There are hundreds of Pokémon that you can catch while playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. They appear in every corner of the Paldea region and your ultimate goal is to catch them all at least once. There are multiple ways to do this, and it can be a challenge to keep track of all the ones you’ve already captured. Here’s what you need to know to check if you’ve already caught a Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
How do you know you’ve already caught a Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?
The quickest way to tell if you’ve already encountered a Pokémon is by the question marks above its head. If you do, this is the first time you’ve seen the Pokémon and you haven’t added it to your Pokédex. That means you haven’t seen them in the wild, and you haven’t fought another trainer who used that Pokemon against you. Any Pokemon with question marks over their head when you target them is your top priority.
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Now, even if you see a Pokemon with a name above its head, it doesn’t mean you’ve caught it before and have a full Pokédex entry. Instead, the name must be above the Pokémon’s head and there must be a Poké Ball next to its name. This Poké Ball also appears alongside the Pokémon’s name, its health bar, any status effects it has, and its level during a battle. If you come across a wild Pokémon without this Poké Ball icon next to its name, it means you haven’t caught it yet and you want to engage it in battle, lower its health as much as possible, and try to catch it.
These are quicker ways to tell if you already have a Pokemon in your possession. Alternatively, you can scroll through your Pokédex manually, which may take longer than entering a fight.
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