Is There Level Scaling in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Can you battle the hardest trainers first, or will you need to save them for last?

by Marc Magrini

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet feature an open world with a size greater than any other Pokémon game. This hasn’t just led to a separation of storylines, as players are also able to find their way to many different areas without being blocked off. There’s still some progression they’ll need to follow, but with just enough ingenuity, it’s possible to reach the toughest gym leaders within the first few hours of gameplay. However, there’s still one major roadblock keeping players from fighting these bosses early. With the game’s massive free roam features, some players might wonder if these special trainers have level scaling in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Do Trainers Have Level Scaling for their Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet?

As it turns out, there is no level scaling in these games. Large portions of the map can be accessed earlier than intended by simply using Koraidon or Miraidon to jump off of cliffs, but trainers — and even many wild Pokémon — will not change their levels no matter how early or late you meet them. This does not change depending on which gym badges you obtain first or which Team Star members you defeat. You can try and challenge yourself to battle foes earlier than intended, but there isn’t much point to doing this.

While Scarlet and Violet lack any sort of level scaling, the games do feature some bonuses for progression. First, obtaining gym badges will make it easier to catch and command higher-level Pokémon in the wild. Second, defeating Team Star members will open up new sections of the map for you to explore. Finally, winning battles against Titan Pokémon will grant your Koraidon or Miraidon new abilities to make traversing the world much easier. In short, you can’t do much in the way of defeating tougher trainers with your level 10 Pokémon. But when it comes to taking early bosses down with overleveled partners, there are actually quite a few options you can take advantage of.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are Nintendo Switch exclusives.

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