Pokémon size variations create surprisingly different impressions in Scarlet and Violet

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the size of each individual Pokémon differs among those of the same species. But just how much of a difference is there between the smallest and biggest sizes of each Pokémon? Twitter user @Mootmonthly posted an image that shows a comparison of nine different sizes of the Pokémon Gardevoir. Taking a look at the post, which bears the caption “which would you choose?” it’s clear that the same species of Pokémon can give off an entirely different impression depending on its size.

The majority of Pokémon in the game come in nine different size categories, and many players have labeled these size categories from XXXS to XXXL. It is possible to find out a Pokémon’s size category by speaking to an NPC located near a flowerbed in Mesagoza who will judge your Pokémon’s size.

Based on the image from @Mootmonthly, the smallest size, XXXS, is about a head shorter than the trainer, while the S to L sizes are around the trainer’s height. The biggest size, XXXL, appears to be around two head sizes taller than the trainer. It’s not just the height that changes either, as the Pokémon’s whole body increases in size. The head of the XXXL size Gardevoir is particularly large.

The size variation is even more striking in Pokémon that were already large to begin with. The tweets below show the differences in Farigiraf and Dondozo. If you’re lucky enough to encounter a Pokémon of the maximum size, then it will almost feel like getting your hands on a Titan Pokémon.

For a long period, past entries in the Pokémon series only featured certain Pokémon of different sizes. For example, in Pokémon Gold and Silver (and their remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver) there is a man dwelling in a house at the Lake of Rage who will measure the size of any Magikarp that you show him. However, in those games, there were no graphical differences in Pokémon of different sizes.

Most Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus have size variations, and this was the first game where those differences were visible. The game also features the especially large Alpha Pokémon, which are significantly bigger than their regular counterparts. The Alpha Gardevoir looks even bigger than the XXXL sized one from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.  

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet features a much greater number of Pokémon than Pokémon Legends: Arceus, so players can have even more fun comparing the different sizes. Even if you have already caught a particular species of Pokémon, you might like to keep at it and search for one that is your preferred size.

Pokémon of the maximum and minimum size categories are actually very rare, so if you do want to search for them, it may be beneficial to make use of the Humungo Power and Teensy Power effects gained from eating sandwiches.  

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-12-08 16:24 JST)