I recently wrote a tutorial around catching a Ditto in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on the Nintendo Switch. This was a setup for breeding Pokémon in the game which results in a copy of the Pokémon used.
Pokémon breeding is not a new concept. It was introduced in the earlier games of the series, and while the process has always been similar, things have changed a bit in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
If you're interested in breeding Pokémon to share with your friends and family, continue reading because we're going to walk through it in this tutorial.
The Pokémon Required for Breeding in Scarlet and Violet
Let's point something out which may or may not be obvious. A Ditto is not required, but it does make things easier.
To breed Pokémon you'll need a male and female version of the Pokémon or you'll need any version of the Pokémon with a Ditto. Both methods will work, so it is your choice if you want to go the Ditto route or the old fashioned route. Check out my previous tutorial if you're looking for a Ditto.
Boosting the Success Rate of Pokémon Breeding
You don't need anything beyond two versions of the same Pokémon or a Ditto to be successful with breeding Pokémon, however your success rate might be slow when it comes to producing eggs.
You can boost your success rate by buying a relevant sandwich or other food item at a shop.
When searching for sandwiches or food, you'll want to look for power up attributes that boost "Egg Power".
With the "Egg Power" attribute you could end up with eggs from the breeding process quite fast. For example, I am able to churn out about three eggs per minute after eating a proper sandwich in the game.
If you remember previous Pokémon games, the egg creating process would take significantly longer just for one egg.
Engaging with Pokémon at a Picnic for Egg Production
It's time to start the breeding process. By now you should have the appropriate Pokémon in your party and you have found a sandwich to speed up the process.
Find an open space in the game, outside of a town. You'll want to start a picnic.
The goal of the picnic is to engage with your Pokémon and boost their happiness. The more happy they are, the faster they will produce eggs.
To make them happy you'll want to talk to them, bathe them, and throw the ball around with them. After having done this a few times you can check out the basket near your picnic table. If you're lucky there will be one or more eggs in it.
After taking the eggs, they will be in your box.
Hatching Eggs through Distance Traveled
You're almost done with the breeding process! To finish things, take the eggs from your box and place them into your party. Don't worry, they won't be in your party for long. This isn't the old school games where they egg stayed in your party for hours at a time.
The egg hatching process only takes a minute or two in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
With the eggs in your party, take a ride on your Pokémon and dash around the field. No need to fight Pokémon or gain experience. Just roaming around for a minute or two will do the trick.
When the time comes, you'll know.
If you've filled your party with eggs and the first one hatches, the others won't be far behind. When the eggs hatch they will yield level one Pokémon, but they'll level fast depending on where you are in the game.
Like I said, this process is a bit easier with a Ditto. I, for whatever reason, always end up with either just a male version of a Pokémon or just a female version, never both. If you need help finding a Ditto in Scarlet or Violet, check out my previous tutorial on the subject.
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