Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-08-08 18:22 JST)
The Pokémon Company recently revealed new information regarding the upcoming mainline titles Pokémon Scarlet and Violet during their Pokémon Presents broadcast on August 3. This includes the reveal of Grusha, a new gym leader who has exploded in popularity and become the subject of a surge of Pokémon fanart.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are completely new mainline titles in the Pokémon series that are coming to the Nintendo Switch. The games are set in the Paldea region, a land covered with a variety of environments from rugged mountain ranges to vast plains. The main character is a student studying at a Pokémon academy who departs on their adventure as part of an independent study assignment.
The game also introduces an open world structure where players are free to tackle the story as they choose and multiplayer for up to four players that includes being able to explore the world together. Depending on which version you play, elements such as the game’s professor and the name of the academy will differ.
Plenty of new information was also shown off along with the recent Pokémon Presents and trailer. Players will be able to ride around Paldea on the game’s legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon, the game is made up of three stories woven together, and the game’s 8 gym leaders can be tackled in any order. A few new characters were unveiled as well, and while each one got the attention of fans, it has been the gym leader Grusha that Pokémon trainers can’t stop thinking about.
Grusha is the ice-type gym leader of Glaseado with his partner Pokémon Cetitan. Before becoming a gym leader, Grusha was a professional snowboarder, and despite his usually cool demeanor, will begin to show his emotions in the heat of battle. But more than that, Grusha has captured the hearts of fans with his looks.
His design looks to represent the cold landscape of Glaseado. His baggy jacket, boots, and scarf that goes over his mouth seem perfect for fighting off the cold. On the other hand, it looks like his legs are only protected by thick stretchy tights. You could say the variation between the cute look of his baggy clothes and the sharp lines from his thighs down to his boots give his outfit a sense of contrast.
We also need to take a look at his face. His sky-blue hair has a tranquil look that could represent the harsh cold, and it’s styled in such a way that his bangs look like glistening icicles. His blue eyes cast a cold expression on the trainer, but because of his scarf, his expression is hard to read and gives him an air of mystery. In the trailer, we can see him tell the trainer, “Get ready to feel the icy bite of reality,” showing that he’s a captivatingly cool beauty, and many fans are loving it.
As of this writing, tons of Grusha fanart is being uploaded to social media. If you search “Grusha” or the Japanese name “グルーシャ” on Twitter, you’ll see fans’ imaginations running wild with artists showing the character’s charm in all sorts of styles. Some focus on Grusha’s cool and serious side while others take a more cute approach.
Some artists are taking Grusha’s background as a former pro snowboarder into consideration and drawing the character hitting the slopes, while others are posting their own ideas about what the character’s face looks like when not shrouded under the mystery of that big scarf.
Another aspect of the character that’s been drawing attention besides his looks and personality is his gender. Grusha has an androgynous outward appearance, that when combined with his beauty, caught the eyes of many players. But any mystery surrounding the character’s gender wasn’t left up in the air for long as the English version of the official Pokémon Scarlet and Violet website uses the pronoun “he” to describe the character.
Fans that have been captivated by Grusha surely can’t wait to see more of the character when Pokémon Scarlet and Violet releases. We’re also excited to see more gym leaders be revealed.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is scheduled to launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 18.