Biomes are a mechanic in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet used to determine what kind of Pokémon can spawn in an area. Each Pokémon can only spawn in specific biomes; its Pokédex entry may give a clue as to what biome or biomes the Pokémon can spawn in.

There are 23 different biomes in total, with a breakdown as follows:

  • Paldea has 19 different biomes.
  • Kitakami has 10 different biomes, including the previously unused Cave Water biome.
  • The Terarium has 14 different biomes, including the previously unused Volcano and Wasteland biome.

List of biomes

Bamboo Forest

 
Bamboo Forest biome

This biome is used for the bamboo thickets in North Province (Area Two), Reveler's Road, Mossfell Confluence, the Coastal Biome, the Savanna Biome, and the Canyon Biome. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in bamboo groves".

     
Map of all Bamboo Forest spawners in Paldea Map of all Bamboo Forest spawners in Kitakami Map of all Bamboo Forest spawners in the Terarium

Beach

 
Beach biome

This biome is used for beaches, such as the Secluded Beach. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives on beaches" or "Lives by the sea".

 
Map of all Beach spawners in Paldea

Cave

 
Cave biome

This biome is used for caves, such as Colonnade Hollow, Chilling Waterhead, or Chargestone Cavern. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in caves" or "Clings to cave walls".

     
Map of all Cave spawners in Paldea Map of all Cave spawners in Kitakami Map of all Cave spawners in the Terarium

Cave Water

 
Cave Water biome

This biome is used for underground pools of water, such as those found within Chilling Waterhead or underneath the Crystal Pool.

 
Map of all Cave Water spawners in Kitakami

Chargestone

This biome is exclusively used for the large electric crystals in the Chargestone Cavern.

 
Map of all Chargestone spawners in the Terarium

Desert

 
Desert biome

This biome is used for the Asado Desert, Paradise Barrens, and the shoreline within the Coastal Biome. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in the Asado Desert" or "Lives in deserts".

     
Map of all Desert spawners in Paldea Map of all Desert spawners in Kitakami Map of all Desert spawners in the Terarium

Flower

 
Flower biome

This biome is used for patches of flowers, such as those in North Province (Area Two), by the lake in the Wistful Fields, and in the Coastal Biome. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Likes being near flowers".

     
Map of all Flower spawners in Paldea Map of all Flower spawners in Kitakami Map of all Flower spawners in the Terarium

Forest

 
Forest biome

This biome is used for forests, such as Tagtree Thicket. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in forests" or "Likes being near trees".

 
Map of all Forest spawners in Paldea

Lake

 
Lake biome

This biome is used for lakes and ponds, such as Casseroya Lake, water within Fellhorn Gorge, or small pools within the Savanna, Canyon, and Polar Biomes. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives at Casseroya Lake" or "Lives around ponds".

     
Map of all Lake spawners in Paldea Map of all Lake spawners in Kitakami Map of all Lake spawners in the Terarium

Mine

 
Mine biome

This biome is used for the rocky, mountainous terrain in East Province (Area Three). Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in the East Province's Area Three".

 
Map of all Mine spawners in Paldea

Mountain

 
Mountain biome

This biome is used for mountainous areas that are not covered in snow, such as West Province (Area Two). Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in mountainous areas".

 
Map of all Mountain spawners in Paldea

Ocean

 
Ocean biome

This biome is used for the Paldean Seas, including both the water and any islands. This biome is also used for the large watery expanses within the Polar and Coastal Biomes. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in the sea" or "Lives by the sea".

   
Map of all Ocean spawners in Paldea Map of all Ocean spawners in the Terarium

Olive

 
Olive biome

This biome is used for the olive orchards around Cortondo. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in olive fields".

 
Map of all Olive spawners in Paldea

Prairie

 
Prairie biome

This biome is used for flat, grassy land, such as the plains in South Province (Area Four), as well as inside the Terarium outside the Polar Biome. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in grassy areas".

     
Map of all Prairie spawners in Paldea Map of all Prairie spawners in Kitakami Map of all Prairie spawners in the Terarium

Riverside

 
Riverside biome

This biome is used for rivers, such as the water surrounding Mesagoza, the large river in the Mossfell Confluence, and the waterways in the Coastal and Canyon Biomes. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in rivers" or "Lives on riverbanks".

     
Map of all Riverside spawners in Paldea Map of all Riverside spawners in Kitakami Map of all Riverside spawners in the Terarium

Rocky Area

 
Rocky Area biome

This biome is used for rocky, rugged terrain, such as that in South Province (Area Three), the Infernal Pass, or the Canyon Biome. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in rocky areas" or "Clings to rock faces".

     
Map of all Rocky Area spawners in Paldea Map of all Rocky Area spawners in Kitakami Map of all Rocky Area spawners in the Terarium


Ruins

 
Ruins biome

This biome is used for ruins, such as the ones in the Asado Desert. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives among ruins".

 
Map of all Ruins spawners in Paldea

Snowfield

 
Snowfield biome

This biome is used for the snowy terrain found on Glaseado Mountain and the Polar Biome. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives on Glaseado Mountain" or "Lives in areas with deep snow".

   
Map of all Snowfield spawners in Paldea Map of all Snowfield spawners in the Terarium

Swamp

 
Swamp biome

This biome is used for the boggy, marshy area in South Province (Area Five) and the rice paddies south of Mossui Town. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives in wetlands".

     
Map of all Swamp spawners in Paldea Map of all Swamp spawners in Kitakami Map of all Swamp spawners in the Terarium

Town

 
Town biome

This biome is used just outside towns and cities, as Pokémon cannot spawn directly in towns or cities. Pokémon that can spawn here may have a Pokédex entry that states "Lives near towns and cities".

 
Map of all Town spawners in Paldea

Underground

 
Underground biome

This biome is used exclusively for the underground, crystal-filled cavern in the depths of Area Zero.

Volcano

 
Map of all Volcano spawners in the Terarium

Wasteland

 
Map of all Wasteland spawners in the Terarium


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