Pokémon Scarlet and Violet players have been eagerly awaiting the update that would finally allow them to transfer their favorite Pokémon from Pokémon Home to the new games. After six months, this much-anticipated update is now live. the addition of over 70 Pokémon to the roster has introduced some unexpected issues that are stirring the competitive scene.
The recent update has expanded the roster of Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet by over 70. This includes a mix of legendary Pokémon from Generation VII, Hisuian forms from Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and several others, ranging from Charmander to hat-wearing Pikachus. These Pokémon cannot be caught in the wild, but if players have them in their Pokémon Home, they can now be transferred to their Paldean party.
While this update has been largely celebrated, it hasn’t been without its problems. The most significant issue is that certain attacks from older games aren’t transitioning to Scarlet and Violet. Some Pokémon that could learn specific moves in games like Sword and Shield are finding those moves unavailable in the new games. This has implications for competitive play, as some popular Pokémon builds are being rendered ineffective.
When Pokémon are transferred from Home to Scarlet and Violet, their moves may be reset, forcing players to reteach their Pokémon attacks. This wouldn’t be a problem if all attacks were available in the new games, but as it turns out, some are not. This means that certain Pokémon may lose access to moves that were integral to their competitive value, causing a stir among competitive players.
More Pokémon are expected to be added in the upcoming DLC, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. While it’s hoped this will further expand the possibilities for team-building and competitive play, players are eagerly waiting to see if the issue with moves will be resolved.
Despite these challenges, the update marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It remains to be seen how these developments will affect the game’s competitive scene in the long run. Until then, players can enjoy the expanded roster and anticipate further additions in the upcoming DLC.