Welcome to Marriland’s Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Walkthrough! You can navigate by using the navigation menu on the side (on desktop) or by tapping the navigation menu up top (on mobile). The Scarlet & Violet Walkthrough is broken up into several sections, subsections, and then finally pages.
This page is to give you an overview of what to expect from this walkthrough, as the whole process of writing a walkthrough for a non-linear, open-world Pokémon game was actually quite challenging to decide on!
An Open-World Adventure
Due to the nature of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s open-world and non-linear progression, you are encouraged to explore the world at your own pace, and take things on in a way that is most comfortable for you. This makes writing a walkthrough rather challenging, too, not to mention following one!
There are three main storyline arcs, and you’re typically best off going between them as you advance through the game rather than focus on each one until it is complete. These are Victory Road (a more traditional plotline featuring 8 Gym Leaders you need to take down and then the Elite Four and Champion), Path of Legends (tracking down 5 super-sized Titan Pokémon, somewhat similar to the Totem Pokémon from Alola), and Starfall Street (fighting against 5 Team Star Bosses and engaging in chaotic Star Barrage battles).
This walkthrough primarily focuses on the things you need to do, but there are all sorts of things you can do along the way, from exploring to catching Pokémon to fighting Trainers. Don’t feel like you have to stick to the confines of this walkthrough—feel free to explore as you go along, and perhaps come back to the walkthrough if you get stuck on something or if you want to know what sorts of Pokémon you’re about to be fighting in an upcoming boss fight.
The Challenge of Writing an Open-World Guide
On a personal note, the process of writing an open-world walkthrough was quite tricky! It’s the first I’ve ever done for the website and involved several playthroughs, over one hundred hours of recorded footage for 200+ screenshots, and strategic routing and analysis to divide the region into more logical areas than just what the game tells you.
Providing maps and instructions were a key part of the walkthrough, along with presenting things in an easy-to-follow manner, so hopefully these efforts were successful and it’s able to help you!
As Scarlet & Violet do not use traditional encounter tables and as there are thousands of items scattered around in various minor places throughout the map, the whole process of writing such things that I would traditionally cover had to change. Although not available on launch of the walkthrough, eventually I imagine having dedicated area and zone pages that show more of what’s actually available in an area. It’s far too much to include along with the getting-through-the-game part of the walkthrough, though.
Huge thanks to the following people and websites that helped make the walkthrough what it is!
Pokémon Data Sources
Thanks to Kaphotics for providing a very helpful dump of key data from the games, including base stat information, learned moves, and more. Additionally, thanks to mattyoukhana_ on Twitter for providing the asset rips and text rips.
While I tried to use Serebii.net as little as possible throughout the walkthrough-writing process, to help ensure all content was indepedently covered, I did use Serebii.net to cross-check research and also as a reference for things like TM numbers.
Where To Go From Here
That being said, as previously mentioned, to use this walkthrough, it’s recommended that you use the navigation menu to navigate to a specific page—if you’re on a computer, this shows up on the right; if you’re on a smartphone or portrait tablet, you’ll need to click the menu button in the top-right. That will allow you to go to whichever page you want.
However, if you’d like to read the walkthrough in its entirety, from page to page, your next stop can be the Walkthrough Updates page, which just goes over recent updates and changes to the walkthrough.