Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Breeding Explained

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Breeding Explained
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


30th Nov 2022 16:23

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet breeding is the potentially icky subject of Pokemon reproducing. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have made some changes to creating new Pokemon from how it worked in previous games. Breeding is quite a bit more convenient in the new games. Here is everything you need to know about breeding in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Breeding: How It Works

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There is no daycare centre or anything similar in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, as there is no specific location you need to visit to breed Pokemon. Instead, breeding happens at picnics, which is gross to think about. At any time out in the world, you can set up a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet picnic. There are several things you can actively do during the picnic, but breeding happens passively, provided the right circumstances.

For breeding to happen, you need two Pokemon in your party that are in the same egg group, one male and one female. Alternatively, you can pair just about any Pokemon with a Ditto to reproduce said Pokemon. This is the best way to breed the starter Pokemon if you want to trade them with your friends.

You can obviously have up to six Pokemon in your party, and while having more breedable (ew) Pokemon at the picnic might improve your odds of getting an egg, it does take away your control over which Pokemon will breed.

So long as you have two compatible Pokemon in at your picnic, all you need to do is wait. You won't be informed when an egg is laid, you need to check the basket at the end of the picnic table periodically to find out if there is one. So just let your Pokemon do their thing, and check the basket every now and then until you have the egg you want.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Breeding: Hatching Eggs

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When it comes to hatching eggs, nothing has really changed from the older games. The process is still the same, you need to have the egg on your person while travelling around Paldea. After covering a certain distance, classically between 1000 and 2500 steps, the egg will hatch. Thankfully, we have quicker and easier ways to travel in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Your best bet is to just ride around on Koraidon or Miraidon until your egg hatches.

You can check the status of the egg in your party at any time. While it will not tell you exactly how long it will take to hatch the egg, it will give you some indication of how far along it is. Often, the best thing to do is put eggs in your party and forget about them, continue playing the game as normal and they will hatch before long. A watched egg never hatches, as they say.

That is everything you need to know about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet breeding. For more on the game, check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Titan locations guide, to find and catch all the Titan Pokemon.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.

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