Normal-type Pokémon have always been plentiful and versatile. The same holds true in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet as the Paldea region is filled with many pure and dual Normal-type Pokémon.
While Normal is the one type that doesn’t inflict super effective damage against another type, Normal-type Pokémon generally make up for this by being able to learn a diverse set of moves, giving them a strategic advantage in many situations. What’s interesting about Paldea is the amount of Normal-type Pokémon who are dual-type.
The best Normal-type Paldean Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet
Below, you will find the best Paldean Normal 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 417 BST, though admittedly it is that low to include as many Normal-type Pokémon as possible.
All Normal-type Pokémon hold one weakness: Fighting. However, Normal-type attacks cannot hit Ghost-type Pokémon without an identifying move first (and the same holds true for the opposite).
The list will not include legendary, mythical, or Paradox Pokémon.
1. Dudunsparce (Normal) – 520 BST
The “creatively” named Dudunsparce is, as you guessed it, a new evolution for the previously non-evolving Dunsparce. Dudunsparce has more segments than Dunsparce with the Two-Segment and Three-Segment forms. However, the Three-Segment Form is rare with only a one in 25 chance of Dunsparce evolving into the Three-Segment Form. Dunsparce evolves into Dudunsparce after learning Hyper Drill, which means level 32 is the earliest you can have it evolve.
Dudunsparce is a healthy attacker. It has 125 HP, 100 Attack, and 85 Special Attack. It has some tank qualities with 80 Defense and 75 Special Defense. Still, it’s rather slow with 55 Speed.
2. Farigiraf (Normal and Psychic) – 520 BST
Farigiraf is the new evolution of another previously non-evolving Pokémon in Girafarig. It evolves from Girafarig after learning the move Twin Beam, which means level 32 is also the earliest you can evolve into this Pokémon.
Farigiraf is similar to Dudunsparce, but favors Special Attack to Attack. Farigiraf has 120 HP, 110 Special Attack, and 90 Attack. It has less defense than Dudunsparce for a little more speed with 70 Defense and Special Defense, and 60 Speed. Because of its Psychic typing, Farigiraf loses its Fighting weakness and holds weaknesses to Dark and Bug while still retaining its immunity to Ghost, nullifying the Psychic weakness to Ghost.
3. Arboliva (Grass and Normal) – 510 BST
Arboliva also makes an appearance on the Grass-type list. The literal olive branch (it’s the Olive Pokémon) is the final form of Smoliv. Smoliv evolves at level 25 into Dolliv, which then evolves at level 35 into Arboliva. That’s right: it’s your standard level-up evolutionary method!
Arboliva is special tank. It holds 125 Special Attack, 109 Special Defense, and 90 Defense. However, Arboliva has a steep tradeoff with 78 HP, 69 Attack, and a whopping…well, dismal 39 Speed. To put it in perspective, that’s only nine points higher than Snorlax’s 30 Speed.
As a Grass- and Normal-type, Arboliva holds weaknesses to Fighting, Fire, Flying, Bug, Ice, and Poison. It still retains its immunity to Ghost attacks.
4. Cyclizar (Dragon and Normal) – 501 BST
Cyclizar is unique in that it represents the current descendant or ancestor of Koraidon (former) or Miraidon (latter), the version mascots and the Pokémon you’ll be spending much the game riding. While Cyclizar doesn’t evolve, its design is no doubt similar to the two mascots. You’ll even see one of your classmates at Uva Academy call out their Cyclizar to ride as the Treasure Hunt commences.
Cyclizar has just enough muster to be above 500 BST. It’s fast, as one would expect from a mount (particularly one with wheels), with 121 Speed. Cyclizar is also a good attacker with 95 Attack and 85 Special Attack. The other three attributes are a bit low with 70 HP and 65 Defense and Special Defense. As a Dragon- and Normal-type, Cyclizar holds weaknesses to Fighting, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy.
5. Oinkologne (Normal) – 489 BST
The evolution of one of the earliest Pokémon you’ll encounter in the wild – if not the first – Oinkologne has a distinct sex difference depending on male or female. A male Oinkologne will appear mostly black while a female Oinkolgone will have its head and neck area in orange. Oinkologne evolves at level 18 from Lechonk.
The pure Normal-type also has slightly different BST distributions based on being male or female, though both add up to 489 BST. Male Oinkologne have 110 HP, 100 Attack, 80 Special Defense, 75 Defense, 65 Speed, and 59 Special Attack. Female Oinkologne have 115 Attack, 90 Attack and Special Defense, 70 Defense, 65 Speed, and 59 Special Attack.
6. Grafaiai (Poison and Normal) – 485 BST
Grafaifai looks like a cross between an evil monkey and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. The Toxic Monkey Pokémon evolves at level 28 from Shroodle. Shroodle and Grafaiai are special in that no other Pokémon have their typing as Poison- and Normal-type.
Grafaiai is a speedy attacker. It has 110 Speed, 95 Attack, and 80 Special Attack. However, it lacks in the defensive attributes with 72 Special Defense, 65 Defense, and 63 Speed. Due to its typing, Grafaiai loses its Fighting weakness (normal damage), but adds weaknesses to Ground and Psychic.
7. Maushold (Normal) – 470 BST
Maushold is an interesting Pokémon as one of the few that is comprised of several of its kind, like Wishwashi’s School Form. Maushold evolves at level 25 from Tandemaus into a Family of Four with a one in 25 chance of having a Family of Three.
Because they’re made up of individual parts, Maushold only excels in one area. It has 111 Speed. All of its other attributes are packed within a ten-point range, but they’re low. Maushold has 75 Attack and Special Defense, 74 HP, 70 Defense, and 65 Special Attack.
8. Squawkabilly (Normal and Flying) – 417 BST
You may have seen Squawkabilly in the opening scenes flying about without knowing their names. The Parrot Pokémon comes in four different colors: Green Plumage, Blue Plumage, Yellow Plumage, and White Plumage. Their attributes remain the same with the only difference that could arise being their Hidden Ability.
Squawkabilly has a low BST, but the non-evolving Pokémon was listed to nab the most number of fully evolved or non-evolving Normal-type Pokémon. For its BST, it’s a quick attacker. It has 96 Attack, 92 Speed, and 82 HP. However, it has low attributes for the rest with 51 Defense and Special Defense, and 45 Special Attack. It loses its Fighting weakness (normal damage), but holds weaknesses to Rock, Electric, and Ice thanks to being Flying-type.
Now you know the best Normal-type Paldean Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet. Will you add any to your team and if so, which one(s)?