It’s probably a mistake to try to determine the best Pokemon team available in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, especially considering how every trainer has a different idea of what “best” means.
Some of us tailor our party to just look good, others go with a range of types, while others only stick with one – the various possibilities make this quite the loaded question.
Despite this, as someone who’s clocked up a lot of hours battling my way through Paldea, I feel properly equipped to weigh in on this debate.
To ensure fairness for all, regardless of which version you play, I’m not including version exclusives; my team is accessible to everyone.
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There’s no way I could write this guide and not include Tinkaton – this Pokemon packs one hell of a punch! A Fairy/Steel type, Tinkaton has more type advantages than it does disadvantages, weak only to Fire and Ground types.
But arguably what makes it such a force to be reckoned with is its Gigaton Hammer move, a formidable Steel type attack that deals 120 damage.
It’s sad you can’t use it twice in a row, but with other moves in your arsenal like Play Rough, you’ll likely only need the one hit anyway.
Flying type Pokemon and Water Types certainly don’t like Electric Pokemon, and there is no stronger Electric Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet than Magnezone.
In terms of HP, Attack, and Speed, it’s pretty average, but where it shines is Defence (Phsyical and Special) And Special Attack.
With a Sp. Attack stat of 130, there’s no stopping Magnezone as it plows through your enemies team.
Zap Cannon, Thunder, and Discharge are three of the best moves that you’ll want to make sure are at the top of your wishlist here, and make sure to take plenty of PP into battle with you!
When it comes to Fire Pokemon, Arcanine is the best boy for the job.
Not only does this Pokemon look cute, fierce yet super fluffy, it has a good set of Stats that make it an ideal companion, especially during Double Battles. Its Wild Charge move (learnt using TM147) is especially good because it gives this Fire type an Electric advantage.
Is it better than Flareon? Stats and moveset wise, probably not. However, Arcanine has a lot to offer in terms of defensive strength, which comes in very handy when strategically taking on Gym Leaders.
4. Palafin Hero Form
I’m pretty sure you’ll know that Finizen’s evolution, Palafin, has a Hero Form.
But did you know that this form does more than look different – it’s got a lot of strength too! If you haven’t already figured out how to get Finizen, now’s the time to do so.
When you switch in Palafin in during battles, its Zero to Hero Ability triggers, transforming it into a powerhouse of Stats, most notably its 160 Attack Stat. That, alongside the Water type move Jet Punch, means it’s game over for its opponent.
If you want a solid Water type, look no further. Though be sure to switch it in during a battle instead of having it as your Lead Pokemon – if it’s sent out first, it won’t transform.
Okay, as far as being aesthetically pleasing goes, Slaking isn’t the best choice.
However, this Normal type Pokemon has amazing Stats; most Legendary Pokemon wish they had those numbers. We’re talking 670 for its Base Stats, as well as a juicy 150 HP; this Pokemon can take a lot of abuse before it faints.
And while it’s a stocky Pokemon and thus rather slow, its 100 Speed means it can move much faster than the likes of Snorlax.
If you teach this Pokemon the move Giga Impact, every single opponent you face may as well admit defeat before battling you because wow, the move crushes anything in its wake.
6. Iron Hands
The last member of our best Pokemon Scarlet & Violet team roster is the mighty Iron Hands!
Iron hands is so big that you’d have a hard job trying to get anything past it, a fact that is mirrored in its huge Defence stat.
With 108 Physical Defence and 140 Attack, the opposing team is going to have a hard job knocking away at your HP.
And how much HP are we talking about here?
How about 154! That’s sure to keep you in the fight for longer!
And, as Iron Hands is Electric and Fighting, it can make use of amazing Physical attacks like Focus Punch and Wild Charge. Nothing will stand in it’s way… as long as ‘nothing’ isn’t a Water type Pokemon!
I know I haven’t covered the basics of Water, Fire, and Grass, but this is certainly one of the best Pokemon Scarlet & Violet team rosters I’ve used while playing the game!
Would I use it all the time without any swaps or rotations? No. I think it’s important to change your party depending on who/what you’re facing.
That being said, this Pokemon team won’t be easily beaten. You want to be the very best? This is one way to do it.
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Emma has loved video games ever since she first saw Alex Kidd platforming across her TV screen. Since then, the 32 year old has dedicated an obscene number of hours to playing as many games as possible. When she isn’t obsessing over games, she spends her time honing her vinyl collection.