Is the DLC "The Teal Mask" worth its money for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask expands the vast area of Paldea by adding the Kitakami region in Unova. The Teal Mask DLC takes you on a new...
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask expands the vast area of Paldea by adding the Kitakami region in Unova. The Teal Mask DLC takes you on a new adventure that starts with familiar faces like Jacq and introduces us to a quirky group of characters.
The Teal Mask is merely part one of the DLC package titled "The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero," with part two - The Indigo Disc - set to conclude the story. Featuring a greater number of returning Pokémon, a new mini-game, additional trainer battles, and a plethora of TMs, the Teal Mask DLC offers a substantial amount of content for you to immerse yourself in.
Unfortunately, since the games were reviewed upon their release by our Deputy Managing Editor, Santi Leguiza, there have been few changes in the performance of Scarlet & Violet. Despite several details being modified, the fundamental issues persist.
Unexpected framerate drops when you turn around or enter crowded areas, Pokémon and people resembling Play-Doh creations just a few steps away, and a Silent Hill-style draw distance without the eerie mist atmosphere are just some of the main issues with Scarlet & Violet.
If you came to the Teal Mask with the expectation of finding improved frame rate or draw distance, you will be disappointed with what you encounter. The same issues that Santi points out are still present in the DLC as well.
Even when you're just a stone's throw away from one of the Loyal Three, their jerky movements and animations are disappointing, especially considering that you only get to see them a limited number of times in the wild.
Regarding the story, you may be pleasantly surprised to find an unexpected, enchanting tale revolving around Munkidori, Okidogi, Fezandipiti, and the Ogerpon with the Teal Mask.
Given the length of this DLC and its status as part one of two, the story is surprisingly well-rounded and satisfying. It features numerous vivid details and a beautiful cutscene that unveils the true tale of Ogerpon and the Loyal Three.
There are plenty of things for collectors to pursue, ranging from the return of the Pokémon roster to new TMs, evolutions, and accompanying new items.
If you play through the story with a strong group and avoid detours, you will complete The Teal Mask's narrative in approximately four hours.
If you take a few detours, engage in one or two battles, and have new encounters with Pokémon along the way, you can expect an experience lasting approximately six to eight hours.
If you're a perfectionist and aim to master the mini-game Ogre Oustin', you can easily expect over ten hours of content to enjoy, depending on how much you explore.
Although The Teal Mask is only part one of the DLC, it cannot be purchased individually; you must buy The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero for $34.99 on the eShop in order to play the DLC.
Both the Teal Mask and the Indigo Disc are included in The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero.
Considering the price of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, $35 is a substantial amount for DLC.
While it is impossible to assess the overall value based on a single DLC, it can be fairly said that The Teal Mask costs approximately $17.50. Given that, the scope of the DLC is quite reasonable, but certainly not a bargain.
The story is short, and the performance continues to leave something to be desired, but if you love collecting Pokémon and enjoy a cute narrative, the price is justified. However, if you struggle with the performance issues, you may not be satisfied with your purchase.
What People Are Saying
A Fun But Short Beginning To A Bigger Story – Hilton Webster
If you were expecting improved performance or visuals from The Teal Mask DLC, you will be bitterly disappointed. In that regard, it is similar to the base game, including all its flaws. However, if you're looking for intriguing new characters (including a return to the once formidable rivals) and a more beautiful open environment, The Teal Mask might be right for you. The story takes place in the self-contained land of Kitakami and is not a lengthy adventure, especially when you realize that its story is only the first half, concluded in the Indigo Disc. Nonetheless, it proves to be more challenging than much of the base game and offers slightly stronger design in its new open environment. It's a short detour from Paldea, but a step in the right direction.
The Teal Mask Aims High, But Underdelivers – Santi Leguiza
Once you arrive in the new region of Kitakami, you will discover a place full of vibrant life and new Pokémon, only to find yourself entangled in a saga that appears more real at first glance than it actually is. You will meet siblings Kieran and Carmine, who quickly become your allies in this adventure. However, the poor performance that already existed in the base game only worsens in this DLC. From very low frame rates and inconsistent rates to a variety of bugs of all kinds, it is disappointing to experience this decline in quality in one of the most beloved video game series of all time.