The Pokémon Company has spilt the tea on its new Pokémon.
The latest addition to the long-running franchise isn’t a cute critter like Pikachu or a cuddly behemoth like Snorlax.
Instead, the new Pokémon — known as Poltchageist — is a possessed tea caddy that absorbs the life-force of its targets. Although a demonic jar doesn’t sound like the ideal companion, its healing powers could come in handy in battle.
Here’s what you need to know about the mysterious debutant.
What is Poltchageist?
The haunted tea caddy contains a powdery matcha tea spirit that was born from the regrets of a grumpy old tea master, according to the clip.
Poltchageist resembles Sinistea — a ghostly tea cup with a similar swirl pattern — but is biologically a different species, per the Pokémon encyclopedia Bulbapedia. Unlike Sinistea, its swirl pattern isn’t a weakness.
When it’s not zapping the souls of reckless tea drinkers, the dual ghost-and-grass type Pokémon is known to patch up broken objects. Using its hospitality ability, it can restore a small amount of its ally’s HP when it enters a battle.
This isn’t the first time Pokémon has paid tribute to Japan’s historic tea culture. Alongside Sinstea, the series previously introduced a Pokémon called Polteageist that looked like a cracked teapot.
Where to find Poltchageist
Poltchageist is more active at night when it flies around the outskirts of the new region of Kitakami. By day, it dwells in cool, dark places such as old houses.
Players can venture to Kitakami by purchasing The Teal Mask on September 13, the first of two Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLCs known collectively as The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. The second expansion, The Indigo Disk, will follow this winter.
Alongside Poltchageist, Kitakami is also home to a seemingly legendary trio of native Pokémon called Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti, which protect their homeland from the evil ogre, Ogerpon.