The core gameplay of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is similar to that of a stock Pokemon game. Now, if you have played a Pokemon game before, you must be aware of the Substitute feature that you can use in Competitive battles. Well, this feature is also present in Pokemon SV. But for a new player, the Substitute feature could be slightly difficult to understand. In this guide, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Substitute in Pokemon SV and how to use it in competitive battles. So, continue reading this article till the end.
What is a Substitute in Pokemon SV?
A substitute is a decoy, or say, a fake projection of a Pokemon you are using that you can use to escape from the damage of opponents in competitive battles. When a substitute is activated, it drains 25% of your HP and creates the substitute projection that receives damage in place of the main Pokemon. If you use a substitute correctly, you can make your opponent waste their major moves on the Substitute you have generated. But, you cannot completely rely on it as it gets destroyed when dealt enough damage. So, be ready with your attacks when your Substitute is about to get vanished. Now that you know enough about what a substitute is, let’s see how you can use them effectively in Competitive battles.
How to use Substitute in Competitive Battles?
You can use a Substitute in any way you wish. But overall, there are two methods that will fetch a great advantage-
1) Use against Status Moves: The majority of Pokemon trainers use status moves to deal indirect damage to target Pokemon’s stats in competitive battles. Using a substitute at the right time can completely waste the Status moves of your opponent on it. This can prove to be a highly beneficial strategy against tanky Pokemon who rely on stalling strategies.
2) Use to boost stats: Who would not like to sweep the opponent’s Pokemon lineup? Everyone does, right? Well, generating a substitute can give an ample amount of time and durability to the Pokemon, boosting its stats and increasing the chances of a full sweep.
Apart from these two methods, you can use substitutes in any personalized way or strategy as well. It completely depends on you. So, this brings us to the end of this guide. Stay tuned to DigiStatement for the latest gaming updates and more such Pokemon SV guides.
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