How does EXP Share work in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Andrew Highton
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starter Pokemon

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s EXP Share feature is a great addition for players to farm levels in Paldea. Find out all there is to know about how the EXP Share works and how to take advantage of it.

The EXP Share feature is back and available in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. It’s a sharp contrast to what Pokemon trainers were used to for years when it comes to leveling their party up.

In the earlier games, the feature was a key item that only one Pokemon could hold and receive the shared experience. Players were forced to swap between Pokemon holding the item to fully train their teams.

Nowadays, players are spoiled by EXP Candy, Rare Candy, and EXP Share, with the latter being a divisive point for many fans of the franchise. So let’s run through how this mechanic operates, as well as how to get it in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

What is EXP Share in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

EXP Share is an automatic mechanic that equally distributes XP won from Pokemon Scarlet & Violet battles across all Pokemon you have equipped in your party.

This makes it so that if you have one or two Pokemon in your party who very rarely get to see any action, or you just want to level up to evolve, then they can earn a decent amount of XP at the end of each Pokemon Scarlet & Violet battle too.

Meowscarada is the final evolution of Sprigatito.
Meowscarada’s name is a reference to the mask that is part of its face.

How to get EXP Share in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

The EXP Share feature is unlocked automatically in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Just catch a second Pokemon for your party, and the sharing will start to dish out XP to both members of your party. Even if you only use one Pokemon for an entire fight, all your other trusty creatures will receive the same amount in the game.

Can you turn EXP Share off in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Just like in recent years, Game Freak have made it so that EXP Share cannot be turned off in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, meaning it must be enabled for the duration of your adventure in Paldea.

This has proven to be a hot topic in recent years, with players wanting an option to turn it off, but it is not available in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.


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