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How Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Co-op Works

Play the new Pokémon games with your friends in the Paldea region.

Nintendo has revealed that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be playable with friends via online co-op. While we don’t know everything yet, there are some new elements to the co-op. For instance, you’ll be able to explore the world together. And the new Tera Raid battles are a great place to work together to obtain powerful Pokemon. 

We’ve gathered together everything that we know about co-op so far, including how to access Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s co-op and what you can do together with your friends.

When more information is released we’ll update this guide accordingly.

How Can I Play Pokemon Scarlet and Violet multiplayer co-op?

Up to four people will be able to play Pokemon Scarlet and Violet together. Players will be able to explore Paldea, catch Pokémon, and take part in raid battles. 

To launch multiplayer, you’ll need to use a feature called the Poké Portal. First, make your way to a Union Circle. From what we’ve seen so far, these may be found close to Pokémon Centers around the world. From here, you can use the circle to visit other players’ worlds using the online connection.

All players will need to have their own Nintendo Switch and a copy of Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet to play. Also, they will need to have a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership in order to use Pokémon’s multiplayer features. This includes co-op play, but also includes trading with and battling other people.

So far, there’s been no indication that there will be offline multiplayer added to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

What to do in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet co-op

While playing in co-op multiplayer, you’ll be able to explore the world of Paldea together. You can even all use the Legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon to ride around quickly. However, the main appeal of co-op is taking part in Tera Raid battles. These battles require friends to work together to defeat and catch more powerful Pokémon. These Tera Pokémon may have unusual types, and be great additions to your collection. Therefore, taking part in the Raid battles can be both fun and useful.

The Tera Raid battles are on their own timing and you can all attack or heal your Pokémon at once. So you don’t need to wait around for your friends to act. You can constantly be making your own moves while your friends do their own thing. It’s not exactly clear when the opponent Pokémon will be able to move, but try to beat them quickly and add them to your collection!