Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Update 1.2.0 Patch Notes Reveal Feature Changes and Bug Fixes

The arrival of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 patch notes have outlined key feature changes and bug fixes in the upcoming February release.

Nearly three months after launch, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 patch notes have been officially confirmed by Nintendo with a flurry of fixes on the agenda. While the gameplay and story have received relatively positive reviews since launch, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has remained riddled with far more bugs at launch than fans normally expected from a mainline Pokémon release. 

Following reports by players, Nintendo is finally ready to deliver Pokemon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 to clean things up. Pokémon Boxes will get some key quality of life upgrades, but most importantly the patch notes outline, where frustrating bugs will be addressed. 

In this article you will learn: 

  • How update 1.2.0 will change Pokémon Boxes
  • Which Pokémon Scarlet and Violet bugs have been fixed
  • When this update is currently scheduled to release 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 patch notes

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It’s almost time for the second major patch to arrive with the update now confirmed by Nintendo. Based on update history on the Nintendo Support website, Version 1.2.0 is currently “scheduled for the end of February 2023.” An exact release date was not provided, but looking back at the previous drops may indicate when to expect it. 

While it’s the second significant patch since the worldwide Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release, this will technically be the third update to deploy for the title if the pre-launch “Day One” drop of Version 1.0.1 is counted. That first drop on November 11, 2022 only noted that “various bug fixes and adjustments have been made to make your gameplay experience more enjoyable,” filling in the few gaps Nintendo found between deploying the title’s files and release day. 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet update 1.1.0 was released on December 2, 2022, and Nintendo accompanied the few bug fixes with a statement acknowledging “that players may encounter issues that affect the games’ performance.” More improvements were promised, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 is finally going to bring them. Considering both previous releases were on a Friday, the presumable release date for this next patch is February 24, 2023. 

Pokémon Boxes and News changes

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Here are all of the feature adjustments outlined in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 patch notes: 

  • Additional functionality will be added for Pokémon Boxes:
    • From a Pokémon’s summary, players will be able to change the Pokémon’s nickname, markings, held item, and mark- or Ribbon-related titles, as well as being able to reorder moves, have the Pokémon remember moves, have the Pokémon forget moves and use TMs.
    • Players will be able to swap out held items by pressing the Y Button when in the Held Items view.
    • Players will be able to select All Boxes while moving Pokémon or items in the Party and Boxes view and Held Items view.
    • When in the Battle Team view, Pokémon in your Boxes that are assigned to a Battle Team will now have their icons displayed in a darker hue if those Pokémon are members of the Battle Team that is currently being displayed.
  • The News screen will be displayed when you connect to the internet from the main menu, just as it is when connecting to the internet from the Poké Portal.

Some of these changes will be helpful in near future when Home functionality is deployed for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. That will allow players to bring far more Pokémon into the game than they’ve captured in others. Also, players being able to navigate and organize will become increasingly important. 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet bug fixes

Raid as expressed in the update 1.2.0 patch notes

Here are all of the bug fixes outlined in the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 patch notes: 

Tera Raid Battles

  • A bug that can prevent an opposing Tera Pokémon’s HP gauge from properly reflecting damage done by certain moves (such as Play Rough) or certain status conditions may occur in Tera Raid Battles. That would result in the Tera Pokémon’s HP gauge fluctuating in an unusual manner, which will be fixed.
  • A bug that causes all Pokémon on your side to faint at once despite their HP gauges indicating that they still have HP may occur in black crystal Tera Raid Battles against Pokémon with the Mightiest Mark. This will be fixed.
  • A bug that can temporarily prevent a player from entering any input into the game may occur if a Tera Pokémon takes certain actions while the player is choosing the target of their move. This will be fixed.
  • A bug that causes a communication error may occur when someone connecting to a Tera Raid Battle sees a different Pokémon displayed on their screen than what the host sees. This will be fixed.
  • A bug may occur that causes players joining a Tera Raid Battle from the Tera Raid Battles search screen to be brought to a Tera Raid Battle against a Pokémon different from the one they saw displayed. This will be fixed.
  • A bug that causes Tera Raid Battle crystals to not appear for a set amount of time may occur under certain circumstances. This will be fixed.


  • Type matchups against Pokémon that have fainted will no longer appear when selecting a move or target during Double Battles.
  • A Zoroark that has Terastallized and is disguised as another Pokémon via its Illusion Ability can be identified as a Zoroark by using the Check Target option. This is a bug and will be fixed.
  • When a Zoroark has Terastallized and is disguised as another Pokémon via its Illusion Ability, the type matchups of moves are displayed based on the type of the Pokémon that Zoroark is disguised as, rather than Zoroark’s Tera Type. This is a bug and will be fixed.
  • The stats of a Dondozo with a Tatsugiri in its mouth will increase when Dondozo uses Order Up, even when the move should have been negated (for example, by an opponent using Protect). This is a bug and will be fixed.
  • If a Pokémon Terastallizes after using Destiny Bond and then faints, the effects of Destiny Bond will fail to activate. This is a bug and will be fixed.

Other Bug Fixes

  • We will address an issue that can cause the game to forcibly close at certain locations. Considering this fix, there may be a reduction of Pokémon and people displayed in certain towns or in the wild.
  • When a Pokémon that is not a part of the Paldea Pokédex is obtained through a Link Trade, it is displayed as being registered to the Paldea Pokédex. This is a bug and will be fixed.
  • Certain actions can cause the main character’s expressions to not change until the game is closed and reopened. This will be fixed.
  • A bug occurred for some players after Ranked Battles Season 1, wherein visiting the Ranked Battles screen immediately after the season’s results had been calculated caused a communication error after the players received their rewards. Following this error, players were unable to participate in any further Ranked Battles. This will be fixed.
  • If a player has created multiple Battle Teams yet not using the Battle Team in the first slot for their Ranked Battles, they may not receive the Master Rank Ribbon after winning Ranked Battles in the Master Ball Tier. This will be fixed.
  • When a Pokémon you caught comes back to you through Link Trade, it may not listen to your commands in accordance with what is written in the profile app (“Pokémon caught at Lv. XX or below will listen to your commands”). This will be fixed.
  • A bug is preventing the Pokédex from displaying additional entries for Pokémon species that were already registered in the Pokédex. This will be fixed.
  • Objects such as Poké Balls may be displayed in certain locations of the field unintentionally. This will be fixed.
  • Passersby will no longer be displayed during certain battles happening in towns during the main story.
  • Other select bug fixes will be implemented.


These will definitely be exciting changes for players who have been enjoying Pokémon Scarlet and Violet despite the title’s flaws. Consequently, Nintendo further stated that they are currently “planning further features and bug fixes not listed in these patch notes.” Once Pokémon Scarlet and Violet update 1.2.0 does finally deploy near the end of February, players will be automatically prompted to download it when launching their game. 

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