What are Paradox Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? Explained

Here's everything you need to know about Paradox Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet Past Paradox Pokemon Image Source: The Pokemon Company

Pokemon games are notorious for having general themes, whether they be more of a metaphor or a literal theme. Pokemon Scarlet & Violet have a Scarlet-colored and Violet-colored Legendary Pokemon, but that’s not what the games are about. Pokemon Scarlet & Violet revolve around the theme of “past and future”, and introduce a new form of Pokemon to help reiterate that theme, known as Paradox Pokemon. So today, let’s discuss what Paradox Pokemon are in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Paradox Pokemon, Explained

To put it simply, Paradox Pokemon are past and future versions of pre-existing Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Unfortunately, the list of Paradox Pokemon is relatively small, but The Pokemon Company really knocked it out of the park in terms of their designs (most of them at least). Pokemon Scarlet features past or ancient forms of certain Pokemon, while Pokemon Violet feature future or mechanical forms of specific Pokemon. Here’s an example of past version of Salamence known as Roaring Moon:

Pokemon Scarlet Roaring Moon Pokedex entry
Image Source: Game Freak via Twinfinite

The games prove the point of past and future even further, revealing the box cover Legendary Pokemon, Koraidon and Miraidon, are actually Paradox versions of the Dragon Pokemon, Cyclizar. Koraidon is the ancient past, while Miraidon is the distant future versions of it. Currently, there are 16 total Paradox Pokemon in the game. Whether or not we see more in possible DLC or even a future game remains to be seen.

When Can You Catch Paradox Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet?

Paradox Pokemon become available to catch after beating the final boss of the main story. Therefore, catching Paradox Pokemon is exclusively a post-game activity. Most of them reside in the mysterious Area Zero, the area where the final boss is located. Only one Paradox Pokemon can be found throughout the Paldean region, whom of which you’ve fought once as a Titan.

The Quaking Earth Titan, is a Paradox version of a Donphan, where in Pokemon Scarlet you face Great Tusk, the ancient version, and in Pokemon Violet you face Iron Treads, the future version. You can find each of these Paradox Pokemon either in Area Zero or the Asado Desert where you originally fought the Titan variant.

All Paradox Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Pokemon Scarlet:

  • Koraidon: Dragon Fighting
  • Great Tusk: Ground Fighting
  • Roaring Moon: Dragon Dark
  • Flutter Mane: Ghost Fairy
  • Brute Bonnet: Grass Dark
  • Scream Tail: Fairy Psychic
  • Sandy Shocks: Electric Ground
  • Slither Wing: Fire Fighting

Pokemon Violet:

  • Miraidon: Dragon Electric
  • Iron Valiant: Fairy Fighting
  • Iron Treads: Ground Steel
  • Iron Moth: Fire Poison
  • Iron Hands: Fighting Electric
  • Iron Jugulis: Dark Flying
  • Iron Thorns: Rock Electric
  • Iron Bundle: Water Ice

That’s everything you need to know about Paradox Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Be sure to check out our guides on how to catch some of them, like how to catch Iron Moth, or how to catch Flutter Mane.

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