Catching Pokémon has been the main draw of the franchise since its inception and the recent releases of scarlet and violet have brought the number of species available to a staggering 1,000+. That’s a frightening number, especially when you consider that many of these creatures can be found – in some form – in the wild.
And of course, given the uniqueness of these Pokémon types, some are harder to catch than others, even well outside of the Legendary/Mythical category. Except for the latter category, pseudo-legends like Paldea-based Baxcalibur are breaking new ground in terms of low catch rates, as are all-time classics like Kantos Snorlax.
Iron Brave – 10
At the other end of the paradox spectrum are violet‘s exclusive forms. Since scarlet focuses on the past violet‘s Paradox Forms takes a cue from the future, giving its species a sci-fi rendition. In this case, Iron Valiant is an original species that is clearly anatomically inspired by the Sinnoh region’s gallade.
It’s a Fairy/Fighting-type Pokémon that can be found in the appropriate locations scarletbut players should be prepared for an equally tough grind to conquer it with its catch rate of 10.
Baxcalibur – 10
Inclusion in the list of powerful Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon for scarlet and violet is Baxcalibur. This dual dragon/ice type species is reasonably powerful in combat and is typically obtained by evolving level 35 Frigibax into Arctibax and level 54 Arctibax into Baxcalibur.
However, it can be found through in the wild scarlet and violet‘s Terra Raid Battles mechanic. Aside from the 5 and 6 star challenge it presents to players, it also has a low catch rate of 10. Nonetheless, capturing a fully evolved pseudo-legend in the game is fun and makes sense it would be like that difficult.
Roaring Moon – 10
Though it makes a round with the Hoenn region’s pseudo-legendary Salamence, Roaring Moon (exclusive to scarlet) is a new species and member of the Paradox Forms. This one comes from an ancient past and has one of the highest attack statistics Pokemon scarlet and violetand it’s not surprisingly difficult to grasp.
The dual dragon/dark type creature can be found in Area Zero and in the caves/underground wild spawn biomes scarlet. And just like Paldea’s Baxcalibur, Roaring Moon has a catch rate of just 10.
Kleavor – 15
Legends: Arceus was a breath of fresh air for mainline games in terms of gameplay, and it featured a creative combination of Hisuian Forms and original species overall. Kleavor fits in Pokémon Legends: Arkuses‘ the latter category, which serves as Scyther’s bug/rock type split evolution if players decide against Scizor.
It’s an impressively capable physical attacker, and at 15 it also has an incredibly low catch rate for a non-legendary species – which it shares with Volcarona. In the wild, it can only be found in rare Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Obsidian Fieldlands.
Volcarona – 15
Although there are many powerful Fire-types in the mainline games and Bug-types are generally weak, Volcarona is a formidable creature thanks to its dual Bug/Fire typing. It’s competitive and a fairly rare find, although it’s come a long way since its debut in Gen 5 games Black and White.
Volcarona is more accessible to find in sword and Signbut with a catch rate of 15. As far as non-legendary and non-pseudo-legendary species go, this Pokemon is one of the toughest catches in the mainline games.
Ursaluna – 20
Another of the best Hisuian Pokémon introduced in Legends: Arceus, Ursaluna is the direct evolution of Johto-based Ursaring – and by extension Teddiursa. This Moon Bear adds the Ground-type to the Normal-type of its predecessors and is usually obtained through the advancement of Ursaring by using a Peat Block on it while under a full moon.
But as with Kleavor, Ursaluna can be found in rare, sporadic events via Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Crimson Mirelands. However, thanks to its slightly higher catch rate of 20, it’s a bit easier to catch. Still, Ursaluna is worth the effort, either way, thanks to its sheer offensive prowess.
Snoop – 20
Similar to Kleavor’s role in their respective evolution line, Sneasler is also a Hisuian, acting as a split evolution of Johtos Sneasel. There are admittedly stronger choices Pokémon Legends: Arceusbut the dual combat/poison type Sneasler is solid enough whether players decide to evolve to get one or find him in the wilds of Hisui.
And like the other fully evolved Hisuian Pokémon, Sneasler can be found in the wild during massive mass outbreaks with a catch rate of 20.
Clefable – 25
Once just a basic Normal-type Pokemon, the already bulky Clefable benefited from the introduction of Fairy typing in Gen 6. Players can obtain a Clefable by evolving Clefairy with a Moonstone, the primary method since its debut in Red, Greenand Blue on the original Game Boy.
But since then sword and Sign, there are now a variety of places to find one in the wild. It has a slightly higher catch rate of 25, but those odds are certainly not weak numbers when it comes to wild Pokemon.
Relaxo – 25
Snorlax is arguably one of the most iconic Pokémon in the franchise and remains instantly recognizable long after its debut with the original games. This Normal-type creature is incredibly bulky and has a massive attack stat to match, as well as a limited encounter in Kanto.
There are now more ways to get Snorlax – including through the evolution of Sinnoh’s native Munchlax – but it’s still a relatively difficult way to catch in the wild. The catch rate is 25, and in the Kanto games where only two Snorlax are available per playthrough, this was one of the earliest attrition battles in history Pokemon Franchise players had to face up.
Steelix – 25
Onyx was among the first species in the series to undergo a new evolution in a later generation, this time in the form of Johtos Steelix. In Generations 2 and 3, there was no legitimate way to “catch” a Steelix, as it could only be obtained by evolving Onyx through trading while wearing the Metal Mantle.
But since then diamond and pearl, Steelix became a fairly regular wild encounter. It’s certainly a good way to make a strong Pokemon more accessible, especially since trade developments are frustrating, but players will have to work for it considering Steelix’s 25 catch rate.
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