Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s open gym challenge won’t include level-scaling, and that sucks

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet fans are expressing their disappointment at the revelation that the game’s new approach to the series’ gym challenge doesn’t seem to scale with players’ progress.

The recent Pokemon Presents showcase reaffirmed the fact that there’s no set path by which you need to complete the game’s three storylines. One of those arcs is the iconic gym challenge, within which you’ll need to defeat all eight gym leaders to earn their badges. With Game Freak revealing that you’ll be able to tackle the gyms in whichever order you like as you journey around the Paldea region, some players assumed that those gym leaders might scale alongside you, fielding more powerful teams if you encounter them later in the game than they might in the opening few hours.

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