A new feature of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are Pokémon commonly known as Paradox Pokémon. These Pokémon are Pokémon brought to Paldea into Area Zero through use of a Time Machine. They are versions of much beloved Pokémon from a different time, with different types, stats and movepools.After completing the game's story, they will by found throughout the area.
Most Paradox Pokémon have got a Base Stat total of 570 with two of each kind having 590. These ones, Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant, are found only in a hidden cave in Area Zero near Research Station 3.
In Pokémon Scarlet, the Paradox Pokémon you encounter are ones brought in from the past, while the Paradox Pokémon in Pokémon Violet have been brought in from the future. Koraidon & Miraidon may also be considered Paradox Pokémon as they have also travelled into Paldea through the same method and are akin to Cyclizar.
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Paradox Pokémon (Japanese: パラドックスポケモン Paradox Pokémon ) are a group of Pokémon found in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet . They have two subgroups: one resembling ancient relatives of contemporary Pokémon S , and one resembling futuristic relatives of contemporary Pokémon V . They are all gender unknown and unable to evolve or breed , and — with the exceptions of Koraidon and Miraidon — their names do not follow regular naming conventions. All of them share the category of "Paradox Pokémon".
They are also known as unidentified creatures , Monsters of Area Zero , and Enigmas of Paldea by researchers and Occulture magazine articles, respectively. Professor Sada S / Professor Turo V are the head researchers on the Paradox Pokémon. The professors also refer to the Paradox Pokémon as ancient Pokémon S / future Pokémon V .
- 1.1 Ancient Pokémon
- 1.2 Future Pokémon
- 2.1 History
- 2.2 Base stats comparison
- 3.1 Pokémon Adventures
- 4 In the TCG
- 6 In other languages
List of Paradox Pokémon
These Pokémon look like ancient relatives of contemporary Pokémon. They all share the Protosynthesis Ability , with the exception of Koraidon , which has Orichalcum Pulse . Their Abilities involve the effect of harsh sunlight in battle.
These Pokémon look like futuristic relatives of contemporary Pokémon. They all share the Quark Drive Ability , with the exception of Miraidon , which has Hadron Engine . Their Abilities involve the effect of Electric Terrain in battle.
In the core series games
The first recorded sightings of Paradox Pokémon were documented 200 years ago in Area Zero within the Great Crater of Paldea located in the center of the Paldea region . A member of the Area Zero expedition team, an author and natural historian named Heath , wrote about these sightings in the Scarlet Book S / Violet Book V . Area Zero would be occupied by scientists researching the Paradox Pokémon and the Terastal phenomenon . During the expedition, a member of the team was fatally injured by a Great Tusk S / Iron Treads V that attacked them, and another survey team member managed to take a photograph of the encountered Paradox Pokémon. At some point, the team's sketch artist made a drawing inspired by the Paradox Pokémon they had seen, imagining what other species in the crater might look like, which resembled a combined version of the Legendary beasts S / Swords of Justice V . Walking Wake S / Iron Leaves V and Raging Bolt S / Iron Crown V would later appear, resembling the sketch, but their connection is unknown. It is unclear how these first Paradox Pokémon arrived in Paldea.
Eventually, a paranormal magazine called Occulture published articles on these sightings and theorized about what the Paradox Pokémon could be. At the time, the Paradox Pokémon were believed to have been fabricated by Heath, thus not being considered real. As a result, Heath and his team were widely discredited. The Paradox Pokémon faded into obscurity and research on them ended for a time.
Ten years before the events of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet , the Paradox Pokémon from the ancient past S /distant future V were brought into the present using a time machine built by Professor Sada S / Professor Turo V . The professor used the time machine to send Poké Balls to different points in the timeline. The Poké Balls then caught the Paradox Pokémon, before bringing them into modern time. The reason the professor created the time machine was because they were fascinated with the Paradox Pokémon after reading about them from the Scarlet Book/Violet Book.
The professor conducted research on these Pokémon, with the ultimate goal of establishing a sanctuary in which they would be able to coexist with modern-day Pokémon. This goal would be called Project Tera. At some point, the professor created an AI version of themselves, to assist in research on Paradox Pokémon, using the very same Terastal energy that helped create the time machine. However, due to how dangerous they were to the ecosystem of Paldea, the Paradox Pokémon were kept locked away in Area Zero. At some point, security blocks and a Poké Ball Lock System were created to help both protect the time machine and Paradox Pokémon.
The player's Koraidon S / Miraidon V was the first of the Paradox Pokémon to be brought into the present; a second specimen was later brought into the present as well, but it proved to be far more aggressive than the original and drove it away in a territorial dispute. It is later revealed that the professor was killed by the second specimen while defending the first. Because of this, the Paradox Pokémon would continue to arrive in the present and eventually form their own population in Area Zero. Meanwhile, the professor's AI counterpart realized that the project was a mistake and that their creator's dreams were doomed to failure; however, their programming prevented them from doing anything that might stop the project directly.
Later, shortly before the events of Scarlet and Violet, a lone Great Tusk S / Iron Treads V managed to escape Area Zero and become a Titan Pokémon after eating the Herba Mystica while roaming the Asado Desert . During the events of the games, the player and Arven defeat it, putting an end to its rampage.
During the events of The Way Home in Scarlet and Violet, the player, Arven, Nemona , and Penny encountered several Paradox Pokémon while heading deeper into Area Zero. At Research Station 2, they encountered a wild Scream Tail S / Iron Bundle V , which Penny mistook for an ordinary Jigglypuff S / Delibird V until it became hostile. At Research Station 3, they encountered a wild Great Tusk S /Iron Treads V , like the one fought in the Asado Desert. Then, outside the Zero Lab , the other Koraidon S /Miraidon V was encountered before the group was ambushed by a group of Paradox Pokémon: Great Tusk, Brute Bonnet , and Flutter Mane S ; or Iron Treads, Iron Hands , and Iron Jugulis V . The AI professor's Paradox Protection Protocol fights the player using seven Paradox Pokémon in an attempt to defend the time machine. After a long battle, the player and their Koraidon S /Miraidon V successfully defeat the Paradox Protection Protocol and the other Koraidon S /Miraidon V . The time machine that summoned the Paradox Pokémon was then shut down when the AI professor used it one final time to travel to the ancient past S /distant future V .
