Toby Fox discusses his musical contributions to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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The Undertale creator shares some of his latest musical creations

The latest Pokémon game is out in the wild, and players have been exploring the new region of Paldea. As it so happens, some of the tunes playing while they roam around this Pokémon world were penned by Toby Fox, the creator of Undertale.

Fox announced he’d be working on Scarlet and Violet‘s soundtrack before the game’s release. Now, Fox has shared his exact contributions in a newsletter mailing list that he spun up for fans of Undertale and Deltarune. (Destructoid has received a copy of this because yes, I would like to receive news about Undertale and Deltarune.)

In it, the developer writes that he had the honor of making a few songs for the game. These include the tracks “Tera Raid Battles“, the “Academy Ace Tournament“, and “Battle! Zero Lab“. (Beware of spoilers if you go digging into that last one, by the way.)

Fox also composed “Area Zero“, which was re-arranged by Pokémon composer Go Ichinose. Fox also apparently wrote a “majestic theme melody” for the song “Academy“, which ended up used as a field theme for the game. All songs using the melody were made by other composers.

Turn up the PokéTunes

I had a sneaking suspicion that certain tunes in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, particularly the ones that play during the endgame section, had to include contributions from Toby Fox. So it’s nice to have those guesses validated.

This isn’t the first time Fox has contributed to a Pokémon game, as Sword and Shield also had tunes from Fox in the soundtrack. But it’s nice to see this collaboration continue, and especially see how it’s helped shape the sonic direction of Pokémon.

As for Fox’s personal projects, Deltarune is still in development. We heard earlier this year that there won’t be another chapter in 2022, and Fox confirms as much in his newsletter. There’s a lot of minutiae in the update, but it sounds like progress is proceeding apace for Deltarune. Until then, we’ll always have Area Zero to hold us over.

Eric Van Allen
Senior News Reporter