Pokémon Scarlet and Violet picnic guide: Sandwich ingredients, Sparkling Power, and more

Scarlet and Violet sandwich
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Every Pokémon region has its own specialty food, and the Paldea region featured in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is no different. In generation nine, players participate in the Paldean ritual of sandwich making, which is sure to keep you sated after a long day of Pokémon hunting. Here's everything you need to know about sandwiches and their mysterious powers!

Where to get sandwiches

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Every Wich Way sign

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Sandwiches can be obtained in one of two ways: by purchasing them or making them yourself. Sandwiches can be purchased at the chain sandwich store called Every Wich Way, which offers a wide variety of sandwiches for players to dine on.

Just like with most things you buy in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, sandwiches can be purchased with either cash or LP. If you're short on either, interact with Tera Raid dens to get some free LP!

How to make a sandwich

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet character eating a sandwich with their Pokémon

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Making a sandwich in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is as simple as starting a picnic. After enrolling in your game's respective academy, you gain access to a picnic table. 

Here's how to make a sandwich during a picnic:

  • Press X to open up the Menu.
  • Select "Picnic" in the Main Menu on the right.
  • Interact with the picnic table by pressing A.
  • Select "Make a sandwich".
  • Choose a sandwich recipe and confirm with A.
  • Choose a sandwich pick and confirm with A
  • Pick up your ingredients by pressing and holding A to grab them. Any condiments will be smeared on the bread automatically.
  • To place your ingredients on your sandwich bread, move them with the Left stick and release A to drop them. Do not let your ingredients go before you're ready to place them!
  • After all the ingredients have been placed, press and hold A to grab your bread, move it with the Left stick and place it with A.
  • Press and hold A to grab your sandwich pick, move it with the Left stick and place it with A. The placement of your pick does not matter, so long as it's on the bread.
  • Behold your creation and enjoy!

Note that picnics can only be set up out in the wild! You can't set up a table in the middle of a city or near too many people, as that would be quite rude. Steep inclines are also an inopportune place to set up picnics, as the game warns that all your food could roll off the table.

How to get sandwich recipes

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Titan Klawf fighting Sprigatito

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Your journey as a sandwich artist is directly tied to the Path of Legends, where the player has to fight and defeat different Titans scattered across Paldea. There are five Titans in all, each with different types.

Not only does the Path of Legends help you upgrade your legendary Pokémon's travel abilities, but it helps unlock sandwich recipes as well! Head to Every Wich Way and talk to the man to the right of the store clerk whenever you've defeated a Titan, and you may just get some hot new recipes.

How to obtain sandwich ingredients

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Sandwich Stacking

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Buying food is great and all, but if you're short on cash, nothing beats a homemade sandwich. You'll receive ingredients from time to time from traveling picnickers, but there are several stores where you can purchase ingredients for sandwiches as well. 

Players can go to either an Artisan Bakery for standard ingredients or, if they're willing to splurge on some ingredients, to Deli Cioso. Each of these establishments offers a different selection of ingredients for all your sandwich needs.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Artisan Bakery

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Here's a list of all sandwich ingredients you can buy at Artisan Bakeries:

  • Ham
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Jam
  • Olive Oil
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Whipped Cream

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Deli Cioso

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Here's a list of all sandwich ingredients you can buy at Deli Cioso:

  • Egg
  • Potato Salad
  • Chorizo
  • Bacon
  • Potato Tortilla
  • Prosciutto
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Red Onion
  • Hamburger
  • Smoked Filet
  • Watercress
  • Vinegar
  • Chili Sauce
  • Basil
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Bell Pepper

What are Meal Powers?

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet character getting a Meal Power buff

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Sandwiches aren't just for show, either — they also grant you some pretty sweet buffs! These are called Meal Powers and can do anything from helping you find items to increasing your odds of finding Shiny Pokémon. The Meal Powers are specific to certain types of Pokémon and items, which makes it much easier to locate specific types of Pokémon that you need for your team. 

Here is a list of all the Meal Powers:

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Meal PowerEffectsHeader Cell - Column 2
Egg PowerDecreases time needed for Eggs to spawn and walking distance needed to hatch EggsRow 0 - Cell 2
Catching PowerIncreases likelihood of catching a PokémonRow 1 - Cell 2
Exp. Point PowerIncreases experience points gainedRow 2 - Cell 2
Item Drop PowerIncreases item drop ratesRow 3 - Cell 2
Raid PowerIncreases raid rewardsRow 4 - Cell 2
Title PowerIncreases likelihood of finding Pokémon with titlesRow 5 - Cell 2
Sparkling PowerIncreases likelihood of finding shiny PokémonRow 6 - Cell 2
Humungo PowerIncreases likelihood of finding large PokémonRow 7 - Cell 2
Teensy PowerIncreases likelihood of finding small PokémonRow 8 - Cell 2
Encounter PowerIncreases likelihood of finding Pokémon with specific typingRow 9 - Cell 2

How to boost shiny odds with sandwiches

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet multiplayer Tera Raid

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After beating the game, players get access to five-star Tera Raids. One perk of five-star raids is that players can earn Herba Mystica, the same kind of herb eaten by Titans in the Path of Legends.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet rewards from five star Gengar Raid

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Different kinds of Herba Mystica, when combined with a certain ingredient, can grant players increased odds of finding a shiny Pokémon of a specific type.

Here is a list of the Pokémon types boosted by specific Herba Mystica:

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Endgame Shiny Sandwich ingredients
Sandwhich type boostIngredientHerba Mystica
NormalChorizoSalty x2
FireBasilSweet x1, Salty x1
WaterCucumberSalty x2
GrassLettuceSalty x1, Sour x1
ElectricYellow Bell PepperSaltyx1, Spicy x1
IceKlawf StickSalty x2
FightingPicklesSalty x2
PoisonNoodlesSalty x2
GroundHamSalty x2
FlyingProsciuttoSalty x2
PsychicWhite OnionSalty x2
BugCherry TomatoSalty x2
RockJalapenoSalty x2
GhostRed OnionSweet x1, Salty x1
DarkSmoked FilletSweet x1, Salty x1
DragonAvocadoSalty x2
SteelHamburgerSweet x1, Salty x1
FairyTomatoesSalty x2

Lettuce make food!

From curry in Pokémon Sword and Shield to masalas in Pokémon Sun and Moon, every Pokémon game has its culinary specialty. The buffs players can get from making sandwiches are incredibly helpful, and increasing your Shiny odds is a pretty sweet bonus. Experiment and see what kind of wacky sandwiches you can create!

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