List of glitches (Generation IX)

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This is a list of glitches that occur in the Generation IX core series Pokémon games.

Scarlet and Violet

All versions

Miscellaneous

Once-in-a-Lifetime Ribbon missing logic

Likely due to an oversight, the logic for the Once-in-a-Lifetime Ribbon to be granted to Pokémon is not present in the game. Despite being unobtainable, the official guidebook mentions it is intended to be obtained from Surprise Trade at a 1/100 chance to be applied to traded Pokémon.[1]

Memory leak

Due to a memory leak[2], the longer the game remains open, the more performance issues occur, eventually leading to heap corruption errors, potentially causing crashes, savefile corruption, and a wide variety of glitches.

This can be solved partially by exiting the main map via entering Mesagoza, shops and houses with an interior map, gyms, or Area Zero, or closing and reopening the game periodically.

Out-of-bound spawning glitch

Pokémon and items will often spawn in places inaccessible to the player, such as behind walls, below the ground, underwater, or inside objects such as trees, rocks, or buildings.

Picnic glitch

If the player attempts to open a picnic while riding Koraidon/Miraidon on a body of water, they will be brought back to where they've been before entering the body of water.

Pokémon Egg Shiny Roll bug

When breeding, if any personality value rerolls are applied, (such as the additional Shiny rolls provided via the Masuda method or Shiny Charm), the initial roll to generate a personality value is skipped.

This glitch is also present in the core series Generation VIII games.

Running speed glitch

On handheld mode, if the player connects a second controller (i.e. a Pro Controller) and hold both joystick on the attached left Joy-con and second controller diagonally in the same direction, they will run at even faster speed than usual.

Town Map glitch

After the credits roll, the player will be transported to their dorm room in the Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV, but the player's location on the Town Map will still be marked as the Great Crater of Paldea until they leave the academy building.

Texture/model glitches

Overworld disguise glitch

Certain Pokémon such as Zorua and Ditto spawn in the overworld disguised as another species. Due to nearby spawns being retained after saving and reloading the game, nearby instances of disguised Pokémon will still be present if the player saves near one, then closes, and reopens the game.

However, when reloading the game, the Pokémon will lose its disguise and appear as the correct species. If encountered in battle, it appears to "transform back into itself", playing the typical animation for losing its disguise, but not changing models.[3]

Glaseado Gym Test texture quirk
Koraidon and Miraidon during the Glaseado Gym Test, with glitched textures

During the Glaseado Gym Test, Koraidon may appear with its body textures heavily desaturated and Miraidon may appear with a white texture across most of its body, apparently missing its typical body textures. This is opposed to a subtle "snow-dusted" texture overlaid on top of their respective correct colorations, which is the intended appearance.

Texture overlay glitch

In some cases, Pokémon will appear with another texture overlaid across their body.[4]

Espathra hair texture glitch
Espathra and its Shiny form, displaying the incorrect hair coloration

When the camera is far from Espathra, its hair, which is normally white, is shown as the same color as its wings.

Porto Marinada Market reappearing seller glitch

When the player imports certain Pokémon from Pokémon HOME, a seller will appear in Porto Marinada Market to auction off the relevant items for changing the forms of those Pokémon, such as the Reveal Glass and Prison Bottle. The seller will disappear upon the conclusion of the final auction once there are no more items to be sold. However, if the player stands in front of the now-empty stall and triggers a form change that takes place in the overworld, such as using the Griseous Core on Giratina, the seller will reappear during the form change animation and will have no dialogue if she is spoken to.

User interface glitches

Health bar quirk

During Tera Raid Battles, the health bar of the boss appears inconsistent between participants, and may display an incorrect amount of damage taken, or appear to regain health after being reduced to 0 HP.

A similar issue can happen during the Titan Pokémon battles involving Arven, where if the Titan attacks his Pokémon and the player's Pokémon will hit it as well, but move after the Titan, the HP bar will update to values in the wrong order.


By SmallAnt_Clips


Kofu's Wallet sprite glitch

When the player receives Kofu's Wallet in Cascarrafa, the description window may briefly appear on the screen with the sprite of a Water-type TM instead of the correct sprite, before the window reappears with the correct sprite.

