Pokemon Scarlett and Violet are no strangers to bugs and glitches. However, the latest problem players have discovered runs deeper than the occasional texture appearance.
Members Pokemon scarlet and violetCompetitive multiplayer has revealed a troubling bug in the PvP Battle Stadium. In short, every PvP battle on the field seems to use the same RNG (Random Number Generator) seed when generating random results in battle.
In practical terms, this means that players can see which order of attacks will hit and miss, and coordinate their moves accordingly. Considering the RNG component of Pokémon battles, this is a serious problem for competitive players. Ex: Moves with 90% accuracy or less seem guaranteed to be missed the first time they are used (ex reddit (Opens in a new tab)), thus players learn to avoid them, hoping their opponent will use them first. Players on Twitter have also reported similar issues.
This bug goes beyond technical and aesthetic issues with Scarlet and Violet and directly affects the systems at the heart of the Pokémon experience.
Sorry, Pokémon Scarlet/Violet Battle Stadium currently uses the same RNG seed in every battle. This allows us to pick moves to make sure OHKO moves like Sheer Cold always hit! pic.twitter.com/lSlBJr1AF6November 27, 2022
Pokemon Scarlett and Violet Nintendoswitch The release is riddled with performance issues and bugs, with textures and characters cutting scenes as two of the most noticeable issues. However, this particular issue outweighs choppy animations and framerate issues. This RNG bug hits the heart of the Pokémon: Battle System.
Like any of the files The best role-playing games There, Pokémon live and die in their fighting mechanics. The tension of battling a pocket monster back and forth and the careful calculation that keeps it afloat has been at the heart of the Pokémon experience since the days of Red and Blue.
Those defining moments in a Pokémon battle, where we’re pushed to our limits, are what make games. The familiar beep sounds as our friend’s health drops to red. We dig deep, grit our teeth, and go on a final, perilous assault to try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. At that last moment, we cross our fingers and hope that luck is on our side.
With a broken RNG seed in PvP mode, Pokémon simply can’t offer that experience to competitive players in the same way, and it breaks my heart a bit.
Despite this newly revealed issue, Scarlet and Violet remain packed with bold, innovative features that push the envelope on Pokémon in a big way. However, it is disturbing that the depth and breadth of the bugs affecting the game are wide enough to undermine the core battle system.
Competitive Pokémon battles have been a staple of the Pokémon fan community since the series’ inception. The fact that Game Freak dropped a (Poké) ball here too is disappointing because it’s possible for ambitious, open-world titles to be released for the Switch to work in style; Just look at Xenoblade Chronicles 3 or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
By not catching this bug prior to launch, Game Freak introduced a flaw into most important Pokémon systems.