Using the Map App in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet

Every Trainer with a badge or two under their belt knows that the journey is as important as the destination. Luckily, your Rotom Phone has the perfect tool for planning where you’re going and how to get there. The Paldea region’s map plays a more involved role than in past games—rather than following a series of linear routes, you’ll be working with a dynamic app that’s bursting with locational and topographical details. It might be a bit overwhelming at first, but taking some time to learn about the map app’s various icons will make charting your course a breeze!

Pokémon Centers, Tera Raid crystals, Pokémon Gyms, Team Star’s crew bases, and Titan Pokémon’s lairs all have their own special icons on your map app. Hovering over icons for specific Gyms, bases, and lairs will reveal more information about the Trainer or Pokémon you’ll be facing there. Tera Raid icons additionally indicate the Tera Type of the wild Terastallized Pokémon you can challenge at that Tera Raid crystal. After you’ve visited a major location once, an icon displaying a small pair of wings will indicate that you can take a Flying Taxi to quickly return there at any time. Pokémon Centers are the most common Flying Taxi destinations, but there are other special locations you can fly to, such as the academy.

Zooming in on your map in specific cities or towns with the ZR Button will also reveal a more detailed map where you can find the exact shop you want to visit. All these icons look the same, but the names of each specific shop will appear, making it easier than ever to find your next trendy haircut or stylish accessory.

When it comes to using the map and finding your way to a specific icon, the easiest way to point yourself in the right direction is to set a destination. After you close the app, you’ll pivot to face your target location. But you won’t always be able to get there as the Murkrow flies—keep an eye on certain landmasses and bodies of water that might be in your way. If a route looks like it could be traversed with Koraidon or Miraidon’s current roaming capabilities, it’s probably fair game! And if it’s not, you might want to try revisiting the location after completing more tasks in the storylines available to you.