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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet multiplayer – how to play with friends

pokemon scarlet and violet multiplayer co op
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Pokémon is taking huge leaps and is going in strong on the multiplayer mode, allowing you to play with up to four friends co-operatively – a first in the series.

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It’s not just basic training or random match finding for battles, Pokémon has gone above and beyond to offer us amazing features for a great co-op experience, which we detail below.

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How to Play With Friends in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The multiplayer mode allows players to not only organize battles, trade Pokémon and participate in raid battles; it also allows players to have picnics together where they can interact with the Pokémon as well.

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You’ll also be able to go on adventures with your friends in the Pokémon world, something that fans have been wanting for a decade now but until now has not been possible.

How To Play with Friends with the Union Circle

Communication had always been a problem in Pokémon games but thankfully in Scarlet and Violet this is solved by the Union Circle.

There you can access the Poké Portal which will allow players to keep track of their friends by letting them know what they are up to and what activities they are engaging in.

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You can even use the Poke Portal to visit your friend’s worlds by playing the game online.

Follow our steps to play with friends in Scarlet and Violet:

  • Pause the game, then in the menu, select Union Circle. If you are at the Pokemon Center, then you can access this by interacting with the yellow screen.
  • Once inside the Union Circle, you can create a group or join one.
  • If you decide to create a group, then your friends will join your world. But if you are joining a group, then you will go into the host’s world.
  • Then decide if you want to play online or locally.
  • Once a group is formed, the game will give you a 4 digit link code, which you will need to share with your friends. But if you are joining your friends group, then they will need to give you a 4 digital link code.
  • After entering the codes, you all will be in one game and can freely explore Paldean. All of you can join in battles, catch Pokemons, join in raids or just roam around, since Scarlet and Violet is open play.
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The Raid Battles

One of the more interesting aspects of online play and what most players are looking forward to given the success of raid battles in Sword and Shield are the Tera Raid Battles.

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The mechanics have changed a bit this time around and you don’t need to wait around for your party to attack, everyone’s fighting will be simultaneous and it would be interesting to see how it plays out.

Final Thoughts

While the Co-op does seem fun, players will require their own copy of the game on the Nintendo Switch to be able to play with others. Players will also require a Nintendo Switch online subscription to use the in game multiplayer features

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – how to play with friends FAQ

Is Scarlet and Violet cross play?

Scarlet and Violet do not support cross play, as they are Nintendo Switch exclusive games.

Does Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have online PVP Multiplayer?

Yes it does, both Pokémon Scarlet and Violet support online PVP Multiplayer.



Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

on Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Release Date:

18 November 2022