If you’re unsure where to go next, visit your nearest Pokémon Center and tell them “I don’t know where to go…”. They’ll happily recommend a next destination for you and even update the destination set in your map app for you – it’s all part of the service!
You can also fast travel to Pokémon Centers you've previously visited by pressing the Y Button to open the map and selecting “Fly here” on one of the Pokémon Center icons.
Not sure which of the games’ three main story paths to follow first? You can complete them in any order you choose and at your own pace too, but each one has its own incentives…
Eager to start exploring Paldea with friends? Here are two ways to connect with friends locally and online:
Do you regret asking your Pokémon to forget a particular move? Don’t worry, old moves can be relearned any time! Just press the X Button to open the Main Menu, select a Pokémon, then “Check summary”, scroll across to “Moves and Stats” and press the A Button to change its moves.
The “Let’s Go!” command is a convenient way to level up your party. Press the R Button while exploring to send out your lead Pokémon in the direction you’re facing. It’ll automatically battle other Pokémon it encounters and even collect items in its path!
Need to heal your Pokémon in a hurry but there isn’t a Pokémon Center in sight? Try using the Auto Heal feature: open the Main Menu, select the Pokémon you wish to heal, then press the - Button to automatically restore that Pokémon’s health using an item from your bag.
Don’t have any healing items handy? Look for shiny objects on the ground to find useful items like Potions and Oran Berries.
Sampling the local cuisine at restaurants or picnics will net you and your Pokémon some nifty Meal Powers that can boost your Pokémon’s Exp. Points or make it easier to catch certain wild Pokémon. The effects of these powers will change depending on the ingredients used in the dish and which Pokémon eat them, so plan your meals carefully!
Even though you’re free to explore Paldea at your own pace, you’re never too cool for school. Attend classes at the Academy to learn more about the world of Pokémon and check in with teachers throughout your adventure. Speaking of which, make sure you keep Mr. Jacq (pictured above) updated on your Pokédex progress!
As you catch more and more Pokémon, you’ll soon start filling up your Boxes. If you need a particular type of Pokémon to round out your party or defeat a Gym Leader, try using your Boxes’ search feature. Open the Main Menu, select “Boxes”, then select “Search” to filter Pokémon by Type, known moves, Ability and more.
Whether it’s a quick costume change or a selfie with friends, there are a few handy functions that can be quickly accessed using the directional buttons:
Are you eager to complete your Pokédex by catching every Pokémon in the Paldea region? Press the - Button while out exploring, then press the A Button to open up the Pokédex, and select a Pokémon or empty slot to see that Pokémon’s silhouette, its habitat and maybe even some tips on how to catch it! And while you’re checking the Pokédex…
Filling in your Pokédex is surely its own reward, but if you need an extra incentive, just press the X Button while browsing the Paldean Pokédex (that’s the one with the picture of the large city on it) to pull up the rewards tab.
For a whole load more tips to help you on your Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet adventure, make sure to check out the Adventure Guide by pressing the X Button to open the Main Menu, selecting “Bag” and scrolling across to your “Key Items”. Best of luck on your journey, Trainers!