How to Catch Ditto in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

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Ditto is one of the most wanted Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. If you are not looking for a Ditto, you probably don’t know how valuable it is to have it.

Catching a Ditto can be a bit confusing just because of its unique mechanic. Luckily, there is more than one way of catching a Ditto.

We will teach you how to catch Ditto in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, as well as its uses, strengths, breeding techniques, and everything in between.

What is Ditto Used For?

For battling, Ditto is terrible. Its unique move, Transform, turns itself into a copy of the other opponent.

However, it takes one turn to actually Transform into the other Pokemon, which means you will have to take a one-turn hit for free.

Once you Transform, you are no better than the other, so it doesn’t really matter.

So, what is Ditto used for if you can’t use it for battling?

Ditto is mostly used for breeding Pokemon. Learning how to breed Pokemon is simple, but if you want a very specific attribute on a Pokemon, it can get a bit complicated.

For the basics, you just set up a picnic with a Ditto and a Pokemon you want to breed. Gender does not matter, which makes Ditto the perfect Pokemon for breeding.

After a few minutes, you will start to see eggs in the picnic basket. If you eat food with ‘Egg Power,’ you will get eggs a lot faster.

You will never get Ditto eggs, which makes it the best way to breed because you can always control what Pokemon you want to get.

Where to Catch Ditto

Dittos can be caught in the overworld or in Tera raid battles. In the overworld, Ditto doesn’t actually look like a Ditto.

They appear as a transformed Pokemon, copying a random Pokemon that can spawn in the same area.

To catch Ditto in the overworld, you should go to Medali or Port Marinada. There are Pokemon Centers near the two towns, and you can look for Dittos around the vicinity by battling random Pokemon nearby until a Ditto shows up.

Once you encounter a Ditto, they will transform back into a Ditto as the battle begins.

For Dittos in Tera raid battles, it will be completely random. The best tip to find a Ditto is just to check every single den out there.

They can appear as other elements because of the Terastallize mechanic. However, Dittos are easily distinguishable as a silhouette. You can easily tell if a Tera raid battle is going to be a Ditto or not.

How to Capture a Ditto

There isn’t a special way of capturing a Ditto. As long as you don’t use a Pokemon with a Teleport move, you should have it locked down.

To make things easier, you can get a Pokemon with False Swipe to bring the Ditto’s HP down to 1.

If you put status effects on the Ditto, it makes it easier to catch as well.

You can even spam any type of Pokeball until you capture it without doing any damage to Ditto. It is still possible to catch a Pokemon this way.

In Tera raid battles, there is a 100% guaranteed catch rate after beating the Pokemon. You can use any Pokeball you want, especially if you want a specific Pokeball for the Ditto (purely for aesthetic purposes).

Last Tips and Tricks

Check Ditto Summary

Once you finish the game, you can look at the Pokemon in your box to check their IV, EV, and nature.

Always check the Ditto’s IV, EV, and nature when you capture them. This will be useful for breeding.

If Ditto your Ditto has ‘Perfect Stats,’ you need to keep it. Using a Ditto with perfect stats in breeding will give you a high chance of breeding a Pokemon with perfect stats as well.

That same goes for its nature and others.

After acquiring a good Pokemon with perfect stats, you might want to check our guide on how to level up fast, so you can quickly get that Pokemon ready at an instant.

Grabbing a Foreign Ditto

One of the ways of farming shiny Pokemon is through breeding. This is called the Masuda method, where you have two Pokemon with different origins (caught in different countries) breeding for a higher chance of getting a shiny.

This isn’t easy to do, but you want a foreign Ditto so that every Pokemon you catch can be bred through the Masuda method.

Try your chances at a surprise trade or even look through Discord or Reddit communities to make the trade. Other players would also want your Ditto because it could be foreign to them if they are from another country.


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