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How To Get Foreign Ditto in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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As with any other Pokémon game, obtaining a shiny Pokémon is a fervent aim every trainer has. With the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, fans were hopeful for getting their hands on even more rare shiny Pokémons. To that end, a Foreign Ditto is an essential component in collecting rare shiny Pokémons.

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To learn what a Ditto is, particularly why it is a Foreign one, and how to obtain one, keep reading this comprehensive guide.

What is a Foreign Ditto in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Ditto is quite a special Pokémon, owing to the fact that it can breed with any other Pokémon. Not only that, but being genderless, it will breed with either gender of the other Pokémon. Thus it is a very versatile and powerful Pokémon. It is a key component in Pokémon breeding to produce shiny Pokémon.

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Now onto the subject of Foreign Ditto. In Pokémon games, any Pokémon that originates from a different game region becomes a foreign version of that Pokémon. So if you are playing in the US region and you trade with a Japanese region player, then that Pokémon will become a Foreign variant.


That said, what is the point of these Foreign variant Pokémons? Well, there’s a mechanic in Pokémon that increases your odds of getting a shiny Pokémon through breeding. Known as the Masuda method, it entails that if you breed a Pokémon with its foreign counterpart, then you are six times more likely to get a shiny version as a result. As you imagine, this is primarily what makes Foreign Ditto’s so valuable. 

How To Get A Foreign Ditto in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The only way to obtain a Foreign Ditto in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is to receive a Ditto, through trading, from a player who is from a different physical region.

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What this means is that if you are playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in America, you have to receive a Ditto from someone who isn’t from America (say Europe or Japan) for it to become a Foreign Ditto.

Steps To Acquire A Foreign Ditto 

Acquiring Foreign Dittos is such a universal need that players in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have created a trade channel where they just trade Dittos with each other so they can get the Foreign version. To access this trade channel and start trading, just follow these simple steps:

  1. After starting Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, open the ‘Poke Portal’.
  2. Navigate over to the ‘Link Trade’ menu.
  3. Next, select the ‘Set Link Code’ option.
  4. A prompt will pop up asking you to ‘Set Link Code’.
  5. Enter the code: 44484448.
  6. Click ‘Begin Searching’.

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Just keep in mind to make sure the player you are trading with is from a different region. As trading Dittos with someone from the same region as yours is not going to achieve anything. With how many players are interested in acquiring a Foreign Ditto, it shouldn’t take you long till you find someone from a different region willing to trade Dittos with you.

Final Thoughts

If collecting all the Pokémons is still not enough of a challenge for you, then you could try collecting all the shiny versions as well. The only way you are going to be able to do that in the least amount of time is to get yourself Foreign Dittos and utilize the Masuda method to tilt the odds in your favor and breed the shiny variants yourself.