Pokemon Scarlet & Violet breeding guide: Masuda Method, Egg Power & Picnics

Laura Gray
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Egg Breeding

Gen 9 has seen the Pokemon Daycare retired and replaced with a brand new breeding and eggs system involving the Pokemon Picnic. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get eggs and breed Pokemon Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Breeding is an essential and well-loved feature of Pokemon. Breeding allows players to select moves, Abilities, and more by partnering Pokemon together to create an egg. In the past, this has been done by leaving compatible Pokemon at the region’s Pokemon Daycare.

However, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have created a more streamlined way for players to breed eggs: having a Picnic. The new feature can be used anywhere in Paldea, and trainers can make Sandwiches, bathe their Pokemon and grind eggs while they rest between adventures.

Below is everything Pokemon Scarlet & Violet players need to know about breeding through Picnics and how to boost chances for a Shiny.


How breeding works in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

To get started breeding eggs, players must have two compatible Pokemon in their party. For two Pokemon to be compatible they must either be in the same Egg Group or have Ditto be one of the parents.

When not using Ditto, the egg will always hatch into the first form of the mother’s evolution line. This means that you want to make sure that the female is the Pokemon you are trying to breed.

Additionally, if you’re planning to breed a Pokemon for specific Egg Moves, make sure one of the parents knows the moves in question.

After selecting the desired breeding pair, players will want to start a Picnic. As the Picnic is active, eggs will begin spawning in the egg basket. This does not require any walking.

The eggs will stack in the basket and can be collected anytime. When collected, they will fill any empty slots in the player’s party, with extras being transferred to boxes. The basket can hold 10 eggs at a time before it needs emptying.

How to breed in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Below is a step-by-step guide on how players can breed Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet.

  1. Have two breeding compatible Pokemon in your party
  2. Start a Picnic from the “X” menu
  3. Wait until an egg appears in the basket
  4. Collect eggs
  5. Walk until the egg hatches
  6. Repeat this process until you’ve acquired your desired Pokemon

Eggs will fill up the player’s empty party spaces and then be sent to a box once the party is full.

Pokemon Picnic
Pokemon can be bred while using the Picnic

How to make Egg Power sandwich in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Crafting sandwiches will offer players a list of buffs while exploring the Paldea region. One of these is ‘Egg Power’. This limited-time bonus makes it “more likely to find Pokemon Eggs,” and can be obtained through crafting sandwiches or purchasing meals that offer the boost.

The best sandwich to use for Egg Power is the Jam Sandwich which can be made with x1 Jam and x1 Strawberry. Alternatively, the Compote du Fils can be purchased for $2,800 from the Gastronomie En Famille restaurant in Cascarrafa.

You can also check our full Sandwich recipe guide here for more details on how to increase different effects.

Does the Masuda method work in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Yes, players can use the Masuda Method in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The Masuda Method involves placing two compatible Pokemon from games with different languages together to breed. Doing so greatly increases the odds of getting an egg with a Shiny Pokemon.

The standard odds for a Shiny are a potential 1/4096, but with the Masuda method, those odds are increased to a potential 1/683.

Additionally, players who unlock the Shiny Charm and use it with the Masuda Method can lower those rates even further, for a potential 1/512. And in case you want to go even further, you can use our Shiny Sandwich guide.

And that’s it! Those looking to find out more about Pokemon Scarlet & Violet can check out our other guides below:

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About The Author

Laura Gray is a former Senior Writer for Dexerto who mainly covered Pokémon, farming simulation titles, Dungeons and Dragons, and other family-friendly games. Living in Idaho, Laura has previously written for Screen Rant and also works as a book/comic illustrator.