Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Breeding and Egg Guide

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Breeding and Egg Guide

Breeding is a key part of the main Pokémon series, whether you’re hatching eggs to complete your Pokédex or building a competition-worthy team with flawless stats. While the main breeding mechanisms have remained the same since their introduction in Gold and Silver, Pokemon Scarlet and Purple make some essential changes. Our Pokemon Scarlet and Purple eggs and breeding guide explains how to get and hatch eggs, what items you’ll need for breeding, and how to breed the best Pokemon possible.

What Pokémon can breed?

Pokémon are compatible if they share a group of eggs and are of opposite sexes; the resulting egg will be of the same species as the female parent.

Alternatively, you can pair a Pokemon of any gender with a Same to breed more non-Ditto Pokemon, and it’s the only way to breed genderless Pokemon, like Voltorb, or Pokemon that can only be male. Keep in mind that some Pokemon, including some asexual Pokemon and most Legendary and Mythical Pokemon, fall into the “undiscovered” egg group and cannot breed at all.

How to Get Pokémon Eggs in Scarlet and Violet

In a major change from previous Pokémon games, there is no nursery where you can leave two Pokémon to spawn eggs. Instead, you can find eggs on a picnic.

Make sure you have two compatible Pokemon in your party – it’s easier if you put the other four in your Pokemon Boxes, which you can access from the menu – and have a picnic. The next step is to wait! Take a walk, make a sandwich, go out. After about a minute, 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 Pokémon boxes.

You can increase the egg laying rate by eating a meal with the egg power prime. Restaurants around Paldea will sell food with this meal power, and you can also make your own sandwiches with the Egg Power effect during the picnic.

A Zangoose and Ditto enjoy a nice picnic together in a brown and orange forest

Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

How to hatch eggs

Once you’ve collected eggs, it’s time to hatch them. For this you just have to put the eggs in your party and walk (or ride Koraidon/Miraidon) around. (Some species take longer to hatch than others, so remember to be patient.) Keep in mind that you’ll need at least one non-egg Pokémon in your party at all times, and unlike collecting eggs, you are moving to hatch them – idling does not count.

To speed up the hatching process, you can include a Pokemon with the Flame Body, Magma Armor, or Steam Engine Abilities in your party. The most efficient way to hatch eggs is to limit your party to just that Pokemon, with the eggs taking up the remaining five slots.

pokemon in Scarlet and Purple who can have Flame Body, Magma Armor and/or Steam Engine:

  • Fletchinder and Talonflamme
  • Larvesta and Volcanona
  • Rolycoly, Carkol and Coalossal
  • camerupt

How to learn Egg Moves and where to get Mirror Herb

Scarlet and Purple also make a handy modification to egg moves, or moves a Pokemon could previously only learn by breeding. Like farming itself, it’s also tied to picnics, and you’ll need a brand new item, the mirror grassto make it work.

In your party, include a Pokemon that knows the egg move you want and the Pokemon you want to teach the egg move to; give that last Pokemon a Mirror Grass to hold, then have a picnic. The Pokémon holding Mirror Herb can learn any egg move its species is able to learn from any other Pokémon in your party, even if they are of the same gender, different species, or in different groups of eggs. This way you don’t have to breed a whole new Pokemon just for the Egg Move.

You can buy mirror grass from the Delibird Presents store on the second level of Cascarrafa. They’re listed under “Combat Items” and each costs 30,000. In battle, they’re single-use items, so be sure to unequip it before battle so you don’t lose it!

A Violet and Scarlet shop menu in-game, showing where Mirror Grass, which is a green leaf, is located

Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

Useful items for Pokemon breeding

As in previous games, the parent Pokémon can contain items to affect what is passed to the resulting eggs. These elements include the Everstone and the fate 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 pass its nature, which affects how its stats grow, to the resulting Pokémon. Giving the other parent a Fate Node to hold will ensure that five IVs (or base stats) will be passed down from the parent’s collective 12 base stats, meaning that a single stat will be randomized rather than multiple.

With or without retained objects, eggs will inherit:

  • IValthough without a fate node, more base stats will be random
  • Aptitude, although there is not a 100% chance that the Pokémon has more than one possible ability; Hidden ability is inherited from female parent unless it breeds with Same
  • Most types of Poké Ball — females if the species are different; 50/50 chance of either parent if the species is the same; non-Ditto parent if associated with Ditto
  • Egg movementsas well as some moves in the Pokemon’s usual movepool

Eggs do not inherit:

  • VE (effort values, which affect stat growth and are separate from base stats)
  • Natureif neither parent holds Everstone
  • master ball and Cherish Ball; the resulting Pokémon will have a normal Poké Ball instead

Get baby Pokemon from eggs

Note that in a change from previous games, you no longer need Incense items to breed “baby” Pokemon, like Azurill and Bonsly, from their respective evolutions, like Marill and Sudowoodo. Instead, all of these Pokémon’s eggs will hatch as babies or pre-evolved.

For example, in previous games, breeding Marill or Azumarill without the Sea Incense item would yield Marill Eggs, rather than Marill’s pre-evolve, 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 raise the baby Pokemon.

Brilliant hunting with the Masuda method

As Jacq alludes to during a biology lesson, the Masuda method still exists in Scarlet and Purple. If you match two compatible Pokémon from different language versions of the game, the resulting eggs are more likely to be shiny. This stacks with Shiny Charm to improve your chances of Shining while breeding.

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