Breeding is a key part of the Pokémon series, whether you’re hatching eggs to complete your Pokédex or creating a competitive team with flawless stats. While the main breeding mechanics have remained the same since their introduction Gold and Silver, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet make some important changes. Ours Pokemon Scarlet and Violet eggs and breeding guide outlines how to get and hatch eggs, the items you need for breeding, and how to breed the best possible Pokémon.
Which Pokémon can breed?
Pokemon are compatible if they share one Egg group and are opposite sexes; the resulting egg will be the same species as the female parent.
Alternatively, you can pair a Pokémon of any gender with one ditto to breed more non-Ditto Pokémon, and this is the only way to breed genderless Pokémon, such as Voltorb, or Pokémon that can only be male. Remember that certain Pokémon, including some genderless Pokémon and most Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, are in the “undiscovered” egg group and cannot breed at all.
How to get Pokemon Eggs in Scarlet and Violet
In a big change from previous Pokémon games, there is no nursery where you can put two Pokémon to generate eggs. Instead, you can find eggs while you’re at one picnic.
Make sure you have two compatible Pokémon in your party – it’s easiest if you put the other four in your Pokémon boxes, which you can access from the menu – and set up a picnic. The next step is to wait! Walk around, make a sandwich, hang out. After a minute or so has passed, Pokémon Eggs should appear in the basket near your picnic table. Press A near the basket to collect the eggswhich will be sent to your Pokemon boxes.
You can increase the spawn rate of eggs by eating a meal with it Egg Power bonus. Restaurants around Paldea will sell food with this meal power, and you can also make sandwiches with the Egg Power effect even during the picnic.
How to hatch eggs
Once you’ve collected some eggs, it’s time to hatch them. To do this, just put the eggs in the party and walk (or ride Koraidon/Miraidon) around. (Some species take longer to hatch than others, so remember to be patient.) Remember, you need at least one non-egg Pokémon in your party at all times, and unlike collecting eggs, you actually have to move around to to hatch them — idleness does not count.
To speed up the hatching process, you can include a Pokémon with it Flame Body, Magma Armor or Steam Engine in your party. The most efficient way to hatch eggs is to limit your party to just this Pokémon, with eggs taking up the remaining five slots.
Pokemon in Scarlett and Violet which may have Flame Body, Magma Armor and/or Steam Engine:
- Fletchinder and Talonflame
- Larvesta and Volcarona
- Rolycoly, Carkol and Coalossal
How to learn Egg Moves and where to get Mirror Herb
Scarlett and Violet also makes a handy change to Egg Moves, or moves that a Pokémon could previously only learn through breeding. Like farming itself, it is also linked to picnics and you need a brand new item, Mirror herbto make it work.
Bring a Pokémon that knows the desired Egg Move and the Pokémon you want to teach the Egg Move to; give the latter Pokémon a Mirror Herb to hold, and set up a picnic. Pokemon holding Mirror Herb can learn any Egg Move its species can learn from any other Pokemon in your party, even if they are of the same sex, different species, or in different egg groups. This way you don’t have to breed a whole new Pokemon just for the Egg Move.
You can buy a Mirror Herb from the Delibird Presents store on the second level of Cascarrafa. They are listed under “Battle Items” and each one costs 30,000. In battle, these are disposable items, so be sure to unequip it before you fight so you don’t lose it!
Useful items for breeding Pokemon
As in previous games, parent Pokémon can hold items to affect what is transferred to the resulting eggs. These items include Everstone and Destiny Knotand using them is the most efficient way to breed a Pokemon with the stats and nature you want.
A parent holding an Everstone will transfer its nature, which affects how its stats evolve, to the resulting Pokémon. Giving the other parent a fate knob to hold will ensure that five IVs (or base stats) will be passed on from the parent’s combined 12 base stats, meaning only one stat will be randomized instead of several.
With or without items, eggs will inherit:
- IVsbut without a Destiny Knot, more base stats will be randomized
- The ability, although it’s not a 100% chance if the Pokemon has more than one possible ability; Hidden Ability is inherited from the female parent with less breeding with Ditto
- Most types of Poké Ball — females if the species are different; 50/50 chance for both parents if the species is the same; non-Ditto parents if paired with Ditto
- Eggs moveas well as certain moves in the Pokémon’s regular movepool
Eggs do not inherit:
- electric cars (input values, which affect stat growth and are separate from the base stat)
- Natureif neither parent has an Everstone
- Championship ball and Protect ball; the resulting Pokémon will have a normal Poké Ball instead
Get the baby Pokemon from eggs
Note that in a change from previous games, you no longer need incense items to breed “baby” Pokémon, such as Azurill and Bonsly, from their respective evolutions, such as Marill and Sudowoodo. Instead, all eggs from these Pokémon will hatch as the baby, or pre-evolution.
For example, in previous games, breeding Marill or Azumarill without the Sea Incense item would result in Marill eggs, instead of Marill’s pre-evolution, Azurill. Now, every egg from a Marill or Azumarill will hatch into an Azurill, so you don’t have to sacrifice an Everstone or Destiny Knot to breed the baby Pokémon.
Shiny hunting with the Masuda method
As Jacq suggests during a biology class, the Masuda method still exists in the Scarlett and Violet. If you pair two compatible Pokémon from different language versions of the game, the resulting eggs have an increased chance of becoming shiny. This stacks with Shiny Charm to improve your shiny odds while breeding.