Afterward, the rest of the Paradox Pokémon can be found in Area Zero during the post-game, including Roaring Moon S / Iron Valiant V and the second Koraidon S / Miraidon V . Walking Wake S / Iron Leaves V have only appeared in special Poké Portal News event Tera Raid Battles . Great Tusk S /Iron Treads V and Slither Wing S /Iron Moth V have also appeared in special Tera Raids.
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Iron Treads and Great Tusk appeared in the second chapter of Scarlet and Violet arc .
The Paradox Pokémon Great Tusk, Iron Treads, Koraidon, and Miraidon appear in the Pokémon Trading Card Game starting with the Scarlet & Violet expansion (the Japanese Scarlet ex and Violet ex expansions) as Pokémon ex cards. Non-Pokémon ex versions of Koraidon and Miraidon were also released in the same expansion.
Starting with the Paradox Rift expansion (the Japanese Ancient Roar and Future Flash expansions), two new categories of cards were introduced: Ancient and Future , which includes all cards of Paradox Pokémon released in this set. Ancient Pokémon cards tend to have direct attacks that deal a large amount of damage, while being difficult to Knock Out. Future Pokémon cards tend to have Abilities and attacks with extra effects, allowing for craftier strategies.
- Scarlet's entries regarding ancient Pokémon and Violet's entries regarding future Pokémon cite an "expedition journal" or an "old book", referring to the Scarlet Book S / Violet Book V .
- Violet's entries regarding ancient Pokémon and Scarlet's entries regarding future Pokémon cite a "paranormal" or "dubious" magazine, referring to Occulture .
- Donphan , Volcarona , and Cyclizar are the only Pokémon to have both ancient and future Paradox Pokémon counterparts.
- Koraidon and Miraidon are the only Paradox Pokémon with a signature Ability .
- Iron Valiant is the only Paradox Pokémon to be based on more than one Pokémon.
- Roaring Moon , Iron Jugulis , and Iron Thorns are the only Paradox Pokémon to have a lower base stat total than their contemporary counterparts.
- Every Paradox Pokémon that is based on an unevolved Pokémon is an ancient Pokémon.
- Of these, Flutter Mane is the only one not based on a pseudo-legendary Pokémon .
- All Paradox Pokémon share one of their types with their apparent relatives and have another type that the relative lacks.
- All types except Normal are represented by at least one Paradox Pokémon.
- Fighting and Dragon are the most common type for Paradox Pokémon to have, with five Paradox Pokémon having each.
- Iron Moth is the only Paradox Pokémon to not share at least one type with another Paradox Pokémon.
- Miraidon and Raging Bolt are the only Paradox Pokémon to share both of their types.
- Excluding Koraidon and Miraidon, all ancient Pokémon have odd-numbered base stats while all future Pokémon have even-numbered base stats.
- While this does not explicitly apply to Miraidon, its alternate name is "Iron Serpent", as mentioned in its Pokédex entry from Pokémon Violet.
- Despite them all having "Iron" in their names, only Iron Treads and Iron Crown are actually Steel-type .
- Furthermore, all ancient Pokémon weigh more than their present-day relatives except Sandy Shocks , which weighs the same as its present-day counterpart .
- Additionally, all ancient Pokémon aside from Raging Bolt have yellow eyes.
- The cries of all Paradox Pokémon except Koraidon and Miraidon sample the cries of their contemporary relatives. Furthermore, all ancient Pokémon share a unique whistle-like sound frequency in their cries, while all future Pokémon cries share a unique electronic, mechanical noise.
- All moves learned by Paradox Pokémon via leveling up are learned at levels which are multiples of 7 (excluding level 1).
- In their battle against the player, Professor Sada S / Professor Turo V uses every Paradox Pokémon introduced before the 1.2.0 update in that version of the game, with the exceptions of Great Tusk S /Iron Treads V , which are instead encountered as a Titan during the story.
- Generation II has the most Paradox Pokémon counterparts of Pokémon that debuted during it, at seven. Out of the generations that have at least one, Generation IV has the fewest, at one .
- However, Roaring Moon is based on Mega Salamence , a form that was introduced in Generation VI.
- In the Scarlet and Violet Books, there is a sketch of an imaginary Pokémon based on Paradox Pokémon found in Area Zero. The drawing in the Scarlet Book resembles a fusion of the three Legendary beasts , while that of the Violet Book resembles a fusion of the three Swords of Justice .
- They are also the only Paradox Pokémon to not be in the Paldea Pokédex.
- Both only consist of Pokémon that cannot evolve in their debut games.
- Both play a role in the main story of their debut games.
- Both groups consist only of gender unknown Pokémon that are unable to breed .
- Both are connected to Legendary Pokémon.
- Additionally, the levels they learn moves at are themed around numbers, with Paradox Pokémon learning moves at levels that are multiples of seven, while Ultra Beasts learn moves at levels that are prime numbers (in Generation VII ).
- The majority of Pokémon in both groups have a base stat total of 570.
- Every non-Legendary Paradox Pokémon and every Ultra Beast has an Ability that boosts its most proficient non- HP stat.
- Promotional material for both groups' debut games did not refer to them as Pokémon or reveal any of their types prior to the games' releases.
- Characters in the games are initially unsure whether the members of either group are actually Pokémon.
- These Pokémon are similar to the ecologically similar Pokémon in that they bear a striking resemblance to certain Pokémon but are nonetheless completely different species.
- The term "Paradox Pokémon" may be a reference to Animalia Paradoxa .
- The Paradox Pokémon (excluding Koraidon and Miraidon) and Type: Null are the only Pokémon to have Spanish and Italian names different to their English names.
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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Every Paradox Pokemon (& Where to Find Them)
Those hoping to find and catch every Paradox Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are going to need a lot of Ultra Balls and someone to trade with.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet make a lot of big changes to the Pokemon formula, one of which being the introduction of Paradox Pokemon. Similar to the Ultra Beasts found in the Gen 7 Pokemon games, Paradox Pokemon are inspired by pre-existing Pokemon, with the ones found in Pokemon Scarlet serving as ancient forms and the ones in Violet being a bit more futuristic.
