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The Union Circle (Japanese: ユニオンサークル Union Circle) is a feature first introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It allows four players to connect with each other via local wireless or the Internet, enabling trading and battling between players as well as allowing them to travel through the game's areas and hold picnics together.
It is first unlocked when the player first visits a Pokémon Center, where it can be accessed from any Pokémon Center in Paldea or from the Poké Portal in the menu. The current time is shared between all players in the same instance while playing in co-op via the Union Circle, determined by the player hosting the group.
The Union Circle is required for Finizen to evolve.
Most version-exclusive Pokémon can be encountered and caught by players of the opposite version who join a Union Circle or Tera Raid Battle, except for Koraidon and Miraidon, which require trading. Armarouge and Ceruledge can be obtained through raids, even solo raids in the opposite version that their Evolution items can be obtained in, but not a Union Circle, and vice versa for Paradox Pokémon.
When multiple players join a co-op session via the Union Circle, each player has a radius where Pokémon will generate around them, and the chance of a Shiny Pokémon appearing, and their respective bonus Shiny rolls, are determined by the player that "caused" that Pokémon to appear. If multiple players stand near each other, one of the players spawns will take priority. If players stand near the player hosting the Union Circle, it appears to always prioritize the host player's spawns and respective Shiny chances.
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