Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to make your Pokemon an Auto-Battle

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One of the best new features in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is the ability to send your Pokemon out onto the field to automatically battle other Pokemon. This can be a great quick way to level up your entire team!

But how do you get your Pokémon to fly by itself? Here’s our guide to the new auto battle mechanic!

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Auto Battle Guide: Let’s Go and Walk with Pokemon

How to enable auto battle

Very early in the game, before you even get to Los Platos, where auto battles are explained, you’ll be able to send out the first Pokémon in your party by pressing the right side button.

You can aim your Pokémon, either vaguely in one direction or precisely by holding the left trigger, to determine what they will do. Point the Pokémon at another Pokémon to automatically battle it. Point the Pokémon at an item to pick it up.

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Sometimes Pokémon will automatically follow the same pattern, especially if there are other Pokémon or items nearby. You can target a group of Pokémon, such as a flock of birds or a small gathering of Lechonks, to increase the chance that your Let’s Go Pokémon will take down several of its own.

How does auto battle work?

There is a round, I win or lose.

Your Pokémon’s level and type, and its opponent’s level and type, will determine who wins a battle. You won’t enter the battle interface and you don’t need to have any input, everything is automatic.

Your Pokémon will get a small amount of XP, and the rest of your Pokémon team will get half (rounded down).

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Be warned, though: your Pokémon can lose health during these auto-battles, and while they won’t faint, their health can drop to 1 HP, and then they won’t be able to fight automatically until they’re healed.

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You also won’t be able to catch a Pokemon during auto battle, so make sure you don’t send your Pokemon in if there are rare or uncaught Pokemon in the area!

You will also get some Pokemon materials, which can be used in the TM machine to create new TMs.

What is Let’s go?

It’s the name of the auto-battle feature, which is a new mechanic for the mainline Pokemon games that’s similar to how Pokemon Legends: Arceus allows you to launch your Pokemon without needing to go into battle.

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When you start Let’s Go with your leader Pokémon by pressing the right shoulder button while targeting a wild Pokémon, it will be able to move around the area on its own, automatically fighting and finding items.

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What is Walking with Pokémon?

Walk With Pokémon is the non-violent version of Let’s Go! By pressing the right trigger, you can launch your main Pokémon without instructing them to fight. They will walk beside you unless you stray too far.


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