With the arrival of a new generation, the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries now fill out the larger National Pokédex with several more truly powerful and rare Pokémon. Like previous years, there are a mix of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries including those seen on the game’s box art and the unique Ruinous Quartet.
On top of all six new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries in the base games, there are eight pseudo-legendary Pokémon available in this generation so far. These are Pokémon with the same kind of power as a Legendary, but they’re acquired through a difficult evolutionary line instead.
In this article, you will find out:
- Details for all of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries
- How you’ll go about catching them in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
- Which pseudo-legendary Pokémon are available in each version
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries Miraidon and Koraidon
As has been the practice since the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, two of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries are part of the game’s box art to represent the version’s exclusivity. However, your initial acquisition of your game’s box art Legendary will be much quicker than in past games.
Pokémon Scarlet players will receive Koraidon very early in the story, and Pokémon Violet players will receive Miraidon at the same early stage. Whichever of the two you meet up with, that Legendary will be like a companion through your journey and your primary mode of speedy transportation around Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. However, they’ll only be usable in battle after completing the quest The Way Home – Zero Gate much later in your journey.
The Ruinous Quartet
With a simpler process for Koraidon and Miraidon, it’s no surprise that the other Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries will be quite a bit more difficult to locate. The Ruinous Quartet is a name that represents four unique Legendaries scattered across the Paldea region.
The Ruinous Quartet are each locked behind a chained gate, and you’ll only unlock each color-coded gate after picking up the eight stakes scattered across Paldea that match that gate’s color. You’ll have to do quite a bit of searching, but these powerful Dark-type Pokémon are definitely worth your time.
Here are the four other Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries and which color stakes will unlock access to each of them:
- Wo-Chien (Dark and Grass) – Purple Stakes
- Chien-Pao (Dark and Ice) – Yellow Stakes
- Ting-Lu (Dark and Ground) – Green Stakes
- Chi-Yu (Dark and Fire) – Blue Stakes
It’s likely that additional Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Legendaries will make it into the game if DLC packs are released, but as of now details on those potential inclusions have not been confirmed.
All pseudo-legendaries in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Finally, if you’re mostly focused on having some of the Pokémon with pure raw power in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there are eight pseudo-legendaries available so far in this generation. Pokémon must have a three-stage evolution line with a base stats total (BST) of exactly 600 to qualify as a pseudo-legendary.
Here are all the pseudo-legendaries in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet:
It’s important to note that Salamence and Dragapult are version-exclusive to Violet while Tyranitar and Hydreigon are version-exclusive to Scarlet, but the other four are available in both versions. Baxcalibur was the only new pseudo-legendary introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Lastly, while not technically a fit in either category, there is the curious case of Palafin, Finizen’s evolution. It begins every battle with a paltry 457 BST. However, if it uses Flip Turn – similar to U-Turn, but Water-type – it will reappear in the same battle with a whopping 650 BST! That is not only more than every Pokémon listed in this piece, but more than nearly every Pokémon in the game. However, it’s only under unique circumstances.
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