How to Breed in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How to Breed in Pokemon Scarlet

A major gameplay mechanic in the Pokemon series is the ability to breed your Pokemon together to make more Pokemon. This system allows you to make rare Pokemon more available and create your perfect Pokemon. Thankfully, for fans of the breeding system, it is back in Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet. To learn more about the new system see the how to breed Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet below.

Catch Two Pokemon of the Same Breed But Different Genders (or Get a Ditto)

Image showing the Ditto Habitat in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
If you want to breed a lot. Get a Ditto ASAP.

The first step on our breeding adventure is secure a couple that can mate together. Typically this means catching two of the same type of Pokemon, but having them be different genders. This allows you to breed more of that Pokemon when the time comes for breeding.

While the above mentioned step is the traditional way to breed, there are a few caveats. First, Legendary Pokemon cannot be bred. Second, you can majorly streamline the breeding process by snagging yourself a Ditto.

Ditto’s have always been somewhat of a strange Pokemon. For some odd reasons they are able to breed with other Pokemon regardless of type and gender. This is a rare talent in the Pokemon world, but it makes life 100% easier if you are targeting rarer Pokemon for breeding. If you want to snag a Ditto check out our guide on where to find them.

Go on a Picnic

Image showing looking in the basket for Pokemon eggs in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet.

Once you’ve snagged your breeding pair or at least a Pokemon you want to breed and Ditto place them in your party. Keep in mind if using the Ditto method you will want have the just the breeding Pokemon and Ditto in your party, since Ditto will breed with any other monsters you have in your party. Once the party is set head out into the wilds. In the wilds find a nice, flat location, and bring up your Main Menu. Select the Picnic option to setup a Picnic so you can hang with your Pokemon.

When the Picnic is active you can kill time playing with your Pokemon, cleaning them up, and so on. As you kill time check the basket next to the picnic table intermittently. Eventually you will find a Pokemon Egg inside of it. The basket will produce multiple eggs if you let it, so you can spend a good chunk of time getting eggs if you’d like.

Place Eggs in Inventory and Walk Around with Them Until They Hatch

The eggs you collect will go into your party (if you have space) or into your box. Place the eggs in your party when you want to hatch them. The next step is fairly simple. All you need to do is walk around. The heat from walking causes the eggs to hatch. There is a brief cutscene where the egg hatches once you’ve walked enough. Following the cutscene you will have your new Pokemon. It will be level 1, so you will need to train it up.

Eat to Speed Up the Breeding Process

The breeding and egg hatching process can take a bit of time, but thankfully there is a way to speed up the process. In the town of Medali there is an expensive restaurant you can visit that sells a dish called Compote du Fils for 2800. This dish gives you Egg Power Level 2. This makes the breeding process much quicker. I highly recommend snagging this dish if you are doing any sort of serious breeding.

That’s all you need to know about how to breed in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. Using the bredding system you can create a number of Pokemon to expand your team or seek out specific build types. It can also help you acquire Pokemon like Eevee for evolution purposes.

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