We’ve known since they were revealed that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have a strong focus on the past and the future, and the mystery of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokémon is a big part of this. Koraidon (korai means ancient in Japanese, and raido means ride) represents the past, with its jagged teeth, dinosaur-like spikes, and its wheel sticking out of its chest. While Miraidon (mirai means future in Japanese) represents the future, with a sleek electronic style, a screen for a face, and its wheel replaced with a hoverbike and a jet engine. Well now the games are out and in our hands, we’ve finally cracked the mystery of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s paradox Pokémon and it seems the legendary ‘mon had been hinting the entire time.
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So let’s travel into the far future, and get into our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokémon guide.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Paradox Pokemon are a fresh form of Pokemon that shows what specific types of Pokemon would look like in different parts of time. Pokemon like Great Tusks and Iron Treads, alongside Koraidon and Miraidon, show that Pokémon had significantly different forms in the past, and will continue to evolve in the future. Catching these creatures requires you to have beaten the main story of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and also involves The Scarlet Book and The Violet Book found in each game respectively. These books detail Pokémon expeditions from very, very, long ago, and the character Arven can often be seen holding one.
To encounter the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon you will first have to complete the main story. So be careful, post-game spoilers will appear from here on out.
Alright, you’re back? Once you have completed the main story you will gain access to The Great Crater of Paldea, and near here is a location called the Zero Gate that leads to a group of caves called Area Zero. Area Zero has four different paths called the Research Stations that feature paradox Pokémon, and the Pokémon present change depending on which version of the game you play. The past versions appear in Scarlet, and the future versions appear in Violet.
You can catch as many of the paradox Pokémon as you like, and shiny versions can also appear. Shiny versions are visible in the overworld, and cannot be attacked by Pokemon using the let’s go feature. For more information, use our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shiny guide.
Pokémon Scarlet paradox Pokémon
Great Tusk – Ground/Fighting
A paradox form of Donphan with huge tusks and a jagged mouth full of sharp teeth. Great Tusk can be found in research station four when descending the path through the cave.
Brute Bonnet – Grass/Dark
A paradox form of the mushroom Pokemon Amoonguss, Brute Bonnet regularly pops up in all of the research stations, but especially in caves.
Sandy Shocks – Electric/Ground
The paradox form of Magneton, this strange creature can be found in research station one by exploring the cliffs and other high altitude areas.
Scream Tail – Fairy/Psychic
The paradox form of Jigglypuff can be found in every research station.
Flutter Mane – Ghost/Fairy
The paradox form of Misdreavus can only be found in research station four by following the path to the very bottom of the cave, it has a low encounter rate so be patient, but it normally appears in the shallow pools of water right at the bottom of the area.
Slither Wing – Bug/Fight
The past paradox form of Volcarona, Slither Wing can be found in research stations one and two, often smiling around the grassy areas to the right of the entrance you emerge from.
Roaring Moon – Dragon/Dark
The past paradox form of Salamance, Roaring Moon is already a firm favourite with many fans. To track this elusive mon’, head out on research station three and follow the path to the left. When you see a collection of rocks, if you explore you find a small opening that leads to a cave, this is where you can find the glorious creature known as Roaring Moon.
Pokémon Violet paradox Pokémon
Iron Treads – Ground/Steel
Iron Treads can be found in Pokémon Violet, within the research station four cave.
Iron Moth – Fire/Poison
Can normally be found in the grassy biome around the first research station in Pokémon Violet once you have completed the main story.
Iron Hands – Fighting/Electric
Iron Hands can be found on cliffs and other elevated areas within research stations one, two, and three.
Iron Jugulis – Dark/Flying
Iron Jugulis has a low chance of spawning in any cave system, but especially in research station four and the hidden cave near research station three.
Iron Thorns – Rock/Electric
Iron Thorns can be found around cliffs and other elevated areas in research stations one, two, and three.
Iron Bundle – Ice/Water
Iron Bundle is a common spawn all throughout Area Zero, both in grassy biomes and the caves.
Iron Valiant – Fairy/Fighting
A paradox form of both Gardevoir and Gallade, this future form brings both Pokémon together into one fearsome creature. Iron Valiant can be found in the same hidden cave as Roaring Moon. Set out from research station three and follow the path round to the left, when a small formation of rocks appears, explore here to find a crack leading to a large cave. Here’s where Iron Valiant is waiting for you.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet new paradox Pokémon
During the February 2023 Pokémon Presents, Nintendo announced that two new Paradox Pokémon are arriving in Paldea, with the water/dragon type Walking Wake coming to Scarlet, and the grass/psychic type Iron Leaves coming to Violet. Currently, the only way to nab these beauties for yourself is through a terra raid battle event. Check out our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet terra raid battles guide to find out more.
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