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Unfortunately, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet players won't be able to catch any Paradox Pokemon until after they have completed the main story, which means getting all 18 badges and completing the final few missions and quests. After doing so, they'll gain access to the Great Crater of Paldea, and, after defeating the games' final boss, they'll be able to return there and start catching Paradox Pokemon. There are 16 of them in total, with eight available in each game.
If players are having trouble finding a particular Paradox Pokemon they can either leave and re-enter the area or defeat nearby Pokemon to increase the chances of it spawning in.
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Every paradox pokemon in pokemon scarlet (ancient pokemon).
Great Tusk is a Ground/Fighting-type Pokemon. It is based on Donphan and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 10% chance of finding it in the Underground biome of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Scream Tail is a Fairy/Psychic-type Pokemon. It is based on Jigglypuff and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 20% chance of finding it in the Underground and Grass biomes of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Brute Bonnet is a Grass/Dark-type Pokemon. It is based on Amoonguss and has a base stat total of 570. Players can find it in Area Zero after completing the main story. It has a 20% chance of spawning in the Underground biome and a 10% chance of spawning in the Grass biome.
Flutter Mane is a Ghost-Fairy-type Pokemon. It is based on Misdreavus and has a base stat total of 570. Players can find it in Area Zero after completing the main story. It has a 15% chance of spawning in the Cave biome and a 3% chance of spawning in the Underground biome.
Slither Wing is a Bug/Fighting-type Pokemon. It is based on Volcarona and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 15% chance of finding it in the Grass biome of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Sandy Shocks is an Electric/Ground-type Pokemon. It is based on Magneton and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 15% chance of finding it in the Rocky biome of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Roaring Moon is a Dark/Dragon-type Pokemon. It is based on Mega Salamence and has a base stat total of 590. Players can find it in Area Zero after completing the main story. It has a 5% chance of spawning in the hidden cave between the second and third research stations.
Koraidon is a Fighting/Dragon-type Legendary Pokemon. It is based on Cyclizar and has a base stat total of 670. Scarlet players will get a Koraidon near the beginning of the game, but if they return to the area where they fought the final boss after completing the game, they'll be able to find and catch a second Koraidon by heading up the giant stone path.
Walking Wake is a Water/Dragon-type Pokemon. It is based on Suicune and has a base stat total of 590. Scarlet players were able to catch Walking Wake by taking part in a special tera raid event in early 2023 . These days, the only way to get Walking Wake is via trading.
Every Paradox Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet (Future Pokemon)
Iron Treads is a Ground/Steel-type Pokemon. It is based on Donphan and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 10% chance of finding it in the Underground biome of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Iron Bundle is an Ice/Water-type Pokemon. It is based on Delibird and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 20% chance of finding it in the Underground and Grass biomes of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Iron Hands is a Fighting/Electric-type Pokemon. It is based on Hariyama and has a base stat total of 570. Players can find it in Area Zero after completing the main story. It has a 20% chance of spawning in the grass biome and a 10% chance of spawning in the Underground biome.
Iron Jugulis is a Dark/Flying-type Pokemon. It is based on Hydreigon and has a base stat total of 570. Players can find it in Area Zero after completing the main story. It has a 15% chance of spawning in the Cave biome and a 3% chance of spawning in the Underground biome.
Iron Moth is a Fire/Poison-type Pokemon. It is based on Volcarona and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 15% chance of finding it in the Grass biome of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Iron Thorns is a Rock/Electric-type Pokemon. It is based on Tyranitar and has a base stat total of 570. Players have a 15% chance of finding it in the Underground biome of Area Zero after completing the main story.
Iron Valiant is a Fairy/Fighting-type Pokemon. It is based on Mega Gallade and has a base stat total of 590. Players can find it in Area Zero after completing the main story. It has a 5% chance of spawning in the hidden cave between the second and third research stations.
Miraidon is an Electric/Dragon-type Legendary Pokemon. It is based on Cyclizar and has a base stat total of 670. Violet players will get a Miraidon near the beginning of the game, but if they return to the area where they fought the final boss after completing the game, they'll be able to find and catch a second Miraidon by heading up the giant stone path.
Iron Leaves is a Grass/Psychic-type Pokemon. It is based on Virizion and has a base stat total of 590. Violet players were able to catch Iron Leaves by taking part in a special tera raid event in early 2023. These days, the only way to get Iron Leaves is via trading .
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are available now for the Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon scarlet and violet: 10 best generation ix ghost-types.
There are quite a few strong new Ghost-types in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, but which are undeniably the best?
With the two newest entries in the Pokémon series finally being released with a new array of awesome creatures, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet impress with the Paldea Pokédex. This includes a fresh line of Ghost-types included in the game, which range in strength from the rather modest Bramblin to the attention-grabbing and powerful Ceruledge.
However, the most ferocious of the ghostly beings tend to be those that aren’t Dual-Type but Mono-type. After all, having a sole Ghost-type means the Pokémon will have fewer weaknesses and be more effective when countering types like Normal and Fighting. Taking into account each new Ghost-types learnable skills and base stats (BTS), which of them is considered the most formidable of them all?
The least valuable of the new Dual-types is the restless Bramblin, a small tumbleweed Pokémon with rhombic dark eyes and red pupils. The rough stalks of its spherical body are actually dried grass its accumulated from rolling through the land as a soul blown by the wind, unable to pass over to the afterlife.
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The Grass/Ghost-type never knows where it’s heading and hates getting wet. With a BTS of 275, it certainly isn’t all that scary for being a Ghost-type, but its 65 Attack isn’t too shabby for an un-evolved pocket monster. Luckily, it evolves into a more useful Pokémon, Brambleghast, by walking with it for two minutes straight.
Arguably one of the strangest Pokémon of the new bunch, Gimmighoul hides inside a sturdy treasure chest and is often mistaken for antique. When it senses someone nearby, it ambushes them and controls them, forcing their victim to collect coins.
Gimmighoul might not be the strongest wild Ghost-type Pokémon , but its Chest form reaches a Defense of 70, which is quite impressive for being unevolved. Though it loses much of its Defensive capabilities in Roaming form, its Speed increases massively to 80, landing it a BTS of 300.
