Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: The ten best Pokémon from the latest game

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are packed with new Pokémon to find and catch, including some with interesting abilities, moves, and types.

Figuring out which are the best can take some time as you play with each of the 103 new mons.

Palafin is more than you think.


Palafin is more than you think.Credit: The Pokemon Company

However, there are a number of very powerful new Pokemon to watch out for.

Here’s our list of the top ten new Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.


Palafin is interesting. When you evolve it from Finizen, it looks almost identical to its original form and its stats are just as bad.

However, Paladin has a new ability, Zero to Hero, that allows it to change its form when switched into combat.

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It takes on hero form with impressive stats higher than many legendary Pokémon, even coming close to Arceus.

An interesting new Pokemon that requires some strategy to use well, but is worth trying.


Tinkaton has already become a fan favorite with her pink color and huge hammer that reminds gamers of Sonic’s Amy Rose.

It’s the Steel/Fee type, which is one of the strongest types in the game with just two weaknesses, nine resistances, and two immunities.

Not only that, but it also comes with the signature Gigaton Hammer move, which has 160 base power.

Her attack stats aren’t anything special, but she doesn’t need them when she’s Terastilized since her Gigaton Hammer attack is the strongest in the game.


You know a Pokemon is good when the champion uses one themselves, and Glimmora could certainly be considered their ace.

The signature ability Toxic Debris spits out Toxic Spikes when hit, meaning that if your opponent switches Pokemon, they’ll die in eight turns.

However, they’re unlikely to last that long given Glimmora’s whopping 130 Special Attacks.

You can see why this Pokemon is only widely available in the late game.


Orthworm may not seem like much on the surface, with Defense being its only standout stat.

However, what makes Orthworm special is its Earth Eater ability, which behaves similarly to Water Absorb for Ground-type attacks.

As a Steel-type, this means he’s only weak to Fire and Combat, and the latter is negated by Orthworm’s defenses.

This is another Pokemon that you need to use tactically, but it’s worth trying.


We may have waited 23 years for justice for Dunsparce, but it was worth it.

Not only does Dudunsparce look like an absolute goober, but it also has impressive HP, allowing it to act as a tank on your team, only boosted by leftovers.

With the Serene Grace ability, moves like Body Slam have a 60% chance to also Stun.

His signature move, Hyper Drill, can also break Protect, so we’ll likely see a lot of this in the competitive scene.


Nobody asked for a Primeape evolution, but it’s here and it’s wonderful.

Annihilape is a Ghost/Fighting Rare type and has an impressive 115 Attack and decent stats overall.

Even more important is his signature move Rage Fist, which starts at 50 power but increases by 50 with each hit.

By delaying a few hits, you can easily prime your Annihilape for sweeping.


Now that we’ve had some time playing the latest Pokémon game, it’s obvious that one starter isn’t quite the same as the other.

The Grass/Dark-type is known for its weaknesses, but weaknesses don’t matter if you transcend and shoot every Pokemon on the opposing team once.

It also has the signature Move Flower Trick, which has both perfect accuracy and always lands a critical hit, giving it a base power of 140, and also breaks through the opponent’s defenses.

Meowscarada has the advantage of being the only Pokemon that is a cat dressed like Zoro.


It may look like a string of cheese and be very tiresome to evolve, but Gholdengo is one of the most powerful Pokemon of the generation.

With a whopping 550 base values ​​and 115 special attack, this Pokémon not only brings the big numbers.

Its Good as Gold ability prevents it from being hit by annoying status conditions.

Gholdengo’s only problem is his limited movepool, which can be improved with skillful use of TMs.


Ice-types have long been one of the worst types in Pokémon due to their glass cannon nature.

Combining Ice with the Dragon-type for Baxcalibur’s Pseudo-Legendary combo eliminates some of his weaknesses.

His signature Heat Exchange ability also prevents burns and increases Attack when hit by Fire-type attacks.

Another difficult one to develop, but worth trying.

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Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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