In Scarlet and Violet, you get the option to catch a Pokemon Off-Guard. These titles feature the latest ninth generation of Pokemon along with a few old favorites. Being an open-world game, you can choose which one to encounter in Paldea. So instead of running into a battle head-on, you can use stealth. Sneaking up on a wild one will give you an advantage in the battle. This guide will tell you how to do it in SV.
How to Catch a Pokemon Off Guard in Scarlet and Violet
While exploring Paldea, you will come across many Pokemon in the wild. If you go near them, they will either start a battle or evade you. If they choose to fight, you can either Battle, Use Pokeball, or Run. But, similar to Legends Arceus, you can choose to sneak up on one. That will surprise the Pokemon and open up a window for you to attack. This can be an excellent strategy against Pokemon with a massive Speed stat. Players can catch a Pokemon off-guard by using a Pokeball from behind or using the crouch mechanic to move toward it.
Use a Pokeball from Behind
If you see a wild Pokemon you want to battle or catch, move around so its back is facing you. Use the Left Trigger to aim at it. This will give you information about its level. So you can decide whether you can fight it. Then, use the Right Trigger to throw a Pokeball at it. Note that if its face or side is toward you, then it won’t work.
Use Crouch to Catch a Pokemon Off-Guard
You can crouch in this game by pressing the B button. Use it before approaching a Pokemon and you will not alert it. Then use the ZL button (Left Trigger) to lock on to it. This can be useful against the ones who evade you like Wiglett.
After catching it off-guard, you can attempt to catch it right away using a Fast Ball. That will immensely increase your catch rate.