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Since its introduction in Generation 6, Vivillon has been able to take on 20 different forms distinguished by their unique wing patterns. However, some fans may have been disappointed to find that only one of these forms is currently available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

However, this may not be the case for too much longer thanks to Pokémon GO. Following a recent update, players can get 18 of Vivillon’s forms in Pokémon GO for the first time. But first, players will have to catch the Pokémon’s pre-evolution, Scatterbug. Here’s how to get Scatterbug in Pokémon GO.

How to get Scatterbug in Pokémon GO

Vivillon Collector Medal in Pokémon GO
The Vivillon Collector Medal enables players to track their progress toward finding each Vivillon form. | Provided by The Pokémon Company

Even after its addition to the game, Scatterbug is still not a normal wild encounter in Pokémon GO. Instead, players will have to find it using the game’s new Postcard Book feature. With it, players can obtain postcards from around the world by receiving Gifts from friends or from PokéStops they visit.

Then, trainers are able to pin postcards by viewing their respective Gifts in the Item Bag. After pinning three postcards from a certain location, it will trigger an encounter with that location’s Scatterbug variant. To get a second encounter with a specific kind of Scatterbug, players will have to pin nine postcards from its respective region. From there, all future Scatterbug encounters from that location will require 15 pinned postcards.

Players can also track their progress toward catching each form using the Vivillon Collector Medal. Here are the available Scatterbug variants, which correspond to the available Vivillon forms:

  • Archipelago
  • Continental
  • Elegant
  • Garden
  • High Plains
  • Icy Snow
  • Jungle
  • Marine
  • Meadow
  • Modern
  • Monsoon
  • Ocean
  • Polar
  • River
  • Sandstorm
  • Savanna
  • Sun
  • Tundra

How to evolve Scatterbug into Vivillon

Vivillon form map in Pokémon GO
This map highlights the general regions players must receive postcards from in order to get each Vivillon form. | Provided by The Pokémon Company

As in the main games, all of the different Scatterbug variants look exactly the same in Pokémon GO. However, upon evolving them into Vivillon, all of their design differences will become apparent. These changes are strictly aesthetic, as Vivillon’s stats, typing, and moveset don’t change based on its form.

Scatterbug has two evolutionary stages it must go through. First, trainers must use 25 Scatterbug Candy to evolve their Scatterbug into Spewpa. Afterward, it will take another 100 Scatterbug Candy to evolve Spewpa into Vivillon.

The Pokémon Company has confirmed that players will be able to link Pokémon GO with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sometime in 2023. When that happens, players should be able to use every existing Vivillon form besides Poké Ball Pattern Vivillon in the Paldea region.

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