What the Academy Setting for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Could Learn From Fire Emblem Three Houses

What the Academy Setting for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Could Learn From Fire Emblem Three Houses ...

The most recent Pokemon Presents event revealed a number of new information about the upcoming main series titles Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which will be released later in 2022. Fans were introduced to several Pokemon and characters inhabiting the newly named Paldea region, as well as the unique Terastal phenomenon which gives Pokemon a crystal-like appearance in battle. This immediately drew comparisons to the 2019 tactical strategy game Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

The Pokemon academy will be located at Naranja Academy, meaning "orange," while Violet's school will be taught at Uva Academy, meaning "grape." However, the game's mechanics were not revealed precisely in the new teaser, although a few scenes of classrooms and studying were shown.

Classes Could Provide Battle Boosts

Byleth, the protagonist in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, instructed students between battles, selecting the classes they attended, and deciding which skills each character would focus on. Byleth could also organize or schedule seminars, group instruction tasks, where multiple students would learn several skills at the same time, and could themselves take Faculty Training from the other teachers at Garreg Mach Officer's Academy.

Naranja and Uva Academy might use this ability to enhance both trainers and Pokemon's abilities. Alternately, the trainer themselves might take courses that would enable them to hold more items or catch higher level Pokemon or unlock new areas in the games' open world map.

Too Many Repetitive Tasks Should Be Avoided

While Somebody praised the Academy Setting in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, others were criticized as overburdened tasks that added time to each playthrough, including time spent cooking meals, fishing, gardening, completing side quests, finding and returning lost items, and more.

The academy should not be a place where the player character must go whenever they need to.

The Academy Could Be a Much-Needed Hub

Fire Emblem: Three Houses did not utilize the monastery to its full potential as a hub location. Although it did include merchants who returned each chapter and a gazebo where Amiibo presents could be collected, the later Cindered Shadows DLC somewhat remedied this by adding features such as the Wilting Rose Inn, where players could keep track of their character's level growth and stat patterns, and the fortune-teller, where Support ranks could be purchased.

The academy should serve as a central location for players to return to after Gym battles or excursions into the wilderness. Similar to Three Houses' monastery, it should also provide frequently-used facilities like a dorm room or locker for items. These should also be tracked from the academy, perhaps by talking to Jacq or Clavell.

It's a Great Way to Get to Know Characters

Byleth in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Houses could utilize their downtime at the monastery to strengthen their friendships with students and faculty. They could cook and eat meals together, an activity that also conferred stat and skill advancements in battle, and they could sip tea with people to increase Support points and charm.

Sharing meals, studying together, training together, and other academy-related activities might allow the player and his Pokemon to build stronger connections during future battles.

As long as lessons are learned from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will likely need the academy as a return stop between Gym challenges and adventures in the wilderness.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be available for Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.