The captivating and sometimes dark world of Pokémon has revealed yet another layer of its complex narrative tapestry with the full unveiling of Pecharunt, a legendary Pokémon in “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.” This reveal not only adds depth to the game’s lore but also highlights the nuanced storytelling the Pokémon series is capable of.
Pecharunt’s story, as disclosed by The Pokémon Company, begins with an innocent and almost heartwarming incident. An elderly couple, longing for a child, discovers Pecharunt and, overwhelmed with joy, adopts it as their own. Initially, this seems like a happy ending, a rare moment of familial bliss in the Pokémon world. However, this is merely the start of a more sinister narrative.
Signboards depicting one of Kitakami’s oldest folktales are scattered throughout the land—yet none of them make mention of Pecharunt.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) January 15, 2024
As the story progresses, Pecharunt’s unique ability to create Mochi begins to take a dark turn. The Pokémon uses this power to manipulate the couple’s minds, intensifying their affection for it to the point of obsession. This manipulation spirals into greed, as the couple, now under Pecharunt’s influence, demands more and more from their adopted Pokémon.
The couple’s insatiable greed leads them to desire a set of particular masks, key elements in the game’s lore. To fulfill this quest, Pecharunt enlists the help of three retainers, dubbed “The Loyal Three,” using its Mochi to control them. Their journey takes them to Kitakami, where they encounter Ogerpon and its master, the guardians of the masks.
It’s time for the Mythical Pokémon Pecharunt to reawaken in #PokemonScarletViolet!
This Pokémon rolls up poison secreted from its shell to make Binding Mochi, which it serves to people and Pokémon. Pecharunt then uses chains to control those who eat its Binding Mochi. pic.twitter.com/loNZBvElZ9
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 15, 2024
A tragic turn of events unfolds when Pecharunt and its minions attempt to steal the masks. In the ensuing conflict, Ogerpon’s master is killed, triggering a fierce retaliation from Ogerpon. The aftermath of this battle forces Pecharunt to retreat into its shell, lying dormant until awakened in the modern era of “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.”
This backstory not only enriches the legend of Kitakami and its associated Pokémon but also portrays a side of the Pokémon world that is rarely explored: the consequences of manipulation and greed. Players can now engage with this legend by completing the two-part DLC, “The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero,” and using the Mystery Gift to obtain the Mythical Pecha Berry, leading them to the quest involving Pecharunt.