Pokémon Scarlet and Violet feature one of the most compelling stories in the franchise, including some of the most complete character development in a Pokémon game to date. However, some of the deeper lore surrounding the Paldea region and its mysteries are somewhat hidden behind optional in-game tasks. While the three main stories of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet provide players with a taste of Paldea’s history, the true essence of its lore comes from taking the history class with Ms. Raifort at the Naranja/Uva Academy of the games, which ends up revealing some details. with serious implications for the series’ timeline.
The school plays a central role in the plot of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, with players participating in the Academy’s annual Treasure Hunt as part of its curriculum. While most of the game focuses on traveling the region following three main quests, the player has the option to attend classes at the Academy. These classes aren’t mandatory, but offer some valuable rewards for completing them on the mid-term and final tests, with the history class in particular offering some lore details that aren’t covered by the games’ main story.A lot of additional lore can be found in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet story class.
Each class that players take in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has six sessions, as well as an intermediate and final exam that will unlock as players complete parts of the games’ main story. While subjects include courses in biology, home economics, math, languages, and battle studies, it’s the history class that’s most worth paying attention to for players interested in the lore of the Paldea region and the larger Pokémon universe. The history teacher, Mrs. Raifort, has a clear passion for the region’s past and the founding of the Paldean Empire, which can be seen in the types of questions she will ask players during her lessons.
The first day of class with Mrs. Raifort reveals the ancient rumor that a great treasure is hidden deep within Area Zero. It’s unclear what exactly this treasure is referring to, but it’s likely to play a key role in the DLC for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet titled The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. Another important piece of ancient history she shares during the second class session is the founding of the Paldean Empire, which took place 2,000 years ago, adding to the timeline of Pokémon history by games such as Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus helped develop.
Later in the course, Raifort discusses the founding of the Academy just over 800 years ago, cementing it as a longstanding institution in the region. After mid-semester, she will teach players the history of the Treasure of Ruin, four corrupted treasures that were acquired by an ancient king of Paldea. The progress of Ms. Raifort will lead players to discover Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Legendary Quartet of Ruin, the four creatures said to have awakened from these cursed objects.
The final lessons cover the more recent history of the expeditions to the Great Paldea Crater and Area Zero, which began about 200 years before the events of the games. Raifort discusses the leader of the first expedition, Heath, as well as the role that Professor Sada and Turo would play in the development of Tera Orbs over the last decade from the data collected from these historic expeditions. While Sada and Turo spend a lot of screen time, not much is known about Heath other than the fact that he is the author of the Scarlet Book and the Violet Book and was the first to bring Herba Mystica out of Area Zero. This potentially sets it up to play a more prominent role in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s DLC.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are now available for Nintendo Switch.