There are hundreds of Pokémon for you to catch while playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. They appear in every corner of Paldea, and your ultimate goal is to catch them all at least once. There are multiple ways to do this, and keeping track of each method you’ve actually captured can be difficult. Here’s what you need to know to check if you’ve already caught Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
How do you know you’ve already caught a Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
The quickest way to tell if you’ve actually encountered a Pokemon is if you see question marks above its head. If you do, this will be the first time you’ve seen a Pokémon, and you haven’t added it to your Pokédex. This means that you have not seen them in the wild, nor have you fought another trainer who used that Pokemon against you. Any Pokémon with question marks over its head when locked will be your top priority.
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Now, even if you see a Pokémon with a name on top of its head, that doesn’t indicate that you’ve already caught it once and have a completed Pokédex entry. Instead, the name needs to be above the Pokémon’s head, and you need to see a Poké Ball next to its name. This Pokémon Ball also appears against the Pokémon’s name, health bar, and any effects on their status and level during battle. If you come across wild Pokémon without a Poké Ball icon next to their name, that means you haven’t caught them yet, and you want to engage them in battle, reduce their health as much as possible, and try to catch them.
These are faster ways to find out if you already have a Pokémon in your possession. Alternatively, you can cycle through your Pokédex manually, which can take more time than going into battle.