If, like me, a rotating map frustrates you to no end, the first thing you’re going to want to do when you load up Pokemon Scarlet and Violet for the first time (aside from choosing your starter Pokemon, of course!) is to turn map rotation off. Here’s how to do it.
How to Turn Off Map Rotation in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
A rotating map is just the worst. It’s so hard to tell whether you’re going north or south, it just keeps moving. Luckily, toggling it on and off is a breeze in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Seriously though, why would they automatically turn it on for players? You’d think it’d be an option to switch ON for those who want it, not off for those who don’t. But anyway.
To turn off the rotating map, all you need to do is open your map by pressing the Y button on your Nintendo Switch and then click in the right joystick (R3, if you will). The map will then switch over to “Stationary Mode” AKA how it should be. In my opinion, anyway – if you like a rotating map, you do you.
The map also allows you to zoom in and out by pressing either ZL or ZR. Zoom out far enough and it’ll display how far you’ve progressed through the game’s three paths: Victory Road (Gyms), Starfall Street (Team Star Bases), and Path of Legends (Titan Pokemon).
If you scroll around too much on the map and you can’t find your avatar, click the + button to re-focus back on you. And if you want to open your Pokedex or view your Profile with all your stats and stuff, simply press X and a small menu will pop up where you can pick where to navigate to. It’s super handy if you accidentally open your map instead of your Pokedex, for example.