Unbelievable! Pokémon Teal Mask DLC Misses THIS Game-Changing Idea from the Isle of Armor

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The Pokémon Teal Mask DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has introduced a brand-new Legendary Pokémon called Ogerpon. However, some players are feeling a bit let down by the fact that it doesn’t provide the same level of connection and evolution experience as the Isle of Armor DLC did with Kubfu in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

With a ten-month gap between the release of the base game and the DLC, many players have already completed the main storyline, leaving them with limited opportunities to truly enjoy Ogerpon in the Teal Mask expansion.

Now, don’t get us wrong, the Teal Mask DLC does have its merits. Still, it could have taken a page from the Isle of Armor DLC, which emphasized the thrilling aspects of training Pokémon and the unique joy of witnessing a Legendary Pokémon evolve.

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The Teal Mask DLC offers a lot to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, but there’s one key element from the Isle of Armor DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield that could have taken this expansion to a whole new level. The Teal Mask is the first part of a two-part expansion called “The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero,” which will conclude with “The Indigo Disk” in the coming winter. This expansion takes place in the Kitakami region, far from the setting of Paldea in Scarlet and Violet, and presents trainers with a host of folklore mysteries to unravel.

The concept of a two-part DLC, as used in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, originated from Pokémon Sword and Shield, which introduced an expansion pass split into The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. The Isle of Armor transported players to an island setting and introduced the new Legendary Pokémon Kubfu, which could evolve into Urshifu during the course of the DLC. While The Crown Tundra brought a wealth of new content, including numerous Legendary Pokémon, The Isle of Armor’s approach holds the key to improving The Teal Mask.

Why Bonding with Ogerpon Would Enhance The Teal Mask Experience

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
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Similar to The Isle of Armor, the Teal Mask DLC introduces a central new Legendary Pokémon, Ogerpon. However, Ogerpon doesn’t evolve in the traditional sense; instead, it takes on different forms by wearing unique masks, including the titular teal mask. While this adds a fun twist by giving the Pokémon diverse combat attributes, the experience of acquiring Ogerpon just doesn’t match up to the bond players formed with Kubfu while evolving it into Urshifu in The Isle of Armor. When you compare the two, it’s hard not to feel that The Teal Mask doesn’t offer trainers as much interaction with Ogerpon as they could have had.

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Why The Isle of Armor Pokémon DLC Approach Reigns Supreme

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
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Although The Teal Mask is designed to be accessible to trainers who have only progressed a few hours into Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the ten-month gap between the base game’s launch and the DLC’s release means that many players have already completed the main storyline in Paldea. Consequently, receiving Ogerpon at the end of The Teal Mask doesn’t leave much room to enjoy the Pokémon, except for wandering around post-game Paldea or waiting for The Indigo Disk’s release. The absence of an un-evolved form also means missing out on the excitement of witnessing a transformation, as seen with Kubfu and Urshifu.

The Teal Mask DLC still offers plenty to satisfy fans of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and the unique nature of Ogerpon and its storyline justifies the approach it has taken. Nevertheless, taking a cue from The Isle of Armor, which focused on some of the most enjoyable aspects of training Pokémon and provided the rare opportunity to see a Legendary Pokémon evolve, could have made The Teal Mask DLC an exceptionally memorable addition to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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