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During The Pokémon Company’s Pokémon Presents presentation on February 27th, 2023 (a.k.a. Pokémon Day), connectivity between Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and Pokémon GO was detailed. Initially teased back in November 2022, the feature was rolled out shortly after the presentation.

Trainers that connect Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet to their Pokémon GO account can summon specific Vivillon patterns in their copy of Pokémon Scarlet and or Violet, plus get Gimmighoul Coins and other items. On the Pokémon GO side of things, Gimmighoul (specifically Roaming Form Gimmighoul) can now be encountered and caught!

To collect all the Vivillon patterns in your copy of Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet, and get Gimmighoul to appear in Pokémon GO, read our guide on how to connect the games below:


How to connect Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to Pokémon GO guide

To connect to Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet to Pokémon GO, players will need the following:

  • A Nintendo Switch with a copy of Pokémon Scarlet or Violet (that has the most recent game update installed).
  • A smart device that runs Pokémon GO and a Pokémon GO account.


Pairing Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet with your Pokémon GO account

Before sending Postcards from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Scarlet or Violet, you must pair your accounts together.

  • Boot up Pokémon GO. Turn on your Nintendo Switch and launch your copy of Pokémon Scarlet or Violet.
  • In Pokémon Scarlet or Violet, access the menu (press the X-button) and select Poké Portal.
  • In the Poké Portal Menu, select Mystery Gift, then select Connect to Pokémon GO. Stay on this screen.
  • In Pokémon GO, select the Poké Ball icon in the bottom center of the screen and select the Settings option in the top right-hand corner.
  • In the Settings menu, scroll down to Connected Devices and Services.
  • Select Nintendo Switch.
  • Select Connect to Nintendo Switch.
    • If Connect to Nintendo Switch is not available, but a Nintendo Switch is showing up in the Available Devices, you must “eject” that connection (probably tied to Pokémon: Let’s GO, Eevee or Pikachu!) by selecting the button that resembles a triangle with a line underneath it.



  • Back to Pokémon Scarlet or Violet, now select Pair with a Pokémon GO account.
  • If successful, you’ll be prompted to accept connecting the Pokémon GO account that was found (your Pokémon GO username will be mentioned).


Sending Postcards from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet

With the accounts connected, you can now send Postcards from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet. To do so, boot up Pokémon GO and Pokémon Scarlet or Violet (if you haven’t already) and do the following:

  • In Pokémon GO, go to your Item Bag (Poké Ball Icon -> Items) and select the Postcard Book.
  • Once open, select a Postcard.
    • The region the Postcard was sent will decide which Vivillon pattern will appear in Pokémon Scarlet or Violet (for 24 hours).
    • If you have no Postcards in your Postcard Book, you’ll have to pin a Postcard. To do so, you must have a Friend in Pokémon GO that has sent you a Gift. Before opening the Gift, select the pushpin icon on the bottom right-hand side.
  • Select the icon in the bottom right-hand corner (a circle with three horizontal lines). You’ll be given the option to either Send to Nintendo Switch or Delete the Postcard.
  • Select Send to Nintendo Switch.
    • Note: You’ll still have the Postcard in your Postcard Book in Pokémon GO.
  • Select Yes on the “Do you want to send this Postcard to a Nintendo Switch?” confirmation screen.
    • You’ll be asked to not turn off your smart device or have it enter sleep mode during this process.
  • Once confirmed, a Searching for Nintendo Nintendo Switch screen will appear.
  • In Pokémon Scarlet or Violet go to Poké Portal -> Mystery Gift -> Connect to Pokémon GO -> Connect to Pokémon GO.
  • If successful…
    • Pokémon GO: You’ll get a confirmation screen stating that the Postcard has been sent.
    • Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet: You’ll get a Mystery Gift animation stating that Vivillon with an unusual pattern has appeared and you’ve received 50 Gimmighoul Coins plus an additional item (i.e.: 5 Ultra Balls, 5 Super Potions, etc.).
  • Pokémon GO: If this is your first time sending a Postcard, you’ll also get a screen saying that the Coin Bag is now available.
    • Now, the Coin Bag will be found in your Item Bag (Items) under the Trainer Boosts section (which contains Icenses, Star Piece, Lucky Egg, and the Mystery Box).



Pokémon unlocked – Vivillon pattern and Gimmighoul

Connecting Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet to Pokémon GO will unlock the following Pokémon, special features, and more:

  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Vivillon pattern (associated with the location of the Postcard sent from Pokémon GO) will replace Scarlet/Violet’s standard Vivillon (Fancy pattern) for 24 hours. Trainers will also be given 50 Gimmighoul Coins and 5 of an item (i.e.: Ultra Balls, Super Potions, etc.).
    • To see which Vivillon pattern is associated with Postcard locations, check the Vivillon medal on your Trainer page in Pokémon GO. Tapping the medal will show a worldwide map and list what Postcards you’ve pinned that are associated with specific patterns.
    • Tip: Vivillon can be found in the flower fields of North Province (Area Three), right in front of Team Star’s Fairy Crew Base.
  • Pokémon GO: Coin Bag is unlocked (1st time), Coin Bag is “recharged” for another daily use, and a Golden Lure Module is gifted (only after multiple Postcards are sent, the exact number has not been confirmed).
    • Coin Bag allows for Roaming Form Gimmighoul to appear (like Meltan appearing via the Mystery Box) for 30 minutes.
    • Golden Lure Module can transform a PokéStop into a Golden PokéStop. Gimmighoul Coins can be collected there. Roaming Form Gimmighoul may also appear if Trainers are “very fortunate”.




The following image was shared by The Pokémon Company, summarizing the process:



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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)