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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Egg Moves Explained

Players looking to create the ultimate team may want to consider teaching their Pokemon some Egg Moves in Scarlet and Violet.

Egg Moves are a great way to truly customize each and every one of your Pokemon. It enables you to have complete control over each of their moves, which is perfect for competitive play.

Of course, before you get invested in the world of Egg Moves and Chain Breeding, you may want to learn how to get Eggs in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet first.

What Are Egg Moves in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Egg Moves are moves that are passed down from one Pokemon to another through the breeding process in Scarlet and Violet.

It is a move that the new Pokemon (that is hatched from an egg) couldn’t learn normally. Usually, the inherited Egg Move comes from the male species involved in the breeding process.

Egg Moves are a great way to personalize your team. It essentially allows you to choose exactly which moves each Pokemon will have, especially if you do Chain Breeding.

a Azumarill with Egg Moves in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
The Azumarill has learned Aqua Jet and Belly Drum as Egg Moves
Image Credit – ConCon

What Is Chain Breeding in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Chain Breeding is when players breed a Pokemon to inherit an Egg Move and then create a new Pokemon with that Pokemon so that it can learn the Egg Move.

You would use this process to give Egg Moves to Pokemon that cannot breed with the Pokemon that knows the move originally.

So, the process would go like this:

  • Pokemon A (who knows the Egg Move) + B create C.
  • C then inherits the Egg Move.
  • Pokemon C + D create E (who couldn’t breed with A) so that it can inherit the original Egg Move.
a chain breeding chart from Pokemon
Image Credit – Bulbagarden

These chains can get extremely long, requiring multiple breeding attempts in order to create the perfect Pokemon. It can get really long if you want a Pokemon to inherit four unique Egg Move.

Chain breeding is a complicated process. However, once you get the hang of it, it can allow you to create the ultimate team. It is helpful for the competitive scene where you really need a unique advantage.

How Do You Get Egg Moves in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

The first way to get Egg Moves in Scarlet and Violet is by breeding a brand-new Pokemon that has the Egg Move. The second is through Mirror Herbs.

The first way is easy to do and requires one Pokemon that knows the move breeding with another Pokemon (that determines the species) to create the desired Pokemon with the Egg Move.

Of course, to pull off this technique, you’ll need to know how to breed in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. It’s also a handy way of getting more Shiny Pokemon if you’re interested in that.

a player stood next to a hatching Pokemon egg in Scarlet and Violet

How to Get Egg Moves Using a Mirror Herb in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

You can pass down Egg Moves by giving a Pokemon that wants to learn Egg Moves a Mirror Herb and then having a picnic with it and the Pokemon that already know the move(s).

However, you’ll need to make sure that the Pokemon who is learning the move has spare move slot(s) by making it forget a move.

Pokemon can learn multiple Egg Moves this way from multiple Pokemon so long as those Pokemon only have that move equipped and the Pokemon learning the moves has enough empty move slots.

A Hariyama, Azumarill and Marill having a Picnic in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Image Credit – ConCon

For a detailed breakdown of how to get a Pokemon to learn an Egg Move by using a Mirror Herb, continue reading:

  • First, purchase a Mirror Herb from the Cascarrafa City Delibird Presents for 30,000 Poke Dollars.
  • Give the Mirror Herb to the Pokemon that will inherit the moves.
  • Next, make it forget enough moves until it has enough free move slots.
  • Then, find Pokemon(s) that have the move(s) you wish to inherit.
  • Put that Pokemon and the Pokemon(s) you wish to inherit the move(s) in your party and put all other Pokemon in a Box.
    • To put Pokemon in a box, do the following:
      • Press X to open the Menu.
      • Select Boxes.
      • Select the Pokemon you wish to move from your Party with A and then use the left joystick to move them to the Box.
  • Start a Picnic by pressing X while out in the wild and then selecting Picnic.
    • You will need to be in a wide open space with no other trainers around in order to start a picnic.
  • Wait around for a minute or two.
    • During this time, you can make sandwiches and interact with your Pokemon.
  • Finish the picnic (press Y) and then check the Pokemon with the Mirror Herb’s summary.
  • It will have learned any Egg Move it can inherit from the other Pokemon.

Can You Choose Which Egg Moves Pokemon Inherit in Scarlet & Violet?

Yes, you can choose which Egg Moves are transferred from one Pokemon to the other. However, it requires you to remove all moves but the move you wish to inherit from that Pokemon.

For example, if you wanted to inherit Belly Drum from Hariyama, you would need to remove all of Hariyama’s moves but Belly Drum.

A Marill with the move Aqua Jet in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
A Marill that is being used to transfer the move Aqua Jet. All other moves have been removed.
Image Credit – ConCon

To forget a move, you’ll need to:

  • Choose which Pokemon you want to forget a move.
  • Go into its Summary by selecting it in the menu (press X) and then choosing Check Summary.
  • Press left on the D-Pad to move into the Moves and Stats menu.
  • Press A to enter the Change Moves section
  • Select Forget a move, and then choose the move you want to forget.
Forget a Move Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To remember a move, you’ll need to:

  • Choose which Pokemon you want to remember a move.
  • Go into its Summary by selecting it in the menu (press X) and then choosing Check Summary.
  • Press left on the D-Pad to move into the Moves and Stats menu.
  • Press A to enter the Change Moves section
  • Select Remember moves, and then choose the move you want to remember.
Remember Moves Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Unfortunately, there is no way outside of this to specifically choose which moves you transfer from one Pokemon to another.

Which Moves Are Egg Moves in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Every move in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is an Egg Move because an Egg Move is just a move that a Pokemon can only learn through breeding.

Any move that a Pokemon cannot learn through a TM or by simply leveling up is considered an Egg Move.

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