How to Reset and Boost EVs With Mochi in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Say goodbye to vitamins and hello to mochi, the simplest way to EV train Pokémon.

by Thomas Cunliffe
Blue, purple, red, green, black, yellow, and white mochi lined up on a scarlet and violet gradient background. The Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet logos are above
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Effort Values can significantly impact your Pokémon’s performance in competitive battles. While EV training has become more accessible in recent years, it’s now easier than ever with the introduction of mochi in Pokémon Scarlet/Violet’s The Teal Mask DLC. This guide covers everything you need to know about mochi, including how to boost and reset EVs easily.

How to Get Mochi in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask

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To earn mochi in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you need to participate in the Ogre Outsin’ outside Kitakami Hall. At the end of the minigame, you’ll earn a random assortment of mochi, depending on the difficulty and how well you performed. You can even earn a shiny Munchlax if you’re brave enough to complete its Hard difficulty.

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Ogre Outsin’ is unlocked naturally as you progress through The Teal Mask, becoming available during the Kitakami Festival. There is no way to obtain mochi for players that don’t own the DLC — unless a DLC player trades a Pokémon holding it. If you’re a good friend, you can also EV train your buddy’s Pokémon and trade it back to them.

Related: Where to Catch Poltchageist in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: The Teal Mask

How to Use Mochi to Train and Reset EVs

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EVs (Effort Values) are hidden values that affect your Pokémon’s stats. You’ll typically raise your Pokémon’s EVs through regular battles, with each defeated Pokémon granting an EV point in their best stat.

Every 4 EVs in a stat will permanently boost that stat by 1, up to a maximum of 255 EVs in a single stat. Pokémon can gain a total of 510 EVs across the board, so trainers generally focus on maxing out two stats.

Feeding mochi to a Pokémon increases its respective EV by 10 points, meaning you need 25 mochi to max out a Pokémon’s EVs in a single stat. We’ve listed each mochi below and the stat they affect below.

All Mochi in Pokémon Scarlet/Violet

  • Health Mochi — HP
  • Muscle Mochi — Attack
  • Resist Mochi — Defense
  • Genius Mochi — Special Attack
  • Clever Mochi — Special Defense
  • Swift Mochi — Speed
  • Fresh-Start Mochi — Resets all EVs

To use mochi, open your bag, navigate to the mochi you wish to use in the Other Items section, and then select Use this item. You’ll need the Pokémon you want to train in your party.

How to Reset EVs in Pokémon SV

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The Fresh-Start Mochi (white) will completely reset a Pokémon’s EVs to zero. This is perfect for Pokémon you’ve already battled with and have a wild assortment of EVs in various stats. Unlike the old method of herbs, this also doesn’t affect friendship!

Wondering what to use your mochi on? Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti are excellent choices to crush the trainers around Kitakami. For competitive players, Sinistcha looks incredibly promising thanks to its signature Matcha Gotcha ability.

This guide was written while playing Pokémon Scarlet on Nintendo Switch.

- This article was updated on September 16th, 2023

About The Author

Thomas has been a freelance writer since 2021 and considers himself a connoisseur of all things Nintendo, Blizzard, and Marvel. Since amassing 145,000+ followers on a Facebook page about Diddy Kong with a backward hat in 2015, Thomas has become a trusted voice in the gaming community across publications such as AOTF, PC Invasion, and Gfinity. His greatest achievements include catching every Pokémon, completing every quest in World of Warcraft (yes, all of them), and naming his dog 'Mass Effect 3.' Thomas is extraordinarily passionate about the video game industry and its community. He enjoys writing about various topics, including popular games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, and WoW, and exploring the latest AAA and indie titles.