Top 15 Best Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
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If you’re looking to build a strong team to get you through all the challenges Paldea has to offer, here are the top 15 best Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet. These Pokémon will help you in all sorts of situations, with either very few weaknesses or just really strong stats. These are more general than the best competitive Pokémon or the best team Pokémon Scarlet and Violet team builds, which will have some crossover on this list. Now, in descending order, we start with the number 15.

#15 – Tinkaton

Pokémon Scarlet Violet Tinkaton
Tinkaton, resting on her hammer. | Provided by Michael Czar.
  • Resistant to half the types in the game
  • Learns Gigaton Hammer, one of the strongest Steel-Type moves in the game
  • Not too hard to acquire Tinkatink and evolve

#14 – Kingambit

  • Great type combo, resistant to a lot
  • Both abilities they can have are very useful if used correctly

#13 – Garchomp

Garchomp Pokémon Scarlet Violet
A Garchomp, up close. | Provided by Michael Czar.
  • Still one of the best damage dealers
  • Very powerful non-Legendary Dragon type
  • Can learn a lot of powerful moves

#12 – Cyclizar

  • Shed Tail + Regeneration combo
  • Great swap Pokémon
  • Great speed

#11 – Dragapult

  • Unique to Pokémon Violet
  • Not too hard to acquire
  • One of the fastest Pokémon available
  • Very offensively gifted Dragon/Ghost type

#10 – Corviknight

  • Amazing type combination (Steel/Flying)
  • Lots of powerful moves
  • High-speed

#9 – Glimmora

  • Can set up battle effects better than any Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet
  • Free Toxic Spikes when hit thanks to its ability

#8 – Chi-Yu

  • Great type combination (Fire/Dark)
  • Worth the grind to get
  • A very strong ability that lowers Pokémon’s Special Defense

#7 – Great Tusk

  • Unique to Pokémon Scarlet
  • One of the best tanks in the game
  • Very good offensively for a tank

#6 – Roaring Moon

  • Also unique to Pokémon Scarlet
  • Highest base stats out of the Paradox Pokémon (outside of Legendaries)
  • Great ability that can be triggered holding an item

#5 – Gholdengo

Gholdengo Pokémon Scarlet Violet
Gholdengo, up close. | Provided by Michael Czar.
  • Very good Special Attack
  • An amazing ability that prevents almost all status affects and debuffs
  • Able to scale well against the best Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet

#4 – Chien-Pao

  • One of the fastest Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet
  • Ability lowers Defense of all other Pokémon in the battle
  • Very high base Attack as well

#3 – Koraidon and Miraidon

  • Both console Legendaries are very powerful once combat ready
  • Very high speed
  • Legendary moves very useful

#2 – Iron Bundle

  • Unique to Pokémon Violet
  • Great ability when holding a Booster Energy
  • Can learn Freeze-Dry
  • Great type combination (Ice/Water)

#1 – Flutter Mane

  • Unique to Pokémon Scarlet
  • Insanely high Special Attack, Defense and Speed
  • Amazing type combination (Fairy/Ghost)
  • Very strong against almost all Legendary Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet

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