The recent release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has fans of the series talking – but not necessarily for the right reasons.
Scour the Twitter feeds of tech-savvy Pokemon trainers who have already started their journey in Paldea, and you’ll find a mixed bag of reviews. Between the cute Pokemon clips and thoughtful reviews are examples of some of the most bizarre Pokemon bugs seen in the 26-year-old series to date – some of which we’ve experienced ourselves. in it Pokémon Scarlet and Violet reviewCat Bussell of TRG said the games were “riddled with frame rate drops, performance issues, and more than the occasional bug”.
Fortunately for Japanese developer Game Freak, however, many Pokemon fanatics are seeing the funny side of these bugs and glitches – in fact, some are even useful. From useful hacks to silliness, we’ve rounded up the most bizarre Pokemon Scarlet and Violet bugs and glitches we found online here for you to enjoy.
Playing Pokemon is as easy as riding a bike; if you’ve done it once, you can do it again. But Scarlet and Violet has some players begging the question: what if that bike was invisible?
That’s what Twitter user OoCPokemon shows us in the clip above, where the player is seen moving around on an invisible machine that looks like a bicycle.
But wait: what if the bike they were not a bicycle, but a Legendary Pokémon called Koraidon or Miraidon? What if you could drive it through the bodies of your friends (without hurting them, of course) while growing five feet taller like some kind of horrifying, bicycle-enthusiastic Slenderman?
a thread of my favorite scarlet violet hardware performance failures starting with this one 😀 pic.twitter.com/BYaGoKe8J6November 18, 2022
The two glitches above seem to be triggered by toggling your trusty vehicle-slash-Pokémon friend that comes with it right out of the box – Koraidon for owners of Pokémon Scarlet and Miraidon if you’ve caught Pokémon Violet. Players have encountered some really weird glitches when playing co-op, so it’s worth joining forces with a friend to see what fresh hell you poor, overworked nintendo switch evokes.
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Oh, and speaking of co-op, this glitch probably left many players wide-eyed in shock when they first came across it. Kocha8164 on Twitter shared this bizarre clip from the game, where one of the two on-screen characters appears to have their physical assets totally altered, with their eyes popping out of their face like on an old Cartoon Network show.
It’s scary and funny, but we see how annoying this one can get after awhile.
What goes up…
This is probably the silliest but most useful trick in Scarlet/Violet. You can easily climb slopes you shouldn’t just by going backwards. pic.twitter.com/RRwveA1m9jNovember 20, 2022
If you were looking for something a little more serious, however, Twitter user ZullieTheWitch has you covered with this glitch finding that is really handy.
As per the clip above, you can manipulate the game to scale high ground simply by jumping onto a wall and quickly moving backwards. This allows you to bypass areas of the map entirely, which isn’t necessarily a big deal if you’re exploring the game for the first time, but will save you a lot of time if you ever need to backtrack.
This character was exposed to the sun’s gravity. pic.twitter.com/k7NoG37blTNovember 20, 2022
Finally, this last flaw gives new meaning to the term “air guitar”. Twitter user Kalhan R shared a clip where one of his characters appeared to be experiencing some, er, difficulties with his movements, with his arms and head waving comically.
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It’s too early to say whether Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will rank high on the lists of best pokemon games never, but just because the game is plagued by a litany of bugs doesn’t mean it won’t be.
We can tell this by the high ranking of Pokemon Go, which has seen its fair share of bugs on and off since its launch in 2016.
While widely seen as a negative thing, the Pokemon games are notorious for their flaws. The most famous of these must be the mysterious Pokémon Red and Blue case of the 152nd Pokémon, Missing No (opens in new tab)🇧🇷
This bug created an entirely new Pokémon if the player followed a specific set of instructions, and MissingNo even allowed you to duplicate your items – which is actually another bug (opens in new tab) by itself in Scarlet and Violet.
Despite the bugs, glitches and other technical issues which are highly indicative of the Switch’s less-than-strong structure, Scarlet and Violet still raked in the coin after selling ten million copies (opens in new tab) in three days.
There’s a lot of damage control to do, but if Game Freak can compensate for users who are feeling annoyed by the bugs while still allowing us to maintain that sneaky climb maneuver, I’d be happy about that.