Pokémon Scarlet and Violethave introduced new systems and mechanics to the way trainers build a team and search for Pokémon. Meal Powers allow trainers to increase chances of finding and catching certain Pokémon and items by eating meals or making sandwiches at a picnic spot. To increase the likelihood of your team being the very best, that no one ever was, you’ll want to know how these meal powers work. There are many to choose from, and we’ve outlined them all below.
What is a Meal Power?
Meal Powers are part of a new system introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that allow trainers to increase their chances of finding specific Pokémon or Pokémon types, gain extra EXP whilst traversing the Paldea region, add an increased chance of a certain Pokémon Egg being created during breeding and more. There are different ways you can obtain Meal Powers. Firstly, you can go to any of the restaurants in the game and look at the menu. Each food item will have different Powers and you can see which they are before purchasing a meal.
Another way to obtain these is by creating sandwiches whilst at a picnic spot. You can collect ingredients from people whilst out in the wild or there are stores in cities which sell individual ingredients too. Each ingredient has a different power and, if used correctly in a recipe, can create a sandwich with three different powers. To set up a picnic, find a suitable place in the wild, open the menu and scroll to the picnic option. Approach the picnic table once the picnic has been set up and choose ‘Make a Sandwich’ from the available options. To learn more recipes, speak to the NPC in front of Every Wich Way restaurants in different cities. These recipes are free, and will help you make a wider variety of sandwiches.
Catching Power, when used, increases the likelihood of catching Pokémon of a certain type. For example, if you were to eat a sandwich that has a Catching Power for Dragon types, you will have a higher chance of catching Dragon-type Pokémon. If a Pokémon is of a higher level than you and you’re eager to catch it, this power is useful to use, especially for the Legendary Pokémon. Sandwiches that have the Catching Power buff include Jam (Fighting), Dessert (Flying), Ultra Cheese (Water), BLT (Grass).
Egg Power increases the likelihood of finding eggs in your basket during a picnic, which is the new method of breeding Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet. When eating something with Egg Power you can breed Pokémon faster and find eggs more frequently. Sandwiches that boost Egg Power include Great Peanut Butter, Sweet Jambon-Beurre, Tropical and Tofu.
This is a great boost to use when looking for Pokémon in the wild. Eating something with a specific Encounter Power will increase the likelihood of finding wild Pokémon of a specific type. For example, if you need to find a Gengar to complete your Pokédex, eating something that boosts Encounter Power for Ghost-type Pokémon will make it more likely for Gengar to spawn in known areas. You can check the area a Pokémon is usually found in the Pokédex even before registering its information. Sandwiches that boost Encounter Power include Herbed Sausage (Fighting), Potato Salad (Steel), Klawf Claw (Grass) and Classic Bocadillo) Ghost).
Experience Point Power
If you’re looking to level up your Pokémon faster, we have a guide for that. Part of that process includes eating sandwiches with Experience Point Power. The EXP gained from battling Pokémon of a certain type will increase with this boost. If you ate a sandwich with Grass Experience Point Power, you would want to ideally find an outbreak of Grass-type Pokémon and defeat them in order for the EXP gained to be increased. Some sandwiches which boost Experience Point Power are Master Egg (Normal), Master Tower (Fighting), Ultra Zesty (Ground) and Ultra Decadent (Ghost).
This unusual sandwich power increases the likelihood of finding a giant Pokémon. Eating something with this boost will increase the likelihood of finding large Pokémon of a particular type. For example, if you’re looking for a Gyarados, you will need the Humungo Power for Water-type Pokémon. Some sandwiches that can boost Humungo Power include Sushi (Normal), Master Refreshing (Poison), Noodle (Ground) an Spicy Jambon-Beurre (Ghost).
Exactly the opposite to Hummungo Power, Teensy Power will increase the likelihood of encountering smaller wild Pokémon of a specific type. For example, if you wanted the tiny mouse-type Pikachu, you’d want to eat something that will boost Electric Teensy Power. Some sandwiches that boost Teensy Power include Legendary Sour (Ice), Master Pickle (Grass), Great Vegetable (Bug) and Ultra Ham (Rock).
Item Drop Power
Trainers using the new TM crafting mechanic in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will want to use Item Drop power to get more resources for crafting. Item Drop Power increases the materials received from wild Pokémon of a particular type. For example, if you consume a sandwich Item Drop Power for Water types, when you defeat Magikarp you will receive more Magikarp Scales than usual. There are many recipes that will increase Item Drop Power, including Ultra Tropical (Water), Master Fruit (Poison), Ultra Jam (Ground) and Master Classic Bocadillo (Ghost).
The final Power that you can gain from a recipe is Raid Power. This increases the rewards dropped from completing Tera Raids of Pokémon of a certain type. This is especially helpful, as Tera Raid rewards are already plentiful and include many resources to level up Pokémon such as Exp Candies as well as special items to sell for money, materials to craft TMs and more. Sandwiches that can boost Raid Power for certain types of Pokémon include Master Fried Fillet (Normal), Sweet (Flying), Egg (Rock) and Great Five-Alarm (Fire).
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are out now for the Nintendo Switch
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