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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to breed Pokemon

Farewell, Pokemon Daycare!

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet breeding says "out with the old and in with the new", shaking up the old formula with some new mechanics.

Daycare and nurseries are a thing of the past, and now, the process of how to breed Pokemon happens while you're out and about.

You might have noticed the emphasis on sandwiches and picnics in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and you’ll find that this is how we’re going to breeding our Pokemon this time around, too. Not only do we get to breed Pokemon and cook up a tasty treat, but you’ll get a little EXP for each picnic you host, too.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to breed Pokemon

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Breeding is easier than in previous generations and can be done pretty much anywhere you want, anytime you like.

All you need to do is find some flat ground in Paldea and set up a Picnic. If you haven't yet done this, simply open your menu using 'X', and select 'Picnic'.

To then breed a chosen Pokemon, you’ll need both a male and female Pokemon of that egg group or species - or one Pokemon and a Ditto. Ditto can take the form of any Pokemon and any egg group, except legendary Pokemon, which you can't breed.

With your Picnic set up, let your Pokemon roam free. Be sure to put the rest of your Pokemon in boxes and take the time to make a sandwich that increases your Egg Power for heightened chances at breeding. If you don't have the ingredients yourself, you can buy one from any sandwich shop and eat it before setting the picnic up.

A Pokemon Egg is found inside of the picnic basket in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

After setting up and sharing a snack with your Pokemon, all you need to then do is wait for the magic to happen. You can spend this time improving your friendship with your Pokemon by playing with them, giving them a wash, or run in circles for ages like I did.

Check the picnic basket regularly, and sooner or later, you should find a Pokemon Egg!

When can I start breeding Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

You can start breeding in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as soon as you have access to the Picnic.

How to hatch a Pokemon Egg in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To hatch an egg in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you need to take as many steps as required to hatch the egg! There's no telling how many steps this will take, but your Egg will begin to hatch as soon as it's ready.

So, prepare to do more running in circles, or explore the rest of Paldea at your leisure, battling Pokemon and finding items like evolution stones while waiting for it to hatch.

That's it for our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet breeding guide. For more, be sure to check out how to catch an Eevee if you’re looking for every Eeveelution, and how to find the new fire child Pokemon Charcadet.

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