A fan-favorite new Mono Ghost-type of Scarlet and Violet , Greavard, accompanies Pokémon and their trainers to their unfortunate deaths. Despite its creepy activities, it's still quite an adorable fellow.
The shaggy dog with a candle mounted atop its head waits around in graveyards and sometimes underground, where an unsuspecting victim might play with it and have their life force drained. Having a serrated and hard mouth rather than actual teeth, Greavard is strong enough to shatter bones effortlessly. With both high Attack and Speed stats, it is lives up to its lore, totaling up to 290 BTS.
Legend has it that a Primeape once became so overcome with rage that it outgrew its body and gained much power from no longer being limited by flesh. The creature is shaggy, and each of its punches are filled with a rage that horrifies its target.
Though many fans found the Fight/Ghost-type a disappointing Pokémon since it has no evolution , its stats completely make up for it. With a whopping 115 Attack and 90 Speed, the primate is a force to be reckoned with. Its BTS is 535 and it is the sole Pokémon capable of learning the move Rage Fist, letting its power increase by 50 for every time it is hit during a battle.
The evolution of Bramblin may not look like much, but it can learn some decently powerful Ghost/Grass-type moves. For example, the move Phantom Force allows Brambleghast to disappear for a turn and inflicts damage once it reappears, while Giga Drain heals it 50% of the damage dealt to its opponent.
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The Pokémon is known for using its haunted pieces of bramble to engulf its prey and steal the life energy it needs. Ironically, Brambleghast has surprisingly high 90 Speed, and a whopping 115 Attack. Adding up all of its stats totals to a considerable 480 BTS.
The humanoid figure comprised of a stack of a thousand gold coins, Gholdengo might not look much like the Ghost part of its Dual-type heritage, but it surely does resemble the Steel-type in its description. One thing is for sure, it is scary powerful for something made purely of coins.
The Pokémon has the ability to make a surfboard of gold and ride on it, a nice upgrade from the largely immobile Chest form of Gimmighoul. Gholdengo not only has a great Special Attack stat of 133 but its signature move (Make It Rain) damage its opponent while lowering their Special Attack, keeping their victim’s money and thoroughly proving its impressive 550 BTS.
Evolving from Charcadet into a Fire/Ghost-type, Ceruledge is exclusive to Violet and quite the formidable foe. The knight-like Pokémon wields two dark purple, cyan, and pink blades that are born from the grudges of a fallen swordsman.
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These spectacular swords leave anything cut by them leaking of life energy, which are then absorbed by the blades to heal it, using its exclusive move Bitter Blade to regain HP. The offensive attacker often goes for the blind spots of its foe and will do anything to win. A Special Defense of 100 and an Attack of 125 proves its mightiness, its BTS accumulating to 525.
By choosing Fuecoco as their starter, players can already have one of the most overpowered Ghost-types in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet . With fire energy equal to 5,400 °F (3,000 °C) wisping out the sides of its huge jaws, it is something to be feared in battle.
The Fire/Ghost crocodile is unexpectedly a singing Pokémon as well, able to use the move Torch Song, increasing its own Special Attack while depleting an opponent's HP. Speaking of, its stats are no laughing matter, having 530 BTS. Its HP, Defense, and Special Attack are all in the 100s, the highest of which being its Special Attack.
The final evolution of Greavyard is the Mono Ghost-type Houndstone, who is the most loyal dog Pokémon ever, that spends a lot of its time snoozing in graveyards. It is said to have been reborn from a lovingly mourned Pokémon that once passed away.
However, this fido has some fight in it, being one of the most powerful Pokémon found in the wild. Equipped with the powerful move Sand Rush, doubling its speed when it's in sand, Houndstone’s incredible power doesn’t stop there. It can learn Last Respects, which is debatably the greatest offensive move ever, since it can gain 50 more points on top of its 488 BTS. Its Attack and Defense both reach 100, its Special Defense just 3 points off doing the same.
Misdreavus might be exclusive to Pokémon Violet , but Flutter Mane is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet . The ancestor of the famous Ghost-type has a subtle design difference, like red spikes on its head and yellow pupils instead of red, but it is essentially the same.
The Paradox Pokémon is one of the only new Mono Ghost-type in the game, making it especially strong against other Ghost-types and less susceptible to the weaknesses Dual-types face. Its stats are incredible with its Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed all being 135. With a BTS of 570, Flutter Mane makes a perfect addition to any team, if the player is able to find one.
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12 Most Powerful Paradox Pokémon In Scarlet & Violet, Ranked
Scarlet & Violet showcases some of the strongest Paradox Pokémon in the series.
The Gen IX Pokémon games Scarlet & Violet introduced over 100 new Pokémon to the franchise upon their release, but some of these were inventive new takes on existing species. Paradox Pokémon hail from the ancient past in Scarlet , and the distant future in Violet . Paradox Pokémon are an important part of Scarlet & Violet 's main storyline, and beyond their cool designs and new typings, they are seriously powerful.
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Paradox Pokémon generally have a base stat total of 570, albeit with some notable exceptions. While this comes in below the standard total for pseudo-legendaries, they are still not to be messed with. All Paradox Pokémon excel in some department, but there are those that focus on their Attack or Special Attack stat, making them especially formidable and powerful if complemented by an impressive Speed stat or defensive bulk.
Updated on March 8th, 2023 by Tom Steel: Paradox Pokémon have proven to be among the best additions to the franchise in the Gen IX games, as creative variations of existing Pokémon have been introduced. February's Pokémon Presents outlined the general plan for 2023, and two new Paradox Pokémon were not only announced, but also immediately introduced into the games via Tera Raids. This list has been updated to accommodate Walking Wake and Iron Leaves while establishing how they rank among the strongest and best Paradox Pokémon.
12 Iron Leaves
Notable stats: attack - 130, special defense - 108.
Upon its introduction at the end of February, Iron Leaves was made available through Tera Raids, which showcased its battling potential, albeit on a grander scale. As a Grass/Psychic type, this futuristic relative of Virizion excels in its base Attack stat of 130, with Leaf Blade and Psyblade being its main weapons.
In stark contrast to Walking Wake, it may take some time for players to warm up to using Iron Leaves on the competitive scene. However, there is enough potential in its offensive capabilities that players can double down on it and get quick knockouts.
