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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokémon


We’ve known since they were revealed that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have a strong focus on the past and the future. 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 forms and it seems the legendary ‘mon had been hinting the entire time. This guide will break down everything we know, and whether you’re choosing Scarlet or Violet, get ready for a ride through time and space. For more information, be sure to check out our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet new Pokémon guide, and our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet legendaries guide.

So let’s travel into the far future, and get into our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet past and future forms guide.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet paradox forms

Paradox Pokemon are a new 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. These books detail Pokémon expeditions from very, very, long ago, and the character Arven can always be seen holding one.

How to find every Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokémon

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.

Spoiler Warning 

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.

Pokemon Scarlet paradox Pokémon

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the Pokemon Donphan has huge tusks

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.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the Pokemon Amoongus has sharp teeth and fierce eyes

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.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the pokemon magneton walks around on long magnet legs

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.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the Pokemon Jigglypuff has a long tail and sharp fangs

Scream Tail – Fairy/Psychic

The paradox form of Jigglypuff can be found in every research station.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the ghost Pokemon Misdreavous has long flowing hair and fierce looking eyes

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.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the Pokemon Volcarona walks around on the floor

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.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: an ancient version of the Pokemon Salamence has feathers added to its wings and growls with its mouth wide open

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 3 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.

Pokemon Violet paradox Pokémon

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: a robotic form of the Pokemon Donphan is visible

Iron Treads – Ground/Steel

Exact details are coming soon, but we expect it to appear in the same areas of the research stations as Great Tusk.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: A robotic form of the Pokemon Volcarona is visible

Iron Moth – Fire/Poison

Exact details are coming soon, but we expect it to appear in the same areas of the research stations as Slither Wing.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: a robotic form of the Pokemon Hariyama is visible

Iron Hands – Fighting/Electric

Exact details are coming soon, but we expect it to appear in the same areas of the research stations as Sandy Shocks.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: a robotix form of the pokemon Hydreigon is visible

Iron Jugulis – Dark/Flying

Exact details are coming soon.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: a robotic form of the pokemon Tyranitar is visible

Iron Thorns – Rock/Electric

Exact details are coming soon.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: a robotic form of the pokemon delebird is visible

Iron Bundle – Ice/Water

Exact details are coming soon.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet paradox Pokemon: a robotic form that fuses the Pokemon Gardevoir and Gallade is visible

Iron Valiant – Fairy/Fighting

A paradox form of both Gardevoir and Gallade, this future form brings both Pokemon 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.

If all this talk of the latest games has you excited, make sure you check out our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet recipe guide.

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