Mass outbreak form display glitch

If a Pokémon has multiple forms that can be found in the wild, the map may display an incorrect form icon when this species appears in a mass outbreak. For example, a Stretchy Form Tatsugiri icon may display for a mass outbreak of Curly Form Tatsugiri.

Minimap out-of-bounds icons glitch

After the game has been open for an extended period of time, the minimap will stop clearing Pokémon icons from the map, causing them to appear out-of-bounds of the minimap rather than vanishing when the player is out of range.

Tera Blast type effectiveness glitch

If a Pokémon is Terastallized during a battle, other Pokémon on the player's team who know Tera Blast may have Tera Blast's type or effectiveness display in menus as if they were the Pokémon that was Terastallized, based on their own Tera Type.

Typeless summary glitch

When viewing the summary screen of a Pokémon that is currently typeless, the game will crash.[5]

TM list glitch

When teaching a Pokémon a move using the "Use TMs to learn moves" option on the status screen, if the last TM on the list is used, the cursor will highlight a blank space on the list after teaching the move. This is due to the used TM disappearing from the list, but the cursor not adjusting to highlight the TM above it despite it becoming the last one in the list.

Battle glitches

Trick Room Female Indeedee
Main article: Game move errors → Unobtainable at the game's release → Unobtainable moves
Female Indeedee using Trick Room during a Tera Raid Battle
The summary page showing the error move Trick Room after capture

In 5★ Tera Raid Battles, female Indeedee has an identical moveset to its male counterpart, which erroneously included the move Trick Room, a move it could not normally learn. When caught, female Indeedee with Trick Room were permitted to be traded online, and participate in the Battle Stadium.

Additionally, while Female Indeedee 5★ raids were initially impossible to host online to other players (displaying an error message when attempting to join them), as of early December 2022 they began permitting other players to host them freely with Trick Room still present in the moveset, despite it still being an error move at the time.

This is currently the only instance of an error move obtainable by the player where the error was corrected by the developers simply allowing it, and eventually integrating it as a feature. As of v2.0.1 of Scarlet and Violet, instead of correcting the erroneous move, Game Freak instead patched the game to add Trick Room to Female Indeedee's TM learnset, effectively rendering it no longer an "error move". However, if the move is forgotten, it can not be relearned without using a TM.


By @Atrius97



No type effectiveness or critical hit messages

If a Pokémon use a single-target attack move targetting their own ally Pokémon and hits, messages for type effectiveness or critical hits will not show if it otherwise would.

Missing TM Materials item IDs

There are 23 stubbed items in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that map to TM Materials for Sprigatito, Fuecoco, Quaxly, Koraidon, Miraidon, the treasures of ruin, and Paradox Pokémon found in the Paldea Pokédex, item IDs 2100-2102 (Sprigatito through Quaxly), 2124-2125 (Koraidon and Miraidon), 2138-2151 (Paradox Pokémon, excluding Walking Wake and Iron Leaves), and 2152-2155 (treasures of ruin).[6]

If the game attempts to grant these items to the player, such as via the rewards following the completion of a Tera Raid Battle, the game will crash.

Walking Wake and Iron Leaves event raids did attempt to grant bonus drops of TM Materials, however they were unaffected by this glitch due to not having an associated TM Material item ID. 7★ Raid Battles for species not found in Paldea, (such as Charizard), were also unaffected, as they did not have TM Materials in the item pool.

The first instance of this glitch occurred May 19, 00:00 to 02:00 UTC, 2023 with the introduction of Great Tusk and Iron Treads event raids.

