Reproduction and Eggs in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
As any hardcore trainer knows, the only way to get the best Pokémon possible is through mass breeding and hatch many, many eggs. This has been a habit since the second generation of Pokémon, whether it's for the purpose of passing on stats, nature, or even getting a Chromatic Pokémon. In contrast, in Pokémon Scarlet and VioletThe method of reproduction is completely different from the one we are used to.
How to get Pokémon eggs
No more Pokémon Boarding House, from now on you'll be mating your Pokémon and collecting the eggs yourself! If the system seems a bit more complicated, it's not and it even allows you to get eggs much faster than in the past.
This time, everything happens during picnics.
When you are in an open area and on relatively flat ground, you can deploy your picnic table from the main menu. Any Pokémon currently on your team will then be invited to join the party.
You can participate in many activities with your Pokémon at the picnic, but it is not necessary. Breeding is already underway. In fact, if you have two Pokémon that are compatible with each other (of opposite sexes and from the same egg family), they will regularly eggs in the basket on the floorin front of your table.
Yes, we did say Eggs, plural ! Because the biggest advantage of this system compared to Pokémon boarding is that your basket can contain several eggs! Just remember to collect them regularly to empty the basket. You don't need to restart a picnic, just pick up the eggs from the basket and put them in your PC and more eggs will appear in the basket again.
How to hatch a Pokémon egg
The hatching method has not changed. To hatch an egg, you must place it in your team and move with it. Depending on the Pokémon in the egg, the distance you need to travel to hatch it changes.
Usually this hatching distance is always counted in steps, but swimming or gliding also counts in the process.
However, talents and items that increase hatching speed no longer work in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This isn't so much of a problem, as your Koraidon, or Miraidon, mount moves extremely fast, so eggs will naturally hatch faster than usual.
The learned-by-reproduction attacks have disappeared in favour of a new, much faster and more practical system. From now on, it is no longer necessary to breed two Pokémon to transmit attacks, it is enough to have a picnic together.
If your Pokémon X has an attack that Pokémon Y can learn, equip Pokémon Y with a Mirror Grass and have a picnic for a minute or two. After the picnic, go to your Pokémon's profile and, in the Attacks tab, press A to access the list of attacks it knows. There you'll find Pokémon X's learned attack.
The case of Metamorph, universal breeder
As always, Metamorph will be your best ally in breeding. Indeed, it is the only Pokémon capable of breeding with all other Pokémon capable of having children, regardless of their gender and family.
Pokémon that do not reproduce
While it would be tempting to reproduce every Pokémon in the universe, some are unable to do so. There is no rule as to which Pokémon can and cannot reproduce, but it can be assumed that not all legendary and mythical Pokémon can have children.
However, just because a Pokémon is asexual doesn't mean it can't reproduce. For example, a Magneton can reproduce with Metamorph and create a Magneti egg.