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How to Combine Tatsugiri & Dondozo in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Since Gen Three Pokemon has dabbled in team fights, and in Scarlet & Violet, you can even combine Dondozo and Tatsugiri during double battles.

Dondozo and Tatsugiri are a powerful combo that can even take on Pokemon with advantages over them with their boosted high Defense and Attack.

While there are instances of double battles in the Montenevera Gym Leader Battle and Gym Test, double battles are otherwise absent from the single-player campaign.

To get the most out of a Dondozo and Tatsugiri, you must try double battles in the game’s multiplayer component. To learn how this combination works, read below.

How to Combine Tatsugiri and Dondozo

To combine Tatsugiri and Dondozo, both of them need to be on the battlefield during a Double Battle. Once both Pokemon are in battle, Tatsugiri automatically jumps in Dondozo’s mouth with the Commander Ability, raising its stats.

Have both Pokemon set consecutively on your team, ideally on your team’s first and second spot, so both get out on the field at the same time.

Tatsugiri Jumping into Dondozo's mouth

What Does Combining Dondozo and Tatsugiri Do

Combining Dondozo with Tatsugiri increases Dondozo’s stats by two points each. Additionally, if Dondozo uses the move Order Up, it gains a stat boost based on the type of Tatsugiri in its mouth.

These are all the benefits of this Tatsugiri combination with Dondozo via the Commander ability:

  • Plus two to for every stat of Dondozo.
  • Order Up, the physical signature move used by Dondozo, has additional boost perks aside from its usual 80 Dragon damage.
    • When both Pokemon are combined, it grants another stat boost when used, depending on the form of Tatsugiri inside Dondozo’s mouth. These boosts stack the more you use them.
      • Curly (Orange) – Boosts Defense
      • Droopy (Pink) – Boosts Attack
      • Stretchy (Yellow) – Boosts Speed
  • If Dondozo faints, Tatsugiri returns to battle.
Combining Tatsugiri and Dondozo in a double battle

How To Use Order Up With Tatsugiri

To use Order Up with Tatsugiri, Dondozo must have a Tatsugiri in its mouth with the aid of the Commander ability during a Double Battle. Once this condition is met, Dondozo will receive a stat after using Order Up.

The associated stat increase (listed above) will stack every time you use the Order Up move. Meaning that if you have a Droopy Tatsugiri, Dondozo’s Attack will increase by one every time you use the move.

How to Double Battle in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

To fight double battles in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, Go to the Poke Portal to access “Battle Stadium” and then select the “Double Battle” option after choosing “Ranked” or “Casual.”

You can also double battle with friends using the “Link Battle” option.

In The Singleplayer Montenevera Gym Test.

All Pokemon, no matter the level, will be raised or lowered to Level 50 in multiplayer matches.

Battle Stadium Multiplayer

In this option, you play with random players.

  • Open your menu with the “X” button.
  • Then with the “Left Stick” navigate the menu to highlight “Poke Portal.” To confirm press “A”
PokePortal Menu Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • From here, scroll down to “Battle Stadium” and select this option.
  • Once you are online, agree to the notice and confirm.
    • If it does not automatically connect to the internet, press the “L” button.
  • Select “Casual Battles” or “Ranked Battles.”
Battle stadium main menu in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
  • Choose “Double Battle.”
  • Select your “Battle Team.”
  • Then enter the four Pokemon in the order you want them to fight.
    • The first and second Pokemon will fight together.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Online Double Battles
  • Select “Done” when you are finished and get ready to battle.

This option allows you to play with friends or specific players with whom you have shared your Link Code.

  • Go to the “Poke Portal” as instructed above, except this time, select Link Battle and confirm with the “A” Button.
  • Select “Double Battle” to play 2v2.
  • Move the cursor down to “Set Link Code.” Here either make a link code (like 1234) or enter one a friend gave you.
    • If you make a link code, share it with your friend and ask them to enter the same Link Code.
    • If you are given a link code, enter it in and confirm to connect after your friend does.
  • Choose your Pokemon team as listed above and battle.

Where To Catch Tatsugiri and Dondozo

Dondozo and Tatsugiri Pokemon can both be caught in the Lake Casseroya region in the northwest corner of Paldea.

While Dondozo is only found swimming in Lake Casseroya, Tatsugiri is found both in the water and on the islands scattered across the lake.

Dondozo Spawning Location in Casseroya Lake Pokemon Scarlet Violet
Tatsugiri-Habitat-Location in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

For full overviews of the Pokemon, their types, and more, follow our guides on how to catch Tatsugiri and how to catch Dondozo.

If you’re looking forward to even greater challenges in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, find some pals and get ready to fight the Black Tera Charizard, available from Dec. 1 to 4 and again on Dec. 15 through 18.

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