Pokemon Scarlet & Violet and Go support, explained

Pokemon Go and Scarlet & Violet support explained

The only way to get Roaming Gimmighoul

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet offers players the chance to connect the Generation 9 games to past titles, such as Pokémon Go. The mobile monster-collecting app has a slew of features that connect directly with the Gen 9 games, letting players obtain special items and even an exclusive Pokémon.

How to connect Pokémon Scarlet & Violet to Go

For those who want to reap all of the impressive rewards from the Pokémon Go connectivity in Scarlet & Violet, here’s what you need to do. As revealed in the Pokémon Day announcements, you’ll want to begin in Go. Head to the settings menu in the mobile game.

From there, follow these crucial steps:

  • In the settings, locate the Connected Devices and Services section
  • Pick Nintendo Switch
  • Choose Scarlet & Violet
Pokemon Go and Scarlet & Violet support
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Once you are done with this part, it is now time to start the process in the Nintendo Switch games. Here’s what you need to do at the same time:

  • Open the Switch game, press X to open the menu, and then select Poké Portal
  • Pick the Mystery Gift option
  • Choose to connect your Pokémon Go account to the game
  • Following the prompts from here to connect your accounts together on both devices

Remember to update both games to the latest version to be able to go online and utilize this connectivity feature. There are a few reasons why someone would want to connect these games together.

Scarlet & Violet Pokémon Go support rewards

Pokémon Go offers players the chance to send themed postcards from the mobile game to the Switch titles. These postcards will reward Switch players with random items and a fair amount of Gimmighoul coins, used for evolving it into Gholdengo.

One of the best rewards from these postcards is the new Vivillon pattern versions that will appear in your game. These forms will appear depending on what the postcard is, so players are challenged to collect them all.

In addition, sending a postcard in turn rewards Go players with the Coin Bag item. If you use this key item, it will allow you to find Roaming Form Gimmighoul in the mobile game for a limited time and catch it.

If you send postcards several times, you’ll even have a chance of obtaining Golden Lure Modules. These are special Lure Modules you can use on PokéStops to gain even more Gimmighoul coins and possibly encounter even more of the unique Ghost Pokémon.

Limitations explained

There are some limitations involved with this connectivity, though. You aren’t able to directly send Pokémon between the two games, unlike the Let’s Go titles on Switch allow. Pokémon Home is the only way to transfer Pokémon between these games.

That said, the main benefit of this support is to obtain Roaming Form Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. This form of the new Gen 9 Pokémon isn’t available in the games normally; only the Chest Form is.

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