Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players are claiming they can manipulate the games' random number generation system to make sure their moves always hit.
The claims first started doing the rounds on social media over the weekend, exemplified by the post just below. In short, Scarlet and Violet players claim the games' Battle Stadium uses the same RNG for every battle, meaning they know if some moves, such as one-hit KO attacks, are going to hit.
Uh oh.Pokémon Scarlet/Violet Battle Stadium currently is using the same RNG seed for every battle.This allows us to choose moves to ensure that OHKO moves such as Sheer Cold always hit! pic.twitter.com/lSlBJr1AF6November 27, 2022
RNG is, if you're unfamiliar, background calculations made by a game to determine the outcome of a variable. In this case, the RNG in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet work to determine whether an attack with a less-than-perfect accuracy rating will actually hit, or miss entirely.
What players are now alleging is that the RNG determination in Scarlet and Violet's Battle System never changes. Therefore, if an attack misses once, it's destined to always miss under the same RNG settings, but by that same token, attacks that always hit will forever connect with their target.
Because of this, Scarlet and Violet players can determine which one-hit knockout attacks will never miss. If a risky attack like Sheer Cold, which can knock an opponent out should it strike home, hits in one circumstance, it'll always hit, meaning players have got a reliable source of manipulating the Battle Stadium to always win. One such example, demonstrated above, is Air Slash into Sheer Cold, a combination that will always work as long as the player, not their opponent, moves first.
So far at least, Scarlet and Violet players are claiming this problem only exists in Battle Stadium, and doesn't extend to online battles or Tera Raids. We'll have to see if Game Freak changes this problem in the near future.
Check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet PokeDex guide for a full walkthrough of every new and returning creature for the two games.