11 Iron Moth
Notable stats: special attack - 140, speed - 110.
Iron Moth is the Violet -exclusive Paradox relative of Volcarona from the future. Iron Moth's type combination of Fire and Poison isn't the greatest in terms of weaknesses, but it has access to a diverse movepool that can give it serious coverage, especially with its impressive 140 Special Attack in mind.
Iron Moth is one of the coolest Paradox Pokémon designs, but can still prove its worth in a battle as well. Eight type resistances help it out, but a defensive Tera type is still worth considering, in order to get rid of its weaknesses.
10 Slither Wing
Notable stats: attack - 135, special defense - 105.
While Volcarona's futuristic relative Iron Moth specializes in Special Attack, the Scarlet -exclusive Slither Wing hails from the ancient past and packs a punch with considerable physical offense. Just like its Violet counterpart, Slither Wing also has four type weaknesses, but cannot compare with its resistances, with it only having five.
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Slither Wing may not have any outstanding stats outside its Attack of 135, but the rest of its 570 total is spread evenly across the remaining bases. Slither Wing is one of the easiest Paradox Pokémon to find in the wilds of Area Zero, but it should not be discounted or underestimated.
9 Iron Bundle
Notable stats: speed - 136, special attack - 124.
When it was revealed that Delibird would be receiving a Paradox form, fans were unsure what to think, as Delibird has long been a joke of the franchise. However, the Violet -exclusive futuristic relative of the Present Pokémon has truly been a gift for players willing to give it a try.
Since Paradox Pokémon have been introduced to the competitive circuit, Iron Bundle has crept onto many a team, as one of the best Paradox Pokémon. This comes from its terrifying base Speed of 136 and Special Attack of 124, which can be a frightening combination. The Ice/Water-type Paradox Pokémon can be set up for support or to make the most of its Special Attack, for devastating offense.
8 Great Tusk
Notable stats: attack - 131, defense - 131, hp - 115.
Fans were left waiting for the Gen II Armor Pokémon Donphan to receive some extra love for some time, and Scarlet & Violet have finally delivered on that front. While Iron Treads is the futuristic relative of Donphan in Pokémon Violet , Scarlet 's Great Tusk steals the limelight .
The ancient past relative of Donphan is a Ground/Fighting type that excels in dealing physical damage and taking some in return. Great Tusk may suffer from having six type weaknesses, but it is easily one of the cooler Paradox Pokémon designs and is worth trying out regardless.
7 Flutter Mane
Notable stats: special attack - 135, special defense - 135, speed - 135.
Paradox Pokémon were initially left out of the Scarlet & Violet competitive scene , and this quickly halted the momentum that Paradox Pokémon were gaining, especially Flutter Mane. Yet with season two, they all entered the fray, and Flutter Mane once again emerged as one of the best Paradox Pokémon. The Ghost/Fairy-type Paradox Pokémon is a Scarlet exclusive and a relative of Misdreavus that hails from the distant past.
Most of Flutter Mane's 570 base stat total is pumped into Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed with 135 apiece, making it seriously dangerous in battle. Flutter Mane still has to be careful of its two type weaknesses of Steel and Ghost, but that is nothing that a defensive Tera type can't sort out.
6 Iron Hands
Notable stats: hp - 154, attack - 140.
The futuristic relative of Hariyama, Iron Hands has quickly made its way onto every player's radar as one of the best Paradox Pokémon. Iron Hands has become one of the best Pokémon for Tera Raids, as players have discovered multiple ways to make the most of its bulk and formidable physical offense.
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Iron Hands has the luxury of having both Belly Drum and Drain Punch in its arsenal, but the additional Electric typing helps it hit hard for super-effective damage with the likes of Wild Charge and Thunder Punch. Iron Hands' Speed of 50 can be a problem, but finding opportunities to set up and Drain Punch to replenish HP makes Iron Hands a terrifying foil for many an opponent.
5 Iron Valiant
Notable stats: attack - 130, special attack - 120, speed - 116.
Alongside Scarlet 's Roaring Moon , Violet 's Iron Valiant is the only other non-Legendary Paradox Pokémon to have a higher base stat total at 590. Iron Valiant is a futuristic relative of the Ralts line, but appears to be a combination of both Gardevoir and Gallade, reflected by its Fairy/Fighting combination.
As such, Iron Valiant has impressive coverage, not just in terms of the type of moves it knows, but also in having both physical and special moves. It has decent enough stats to support them both. Iron Valiant is another powerful Pokémon to benefit from having Drain Punch in its arsenal, which can then be a part of a highly-unpredictable move set.
4 Roaring Moon
Notable stats: attack - 139, speed - 119.
Roaring Moon is a Scarlet -exclusive Paradox Pokémon and a relative of Salamence, hailing from the ancient past. Roaring Moon boasts an impressive base stat total of 590, which is spread well across Attack, Speed, HP and Special Defense, sacrificing Defense and Special Attack for the greater good.
The Dragon/Dark typing gives it a problematic five type weaknesses to worry about, but a defensive Tera type can help to remedy that. Roaring Moon has an incredible design that shows glimpses of Mega Salamence from Gen VI, that perfects its powerful and formidable aesthetic. Roaring Moon is beginning to sneak onto more teams on the competitive scene, establishing itself as one of the best Paradox Pokémon.
3 Walking Wake
Notable stats: special attack - 125, speed - 109.
Suicune has always been a fan-favorite Legendary Pokémon since its introduction to the franchise back in Gen II, so most Pokémon fans are excited for it to receive a Paradox relative in Gen IX. Walking Wake is a prehistoric twist on Suicune, and while it keeps the same blue and purple color scheme, its bipedal posture helps to make it look more like a dinosaur.
In terms of battling capabilities, Walking Wake is one of a kind. None of its base stats are especially groundbreaking, but the fact remains that it is a Water type that can be used and thrive in Sun teams. If the Sun is up when Walking Wake enters a battle, the weather activates its Protosynthesis Ability, boosting not just Flamethrower but also its Signature Water-type move, Hydro Steam, which already has STAB advantage. Walking Wake may well change the landscape of competitive play and become one of the best Paradox Pokémon.
