Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Glitches: Catch ’em All Faster and Easier than Ever

A promotional image for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Glitches: Catch ’em All Faster and Easier than Ever

The Pokemon franchise has been going strong for over a quarter of a century and has released dozens of games. Despite years of experience and practice, each Pokemon game still has its fair share of glitches and exploits, including the latest game, Scarlet and Violet. With Scarlet and Violet being one of the first open-world Pokemon games on the Nintendo Switch, this newest entry has more glitches than usual.

Some of the bugs can be game-breaking or harmlessly charming, but that’s not what we’re focusing on today. In this article, we’re going to be detailing all the glitches that can help you on your journey to become a Pokemon Master. These will be glitches that help you catch Pokemon faster, earn money quicker, and make your battles easier. We have a lot to cover, so let’s jump right into it.

Infinite Items

A promotional image for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's The Teal Mask DLC.

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In the open world of Scarlet and Violet, wild Pokemon battles work a little differently than they did in previous games. Instead of walking through tall grass and waiting for a random Pokemon battle to trigger, wild Pokemon are visible in the overworld and can be directly targeted. This change has created the opportunity for an infinite item glitch.

Some wild Pokemon carry items on them that help them in battle. This can be confirmed with a Pokemon that has the Frisk ability. Once in battle, you can have your Pokemon use an item-stealing move like Thief to take their held item. With the item secured, you can run away from the battle and then challenge the same Pokemon to steal their item over again. You can do this for an infinite amount of duplicates for the item. It’s an easy way to farm items and then sell them for some extra cash.


The Paldea region in Scarlet and Violet is a diverse location with a lot of different biomes and ecosystems. To get to many of the areas, players will need upgrades to their Koraidon/Miraidon, like swimming and gliding, to make them accessible. The upgrades can only be obtained through progressing in the game’s story, but there is another way to reach certain areas much earlier.

In Scarlet and Violet, players can throw PokeBalls at wild Pokemon to start battles. Once the battle has been started, the player will teleport near the wild Pokemon. This feature can be exploited by targeting wild Pokemon and teleporting to areas you wouldn’t normally be able to reach.

Backward Jumping

A promotional image for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's The Indigo Disk DLC.

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Traveling takes up a large portion of players’ time in this game. They’ll often encounter sheer mountains or cliffs that they’ll have to navigate around in order to reach their destination. Not only is this time-consuming, but also a bit frustrating when you just want to hurry up and progress the game. Luckily, there is a glitch that makes travel a lot easier.

Players can use their Koraidon/Miraidon to completely bypass mountains and cliffs. By facing the Koraidon/Miraidon backward and making it jump, players can climb inclines that are almost fully vertical. This glitch is a major time saver. It also sequence-breaks the game a bit by accessing areas much earlier than intended.

Paradox Shiny Pokemon

Hunting for shiny Pokemon has been a time-honored tradition in the games for years. Players will spend hours to even days looking for those visually different Pokemon. In most Pokemon games, shiny Pokemon are extremely rare, and that remains true in Scarlet and Violet, but there is a glitch that makes the hunt much easier.

In Scarlet and Violet, players can create special sandwiches that have valuable benefits. These sandwiches can increase the chance of certain Pokemon to appear. If players create and eat a Shiny Sandwich for Ghost-type Pokemon and then travel to Area Zero at the start of the day, Shiny Flutter Mane Pokemon will spawn. For some reason, when done in this sequence, Shiny Flutter Mane appears more often than they would normally. Similar methods also work on the other Paradox Pokemon.

Raid Battles

A promotional image for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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In Generation IX, there are special battle events called Raids and Outbreaks where players can capture special and rare Pokemon. The events appear randomly on the map and feature random Pokemon. If there is a specific Raid Battle that you’re looking to do, it can be frustrating to wait for it to naturally appear.

Fortunately, there is a glitch that offers a solution. By changing the date in your Switch’s settings, new Raid Battles and Outbreaks will spawn on the map. Using this glitch can let you farm certain events and make certain Pokemon like the Chest Form of Gimmighoul respawn.

Double Controller

In older generations of Pokemon games, getting your Running Shoes or access to your bike was a big upgrade. The ability to dash through the overworld made traveling a lot easier and more enjoyable. In Scarlet and Violet, players have access to Koraidon/Miraidon to travel faster, but if you still want the feeling of Running Shoes, there is a way.

By putting your Switch in handheld mode and plugging in a second controller, players can double their movement speed while on foot. As long as the analog sticks on both controllers are being pushed in the same direction, players should notice a speed boost. This method isn’t as fast as using your Koraidon/Miraidon, but it’s a fun exploit if you’re feeling nostalgic.


Most new Pokemon games are released online in the modern age. The GameFreak developers are able to patch out many of the bugs and exploits that players find. At the moment, the glitches listed in this article should still be viable, but that may change in the future. As time and technology progresses, we may see a decrease in exploits in future Pokemon games.

While this does mean players will get a more polished product, they’ll also miss out on the fun of finding a secret bug or glitch. Sadly, the days of MissingNo. in the original Pokemon games might be behind us. All we can do now is enjoy the exploits we find while we still can.

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