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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will get a hefty 1 GB day 1 patch for online play

Make sure to download this patch.

We’re nearly a week away from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet being available on the Nintendo Switch and the highly anticipated open-world Pokémon game that will take place in the Paldea region. There have been massive leaks over the past week leading up to the game’s release, and fans are eager to jump into the game. Before it arrives, it does look like the game will receive a large 1 GB patch for the first day.

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The official announcement by The Pokémon Company breakdown will be in this patch. It looks like this will be what players need to download if they want to play online while playing Scarlet and Violet. Without it, players should expect to run into some problems trying to connect with friends. These features include trading, battling, taking on Tera Raid Battles, or receiving the Special Pikachu with the Flying-type Tera skill.

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Much of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can be online with friends, and through multiplayer, so this might be a feature that players want to make sure they take part in, especially if players have different versions of the game and want to trade Pokémon exclusives. This patch will also be critical to take part in Ranked Games, coming in December, and then the competitions coming out sometime in spring 2023.

Beyond the breakdown of these multiplayer features, The Pokémon Company did not share further details regarding any graphical adjustments they would be making or how else the day-one patch would improve the game. The 1.0.1 version will be available when the game goes live in your local time zone.

Despite the multiple leaks for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, fans are eager to jump into the Paldea region. Players will have a chance to explore the game when they officially release on November 18 for the Nintendo Switch.

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Zack Palm is the Senior Writer of Gamepur and has spent over five years covering video games, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Oregon State University. He spends his free time biking, running tabletop campaigns, and listening to heavy metal. His primary game beats are Pokémon Go, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and any newly released title, and he finds it difficult to pull away from any Star Wars game.