A newly discovered glitch in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet allows the player to very simply duplicate Pokémon, including the incredibly rare shiny ones.
To trigger the glitch, simply catch the Pokémon you want to clone and head directly to the nearest open town that doesn’t require a loading screen to enter. Once the town name appears, save the game and close the software.
— Austin John Plays (@AustinJohnPlays) November 21, 2022
Upon starting back up and reloading, the game should have respawned the Pokémon in the same location at which you caught it the first time around. The glitch only works if used on a proper town that you can walk straight into, and won’t trigger if tried with Team Star compounds or the random Pokémon Centers that you can travel to out in the open world.
Austin John Plays believes the glitch could be caused by entering an open town, at which point he believes the Pokémon in the world outside are put in a suspended state, but not despawned.
Ordinarily, heading back out of the town would cause them to respawn, but by closing the game and re-opening with the save in town, the game redraws the same Pokémon from the previous instance.
Glitches and what IGN called a “grevously poor performance” have been at the forefront of conversations around Pokémon Scarlet and Violet since it launched last week. IGN also released a performance review of the games, saying that, “both in docked and undocked modes, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet present framerate that are hard to ignore.”
Alongside the duplication glitch, players have also discovered a bizarre way to run at double speed. Ironically, however, the official Pokémon virus appears to be missing from this generation.
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