Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the ninth generation of Pokemon games are finally here and with them a bevy of brand-new Pokemon. Of course, some of these Pokemon are far more elusive than others in-game, which is why we put together this list of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet and how to get them, so you don’t have to be the only one of your friends who isn’t flexing a Brambleghast, Lucario, Gengar or Palafin.
Note: It’s recommended to eat a sandwich which corresponds to upping the encounter rate for the particular type of the Pokemon you’re looking to find for all the following entries.
For example, eating an Ultra Hefty Sandwich, which increases the Encounter Power for Ghost-types would be recommended before searching for any of the Ghost-types on this list. Eating a sandwich which ups Normal-types would be recommended for Slakoth, and so on and so forth.
This spectral tumbleweed Pokemon (Grass/Ghost dual-type) can be found in the autumnal forest area in the northwestern region of Paldea. Eat a sandwich which increases Ghost-type Pokemon spawns to increase your chances to find Brambleghast in this location.
One can come across this pugilistic crustacean Pokemon (Fighting/Ice) on the southeastern point of Glaseado Mountain.
The Ice/Bug dual-type Frosmoth, much like Crabominable, can be encountered on the southeastern point of Glaseado Mountain.
Eeveelution lovers, rejoice; many of the different Eeveelutions can be found in the Paldea overworld and added to your PokeDex, although they are some of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet.
Tera Sylveon, Espeon and Vaporeon can be found in the same spot as Ortega, the Fairy Crew Boss of Team Star.
Glaceon can be found on Glaseado Mountain, northeast of Montenevera, immediately after the North Province (Area One) on-screen notification appears.
Jolteon, Flareon and Vaporeon can be found in approximately the same area as Brambleghast in the northwestern part of the Paldean map.
Umbreon can be encountered in the caves of Area Zero; a level 55 Tera spawn can also be found in the same vicinity as Orthworm, the Lurking Steel Titan deep in the East Province (Area Three).
As one of the best new Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet for competitive battling, securing a Palafin for your squad should be a definite consideration, especially if you need to shore up your Water-types.
Palafin can be found in 5-star raids.
The long-awaited (for us at least) evolution of Primeape, who evolves by using the move Rage 20 times (looks like Primeape hasn’t gotten rid of that anger problem), can be found in 5-star raids.
Pikachu gains yet another electric rodent brethren in the Gen 9, and it’s one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet: Pawmot, an Electric/Fighting dual-type whose Tera spawn can be found in a small cave in Area Zero.
Dudunsparce isn’t exactly one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, but it does have a variant which is perhaps one of the rarest to procure in the game — the three-segment form Dudunsparce.
Dudunsparce’s regular, two-segment form can be obtained by evolving a Dunsparce after it learns its signature move Hyper Drill at Level 32. Its three-segment form on the other hand boils down to a lot of time and luck; to get a three-segment form Dunsparce, evolve a Dunsparce the same way you would a regular, two-segment form one, by evolving it after it learns the move Hyper Drill at Level 32. There is a 1% chance that a Dunsparce evolving with the move Hyper Drill will be a three-segment form version. The three-segment form, of course, offers no additional benefit to Dudunsparce — which falls in line with Dudunsparce being a deliberately mundane evolution. Well played, Game Freak.
Lucario has been a solid Pokemon in the competitive meta since the Diamond/Pearl days and it remains one in Gen. 9; it’s also one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, but can be found on a small beach/grassy area on the northeastern side of Glaseado Mountain.
Keep in mind that Lucario’s preevolution, Riolu, can be found fairly regularly in the South Province (Area Four).
Mismagius, the Ghost-type final evolution of Misdreavus, can be located on the small island in Lake Casseroya, the same lake which the False Dragon Titan calls his home. Friendly reminder: Mismagius only appears at night time and you’ll need Koraidon or Miraidon with swim to reach the island.
The lazy, sloth-like Slakoth is one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, unlike his evolution Vigoroth. You can find Slakoth in the rocky areas of the South Province, in Area One, Three and Five – but make sure you’re looking all the way at the top of the trees. Once more, your legendary Normal/Dragon Pokemon will come in handy here; you’ll need Koraidon or Miraidon’s motorcycle form to ram into the tree and knock Slakoth down from the top.
Gengar, one of the most recognizable Pokemon in the game since its first appearance in Gen. 1 is one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet.
To cop yourself a Gengar, find the NPC in Levincia City in front of the battle court wearing sunglasses who wants a Pincurchin and will trade you a Haunter in return.
Noivern, the Flying/Dragon Pokemon who resembles a giant-eared bat can be encountered in 5-star raids, in various caves across Paldea and gliding around North Province (Area One) at nighttime.
Scizor, another powerful competitive Pokemon since the Diamond/Pearl days, is one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, but can be encountered most often in 5-star raids.
Frigibax, the preevolution of Baxcalibur is one of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet – and with good reason, as its final form is the latest pseudo-legendary, bears a strong resemblance to Godzilla and figures to be one of the more useful Pokemon in the competitive battling meta.
Frigibax can be found most commonly in the northern area of Glaseado Mountain, on the slope near the city of Montenevera.
Slowking, the Pokemon with one of the most interesting scientific relationships in the entire game, can be found in 5-star raids.
The appleworm-looking, Grass/Dragon Pokemon first introduced in Gen 8 can be found in the southwestern region of Paldea, wriggling around in a tree south of the city of Cortondo.
Did this list help you track down some of the tougher to find Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet? Are there any Pokemon you’d like to see added to this list? Let us know in the comments or drop us a line at