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How to Unlock The Teal Mask DLC in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

The DLC for the 9th generation is finally upon us. Learn how you can start exploring the brand-new region of Kitakami
  • How to buy The Teal Mask expansion DLC
  • How to download The Teal Mask
  • How to get in The Teal Mask expansion DLC in-game

The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero is the name of the first DLC package announced for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and on the 12th of September the first half of this expansion, The Teal Mask, has become available for players worldwide. Here is everything you need to know to start playing the DLC:

How to buy The Teal Mask expansion DLC

To get into the DLC your first step will be buying the expansion. As of today, you can buy The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero through different methods such as the Nintendo eShop app on your Nintendo Switch, the official online store, gift cards, and many others, but we always recommend going through official sources to avoid any possible headaches.

Pricing can vary depending on your region but in the US the base price for the DLC is currently $34.99 USD and can also be purchased in a bundle with either Scarlet or Violet for $94.99 USD.

Before buying the DLC make sure to double-check if all your account information is correct as the account you bought will be the only one with access to the expansion

How to download The Teal Mask expansion DLC

Some players have reported having trouble finding how to download the DLC. The process is supposed to be easy but Nintendo certainly created some unnecessary steps for their player base.

After buying the DLC you will have to go into your Nintendo Switch and update your Pokémon Scarlet or Violet game. To do this you must hover your game, press the “+” button to go into the “Options” menu, go to the “Software Update” tab, and select the “Via the Internet” option. All you need to do is confirm the download and wait for the installation to be completed.

If this option is not available to you make sure to restart both your Nintendo Switch as well as check for any system updates you might have missed as some players have complained that the DLC was not available to them.

How to get in The Teal Mask expansion DLC in-game

To go into the region of Kitakami you must first reach the Treasure Hunt main story arc which shouldn’t take long. Once completed you will receive a Rotom call from Professor Jacq where he’ll mention to you have been invited to travel to the land of Kitakami, after the call head to the academy’s entrance hall where you will find Briar, the supervisor of your trip- after speaking to her simply continue the dialogue and you be guided into Kitakami!