May 19, 00:00 to 02:00 UTC, 2023 Poké Portal News event glitches
The item rewards screen of one of the glitched Great Tusk and Iron Treads raids, attempting to display a non-existent TM Material prior to the game crashing.
An announcement for a 7★ Delphox event intended to run from May 25 to 28, 2023 that briefly appeared in the Pokémon HOME calendar on May 21, before being removed from the event calendar.
Main article: Poké Portal News → 2023 → May 19, 00:00 to 02:00 UTC, 2023
Main article: Poké Portal News → 2023 → June 16 to 19, 2023

This event was originally intended to run between May 19, 00:00 UTC to May 21, 23:59 UTC, 2023, but included two notable glitches during its initial introduction on May 19, 2023:

  • The item rewards attempted to grant and display TM Materials for Great Tusk and Iron Treads, despite both species not having associated TM Material items. This caused the item rewards screen for some players to display "None" as one of the item rewards, followed by the game crashing.[7][8]
  • All Iron Treads raids with random Tera types were erroneously coded never to appear as Shiny,[9] despite both versions of Great Tusk, and the Iron Treads with the forced Ground Tera type being able to appear as Shiny at the standard 1:4103.05 odds.

At approximately 02:00 UTC on May 19, 2023,[10] all event raids were removed from the server, (including the 7★ Chesnaught the Unrivaled event), replaced with completely blank event data for any players that connected during this time. The official Japanese twitter account issued an apology,[11] but the event was eventually announced as being cancelled entirely.[12] This is the first instance of a Poké Portal News event being removed from the server entirely to address a glitch.

Additionally, an announcement for a 7★ Delphox event running from May 26, 2023 00:00 UTC to May 28, 2023 23:59 UTC briefly appeared in the Pokémon HOME calendar on May 21, but was removed almost immediately, likely due to the cancellation of the prior event causing scheduling conflicts.

The June 16 to 19, 2023 rescheduled event resolved both aforementioned glitches, with both Great Tusk and Iron Treads no longer attempting to award the glitched TM Materials, and Iron Treads with random Tera Types are no longer prevented from being Shiny.

June 21 to July 2, 2023 Poké Portal News 0 Tera Shards glitch
The item rewards screen of one of the glitched Gimmighoul raids in Pokémon Scarlet, attempting to display "0 Tera Shards" as item rewards due to an null item reward pool.
Main article: Poké Portal News → 2023 → June 21 to July 2, 2023

After June 21, 2023's Nintendo Direct aired, the 25th Tera Raid Battle event featuring Chest Form Gimmighoul was announced. Gimmighoul with various Tera Types appeared in 1-5 Tera Raid Battles from June 21 (15:00 UTC) to July 2 (23:59 UTC), 2023.[13]

Initially, from 15:00 UTC to approximately 17:30 UTC, there was a glitch in the event data for Pokémon Scarlet. Players with Scarlet who completed the event raids were shown reward screens showing multiple instances of "0 Tera Shards" as a reward, (due to a null item reward pool), and were prevented from joining the raids of Pokémon Violet players, who were unaffected by the bug. New event raid data was uploaded the server shortly after, with Scarlet players who connected online after 17:30 UTC receiving raids with correct reward pools, and being able to join raids hosted by players with Violet.[14]

Tera Raid Battle Zacian glitch

During Tera Raid Battles, if a teammate uses a Zacian holding a Rusted Sword, the Zacian may appear in its Hero of Many Battles form on the field while its health bar icon is its Crowned Sword form. This can result in a Hero of Many Battles Zacian appearing to use Behemoth Blade, as it is actually a Crowned Sword Zacian.

Permanent cheer preservation on fainting

During Tera Raid Battles, if a player faints while the effects of a temporary stat boost from a cheer are active, then the stat boosts will be preserved and permanently applied for the rest of the raid after respawning. This permanent effect does not show as a visible buff in the Battle Info menu unlike the normal cheer effects.

By slime_man


Terapagos battle oversight

During the battle against Terapagos in its Stellar Form, if it is confused by a move such as Dynamic Punch and then breaks its own barrier due to confusion damage, the player can then knock out Terapagos early by dealing enough damage. If this happens, the game will put the battle in an unwinnable state, as the battle script has Terapagos create another barrier, but as its HP was effectively depleted, it is no longer recognized as an active participant of the battle.


