Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Fairy- and Rock-Type Paldean Pokémon

Here are the best Fairy- and Rock-type Pokémon specific to Paldea in Scarlet & Violet.


Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Fairy- and Rock-Type Paldean Pokémon

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet introduce some new Fairy- and Rock-type Pokémon to the world, but not many. In fact, only one pure Fairy-type line and two pure Rock-type lines were introduced, though many are also found as dual-type Pokémon.

While Fairy is the newest type, it quickly found fans due to its type advantages and moves available. Rock-type Pokémon have long been stalwarts as tanks for many a team. Wherever you might fall, there are still Paldean ones for you to discover.


The best Fairy- and Rock-type Paldean Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet

Below, you will find the best Paldean Fairy and Rock Pokémon ranked by their Base Stats Total (BST). This is the accumulation of the six attributes in Pokémon: HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. Each Pokémon listed below has at least a 450 BST.

Remember that Fairy-type was specifically introduced in Generation VI to combat Dragon-type Pokémon. As such, they have an immunity to Dragon attacks. Even the two weaknesses of Fairy-type Pokémon, Steel and Poison, don’t offer too much worry. Fairy-type Pokémon have tha highest average Special Defense attribute, and more of the stronger attacks of Steel and Poison are special attacks.

Rock-type Pokémon are plentiful and physically strong, but they also suffer many weaknesses (tied with Grass-type for most with five) and are, on average, the slowest Pokémon in the game. Further, many Rock-type Pokémon are dual-type and suffer a double weakness (or more) because of this.

The list will be a combined list rather than listing each type separately. This will not include legendary, mythical, or Paradox Pokémon.


Click the links for the best Grass-type, best Fire-type, best Water-type, best Dark-type, best Ghost-type, best Normal-type, best Steel-type, best Psychic-type, and best Dragon- and Ice-type Paldean Pokémon.

1. Glimmora (Rock and Poison) – 525 BST

Glimmora

Glimmora makes another appearance on theses lists as one of the best Rock- and Poison-type Paldean Pokémon. Glimmora evolves at level 35 from Glimmet. Glimmora looks like a floating flower petal of minerals and chrysalis.

While Rock-type Pokémon are generally slow and more adept physically, Glimmora bucks the trend a bit to be a decently fast special attacker, probably thanks to its Poison typing. Glimmora has 130 Special Attack, 90 Defense, 86 Speed, 83 HP, and 81 Special Defense. This makes Glimmora well-rounded for a Rock-type. The only area Glimmora really lacks is the 55 Attack, rare for a Rock-type to be so low.


Glimmora holds weaknesses to Steel, Water, and Psychic with a double weakness to Ground. Also remember that Steel-type Pokémon are immune to Poison attacks.

2. Tinkaton (Fairy and Steel) – 506 BST

Tinkaton

Tinkaton is a little pink Pokémon that just hammers away like the gnomes that seemed to have influenced its design. The Fairy- and Steel-type carries a mallet that looks to be at least twice its size, the mallet growing with each evolution. Tinkaton evolves at level 38 from Tinkatuff, which evolves at level 24 from Tinkatink.

Tinkaton is also a faster Rock-type, even more than Glimmora. Tinkaton has 105 Special Defense, 94 Speed, and 85 HP. The three remaining attributes are in the 70s with 87 Defense, 75 Attack, and 70 Special Attack. While Tinkaton doesn’t really lag in any one area, it’s definitely a special defense tank that has decent offense. A side note: Tinkaton is the only Pokémon with a 506 BST.

Tinkaton’s typing helps mitigate the number of weaknesses it holds. Specifically, Tinkaton holds weaknesses to Ground and Fire. It holds immunities to Dragon and Poison by being Fairy- and Steel-type, respectively. Also, while its 77 Defense isn’t too high, Tinkaton’s defense will be hard to penetrate because of how many types Steel-type Pokémon resist.

3. Garganacl (Rock) – 500 BST

Graganacl

Garganacl is a literal golem of rock salt with the ziggurats of old on its shoulders and head. The pure Rock-type is the final evolution of Nacli. Garganacl evolves at level 38 from Naclstack, which evolves at level 24 from Nacli.

Garganacl is more of your traditional Rock-type: physically strong, yet brutally slow. It has 130 Defense, 100 HP and Attack, and 90 Special Defense. However, its 45 Special Attack means you won’t be using any special attacks, but that’s not even considering how many attacks you may land with 35 Speed.

Garganacl has the five weaknesses of Rock-type Pokémon, though thankfully no double weaknesses. It holds weaknesses to Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water.

4. Dachsbun (Fairy) – 477 BST

Dachsbun

The good pup Dachsbun is a pure Fairy-type, the only such Paldean Pokémon evolutionary line. Dachsbun is named as such for resembling a Dachshund while having baked buns as ears. Dachsbun evolves at level 26 from Fidough.

Like Tinkaton, Dachsbun is the only Pokémon to have its 477 BST. The Dog Pokémon is basically a speedy tank with 115 Defense, 95 Speed, and 80 Attack and Special Defense. Unfortunately, it lacks in other categories with only 57 HP and 50 Special Attack. Many Fairy attacks are special attacks, so you’ll have to prioritize the physical ones to make the most use of STAB (same type attack bonus).

As a pure Fairy-type, Dachsbun holds weaknesses to Poison and Steel with an immunity to Dragon.

5. Klawf (Rock) – 450 BST

Klawf

The Ambush Pokémon is basically a giant rock crab. The non-evolving Pokémon has some shrubbery on it to help mask its presence before, you guessed it, Klawf ambushes its prey. The game says they hang from cliffs to ambush prey, but can’t stay too long or the blood rushes to their head!

Even though it is pure Rock-type, its ambusing nature makes it decently fast with 75 Speed. Still, it’s a physical beast with 115 Defense and 100 Attack. It has 70 HP, but dismal 55 Special Defense and 35 Special Attack. Klawf holds weaknesses to Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water.

Now you know the best Fairy- and Rock-type Paldean Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Which will you add to your team?


Bruce Lee

Bruce "Lee" is the Lead Editor for OutsiderGaming. He's a passionate writer, great editor who works tirelessly to develop young writers, and of course a great gamer. Bruce is interested in many games--from MLB the Show to the newest Pokemon releases.
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