Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are out, and though many people are excited by the new features, the new, open-world presentation can leave some players confused, particularly with all the new mechanical additions. Where to go first, you might wonder, as the days of linear Pokemon days may be behind us–but don’t worry! We’ve got the tips you need to find your way. Here are a few things to do in the opening hours of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to get yourself poised for success.
Save before choosing your partner pokemon, if you care about breeding
Very soon after starting the game, you’ll run down a hill with the three starter Pokemon before being prompted to choose one. If you want to be able to breed your own starters (which are great fodder for trades) quickly and easily, save here and restart until you get a female starter of your favorite type. This has always made breeding starters with great IVs way easier than waiting to find a Ditto, and that’s still true now.
Get to the first Pokemon Center ASAP to unlock Surprise Trades
While players are normally locked out of multiplayer things for a while, you can unlock some of the most important and game-changing things the moment you reach the first Pokemon Center. Once you meet/get saved by the legendary motorcycle Pokemon, get its Poke-ball, and see a view of the school, hop down and run down the hill to find the center.
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Author: Brian Barnett