Notable Stats: Attack - 135, Speed - 135, Defense - 115
Koraidon and Miraidon may be the cover Legendary Pokémon for Scarlet & Violet respectively, but they are still Paradox Pokémon. Scarlet 's Koraidon is the ancient past relative of the Gen IX Pokémon Cyclizar, and has a Fighting/Dragon type combination.
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As Koraidon is part Fighting type, it naturally has significant focus put into its physical Attack and Defense stats. The Legendary Paradox Pokémon also has a commanding 670 base stat total, that helps it to cover the other stats, giving it no glaring weaknesses on that front. Koraidon unleashes its physical offense with huge moves like Collision Course and Close Combat, and should never be engaged in close hand-to-hand combat.
Notable Stats: Special Attack - 135, Speed - 135, Special Defense - 115
Koraidon may be the commanding physical attacker of Pokémon Scarlet , but Miraidon plays the equivalent role in Violet , just with Special Attack and Special Defense. The futuristic relative of Cyclizar is the best representative of the distant future Paradox Pokémon, from robotic aesthetic to the emphasis on engine power.
Miraidon is a Dragon/Electric type, but it is the Electric typing that is fully utilized with the Legendary Pokémon's impressive Special Attack . Moves like Parabolic Charge and Electro Drift are deadly, especially when considering the boosts that its Hadron Charge Ability brings to the table. Miraidon is easily one of the best Paradox Pokémon, alongside its fellow Legendary, Koraidon.
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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Paradox Pokémon, including Iron Valiant and Roaring Moon locations explained
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Paradox Pokémon refers to a special collection of Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ; some of these Pokémon hail from Paldea’s past, while others come from its distant future.
Aside from the legendary Pokémon - Koraidon and Miraidon - each of the Paradox Pokémon of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is a futuristic or prehistoric version of a present day Pokémon. Flutter Mane, for example, is a prehistoric Misdreavus.
Below you’ll discover everything you need to know about Paradox Pokémon , including how to find Iron Valiant and Roaring Moon’s locations .
On this page:
- All Paradox Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet listed
Koraidon and Miraidon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet explained
Walking wake and iron leaves in pokémon scarlet and violet explained.
Weaknesses and locations:
- Scream Tail
- Brute Bonnet
- Flutter Mane
- Slither Wing
- Sandy Shocks
- Iron Treads
- Iron Bundle
- Iron Jugulis
- Iron Thorns
- Roaring Moon
- Iron Valiant
If you’d like to learn more about your adventure in Paldea, check out our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet walkthrough .
Paradox Pokémon explained: All Paradox Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet listed
Paradox Pokémon are a new type of Pokémon category introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. These Pokémon can be divided into two extra categories: Pokémon from the future in Violet and Pokémon from the past in Scarlet, which have far better names and designs. (Just sayin.)
There are 16 Paradox Pokémon in total, including Koraidon and Miraidon , spread across both games’. This means, if you want to complete your Paradox Pokémon collection, you’ll need to do some trading with a player who has the opposite version to you.
Below you’ll find all of the Paradox Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet listed, while, in the sections below, we take a look at their locations and weaknesses:
Great Tusk location and weaknesses
Great Tusk is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and can be found in the Underground Biome. You will also fight the Great Tusk, The Quaking Earth Titan in Pokémon Scarlet.
Since it’s a Ground and Fighting-type Pokémon, Great Tusk is weak to Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Psychic and Water-type attacks . You’ll quickly discover, however, that attempting to use Electric-type attacks against Great Tusk is pointless, because they won’t cause any damage.
To obtain Great Tusk in Pokémon Violet, you’ll need to trade with a trainer playing Scarlet to add it to your Pokédex. We recommend trying the trade codes 0376 or 0382 and offering an Iron Treads in exchange for a Great Tusk.
Scream Tail location and weaknesses
Scream Tail is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and can be found in both the Grass and Underground Biomes of Area Zero.
This prehistoric Jigglypuff is a Fairy and Psychic-type Pokémon, so it’s weak to Ghost, Poison and Steel-type attacks . Avoid Dragon-type attacks, however, as they’ll cause absolutely no damage to Scream Tail!
If you’re playing Pokémon Violet, then you’ll need to trade with a Scarlet player to catch Scream Tail. You can try using the trade codes 0377 or 0383 to trade an Iron Bundle for a Scream Tail.
Brute Bonnet location and weaknesses
Brute Bonnet is a Paradox Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and can be found in the Grass and Underground Biomes of Area Zero.
It’s a Grass and Dark-type Pokémon, which means Brute Bonnet is weak to Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Poison and Ice-type attacks . Brute Bonnet is, however, especially weak to Bug-type attacks ! Yet, it’s immune to Psychic-type attacks.
If you’re playing Pokémon Violet, then you’ll have to receive Brute Bonnet via a trade to add it to your Pokédex. Try using the trade codes 0378 or 0384 to trade an Iron Hands for a Brute Bonnet.
Flutter Mane location and weaknesses
Flutter Mane is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and can appear in the Cave and Underground Biomes of Area Zero.
An ancient form of Misdreavus, Flutter Mane is a Ghost and Fairy-type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Ghost and Steel-type attacks . Flutter Mane can’t, however, be damaged by Dragon, Fighting or Normal attacks.
If you’re playing Pokémon Violet, you’ll have to trade with a Scarlet player to add Flutter Mane to your collection. We recommend trying the trade codes 0379 or 0385 to trade an Iron Jugulis for it.
Slither Wing location and weaknesses
Slither Wing is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and may appear in the Grass Biome of Area Zero after you’ve completed the The Way Home storyline.
Since it’s a Bug and Fighting-type Pokémon, Slither Wing is weak to Bug, Fairy and Fire-type attacks, while being especially weak to Flying-type attacks .
Pokémon Violet players will need to trade with someone playing Scarlet to add Slither Wing to their Pokédex. We recommend trying the trade codes 0380 or 0386 to trade an Iron Moth for a Slither Wing.
Sandy Shocks location and weaknesses
Sandy Shocks is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and can be found near Research Station No. 1, or in the hills above it, in Area Zero after you’ve completed The Way Home storyline.
