up the chance to introduce these new forms to the Paldean starting in the DLC.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s gameplay already includes a significant amount of the Terastal Phenomenon, which has completely changed how competitive teams are constructed and given previously unviable mons a second chance. There is still a lot of untapped potentials that the rumoured Tera Forms might add to the series, much to how Mega Evolution gave certain mons new utility when it was introduced in Pokémon X and Y, while Gigantamax forms turned combat on their head in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The future DLC must avoid the mistakes of Mega Evolution and provide the area’s starting new forms in order for this rumoured mechanism to realise its full potential.
The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet starters are Expected to be the first to receive the new Tera forms
Mega Evolution, however contentious when it was first introduced in Generation 6, is now fondly recalled by a large portion of the fan community. In addition to new designs that increased the appeal of several fan favourites like Lucario, Garchomp, and Gengar, Mega forms for less well-known mons like Mawile, Pinsir, and Medicham gave them a fresh chance to shine. The starters from the mechanic’s native Kalos were completely overlooked in favour of the Gen 1 starters Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise as well as the Gen 3 starters Sceptile, Blaziken, and Swampert.
These starters deserved more attention in their home games even though they were often less well-liked than the legacy mons that did receive new forms. With the Galarian starters, Pokemon Sword and Shield almost made the same mistake by forgoing providing them with Gigantamax forms in favour of more well-known mascots like Pikachu, Eevee, and Charizard. Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon received unique Gigantamax forms in the DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield in the Gen 8 games, which fixed the problem.
Since the Gen 9 starters are already well-liked, they stand a good chance of getting Tera Forms if the rumours are true. To make up for ignoring them in Generation 6, it’s also possible that Game Freak will want to provide new forms to other Pokemon, such as the Hisuian starting Pokemon or even the ones from Kalos. The Paldean starters should be first and foremost in their home region, regardless of whether starters from other regions receive these new Tera Forms, as they are deserving of being referred to as the games’ mascots.