Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Breed Pokémon 1
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For the first time in a Pokémon game, breeding is a little bit different in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. With no Daycare Center in the Paldea region, budding Pokémon breeders will need to find a new place to help get their IV-perfect Pokémon.

In this guide, we cover every aspect of how you breed Pokémon in Gen 9's new Pokémon game.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet - How Do You Breed Pokémon?

Where do I breed Pokémon?

There are no Daycare equivalents in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, but now breeding is a whole lot easier, as you can breed Pokémon whenever you set up a picnic.

As long as you have two Pokémon (one male, one female) in the same Egg Group (or one breedable Pokémon and a Ditto), there's a chance that the two Pokémon will breed and create an egg.

How do I increase my chances of breeding?

Sandwiches and food have multiple purposes in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and provide stat boosts and improved catch rates, but they also help increase the breeding rate of your Pokémon.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Breed Pokémon 2
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There are multiple food shops across Paldea, and all of them sell at least some kind of food that will give your Pokémon Egg Power. Examples include the Tropical Sandwich, Four-Piece Sushi (Moon Set), Smoked Fillet with Herbs, and Compote du Fils.

You can also make a sandwich yourself that gives Egg Power, if you have the ingredients! All Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Marmalade Sandwiches, and Fruit Sandwiches are just a few examples of recipes that give you Egg Power.

How do I breed Pokémon?

It's really easy! All you need to do is set up a Picnic on a flat surface anywhere in the wild. To make things even easier, just have the two Pokémon in your party that you want to breed.

Then, all you have to do is wait! You can do whatever you want — play with your Pokémon, bathe them, or change the decorations. Just make sure you check the basket at the end of the table every so often.

When your Pokémon have made an egg, you'll be told when you examine the basket! You can then take it out of the basket. Keep doing this until you have all of the eggs you want.

All eggs are transferred to your Boxes, so if you want to hatch them, make sure you take them out.

How do I hatch an egg?

Hatching eggs is exactly the same as in previous Pokémon games and is based on the distance walked. But in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, we have new ways to travel thanks to Koraidon and Miraidon.

All you have to do is keep running, gliding, and swimming around on your transport Pokémon. You'll be forced to stop when your egg is ready to hatch, and you'll get a little animation revealing what Pokémon you've bred!

Where do I find Ditto?

One of the quickest ways to breed is to have a Ditto as one of your breeding Pokémon. Ditto always mimic the other parent Pokémon, which means you're guaranteed to get (for example) a Girafarig Egg if you breed a Girafarig with a Ditto.

Ditto are found in West Province (Area Two) and West Province (Area Three), although they disguise themselves as other Pokémon! Skip to our Ditto guide for tips on how to spot them.

We're still working on these Pokémon Scarlet & Violet walkthrough guides and adding information in the days and weeks after launch. Let us know if you're finding these helpful so far.