How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is a familiar experience for seasoned Pokémon lovers, but still offers new points to keep the game interesting. The game introduces auto-battle, TM crafting, and Terastallizing mechanics, adding completely different aspects.

This article will provide useful tips for beginners to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet!

How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Always looking for berries

It’s fairly easy to spot items on the ground, hidden in a Pokeball and with the beam of light emitted, so it’s hard to miss them. Still, players can also find hidden berries on the ground, which are a bit harder to spot. Look for sparkles in a cluster of flowers or bushes.

Pokémon can hold Berries and they will automatically use them in battle. Example: Leppa Berry can heal 10 PP for a move. This works the same way as previous generation games. Berries are really useful, so keep an eye on them when hunting for Pokémon.

Always looking for berries-How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Make the most of auto-battle mechanics

Auto-battle is extremely useful, and everyone should send their Pokémon to battle as soon as possible. They not only look for other Pokémon to fight but also share EXP with every member of the player’s party without having to go through the battle themselves.

To switch to Auto-Battle Mode press R. The first Pokémon in the party will start, finding the nearest Pokémon to fight. Pressing ZR starts Walk With Pokémon mode. Players can enjoy having their chosen Pokémon roam beside them and collect items along the way.

Make the most of auto-battle mechanics-How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Start using TM Machine

Pokémon Center looks a little different in Scarlet and Violet. On the left-hand side, the player will find the TM Machine. People can use this to browse the TM catalog and create new TMs for their Pokémon, using materials found from each battle. Each TM requires specific materials (e.g. Mud-Slap requires 200 League Points and 3 Slime Wooper).

Players can search for ingredients by battling specific Pokémon and accumulating League Points. League Points are awarded when the player completes the quest and defeats the boss. However, if more is still needed, players can exchange materials for League Points at the TM Machine. For example, trading in Diglett Dirt gives the player 40 League Points. Everyone should start crafting TMs as quickly as possible, as they can unlock some powerful moves to use in battle.

Start using TM Machine-How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Use food

In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, the player can stop at a food stall to choose a meal. They can be expensive (especially at first, before players have a chance to make a lot of money), but really worth it. Consuming certain dishes will benefit the whole party, which comes in handy if the player is about to go into a difficult area or fight a boss.

The buffs include Egg Power – more likely to find Pokémon eggs, Catching Power – more likely to succeed at catching Pokémon, and Humungo Power – more likely to encounter larger Pokémon. Players can press the right arrow button to see the power the meal provides and see how long they have left to enjoy the buff, which aids in completing the Pokedex.

Use food-How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Change the character’s appearance

The player can change the skins at any time by clicking the left arrow. This shows all available items in the closet, allowing you to change clothes on the spot. While the costumes aren’t original at first, additional accessories can be purchased later.

Upon arrival in the city of Mesagoza, players can explore fashion stores to find some new items. Baggins sells bags and backpacks, Fashion Street sells hats and glasses, and Rough & Tough sells gloves. The game has a few shops to visit, with tons of products to make the character’s appearance more eye-catching.

Change the character's appearance-How to start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Fight with other trainers

Early in the game, players will encounter a man in a suit standing outside the Pokémon Center. He will provide information about the number of trainers that the player has defeated in the area. Defeating a certain number of trainers will unlock rewards. For example, the player will receive TM for defeating 4 trainers in the battle in Arena One of the South Province.

For this reason, everyone should participate in as many battles as possible with trainers. Not only does it make the team stronger, earning more money for players to spend, but it also adds to the total activity and unlocks rewards.

We hope with the piece of information provided above, players can start off a good game in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet!

Billy Gray

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