Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Breeding Explained

Breeding has always been one of the most important systems in Pokemon video games. If you know how this works, you can get a really powerful Pokemon that has the best traits from both of its parents. However, the breeding system in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has been changed from the way it worked in previous Pokemon games. In this Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Breeding Explained guide, we are going to go over everything you need to know about how to breed the best Pokemon, including the way Nature, Abilities, and Egg Moves are inherited.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Breeding Explained
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Breeding Explained

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Breeding Explained

When it comes to Pokemon breeding, the main difference is how it is now handled in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Namely, through picnics. Of course, there are several things that you need to consider before starting a picnic. The first of these is that you need to have specific Pokemon in your party. That is – a male and a female Pokemon of the same kind. Meaning that they either belong to the same Egg Group (such as Flying, Dragon, etc.), or of the exact same kind (such as two Eevees).

If you have two male or two female Pokemon that meet these requirements, they won’t be able to breed. Additionally, you can also use a Pokemon from a species that you want to breed with a Ditto. Simply go AFK for a while and when you get back, check your picnic basket. If you have done everything correctly, you should find a Pokemon Egg in there. The longer you are AFK, the more eggs you should get this way. Also, eating a Sandwich at a picnic is optional – you don’t need to do it to get your Pokemon to breed.

How to Breed the Best Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon typically inherit different things from their father and different things from their mother. If you want your Pokemon offspring to inherit the Nature of their Mother (for example, if the Mother has Brave – a great Nature that increases Attack), then you need to have her hold the Everstone. This guarantees that the Pokemon egg inherits that Nature. The second important item is the Destiny Knot. Normally, a Pokemon Egg will inherit three of its five Individual Values (IVs) from its parents. But if one of the parents is holding the Destiny Knot, then the child will inherit all five IVs from the parents – allowing for much better breeding results.

You also need to be aware that random breedings can happen when you take too many Pokemon to a picnic. If you want to control this and get the best breeding results, there is a strategy here that you can employ. Take exactly three Pokemon that you want to breed to a picnic. Have the one whose Nature you want to copy hold the Everstone, another the Destiny Knot, and the third whose Egg Moves you want the Egg to inherit the Mirror Herb. This way, the Pokemon Egg in Scarlet and Violet is going to get the desired Nature, have the best five IVs from both parents, and all the Egg Moves that you want it to inherit.

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