The Pokemon Company officially confirmed that Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is making a massive change to its Gym challenge, and fans are feeling a bit down on it.
Following Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s fourth major trailer, trainers received a lot of new information about the game’s story and overall scope.
This second trailer focused largely on the three main story paths players can take through Paldea, one of which is the traditional Gym and Pokemon League challenge.
Now, it has been confirmed that players can take on any Gym in Paldea in whatever order they want, but it may not be what players are hoping for.
Pokemon trainers divided over new Gym changes
In a post titled “The Story Unfolds the Way You Want It To,” the piece explains that trainers can experience all three story paths in any order and however they like.
Specifically, one part of the blog post caught players’ attention: “There is no set path to the Gyms. You can purposefully seek out a stronger Gym Leader, or you can simply stop by a Gym that happens to be located in a town you came across on your journey.”
This phrasing heavily implies that Paldea’s Gyms are not dynamic in the sense that Gym Leader’s teams scale to player-level — but instead remain static — which did not go unnoticed by fans.
“It’s pretty clear there is no level scaling,” said user Shiigu. “The question is – why not just have a set path to begin with? It would be a lot better.”
Other players quickly found flaws in this open-ended system, like e_ndoubleu who asked “What would be the point of me fighting the stronger Gym Leaders first if it means the weaker ones stay weak?”
“I don’t want to steamroll the 2nd or 3rd Gym Leader who has level 20’s Pokémon with my level 40+ team,” they concluded.
While Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s emphasis on its open world and player freedom is welcome, it remains to be seen if it’s going quite as far as it should.