The first Pokemon games first came out in 1996 and have since come a long way with regards to graphics and different features. Following in the footsteps of the previous generations, the latest dual entries, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, include exciting new minigames to give players a breather between intense Pokemon battles. This time around, they’ve added a Picnic mode where you and your Pokemon can relax and munch on some mouth-watering Sandwiches.
In your exhausting journey to become Paldea’s Champion, you can stop for some Picnics along the way. Here, you can give your Pokemon a good scrub, set up decorative picnic tables, and give your Pokemons some well-deserved Sandwiches. These Picnics will not only restore your Pokemon’s HP, but they will also increase your friendship level with your furry companions.
With that said, this guide specifically explains what Sandwiches are in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, how to make them, and what effects they will bring. So let’s dive right in!
What Are Sandwiches?
Similar to Curries in Pokemon Sword and Shield, trainers can either make their own Sandwiches through Picnic Mode or buy them premade from stores. When it comes to making your own Sandwiches, you can either be your own chef or follow Recipes, which you can acquire as you progress through the game.
These Sandwiches come with valuable buffs called Meal Powers, which benefit your party. Moreover, every Sandwich has its own Meal Powers and expiry time.
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How To Make Sandwiches?
Now, on to Sandwich making — it’s not that hard, at least for the simpler ones. You have a 10-minute timer to prepare your Sandwich, and your Pokemon will eat almost any Sandwich you make.
Each Sandwich you make comes with a special Meal Power, which has different Power Levels, denoted by stars. The Power Levels depend on how well you stack your ingredients between the bread and influence the effect-intensity of each Meal Power.
How To Stack Your Sandwich?
To stack your Sandwich, all you have to do is pick the ingredients, place them on the bread, and stack them up. However, when it comes to complex Recipes, there are chances of ingredients falling, and consequently, your stack collapsing. This rewards you with lower level-buffs.
Ideally, you’d want to create a solid base by placing your flattest ingredient at the bottom; you can then work your way up from there. And if you have an ingredient that can roll, sandwich it between two food items that can hold it firmly. This ensures your stack remains upright, so higher-level buffs are rewarded.
Finally, you can combine various ingredients and make the most grotesque Sandwiches out there, as it’s not about the taste but the buff that you’re aiming for. However, do note that if you’re not following the exact recipe, you will likely have a lower Power Level in your Meal Power.
Meal Power – Effects
The ingredients in your Sandwiches determine your Meal Power. Overall, there are 10 Meal Powers in the game that the player can obtain, and each Meal Power has its unique effect. Furthermore, there are three levels for Meal Powers, with the effectiveness of the power increasing with each level.
From increasing your encounter probability for a certain type to increasing your catch probability for a certain type, here is a quick table featuring all the Meal Powers and their effects:
|Encounter Power||Increases your chances of encountering a certain type of Pokemon.|
|Egg Power||Increases your chances of finding Pokemon Eggs and increases hatching speed.|
|Exp. Point Power||Increases the Exp. gain for a certain type.|
|Item Drop Power||Increases the number of items dropped after battling a certain type of wild Pokemon.|
|Humungo Power||More likely to find a certain type of large Pokemon.|
|Teensy Power||More likely to find a certain type of small Pokemon.|
|Sparkling Power||More likely to find a certain type of Shiny Pokemon.|
|Raid Power||More rewards from Raid Battles for a certain type of Pokemon.|
|Title Power||Increases your chances of finding a certain type of Pokemon with titles.|
|Catching Power||Increases the chances of catching a certain type of Pokemon.|
Except for Egg Power, all other Meal Powers will buff certain types of Pokemon. As a result, it is critical to understand what meal power an ingredient has and what type of Pokemon it will benefit. For instance, an apple will likely grant the Egg Power Effects and the Item Drop Power Effects. At the same time, it will also boost Flying, Steel, and Ice type Pokemon.
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Get Your First Sandwich Recipe
As mentioned, you can also use Recipes to make Sandwiches which can result in a meal with a high Power Level, translating to a more intense meal effect. To acquire your first Recipe:
- Visit the store with the sandwich icon in Mesagoza Town.
- One of the NPCs over there rewards the player with Recipes.
- As you progress through the game and acquire new badges, new free Recipes will be added.
Every Recipe has its own unique ingredients, and you can buy them from various stores throughout the game. Plus, you can also get some ingredients by battling it out through Standard Battles or Tera Raids.
This explains everything you need to know about Sandwiches in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Although the previous games had Sandwiches, the latest additions to the franchise let you make your own that reward you with valuable buffs. If you’re looking for more helpful guides on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, check out our guides tab!