Just as has been the case for more than two decades, one Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor plays an integral role in your journey and path to Pokémon mastery. However, there are some big differences between the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor when compared to what many have come to expect from previous games.
On top of that, your Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor varies depending on which version of the game you’re playing, a change made for the very first time in franchise history. With version exclusive consequences at play, it’s best to first know the key differences between the professors if you’re still deciding whether to purchase Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet differences between Professor Sada and Professor Turo
Going all the way back to the beginning of the franchise, Professor Oak set the bar as the first Pokémon Professor that players interacted with. This figure often plays an integral role in the beginning of your Pokémon journey, but things are a bit different with the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor, or professors.
Academy Director Clavell, who you’ll meet at the start of your journey in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, is the one to award your first Pokémon. Without spoiling anything just yet, you’ll meet the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor later in your journey.
Professor Sada, the long-haired primal woman above, is exclusive to those playing Pokémon Scarlet. Professor Turo, the bearded man of the future beside her, is exclusive to those playing Pokémon Violet. There are a handful of other aesthetic background changes, but the only real difference between each Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor is visual.
What do Professor Sada and Professor Turo do in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
*SPOILER ALERT: Major story spoilers for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet incoming.*
The delay in meeting Professor Turo or Professor Sada is far from the only difference you’ll run into, as several major hallmarks of the traditional Pokémon Professor were subverted in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. There will be some variations to dialogue and aesthetics, but Professor Sada and Professor Turo tend to do relatively the same stuff in each version.
As you’ll learn and see unfold throughout the main story, a young man you meet early in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet turns out to be the son of your game’s Pokémon Professor. Arven is later revealed to know quite a bit about Koraidon or Miraidon (depending on your version), and the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor was heavily involved in the history of the Pokémon you’ll spend most of the game riding.
Much later in the story, when things finally progress into the Great Crater of Paldea, it becomes clear that deep research by Professor Sada into the past or by Professor Turo into the future has led to the creation of Paradox Pokémon. Unfortunately, as you’ll come to discover this, that supposed Pokémon Professor will pull the mask back and reveal it’s far less human than you’ve come to believe.
In reality, Professor Turo and Professor Sada each became victims of a battle between Koraidon or a battle between Miraidon, and only the AI remains. The AI ultimately begs you for help in shutting down the time machine, but it’s programmed to defend that machine and challenges the trainer with a team of powerful Paradox Pokémon. After defeating the AI, the Paradise Protection Protocol security system kicks in for one final battle against Miraidon or Koraidon.
The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor is the first in the mainline series to also fill in as the final boss of the game’s core story. They also aren’t really involved in your Pokédex completion, something that instead is linked to the Academy in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It may take some time to meet them and truly understand their role, but the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet professor is one of the most intriguing the franchise has ever seen.