The Way Home is the final story of the main campaign of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and takes you to the mysterious Area Zero.
Below you will learn how to complete The Way Home in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Just beware of spoilers! We’ve tried to keep it as vague as possible.
However, if you want to learn more about a certain battle that occurs during this final chapter, visit this guide.
How to complete The Way Home in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Once you’ve completed the Victory Road, Starfall Street, and Path of Legends stories in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll receive a call from Arven telling you it’s time to enter Area Zero.
Before you leave, however, we recommend that your entire team be at least level 65, because you will be facing several high-level Pokémon in Area Zero. You’ll also want to stock up on healing items, like Max Potions, because you’ll face a series of unavoidable story battles throughout this chapter.
It will be waiting for you at Zero Gate, but first you must gather your equipment.
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Although, in truth, there is no need to do any recruiting and you can instead head straight to the Zero Gate, which is located south of Medali. To reach it, fly to any of the Medali Pokémon Centers and then go up the hill directly to the south.
Where to find Gate Zero in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
If you’ve explored this area before, you may have noticed a large, closed door. This leads to the Zero Gate and it is now open, so head over to find Arven.
Penny and Nemona will arrive once you’re inside the Zero Gate, and when you’re ready to leave, talk to Arven.
Welcome to Paldea’s biggest secret: Area Zero!
Your first task here is to disable the four locks on the lab, and since Koraidon/Miraidon refuses to leave his ball, be prepared to do a lot of running.
To get to the first research station, you must follow the path downwards, which involves crossing a waterfall.
When you reach the first research station, you will be attacked by a Glimmora and fight alongside Nemona. This Pokémon is level 62 and Rock and Poison type. Once you’ve defeated this Pokémon, head to the research station.
Next, you must interact with the green panel inside the research station to disable one of the locks. All research stations also have teleportation pads, which will teleport you between stations and back to Zero Gate, and a bed where you can heal your Pokémon.
With one lock disabled, exit the research station and continue downhill. You will soon reach a landslide, which you can slide down, and eventually the research station will be right in front of you.
Continue down the hill and go down the rock slide.
In Scarlet, you and Penny will have to defeat Scream Tail to enter the laboratory. This Pokémon will be level 62 and is a Fairy and Psychic type Pokémon.
Meanwhile, in Violet, you will face an Iron Pack, which will be at Level 62 and is an Ice and Water type Pokémon.
After defeating the Pokémon, head to the research station and disable the lock. This is also where Arven will give you the Scarlet or Violet Book depending on which version you are playing.
Next, you must leave the research station and go down the hill. You will find yourself crossing another waterfall and will have to head towards the large tree before turning to your left.
Go left at the tree.
This route will take you to the third research station, but before entering, you must defeat a Pokémon with Arven. He decides to send his newly cured Mabosstiff to the place where he originally got sick, which seems a little reckless to me…
In Scarlet, you will face a Great Fang, which is level 63, and a Ground and Fighting type Pokémon.
In Violet, you will fight Iron Treads, which is level 63, and a Ground and Steel type Pokémon.
Our The Teal Mask walkthrough will help you complete the first part of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC, but make sure you know how to start it first. When visiting Kitakami it is a good idea to know how to get Sinistea, Dipplin and The Loyal Three. Our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet walkthrough can take you through the main campaign, including The First Day of School, Victory Road, Starfall Street, Path of Legends, and, when you’re ready, The Way Home and the final boss. Elsewhere, we can help with the normal gym test secret item menu, version differences, the best scarlet and violet starter, XP farming, shiny Pokémon, and learning to fly, swim, climb, and run. When it comes to individual Pokémon, we can help with Gimmighoul, Ditto, Bellibolt, Pawmot, Scovillain, Frigibax, Brambleghast, Annihilape, Farigiraf, Dudunsparce, Lycanrock, Armarouge, and Ceruledge.
Once that Pokémon is gone, you’ll need to disable the lock inside the research station, then head into the tunnel opposite the building.
Continue following the tunnel into the crater until you reach the fourth research station, which is slowly being encased in glass. Here you can disable the last lock so you can finally enter Zero Lab. What can go wrong?
Go through this tunnel and follow the path until you reach the fourth research station.
If necessary, we recommend healing your team using the bed before leaving this station, because several battles await you. When you’re ready, exit the research station and continue downhill. When you reach the plate, take the path to the left and continue until you reach Laboratory Zero.
Go left on this plate.
When you reach the laboratory, press the button to open the door and prepare for three Pokémon battles. While you will fight these Pokémon alongside your friends, you will not have the opportunity to heal your Pokémon between these three fights. For this reason, we recommend making sure your Pokémon are at full health and not experiencing any status effects before battles begin.
In Scarlet, you will face the following three Pokémon in this order:
- Great Fang: Level 64 and Ground and Fighting type
- Brute Bonnet: level 64 and grass and dark type
- Flutter Mane: level 64 and ghost and fairy type
Meanwhile, in Violet, you’ll face these Pokémon in this order:
- Iron Footsteps: level 64 and ground and steel type
- Iron Hands: Level 64 and Fighting and Electric type
- Iron Jugulis: level 64 and dark and flying type
After defeating your Pokémon, head to the laboratory. Don’t worry about backtracking if you need to heal your Pokémon: there’s a bed inside.
Once inside, talk to the professor and then follow him to the elevator. It’s a good idea to pick up Booster Energy along the way. When held, this item will increase the highest stat of a Pokémon with the Protosynthesis or Quark Drive ability.
The Professor will take you to the back of the laboratory, but before you do what you’re asked, we recommend saving the game, healing your Pokémon if you haven’t already, and purchasing some healing items, especially a couple of Ultimate Potions. .
When you’re ready, follow the professor’s instructions and enter a battle with either Professor Sada or Professor Turo, depending on which version you’re playing.
With the professor defeated, we can see the credits.
You didn’t think it would be so easy, did you?
The Paradise Protection Protocol has been activated and if you want to stop it, you must defeat the Professor’s latest Pokémon: Koraidon in Scarlet and Miraidon in Violet. However, all of your Pokémon’s balls have been blocked…
To continue this battle, you must select ‘Pokémon’ and then scroll down to where Koraidon or Miraidon have been hanging out throughout the game. This will finally call the Pokémon into battle!
Remember to help Koraidon/Miraidon when necessary, ideally with Max Potion, since you technically only have one Pokémon available on your team during this fight.
To win this battle, you must continue attacking the opposing legendary until you can terastalize Koraidon/Miraidon. Once it’s available, terastalize your legendary and select Tera Blast to end this battle.
With that, the game will come to an end, the credits will roll, and you will find yourself in your bedroom. Still, this doesn’t mean you’ve done it all in Paldea…
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