How to Change Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

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Learning how to change Pokemon is as simple as a press of a button. However, the question is a bit too general, and we will show you everything related to changing Pokemons.

You can change Pokemons in battle, lineups, by catching more Pokemons, swapping through your Pokemon box, and a lot of other mechanics.

If you are looking to change starter Pokemons, it will not be possible unless you make another playthrough or trade with someone else.

How to Change Pokemon in Battle

To change Pokemon in battle, you just have to choose the “Pokemon” button during the battle. Here, you can choose a Pokemon in your lineup and swap your current Pokemon out with it.

There are other ways you can change Pokemons in battle. For example, if you use the move Uturn, your Pokemon will attack, and then you can change your Pokemon in the same turn.

This move is extremely useful if your Pokemon has more speed than the enemy. You can easily hit-and-run and swap to a Pokemon that can tank the attack.

Another way you can change Pokemon is either through a Pokemon fainting, whether it is yours or your enemies.

If your Pokemon faints, you can switch out to another Pokemon.

If your opponent’s Pokemon faints, you have the option to switch to another Pokemon or keep fighting with your current one.

How to Change Your Pokemons in the Lineup

To change Pokemons in your lineup, you can press “Y” and choose the option ‘box.’ From this window, you can look at your box of Pokemons (where all your Pokemons are stored) and swap them into your lineup.

Choose a Pokemon you want to insert from the boxes you have and switch it with a Pokemon in your lineup.

Always remember that the first one in your lineup will be your default starting Pokemon in battles.

If your lineup is already full and you captured a new Pokemon, you have the option to swap the newly acquired Pokemon with another Pokemon in your lineup.

If you don’t want to swap anything, the newly captured Pokemon will be sent to the box.

You can do this if you see a Pokemon that you want to level up and evolve for your lineup. They will gain experience if they are in your lineup, and you can always level them up this way.

Tips & Tricks

Changing Pokemons to Level Them Up Faster

As you may know already, switching a Pokemon into battle will give them more experience points.

For example, if you are trying to level up a specific Pokemon, you can always have it as your default Pokemon and immediately switch to your strongest Pokemon so that you get more experience.

This is one of the fastest ways to level up a Pokemon, but it does require you to have a strong Pokemon to finish the battle.

Switching Pokemons to Tank a Move

Switching Pokemons is a natural strategy in competitive battles. You will read what the opponent is going to do and counter it with a Pokemon switch.

Since some Pokemon types interact in a way that does nothing, it becomes a viable strategy. For example, a normal or fighting move does nothing against a ghost-type Pokemon.

Switching to a ghost-type Pokemon when you are expecting a normal or fighting move can give you a serious advantage.

Switching Pokemons to Activate Abilities

Abilities are innate skills Pokemons use with varying conditions. For example, Gyarados’s Intimidate ability lowers the opposing Pokemon’s attack by one level when they switch.

If you have status effects on an opponent that is about to faint, you can switch in Gyarados to make use of its Intimidate ability.

There are a ton of abilities available in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. The same Pokemons can have different abilities as well.

You just need to look and catch the Pokemon with a specific ability you are looking for. These are mostly for competitive play, but it is fun to play around it casually.

Switching to a Pokemon With More Speed

The speed stat is a big factor when it comes to battling. It determines who gets to act first in a battle. The way the speed stat works are whichever Pokemon has the highest speed will act first, but there are also stages to it.

There are moves that can increase or reduce speed stats. We won’t get that into it, but you should always have a Pokemon with high speed on your lineup.

It gives you an edge when you know you have a Pokemon that will always act first in battle.


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