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A Returning Player Guide To Competitive Pokemon - Scarlet Violet Edition

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thumbnail.jpgWelcome back! As a returning player to Competitive Pokemon, remember to be kind to yourself. It's okay if you're not perfect right away. Part of the fun is learning what's new. So, enjoy your journey through wins and losses as you dive into the new meta. And hey, while crushing everyone right off the bat might sound cool, where's the fun in that? It's the thrill of tackling new challenges and the joy of learning that truly makes it an exciting experience!

Why Return to Competitive Pokémon?

Competitive Pokémon opens a new dimension of gameplay in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, offering a fresh and challenging experience. It's not just about extending your playtime but about diving into a world of strategic, chess-like battles that suit every style.

Getting Started with the Basics: Quick Outline

Accessing In-game Competitive Battling


To access Competitive Battling in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, first, make sure your Nintendo Switch is connected to the internet. Then from your in-game MAIN MENU select the POKE PORTAL. From this screen select the BATTLE STADIUM. This is the main hub for casual and ranked battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Back to the Basics

To succeed in competitive Pokémon, understanding the basics is crucial. This includes:

1. Choosing a Format: Decide between single battles or double battles under the official Pokémon VGC rules.
2. Type Matchups: Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of different types is fundamental. Here's a chart to help with that.
3. Understanding Stats: Re-familiarize yourself with the six key stats: HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.
4. Physical and Special Attacks: Learn the difference between these two types of attacks and how they impact your strategy.
5. Non-Damage Moves: Moves like Protect, Thunder Wave, and Leech Seed can turn the tide of a battle.
6. EVs and IVs: Grasp the concept of Effort Values (EVs) and Individual Values (IVs) to optimize your Pokémon's performance.

Building Your Team:

As you already know. Building a balanced and effective team is a vital skill. Teambuilding can be a giant deterrent to returning players. But fear not, there are many tools to make this process a breeze.

  1. Rent a Team: Use the in-game feature to borrow someone else's team with their ‘Team ID.’ You can find more teams online. It's a great way to start without too much work.
  2. Create Your Own Team: Eventually, you’ll want to build your team. Use tools like Pokémon Showdown and PikaLytics for the best movesets, natures, EVs, and IVs.
  3. Lastly, if you don't have the time, or you dislike the breeding process. You can trade for the Pokemon you need in our community trading forums - or purchase them from one of the Community Shops using Pokecredits.
Playing the Game:

  1. Embrace the Challenge: Understand that competitive Pokémon can, at times, be frustrating due to its RNG elements.
  2. Learn from Mistakes: Analyze your battles to improve your strategy.
  3. Practice Regularly: The more you play, the better you'll become.
  4. Participate in Ranked Ladders: Don't shy away from ranked battles; they're great for learning and improving.
  5. Have Fun: Remember, the primary goal is to enjoy the game. Experiment with different teams and strategies to keep the experience enjoyable.
Conclusion:

Competitive Pokémon in Scarlet Violet is an exhilarating and rewarding experience. By understanding the basics, building a strong team, and continuously learning from your battles, you can enjoy this dynamic aspect of the game to its fullest. Join the PerfectPokemon.com community for more tips, tricks, and to connect with fellow Pokémon trainers.
 

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