By NiceAsMike


Prior to v3.0.1

Dragon Cheer glitch

When a Pokémon under the effect of Dragon Cheer was switched out of battle and then reentered that battle, its attacks would still have a heightened chance of landing critical hits. This glitch was fixed in v3.0.1

Input lock glitch

When levelling up Inkay using candy while it is under Level 30, the game would stop receiving inputs from the controllers. This glitch was fixed in v.3.0.1

Item Printer glitch

After players installed the Item Printer in the League Club Room, under certain circumstances players could get stuck between the Item Printer and the wall. This glitch was fixed in v.3.0.1

TM223 required material glitch

In Scarlet version, one of the TM materials needed to craft TM223 Metal Sound erroneously required Shieldon Claw as this Pokémon is exclusive to Violet version making it impossible to craft this TM. This glitch was fixed in v.3.0.1

Prior to v3.0.0

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Prior to v2.0.2

Paradise Protection Protocol battle glitch

During the battle against the Paradise Protection Protocol's Koraidon/Miraidon, if the player has these Pokémon registered to the Paldea Pokédex, the game will crash when hovering over slot 4, 5 or 6 when viewing their party. This was fixed in v2.0.2.

Prior to v2.0.1

Itemfinder Mark missing logic

Likely due to an oversight, the logic for the Itemfinder Mark to be granted to Pokémon was not present in the game[15]. Despite it being unobtainable prior to v2.0.1., Hassel erroneously mentions it as being obtainable during one of his Art classes at the Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV.

In v2.0.1., the Itemfinder Mark can be awarded as intended.[16]

Tera Raid missing players glitch

During multi-player Tera Raid Battles, other players that join may not appear to the host player, instead showing an empty player slot, despite having all available player slots filled. This was fixed in v2.0.1.

Prior to v1.3.1

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Prior to v1.3.0

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Prior to v1.2.0

February 27 to March 12, 2023 Poké Portal News Bad Egg

Bad Egg as a result of catching a Walking Wake or Iron Leaves in v1.1.0 of Scarlet or Violet
Main article: Poké Portal News → 2023 → February 27 to March 12, 2023

The Poké Portal News event on February 27 to March 12, 2023 introduced Walking Wake and Iron Leaves in 5★ Tera Raid Battles. However, it was possible to update the Poké Portal News event data while still remaining on Scarlet or Violet v1.1.0, causing incorrect event data to be generated.

If the player attempted to join a 5★ event raid after going online in v1.1.0 during this period, these raids would result in a Bad Egg instead, due to the lack of species data existing in v1.1.0. These Bad Eggs cannot be hatched, released, or traded, and also set the flag for having caught Walking Wake or Iron Leaves, causing the player to be unable to attempt to catch another. Updating the game to v1.2.0 does not result in the Bad Egg becoming the correct species.[17]


By @Atrius97


This glitch was partially fixed in Scarlet and Violet v1.3.0, which released April 20, 2023, with v1.3.0 detecting any Bad Eggs present in the savefile and resetting the respective capture flag(s) if a player had obtained a Bad Egg, Additionally, a repeat of the event was scheduled for May 1 to 14, 2023 as a direct response [18] to the issue, allowing affected players another chance to capture a Walking Wake and/or Iron Leaves.

v1.3.0 also made a change to how Poké Portal News event data was stored, now storing it under version specific blocks in the savefile, preventing event data from a newer game version from being accessed by the player on an outdated game version, hypothetically preventing the original glitch from occurring again in the future.

Despite the v1.3.0 patch notes[19] claiming to fully resolve the issue, while the patch does properly detect the presence of Bad Eggs, any Bad Eggs obtained during the aforementioned glitched raid event continue to persist in the player's storage after updating to v1.3.0, without any method of removing them, as they still cannot be traded, released, or hatched.