Being an Electric and Ground-type Pokémon makes Sandy Shocks weak to Grass, Ground, Ice and, oddly, Water-type attacks . You’ll want to avoid Electric-type attacks, because they’ll have no effect upon Sandy Shocks.
If you’re playing Pokémon Violet, you’ll have to trade with a Scarlet player to add this Pokémon to your Pokédex. Try using the trade codes 0381 or 0387 to trade an Iron Thorns for a Sandy Shocks.
Iron Treads location and weaknesses
Iron Treads is exclusive to Pokémon Violet in the Underground Biome of Area Zero. You will also fight Iron Treads, The Quaking Titian as part of the Path of Legends in Pokémon Violet.
Thanks to being a Ground and Steel-type Pokémon, Iron Treads is weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground and Water-type attacks . Electric and Poison-type attacks, however, have no effect on Iron Treads.
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Since you can only obtain Iron Treads in Violet, Pokémon Scarlet players will need to trade with players playing that version to obtain one. If this is the case for you, then we recommend trying the trade codes 0376 or 0382 and offering an Iron Treads for a Great Tusk.
Iron Bundle location and weaknesses
Iron Bundle is exclusive to Pokémon Violet and can be found in the Grass and Underground Biomes of Area Zero.
This futuristic Delibird is an Ice and Water-type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass and Rock-type attacks .
Pokémon Scarlet player’s can only obtain an Iron Bundle by trading with a Scarlet player. You should try using the trade codes 0377 or 0383 to trade a Scream Tail for an Iron Bundle.
Iron Hands location and weaknesses
Iron Hands is exclusive to Pokémon Violet and can be found in the Grass and Underground Biomes of Area Zero.
Thanks to being a Fighting and Electric-type Pokémon, Iron Hands is weak to Fairy, Ground, and Psychic-type attacks .
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If you’re playing Pokémon Scarlet, then the only way to get an Iron Hands is through trading with a Scarlet player. We recommend trying the trade codes 0378 or 0384 to trade a Brute Bonnet for an Iron Hands.
Iron Jugulis location and weaknesses
Iron Jugulis is exclusive to Pokémon Violet and lives in the Cave and Underground Biomes of Area Zero.
Due to being a Dark and Flying-type Pokémon, Iron Jugulis is weak to Electric, Fairy, Ice and Rock-type attacks . Make sure you don’t use Psychic-attacks, however, as Iron Jugulis will take no damage from them.
If you’re playing Pokémon Scarlet, you’ll need to trade for an Iron Jugulis to add it to your Pokédex. Try using the trade codes 0379 or 0385 and offer a Flutter Mane in exchange for an Iron Jugulis.
Iron Moth location and weaknesses
Iron Moth is exclusive to Pokémon Violet and inhabits the Grass Biome of Area Zero once The Way Home has been completed.
As a Fire and Poison-type Pokémon, Iron Moth is weak to Psychic, Rock and Water-type attacks . It’s also especially weak to Ground-type attacks !
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If you’re playing Pokémon Scarlet, then you’ll need to trade with a Violet player to add an Iron Moth to your Pokédex. We recommend trying the trade codes 0380 or 0386 and exchanging a Slither Wing for an Iron Moth.
Iron Thorns location and weaknesses
Iron Thorns is exclusive to Pokémon Violet and can be found in the Underground Biome of Area Zero once The Way Home has been completed.
Since Iron Thorns is a Rock and Electric-type Pokémon, it is weak to Fighting, Grass and Water-type moves . Though you may want to focus on Ground-type attacks, which it's especially weak to .
Those playing Pokémon Scarlet will have to trade with a trainer from Pokémon Violet to add Iron Thorns to their Pokédex. It’s a good idea to try using the trade codes 0381 or 0387 to trade one Sandy Shocks for one Iron Thorns.
Roaring Moon location and weaknesses
Roaring Moon is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet and can only be found in the hidden cave biome of Area Zero after you’ve completed The Way Home .
To find this hidden cave, head to Research Station No. 3 where, when standing outside the building, you’ll be able to see a tree - accessed by going through a stone arch - when you look slightly to your left.
Head to this tree and, when you reach it, you’ll find a collection of boulders to your left and, in-between said stones, there is a small passageway. Exploring this passage will bring you to a tunnel and, at the end, is the hidden cave and a large waterfall.
Roaring Moons can spawn both in this tunnel and the main part of the cave itself. If one hasn’t spawned, then simply exit the cave completely to reset the spawns inside. Keep doing this until a Roaring Moon appears! You can also force the spawn by defeating the Pokémon inside, but that method may take more time.
Roaring Moon is a Dragon and Dark-type Pokémon, which means it’s weak to Dragon, Fighting, Ice and Rock-type attacks . It’s also especially weak to Fairy-type attacks , but Psychic-attacks will have no effect on Roaring Moon.
If you’re playing Pokémon Violet, then you will need to trade with a Scarlet player to add Roaring Moon to your collection. We recommend trying the trade codes 0397 or 0398 and offering an Iron Valiant in exchange for a Roaring Moon.
Iron Valiant location and weaknesses
Iron Valiant is exclusive to Pokémon Violet and only spawns in the hidden cave biome of Area Zero after you’ve completed The Way Home .
The hidden cave can be rather hard to find if you don’t know where to look, so we recommend heading to Research Station No. 3. Here, when standing outside, you’ll be able to see a tree by gazing through a stone arch.
Visit this tree and investigate the boulders lying beside it to find a passageway, which leads to the hidden cave.
Iron Valiants can spawn both in the tunnel leading to the cave and within the main part of the cave itself. If you can’t find one, try leaving the cave completely before going back in as this will cause the Pokémon to spawn. Keep doing this until you find an Iron Valiant!
You can also defeat the Pokémon inside the cave to, eventually, force an Iron Valiant to spawn, but this can take longer than the ‘Leave and Enter’ method.
Iron Valiant is a Fairy and Fighting-type Pokémon and, for this reason, is weak to Fairy, Flying, Poison, Psychic and Steel-type moves . Dragon-type attacks, however, will have no effect on this Pokémon.
Trainers exploring Paldea in Pokémon Scarlet will need to trade with a player using Pokémon Violet to add Iron Valiant to their Pokédex. For this reason, we recommend trying the trade codes 0397 or 0398 and offering a Roaring Moon for an Iron Valiant.
