Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: All the differences from the other mainline games

POKÉMON Scarlet and Violet takes place in an open world, which sets it apart from many previous games in the series.

If you’re as confused as we were when we first opened up the games, don’t worry, help is at hand.

Tera-type Pokémon are new to Scarlet and Violet.


Tera-type Pokémon are new to Scarlet and Violet.Credit: The Pokemon Company

Here are all the differences from the mainline games, as well as beginner tips and tricks to help you out in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Plan your path

Mainline series games usually only have the Gym challenge, but Scarlet and Violet have changed things up by giving you three different objectives.

Completing gym challenges is one of the most important activities as in this latest pair of games even Pokemon you catch can disobey.

This means clearing Gyms is required to increase your level cap, and if you neglect this quest, your Pokemon will soon refuse to cooperate.

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The Titan quest line will reward you with different options for your riding Pokémon.

At first it can only walk around, but as you complete Titans you’ll be able to climb, swim, and fly around the map.

The least important and most difficult questline is the Team Star quest where you clear the bases.

This rewards you with a boost, similar to older generation badge boosts, and some new TMs.

Prioritize the Gyms and Titans to make exploring easier on your journey.

Gym and Challenge levels don’t scale, so you might want to check out our roadmap for the best order to complete them.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Really Knowing Your Type Pairs

Much like Hop always taught us in Sword and Shield, you really need to learn to combine your pairs of types to get a handle on Pokemon.

Although most Pokémon players have the elemental pairings memorized, that’s not really what we mean.

It is much more important to learn yours Physically from your special Pokemon.

Sprigatito and Quaxly are both physical Pokemon, so you’re really not doing them any favors, although you can teach them special moves.

Our grass cat learns Magical Leaf from an early age, which you might teach about Leafage as the former has 60 power and the latter has 40.

However, when used by Sprigatito, Leafage is actually the stronger move as it deals physical damage over special damage.

This is more important than ever in Scarlet and Violet, as the Titan quest line is packed with physically defensive Pokemon that you need to defeat using special attacks.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: How To Find Rare Pokemon

There are a few tricks that can help you find rare Pokémon.

If you plan on completing your Pokédex, you can use Let’s Go mode with R to quickly register Pokemon you see in the wild into your Dex.

Tera types are new to Scarlet and Violet, and the best way to collect them is by participating in Tera Raids marked on your map.

There is a special trick to changing these raids for the Pokemon you want, and we have a guide that will help you with that.

The rarest Pokemon are obviously Shiny Pokemon, which are harder than ever to find in Scarlet and Violet.

The Masuda method is still the best way to do this, but if you want to learn about all the different types of hunting, we have a guide for that too.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Time to shop

Shopping is more important than ever and there are many more shops than usual in Paldea.

Food and sandwich ingredients give your Pokémon a boost in stats for the next 30 minutes.

Delibird Presents is also a great store to buy stored items from, and the inventory will increase as you collect more badges.

These give you a big boost when it comes to combat, especially the bottle caps that increase your stats.

Natural mints are also now widely available, so you don’t have to go out in search of the right nature ones anymore.

Again, this plays into whether your Pokemon is a Special or Physical Attacker, since most Special Pokemon want a Modest Mint, while physical attackers want an Adamant Mint.

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