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After Pokémon Sword and Shield added the fairly pointless curry mechanic to the game, you may think that Scarlet and Violet’s sandwiches are similar levels of useless. You might go the entire game without ever chowing down on something tasty. This is a mistake.

The truth is, the sandwiches (and other types of food) on offer in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are extremely useful in several different ways, and you should be taking a packed lunch with you wherever you go to reap the most rewards.

Sandwich effects - Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet Ham sandwich

Every meal you eat will have three effects on it, either at level one or two. Most of these will have a type associated with them, meaning you have to eat the right meal depending on what Pokémon you want to be effected by it.

Here is the full list of possible effects:

  • Egg Power: Find eggs more frequently.
  • Catching Power: Catch Pokémon of the specified type more frequently.
  • Exp Point Power: Pokémon of the specified type gain more Exp.
  • Item Drop Power: More materials after battles with the specified type.
  • Raid Power: More rewards from Tera Raids with Pokémon of the specified type.
  • Title Power: More likely to find Pokémon with titles.
  • Sparkling Power: More likely to find shiny Pokémon.
  • Humungo Power: More likely to find large Pokémon.
  • Teensy Power: More likely to find small Pokémon.
  • Encounter Power: Pokémon of the specified type are more likely to spawn.

Once you’ve eaten your meal, you will have all three of the powers listed for 30 minutes, making it perfect for finding rare Pokémon like Dunsparce, especially if you’re looking for the new Dudunsparce evolution.

These powers are useful in so many situations. If you’re doing Pokémon breeding for competitive then Egg Power speeds up the process to a ludicrous degree. If you’re hunting shinies then Sparkling Power is a must-have. Exp Point Power is useful no matter what you’re doing, too.

In Scarlet and Violet’s wide world of the weird and wondrous, you should never go anywhere without a packed lunch.