The Pokémon Company and developer Game Freak have scheduled an update for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet for late February, a patch mainly intended to fix some bugs. Among those mistakes is one that made one of the most powerful Pokemon even more powerful than intended.
This Pokemon is Dondozo, more precisely Dondozo in combination with Tatsugiri. The popular couple has a unique strategy that differs from all previous Pokémon games: when these two Pokémon are on the field in a double battle, they combine with Tatsugiri’s Commander ability, which puts the small fish in the mouth of the big fish. This leaves Dondozo alone on the field, Tatsugiri is immune to attacks and increases all of Dondozo’s stats.
Dondozo’s signature move, Order Up, does self-damage, but when combined with Tatsugiri, using Order Up also increases one of Dondozo’s stats based on what form of Tatsugiri is in his mouth. Dondozo is powerful on its own, but when properly paired with Tatsugiri, it’s incredibly difficult to counter. A bug in Scarlet and Violet apparently makes matters worse: Even if Order Up doesn’t connect – if the target is using Protect, for example – Dondozo still gets the stat boost, according to the patch notes.
Elsewhere, the patch notes fix a number of bugs that have impacted Tera Raid Battles. these should make tera raid battles a little less annoying. Players should also see that the game crashes less after the patch, but fewer creatures can spawn. As for feature adjustments, Pokémon boxes have been improved for easier use. Here is the summary:
Additional features will be added for Pokémon Boxes:
– From a Pokémon’s summary, players can change Pokémon’s nicknames, tags, worn items, and tag- or ribbon-related titles, as well as rearrange turns, make Pokémon remember turns, make Pokémon forget turns, and use TMs.
– Players can swap held items by pressing the Y button when in the held items view.
– Players can select All Crates while moving Pokémon or items in Group View, Crate View, and Held Items View.
– In the Battle Team view, the icons of Pokémon in your Boxes that are assigned to a Battle Team will now appear in a darker hue if those Pokémon are members of the currently displayed Battle Team.
Scarlet and Violet will update automatically when the patch releases at the end of February, provided you have that feature selected. Otherwise, you’ll have to go in and download it manually. The full patch notes are available on the Nintendo website.