How to Walk with Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet

If you want to know how to walk with your Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ve come to the right place. The fact of the matter is, you can’t do it until you reach a certain point in the game, not really. So, in this guide, we are going to show you where that point in the game is and how the system works in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. We have to highlight this mechanic, because it differs from previous franchise installments.

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How to Walk with Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet

How to Walk with Your Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To walk with your Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you first need to play through the game until you reach the first Poke Mart. The game is going to take you there during the first, opening quests of the game, so you can’t really miss it. You will get there in the first hour or two, depending on your overall play style and how long you spend just running around versus following the missions. When you get to the Poke Mart, you’ll learn everything about how these places work, but more importantly for us, Nemona will explain that you can release your lead Pokemon by pressing the “R” button, aka the right shoulder button.

And there you have it, that’s how you walk with your Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Keep in mind that it can only be your lead Pokemon. When you press the “R” button, the Pokemon you’ve released will go around with you, collecting items in the vicinity and automatically fighting any Pokemon you might run into. Keep an eye out on its energy bar in the bottom left. When it gets too low, make sure to heal it using a Potion or whatever else you might have on hand. By the way, Auto Battles are decided based on the strengths and types of the fighting Pokemon. So, while you don’t have to command your lead Pokemon, keep an eye out on them in case they get into trouble. Also, if you wander too far from them, they’ll just hop back into their Ball.

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