On top of the many new features that were revealed in the latest Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer, one that we didn’t expect was the ability to have a picnic with your monster team – but that’s exactly what we’re getting!
As seen in the timestamped video above, the Paldea region will bring with it the chance to stop for regular picnic breaks when out on your travels. Aside from providing photo opportunities, setting up a picnic lets you clean your Pokémon and improve their stats with the power of sandwiches – because of course it does.
It looks like making these sandwiches is something of an art form, with the different ingredients needing to be placed just right to stop the whole thing falling down – that would be a real pain (like, bread. In French. Oh, never mind). Here’s an in-depth look at the art of sandwich assembly from The Pokémon Company:
You can make all kinds of sandwiches at a picnic. Before you begin making your sandwich, you’ll choose which fillings and condiments you want to use, as well as a sandwich pick that’ll help hold it all together! Once you’re ready, you’ll arrange the ingredients on your bread, stacking them carefully. If you don’t balance them properly, you might accidentally cause your ingredients to topple over or fall off the bread entirely. Arrange them skilfully, though, and you just might create a culinary masterpiece!
When your Pokémon eat sandwiches, not only will their HP be restored, but the meal may impart some effects that will come in handy on your adventures! Try making all sorts of sandwiches in all sorts of ways—mix ingredients to achieve unique flavors, try to create something visually striking, or simply use as many ingredients as possible and stack them as high as you can!
Picnics look to be the prime opportunity to heal your Pokémon’s HP and improve their stats on the go, but they also will undoubtedly appeal to aesthetic lovers out there, with the chance to customise everything down to the pattern of your tablecloth. Great, we’re going to get Poké Picnic Pintrest, aren’t we?
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What do you make of this new feature? Finish your mouthful and let us know in the comments below!