Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Mass Outbreak Guide

In this Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Mass Outbreak guide, we will cover all you need to know about it, from what they are to how to find them.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Mass Outbreaks

If you have played Pokemon Legends Arceus, then you must be familiar with the mass outbreaks feature in it. Thankfully, the same mass outbreak feature is returning in Pokemon scarlet and violet. This Pokemon scarlet and violet mass outbreak guide is for you if you are looking to find out more about the game, especially mass outbreaks.

The mass outbreaks in Pokemon scarlet and violet are quite different from the ones we came across before. It is because, if you were patient enough, the mass outbreaks in Pokemon Legends Arceus almost guaranteed a shiny. However, that is not the case in Pokemon scarlet and violet, but they do increase the chances of getting a shiny by a lot.

In this Pokemon scarlet and violet mass outbreak guide, we will cover everything that you need to know about it, from what they are to how to find them.

So, without any further ado, let us jump right into it.

What This Article Contains

  • Mass outbreaks are gatherings of a certain type of pokemon in a specific location.
  • They increase your shiny chances and are a great way to farm for materials and XP.
  • You can only end the mass outbreak by either catching or defeating pokemon.
  • To find the mass outbreaks, look for either a pokemon symbol or a question mark (?) on the map.
  • If you do not have the mass outbreak pokemon, then you have about 120 chances to catch it.

What Are Mass Outbreaks

Mass outbreaks in Pokemon scarlet and violet are events in which 120 of a single type of pokemon appear in a certain location on the map. They are a great way for you to farm for materials and XP and increase your chances of getting a shiny pokemon.

You will get new mass outbreaks each day, and the only way to clear them out is by capturing or defeating the pokemon. Clearing the mass outbreaks will be like a piece of cake, thanks to the Let’s Go feature in the game. Something that you should know is that your Let’s Go pokemon will not attack a shiny pokemon.

Something that you should know is that the pokemon in mass outbreak will keep on spawning until you have either caught or defeated them all. Moreover, you should not try to make a pokemon in a mass outbreak flee, as it will not count towards clearing that outbreak.

Before we move any further, we highly suggest that you read our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Classes guide. In it, we have covered everything that you need to know about them, from answers for midterms and finals to rewards from classes.

How To Find The Mass Outbreak

Finding mass outbreaks in pokemon scarlet and violet is pretty easy to do. All that you need to do is open up your map and look around for either a pokemon symbol or the question mark (?) symbol. These symbols will have a purplish-red hue behind them as well, indicating that there is currently a mass outbreak for that pokemon.

The image shows the symbol that indicates that the pokemon scarlet and violet mass outbreak is of the pokemon shown
The Symbol Encircled Shows That The Outbreak Is Of That Pokemon

The pokemon symbol shows that the mass outbreak is of that pokemon. The “?” symbol, on the other hand, indicates that the mass outbreak is of a pokemon that is not yet registered in your Pokedex. To find out what the pokemon in question is, just explore the said area.

The image shows the question mark symbol that indicates a mass outbreak in pokemon scarlet and violet
The Question Mark Symbol

We have summarized the process of finding mass outbreaks down below:

  • Press “Y” to open up your map
  • Look around for the mass outbreak symbol, which will either be a question mark (?) or a pokemon.
  • Press “A” to select them and then choose the “Set as Destination” option
  • All that you need to do is follow the marker on your map until you reach the outbreak that you selected.

How Can Mass Outbreaks Be Useful

Mass outbreaks in pokemon scarlet and violet can turn out to be extremely useful. Therefore you should not be one of the players who disregard them, and here is why:

  1. You can also catch the pokemon in mass outbreaks. Therefore, if you do not have the said pokemon, then you have about 120 chances to bag it, which is quite good if we are being honest. In addition to that, if you are not familiar with a particular shiny, do not worry, as you will be able to easily figure the odd one out from the group
  2. They are a fast and easy method to get XP. All that you need to do is select a pokemon that is strong against the mass outbreak pokemon and then use the Let’s Go feature to auto-battle. You can initiate the auto-battle by pressing the RB button (also known as the right bumper or right shoulder button).
  3. The most important use of mass outbreaks in pokemon scarlet and violet is that they increase your shiny chances exponentially. As the number of pokemon that you defeat in a mass outbreak increases, so do your shiny chances. Let us take a closer look at them:
    • Once you have defeated 20-30 pokemon, your shiny chances double. They basically go from 1-in-4096 to 1-in-2048.
    • Once you have defeated 50-60 pokemon, your shiny chances almost triple as they go to 1-in-1366.

Something that you should know is that having a shiny charm will further increase your shiny chances by 2x. For those who do not know, you can get the shiny charm by completing the Paldea Pokedex.

Final Words

With that, we come to the end of our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet mass outbreaks guide. We hope that you enjoyed reading this guide. If you found this guide to be helpful and informative, you should head over to our other guides on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, like the best water types, fire stones, how to breed pokemon, titan order, and more.

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