Pokémon Scarlet and Violet connection failed - how to fix

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet connection failed - how to fix

If the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet connection failed error is bothering you, we have some potential fixes.

While Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been very warmly received, the bugs and performance issues have caused a fair amount of unhappiness for some players.

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Besides the corrupted save issue and the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet crashing issue, the connection failed error has been a major source of frustration for many players.

Fortunately, we have found a couple of solutions that might help you fix the Pokémon scarlet and Violet connection failed error. Let's get right into it!

How to fix the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet connection failed error

We know it sucks when you are trying to join the Charizard raid or explore Area Zero to catch some Paradox Pokémon, and you are hit by the connection failed error.

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The Pokémon scarlet and Violet connection failed error is the result of slow Internet speeds, a weak wireless signal, a large amount of wireless interference, or slow response times from network devices.

Thankfully, there are a number of possible remedies for the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet connection failed error. Work through these until you find the one that works for you.

Do a speed test for your Internet connection

Perform a connection test on the Nintendo Switch console, and take note of your upload and download speed.

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At least a 3 MB/s download speed and 1 MB/s upload speed are required for smooth gameplay. If either of these numbers drops below the recommended numbers, you will need to speak with your ISP.

If your Internet connection meets the minimum requirements

In case your speeds do not fall below that threshold, here are some troubleshooting steps you can try to fix the Pokémon scarlet and Violet connection failed error.

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  • Restart your router.
  • Manually enter an alternate DNS.
  • Place the Nintendo Switch, if possible, within 10 to 15 feet of the wireless router to improve the signal.
  • If applicable, try switching to a different frequency on your router. Many routers will support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies.
  • Turn off other devices that might be trying to compete for bandwidth to reduce traffic on your network.
  • Move any metal objects or electronic devices away from your Nintendo Switch console and wireless router.
  • If you are using a wired connection, try a different Ethernet cable or attempt to connect directly to your modem.

If none of this works, it's worth testing another game, and also another device, to try to pinpoint whether there are issues linked to your home network, or potentially a problem with the game or your Switch console. If you suspect an issue with your Switch, you can contact Nintendo support.

Now that the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet connection failed error is fixed (hopefully), check out the different methods to hunt Shiny Pokémon.