Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Mirror Herb Revealed

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet developers Game Freak have revealed a new item: Mirror Herb. This new item gives players the ability to mirror their opponent's stat changes.

The two newest entries in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, will be released on Nov. 18, 2022 and introduce players to the new region of Paldea. For the past few months, Game Freak has been revealing aspects of the upcoming game such as new playable Pokémon as well as new items. One such new item is the Mirror Herb, which is a holdable item that Pokémon can use to increase their stats.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Mirror Herb Revealed

The Mirror Herb allows players to mimic an opponent's stat increase. The exact explanation from the official Scarlet and Violet website says, "This herb will allow the holder to mirror an opponent’s stat increases and boost its own stats–but only once."

This explanation suggests that if an opponent uses a move that decreases one stat in order to boost another, your Pokémon holding Mirror Herb will only receive the benefit. Game Freak are also limiting the effectiveness of the move by reducing its effects to only once, which likely means once per battle and not once per Pokémon they face. This nerf in Mirror Herb's usability is necessary, though, so Pokémon that rely on moves that increase stats don't find themselves completely overwhelmed.