By @Atrius97



Ribbon/Mark menu glitch

In the Party and Box menus, the Ribbons and Marks earned by a Pokémon are not displayed properly, and can only be viewed and equipped when the summary menu is accessed from the party.[20]

Uncatchable Transformed Ditto glitch

Prior to v1.2.0, if a wild Ditto used Transform to transform into the alternate form of any species, (specifically a form with an index value other than "0"), it would cause the catch rate of the Ditto to become 0, making it impossible to catch with any Poké Ball except the Heavy Ball or Master Ball. This was fixed in v1.2.0, always using Ditto's correct catch rate of 35, regardless of what species/form it is currently transformed into.[21]

Persistent model glitch

After the game has been open for an extended period of time, the last previously loaded model will remain loaded during cutscenes or interior locations, often appearing as a Poké Ball or Pokémon placed arbitrarily in the middle of a room, or near the entrance of an interior location.

This was partially resolved in v1.2.0, apparently fixing the appearance of glitched Poké Ball models, however some Pokémon models still appear to persist in areas such as Tera Raid Battles and inside buildings.

Order Up glitch

If a Dondozo with a Tatsugiri in its mouth uses the move Order Up, the move will increase one of Dondozo's stats even if the move is negated (eg. via Protect). This is a bug and was fixed in the Version 1.2.0 update.

Destiny Bond Terastallization glitch

If a Pokémon uses Destiny Bond and Terastallizes on the next turn, Destiny Bond won't cause the attacker to faint. This is a bug and was fixed in the Version 1.2.0 update.

Prior to v1.1.0

Elite Four Music glitch

During the Elite Four battles, the brief intro of the background music played on a persistent loop throughout rather than playing the entire music.

Online battle RNG glitch

During online matches, the same RNG seed was used for every battle, causing many "random" actions to be completely predictable, such as the accuracy checks for whether OHKO moves like Sheer Cold would be successful during a turn.[22][23]

Prior to v1.0.1

Multiplayer Tera Raid Shiny sparkle glitch

During a Multiplayer Tera Raid Battle, if another player brings out a shiny Pokémon, the sparkling animation will only be displayed on the player's own Pokémon. This was fixed in v1.0.1.

Sylveon type flag oversight

Due to an oversight, Sylveon has the same flag as Arceus and Silvally, which prevents its type from being changed. This was fixed in v1.0.1.[24]

References

  1. https://twitter.com/no07011305/status/1603660614060097539
  2. https://twitter.com/Linkus7/status/1593700134864490511
  3. https://twitter.com/Atrius97/status/1593272765183827970
  4. https://twitter.com/hotathino_/status/1598714830709739520
  5. https://twitter.com/zakocky/status/1612373830718337027
  6. https://projectpokemon.org/home/files/file/5002-pok%C3%A9-portal-event-23-great-tusk-and-iron-treads-spotlight-chesnaught-the-unrivaled/?do=findComment&comment=4319
  7. Video clip of glitched TM Materials and game crash for Great Tusk Raid by @Sibuna_Switch, via Twitter
  8. https://twitter.com/JoeMerrick/status/1659353658163621893
  9. https://twitter.com/JoeMerrick/status/1659352905692971010
  10. https://twitter.com/mattyoukhana_/status/1659380996343578624
  11. https://twitter.com/Pokemon_cojp/status/1659389212679098368
  12. https://twitter.com/Pokemon_cojp/status/1659516228363489281
  13. https://sv-news.pokemon.co.jp/ja/page/100.html
  14. https://twitter.com/JoeMerrick/status/1671575089018552320
  15. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1598840477758803968
  16. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1701837119444885945
  17. https://twitter.com/Atrius97/status/1630378458034626564
  18. https://twitter.com/Pokemon_cojp/status/1648612433962110976
  19. https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60277/~/how-to-update-pok%C3%A9mon-scarlet-and-pok%C3%A9mon-violet#v130
  20. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1598529777710895107
  21. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1632216388734537729
  22. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1596768465095983104
  23. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1598513391601164288
  24. https://twitter.com/Sibuna_Switch/status/1614308613505392640?s=20



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Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
--0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchDual-type damage misinformation
Experience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflow
Mew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchRival twins glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super Glitch
Time Capsule exploitWalking through wallsZZAZZ glitch
Generation II GlitchesBattle glitches
Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III GlitchesBattle glitches
Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitchRage glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Frozen Zoroark glitchSky Drop glitch
Generation VI GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII Glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Generation IX Glitches
Glitch effects Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
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