February 7, 2023

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet – what to do when you finish the game

So you’ve finished Pokemon Scarlet or Violet and you’re wondering what to do next. Well we’ve got you covered. Even without the Battle Tower, here are some activities that will keep you busy for dozens of hours.

Technically, Scarlet and Violet’s story doesn’t end with the credits. Geeta will ask you to report to all Gym Leaders in Paldea. Of course, a “check-in” means a fight, and any studio manager will beat you with everything they’ve got. Once you’ve defeated all the hall leaders a second time, you can enter the school tournament. This way you can re-measure your friends and teachers at their best. You must do this at least once to complete the post-game story content, but you can technically enter this tournament as many times as you like. In addition, you can also fight the generals of Team Stars again if you return to their base.

Once you finish the tournament, Jacq will call you and tell you about difficult Tera Raids that are popping up all over Paldea. Do a few of these and he’ll call you again to warn you about even harder 6-star raids. 6-Star Raids have a glowing pink outline on the map and can be significantly harder than 5-Star Raids depending on the Pokémon and its type. When it comes to these raids, I highly recommend teaming up with a few friends or matchmaking with randoms.

You can always join other raids via the PokePortal in the pause menu, but it can be difficult to actually join raids from this menu. It’s best to wait until you can refresh the raid list and join something quickly.

Why would you do those difficult raids? The rewards for completing 5 and 6 star raids are usually worth the effort. 5 and 6 star raids usually feature rare Pokemon with awesome base stats. Even if you manage to catch one of these rarer Pokemon in the wild, its stats will be inferior. You can check a Pokemon’s base stats or individual stats, but press Plus in the box menu on a Pokemon. The word “Best” next to a specific stat means his IV is perfect for that stat! “Not good” means that his IV is 0 for that value. It’s worth noting that you can’t see a Pokemon’s IVs until you’ve finished the game and stopped at a Pokemon Center. This unlocks the Judge feature.

Along with the powerful Pokemon, 5 and 6 star raids could potentially net you some rare items: Ability Capsules, Ability Patches, and Herba Mystica. Ability Capsules allow you to change a Pokemon’s ability, while Ability Patches allow you to change a Pokemon’s ability to its hidden ability if it has one. These items are incredibly useful if you’re planning on putting together some competitive teams. Meanwhile, when used correctly, Herba Mystica can dramatically increase your chances of finding a Shiny Pokemon.

If you have trouble with these raids, I recommend that you return to the depths of Area Zero to catch your extra Muraidon or Koraidon depending on the version. You can technically use your rig in raids, but it’s nice to have an extra one in your crates just in case.