February 7, 2023

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How to catch Charizard in Pokemon Scarlet and Purple

If you’re a big fan of Charizard, one of the most well-known Pokemon (and dragons, for that matter), you might have been disappointed to hear that the fan-favorite Flying/Fire-type Pokemon isn’t readily available in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is . Don’t fret, however! There’s still a way to get Charizard (although it’s quite difficult), so read on and we’ll walk you through everything you need to do to catch the fiery Gen 1 starter.

Charizard event times

Keep in mind that this is a limited-time event. The times when it will be available are as follows:

1st-4th Dec 2022Dec 15-18, 2022

beat the game

First you need to beat the game and roll credits. To do this, you must complete the three story threads and all post-thread events.

Here’s everything you need to do to beat the game:

Complete the Victory Road

For Nemona, defeat every Gym, then complete the Champion Assessment and defeat the Elite Four and Geeta.

Complete the Path of Legends

Find and defeat each Titan for Arven, feed Miraidon / Koraidon with the Herba Mystica, energize them and get new movement possibilities in the open world.

Complete Starfall Road

For Cassiopeia, defeat every Team Star leader and then face Cassiopeia yourself.

Complete “The Road Home”.

After completing the original three story arcs, meet up with Arven and travel to Area Zero and clear it, which will roll credits.

Complete the aftermath

After you finish the game, you’ll be prompted to enter a new tournament, but Geeta needs help with something first.

After you’ve completed the game, here’s everything you need to do to unlock the ability to challenge Charizard:

Defeat the eight Gym Leaders again

After the credits roll, you can go to the principal’s office, where you’ll talk to the other main characters and be tasked with challenging the eight gym directors for Chair Geeta. Luckily, you can quickly fly to any gym and knock it out quickly.

Return to school and beat the Academy Ace Tournament

Return and challenge the tournament at school, which consists of four consecutive battles. Hit that and you’ll get a call leading to the next step.

Complete 10 different 5-star Tera Raids

After winning the Academy Ace Tournament and receiving a call from your class teacher, you will be asked to challenge 10 different 5-star Tera Raids.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell how many stars a Tera Raid has, so just walk around areas with lots of Tera Raids and click on them to see how difficult they are. If they are 5 stars, complete them and then continue.

Completing multiple raids is a tedious but important step.

After completing all 10 you will unlock the 6 star black raids around the world as well as the reason we are here; the ultra-hard 7-star raid that Charizard participates in.

Find the black dragon-type charizard marker on the overworld

Once you’ve unlocked all of that, you’ll need to find Charizard yourself. But that’s far from the end of the challenge, as 7-Star “Unrivaled” Charizard has the Mightiest Mark label, is level 100 with perfect stats, a Dragon Tera-type, and plenty of powerful moves including Sunny Day, Fire Blast, Overheat, Hurricane, Dragon Pulse and more.

A few more tips to help you on your way: Charizard is incredibly tough, deals tons of damage, and absorbs quite a bit before falling. Bring along a very sturdy Pokemon that’s both resistant and super effective against Charizard, like Azumarill with Huge Power and Belly Drum, or a Pokemon with massive attack power and the ability to heal itself, like Iron Hands with Belly Drum and drain punch. Also, bring along friends who also have powerful Pokémon and use your cheers!

Much luck!

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