Koraidon and Miradion are both part of the Paradox Pokémon collection in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Since they’re also the mascot Pokémon for the games’, you can only catch Koraidon in Scarlet and Miraidon in Violet.
How these legendaries are caught, however, works a little differently when compared to past mainline Pokémon titles. This is because one Koraidon / Miraidon will accompany you throughout the games’, acting as your main form of transportation (goodbye and good riddance bicycle), while, once you’ve completed the main campaign, you’ll be able to catch a second Koraidon / Miradion .
Walking Wake and Iron Leaves were released as part of the Pokémon Day 2023 celebrations and can only be obtained by defeating them in Tera Raids. Since these Tera Raids are only available for a limited time period, it's a good idea to catch both of these Pokémon when they're available.
Walking Wake and Iron Leaves were orginally only available between Monday, 27th February 2023 to Sunday, 12th March 2023, but it has been mentioned that both Pokémon will return during future event .
While Walking Wake is exclusive to Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Iron Leaves is exclusive to Tera Raids in Pokémon Violet, you can use the online capabilties of both games to join Tera Raids occuring in the opposite version to one you're playing. This gives you the chance to obtain either Walking Wake or Iron Leaves without having to trade for the Pokémon, but it does require a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership.
It's important to note that, at the time of writing, only one Walking Wake and one Iron Leaves can be caught per save file.
Walking Wake is a Water and Dragon-type Pokémon, making its only weaknesses Dragon and Fairy-type Pokémon . Depending on your team, this can be either a blessing or a curse; if you have a strong Dragon or Fairy-type then your choice for the Tera Raid is easy, but, if you don't, you'll either have to find such Pokémon or use a Pokémon which doesn't have such a great advantage against Walking Wake.
Iron Leaves is a Grass and Psychic-type Pokémon, which means its weak to Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Ice and Poison-types . It is, however, especially weak to Bug-type Pokémon , so we recommend choosing a strong Bug-type when battling it in Tera Raids.
Good luck completing your Paradox Pokémon collection!
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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Where To Find Every Paradox Pokemon
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet have some real eyebrow-raising twists on more than a few old favorites.
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In the lead-up to the launch of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet , Game Freak kept a great deal of surprises rather close to their chest. Jokes aside about some of those surprises being performance-related, one of the big shockers was the number of Paradox Pokemon available for capture in both versions of the game — and the fact that Scarlet and Violet each feature their own exclusive list.
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Many players will want these powerful icons of past and future to occupy important slots in their combat team as soon as possible. But how soon can Paradox Pokemon be caught? And where? And why, pray tell, should more casual players care?
They're rad. Haven't you ever wanted a chrome Delibird to call your own? Okay, maybe, maybe not. But what about a fabulous aerial prehistoric Salamence? Or a green robotic dinosaur Tyranitar? That's what Paradox Pokemon ultimately are — even if, and this is important, their species names are wholly unique.
You see, the trio we just talked about are called Iron Bundle, Roaring Moon, and Iron Thorns. Now, you're going to look at these creatures, and you're going to think of them the way we initially described them. But, per the Pokedex and every other official source, their names are all two-word descriptions. It's weird.
Back to the matter at hand. Paradox Pokemon are powerful assets to any team, handily some of the strongest potential allies in the game. Fittingly, all but one species per version is impossible to obtain until quite late into the story.
You might think that means post-game, but thankfully, not quite . This isn't advertised on the tin, mind you, but Pokemon Scarlet & Violet's 'three' story paths are actually four. A fourth and final (and fantastic) main questline opens up after the initial three have been completed. This quest will bring the player character and their closest friends to Area Zero , that scary place your professors have harped on about for hours.
Area Zero is where you will find most Paradox Pokemon, which we'll get into in further depth shortly. But first, what about that Paradox Pokemon that Scarlet & Violet offer up earlier than the endgame stretch?
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As part of the 'Path of Legends' main questline, players team up with the thorny and enigmatic Arven to find five varieties of Herba Mystica. Each of these sacred foodstuffs is guarded by a mega-sized Pokemon boss. The lowest-leveled of them, and thus the one folks tend to advise go0ing after first, is that big crab-like Klawf seen in one of the trailers.
Four out of five of these are simply oversized variants on their typical forms. There's a little more to it, lore-wise, but that's the long and short of it. One of them, however — Great Tusk in Pokemon Scarlet, Iron Treads in Pokemon Violet — is, in fact, the first Paradox Pokemon you'll encounter .
Now, it's important to note that these five boss Pokemon cannot be caught when they're first battled . Their smaller selves will eventually spawn in roughly the same spot you originally fought them, however. It's tragically easy to play through the rest of the game without knowing this, but this includes Great Tusk and/or Iron Treads. Both of these Donphan-esque beasts will respawn in the Asado Desert.
Fans of Donphan (Don-fans?) will be stoked that their long-forgotten elephantine Johto jewel has been powerfully redesigned and made available relatively early, but what about the rest of them? They're all located in Area Zero, within the Great Crater of Paldea. Of course, since Scarlet and Violet both have their own group, you'll find only half the total number of Paradox Pokemon in each.
In Pokemon Scarlet, you'll encounter the 'Past Paradox' forms of familiar faces. In Pokemon Violet, it's all about 'Future Paradox' forms. Breaking that down, here's what this means.
We're listing Great Tusk and Iron Treads again here, since they're also found within Area Zero!
Pokemon Scarlet (Past Paradox)
Pokemon Violet (Future Paradox)
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Are our best pals, Koraidon and Miraidon, also Paradox Pokemon? Yes . So, when do we catch them? Well, the answer's kind of obvious to anyone who's played more than ten minutes of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Right at the beginning. But who is their original species, and when do we finally get to fight with them?
Koraidon is the Past Paradox form of Cyclizar. Miraidon is, in turn, Cyclizar's Future Paradox form. As for when your trusted steed becomes your fighting friend, this doesn't occur until the very last battle in the fourth and final story . It's an epic moment, to be sure, and while it's arguably a bummer that we can't send them out to do our bidding any sooner, remember that for some players, Pokemon games don't truly begin until they end.
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