This isn’t really a secret, but a Pokémon could kill a human at any time if it wanted to. These beloved creatures harness elemental powers far beyond the strength of any human, and even a lowly Weedle could easily maim or kill a person. If you really think about it, every Pokémon trainer is just one Razor Leaf or Flamethrower away from death.
For a long time, it’s been relatively easy to ignore these kinds of ambiguities in the Pokémon world. I, for one, am much more focused on taking cute selfies with my Pawmot and less worried about overthinking every inexplicable detail in the world. However, the new content in the first part of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC, called The Teal Maskbrings some of these questions to the fore in a surprising way.
(Ed. note: This post contains story spoilers for the first part of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet downloadable content, The Teal Mask.)
in the first part of Pokémon Scarlet and Violetdownloadable content, Area Zero’s Hidden Treasure: The Teal Mask, the trainers venture to the land of Kitakami. As we play, we learn that the town has a local legend that took place generations ago. According to legend, three Pokémon… Okidogi, Munkidori and Fezandipiti – once saved the city from a rampaging ogre. As the story unfolds in the game, the townspeople call these Pokémon “the Loyal Three” and honor them at a local festival. However, as we learn more about the town’s history, we discover that this legend has a secret dark side.
The DLC introduces two new characters to the game: Kieran and Carmine, brothers and local inhabitants of the region. At the festival, Carmine and the player encounter a mysterious Pokémon named Ogerpon who, scared, drops its teal mask. It is up to the player to return the mask. As part of the main quest, the player and Carmine show the mask to Carmine’s grandfather, who then reveals that the promoted version of the legend is a lie.
It turns out that the true villains of the legend were the Loyal Three. In fact, they are not loyal; instead, they apparently murdered Ogerpon’s only friend and trainer. In the true version of the legend, the ogre, a docile Ogerpon, lived his life as an outcast alongside his human trainer after being rejected by local villagers for looking different. Only one villager, a mask maker, took pity on Ogerpon and his trainer, and made them beautiful masks as a gift so that they could go unnoticed at the local festival. The skins attracted attention for their beauty and quality, and this finally attracted the attention of the greedy Pokémon: the Loyal Three. One day, the Three Loyalists decided to steal the masks.
Carmine’s grandfather tells the true legend this way: “The man was there. He managed to grab onto one of the masks…but he wasn’t strong enough to protect them all. The Pokémon stole the other three masks. Several hours later, the ogre returned to the cave…he found his beloved home in ruins. All he was left with were signs of a struggle and a teal mask.”
The legend does not say that these three Pokémon killed the man directly, but all signs point to his death. After the theft of the masks, the legend stops mentioning the man, and Carmine’s grandfather says that the ogre returned to his house “alone and with great sadness.”
So, although it’s never explicitly stated, it seems like the Pokémon series has one of its first big cases of Pokémon murder. The story serves as a grave reminder: You know those battle-ready creatures that can manipulate the elements and unleash powerful attacks basically at will? Well, maybe you don’t want to get on their bad side.