Remember our feature that highlighted 30 Things You Might Have Missed In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet? Well, we’ve already found 30 other things, from neat Easter eggs to things that make fighting a whole lot easier.
Let’s dive in – how many do you already know?
More Things You Didn’t Know About Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Gary is back
Do you remember Gary? The little toerag of a rival from the original Pokemon games, back when rivals were just kids who wanted to ruin your life? Well, there’s a reference to Gary in Pokemon and Scarlet, and he has tiny hands. Looks like we’re winning again, Gary.
Toedscool runs like a weird little guy
This falls into the category of “hey, that’s cool!” instead of a useful fact about the game, but just look at this boy:
Convergent evolution is real
When two unrelated species end up evolving into similar forms, it’s called “convergent evolution“, and its best-known example is carcinization, in which several species have developed a crab-like creature.
Wiglett, Wugtrio, Toedscool and Toedscruel are examples of this evolution. These are entirely separate Pokemon, not regional variants!
You can name your Pokémon “Egg”
If you name your Pokemon “Egg”, the game will sometimes think so is an egg and call it “the egg”. It doesn’t change anything significantly, but still – Egg is a big name.
Herba Mystica is a reference to the old Pokemon games
Old Pokemon games had HMs, which taught you new traversal moves like Fly, Surf, and Strength. ScarVi has Herba Mystica…but what is Herba Mystica shortened to? It’s true. SM. Wow.
Marks and ribbons give titles to your Pokemon
You can earn Ribbons for your Pokemon and catch wild Mons that bear Marks, but did you know that each grants your Pokemon a title? It will appear in battle, transforming your Pokemon from standard Pikachu into “Pikachu the Big Friend” or “Pikachu the Rowdy.” Some of them are really hard to get though…
Bagin’s is a reference to Pokemon Legends: Arceus
ScarVi’s bag shop is called Bagin’s, and you might think “sure, it’s a play on the word ‘bag’, I get it” – but it’s more than that!
Pokémon Legends: Arceus players might remember Bagin as the guy who charges WAY too much money to add a single slot to your bag. Looks like he took all that money and started a business!
There is a super rare ribbon
… In fact, there is a ribbon with a chance of finding it which is so tiny that no one actually has yet found. It’s called the once-in-a-lifetime ribbon, and it’s earned through surprise trades!
A trick to redeem items like Rocky Helmet, Lucky Egg and Amulet Coins!
Press RS to center battle view
Do you find that your point of view is always a bit skewed? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have the battle framed like old games, with the option of free camera if you fancy it?
Simply press the right stick on your controller to start the battle in an old-school view!
Press ZL in battle to focus on the opponent
And hey, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to examine your enemies too? Well, you can! Hold down the ZL button and you’ll focus on your opponent up close.
Press RS in overworld to change zoom
While running in the open world of Paldea, you can change the camera proximity for a better view. Simply click the right stick to zoom out or in.
Check stat changes with Y
While in battle, press “Y” to open a menu that shows you all of the effects, stat changes, and abilities in effect on the battlefield. Practice!
Pin the TMs to find the ingredients
Head to the TM machine and press the + button to “pin” a TM recipe. When running, you can press the D-Pad directly to view the TMs you’ve pinned, check what you need, and if you already have all the ingredients!
You can rename a traded Pokemon once
Traded Pokémon used to be stuck with the terrible names their previous owners gave them, but not anymore – you can change their name once once you have them.
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15 Other Things You Didn’t Know About Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Pokémon have unique sleeping animations
Tinkaton sleeps on his hammer, Rellor sleeps on his dung ball, and many other Pokemon curl up and nap like a dog. It’s very cute, and if you want to see it for yourself, just pack a picnic and wait a few minutes.
Pokémon won’t automatically battle Shiny Wild Pokémon
Now, we haven’t tried that, but don’t blame us – we’re not willing to test a theory like this given the 1/4000 chance of finding a shiny in the first place! However, the internet seems to agree that your Pokemon won’t automatically battle Shiny Pokemon when you use the Let’s Go feature. That’s a relief.
There are two different founders of the Academy
Naranja and Uva Academy were founded by two different people. One even looks like an orange and the other like grapes.
Will we learn more about these mysterious founders in DLC?
Light Pokémon are carried away by the wind
Granted, when we first saw a bunch of Hoppip flying diagonally across the sky, we assumed that was a problem (can you blame us?), but it turns out it’s in makes the result of lightweight Pokemon unable to stay where they are in high winds.
There’s a bug that gives your Pokemon tattoos
Unfortunately, it might not be permanent (unlike real tattoos), but it looks cool:
You can fight the bird on your house
Your house at the start of the game (the one your mother never leaves) has a Squawkabilly on the roof. It’s a Pokemon, just like any other – so you can totally battle it, if you want.
A sneaky trick to stock up on PP for free
You can unlearn and then relearn a move in the field to easily refill its PP without having to use an Ether. It’s not like quick like an Ether… but it’s free!
Refill Tera Orbs
You don’t need to travel to a Pokemon Center to refill your Tera Orbs. In fact, you don’t even have to do a Tera Raid. Simply find a Tera Raid den, interact with it, and back off – and your orb will fill up again!
Finding Ditto and Zorua doesn’t have to be difficult
Unfortunately, unlike Shiny Pokémon, your Let’s Go Pokémon will be automatically fight a disguised Ditto or Zorua, and you won’t know until they faint and you get the Ditto/Zorua materials. But here are some tips for finding them:
- Press ZL to target the Pokemon and see its real name
- If you see a Pokémon behaving oddly (like a Pineco not in a tree) it’s probably a Ditto or a Zorua
- If a Pokémon is running away from you when it normally wouldn’t, it could be a Zorua
Scovillain has different heads for different moves
Scovillain’s red pepper and green pepper head are linked to different moves, which is a neat little detail:
Cassiopeia and Team Star have a secret
Did you catch the constellation references in Team Star? Each gang is named after one of Cassiopeia’s stars, and they even form the constellation on the map!
Delibird Presents are different in every city
Less of a fun fact, more of a helpful tip – Delibird Presents stock varies from city to city. Be sure to check out each of them!
The size difference is noticeable
Pokemon sizes in this game range from tiny to large. Not as big as Pokemon Legends: Big Monks of Arceus, but still. Here is a size guide:
A secret Legendary Pokemon…
Finally, have you understood the hints of a potential new secret Pokémon? Don’t read until you’ve finished the game, but here goes:
Let’s go ! 30 other interesting things we discovered about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet as we progressed through the game.