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Not only has The Teal Mask introduced over 100 Pokémon to Pokémon Scarlet & Violet it has also brought new learnable TM's as well as a couple of ability changes. Below you will find a list of all changes followed by some honorable mentions for additions that we think will have a large impact within competitive Pokémon.

Updated Abilities

Hisuian Growlithe/Arcanine

  • Old: Intimidate, Flash Fire, Justified
  • New: Intimidate, Flash Fire, Rock Head

Hisuian Typhlosion

  • Old: Blaze, Flash Fire
  • New: Blaze, Frisk


  • Old: Inner Focus, Keen Eye, Poison Touch
  • New: Inner Focus, Keen Eye, Pickpocket


  • Old: Chlorophyll, Early Bird, Pickpocket
  • New: Chlorophyll, Wind Rider, Pickpocket

Piplup / Prinplup / Empoleon

  • Old: Torrent, Defiant
  • New: Torrent, Competitive


  • Old: Steadfast, Justified
  • New: Steadfast, Sharpness, Justified


  • Old: Keen Eye, Sheer Force, Defiant
  • New: Keen Eye, Sheer Force, Tinted Lens


  • Old: Torrent, Defiant
  • New: Torrent, Competitive

Sliggoo / Goodra

  • Old: Sap Sipper, Overcoat, Gooey
  • New: Sap Sipper, Shell Armor, Gooey


  • Old: Overgrow, Long Reach
  • New: Overgrow, Scrappy


  • Old: Swarm, Sheer Force, Steadfast
  • New: Swarm, Sheer Force, Sharpness


  • Old: Rattled, Adaptability, Mold Breaker
  • New: Swift Swim, Adaptability, Mold Breaker


  • Old: Pressure, Poison Touch
  • New: Pressure, Unburden, Poison Touch
Rillaboom from POkemon anime

When Regulation D was first announced Kleavor saw some usage due to his signature move Stone Axe which could deal heavy blows against strong flying-type Pokémon such as the Genies, Sharpness as well as new Grass Pokémon in the meta means that we could see players testing Kleavor again in VGC.

Another ability change that might be significant is Empoleon’s access to Competitive, the water and steel Pokémon might see usage as the meta develops, especially if Intimidate users such as Landorous maintain their high pick rate.

New TM updates in Pokemon The Teal Mask

New TMs

  • Roar
  • Charge
  • Haze
  • Toxic
  • Sand Tomb
  • Spite
  • Gravity
  • Smack Down
  • Gyro Ball
  • Knock Off
  • Bug Bite
  • Super Fang
  • Vacuum Wave
  • Lunge
  • High Horsepower
  • Icicle Spear
  • Scald
  • Heat Crash
  • Solar Blade
  • Focus Punch
  • Weather Ball
  • Grassy Glide
  • Burning Jealousy
  • Flip Turn
  • Dual Wingbeat
  • Poltergeist
  • Lash Out
  • Scale Shot
  • Misty Explosion

If you have followed VGC in previous Pokémon games you already know some of these moves will instantly be picked up by both new and old Pokémon. Offensive moves such as Scald, and Knock Off are both extremely good moves and will be must-haves in Regulation E and future metas.

When it comes to defensive moves, Grassy Glide takes the spotlight, although nerfed in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet you will see tons of meta Pokémon coming into the battlefield with this in their set and should be prepared to face it.