Getting Palafin in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet takes a little more effort than usual, as the process of evolving Finiz involves going online, but if you can jump online or join a local session, it’s totally worth it. Palafin is one of Scarlet and Violet’s most powerful aquatics once you learn how to use them.
How to get Finizen in Scarlet and Violet
Finizen is a bit tricky to find. You have a random chance to encounter them in one of the seas of Paldea. Your Koraidon or Miraidon must restore their ability to swim by defeating the Bombirdier Titan Pokemon in West Province. You can do that around the time of your third Gym battle, but Pokemon spawn rates in the oceans seem a bit random.
Whether that’s because of some of Scarlet and Violet’s many glitches or something else isn’t entirely certain, but you can find a guaranteed Finizen in one location: West Province Area Two. In this vast area you will also find Girafarig, although you should of course look for Finizen in the rivers and the ocean.
Once you’ve found Finizen and you don’t feel like looking for more, consider breeding one with a DItto to get a Finizen egg.
How to evolve Finizen into Palafin
Unlike Dundunsparce, you don’t need to teach Finizen a specific move to help them evolve. Instead you need:
- Finish at level 38 or higher
- to be in the Union Circle with at least one other player
- to level up Finizen once while in the Union Circle
The Union Circle is the golden circle at the end of each Pokemon Center where you can go on an adventure with other players. To evolve Finizen, all you need to do is stay in the circle with the other player long enough for Finizen to level up once, say with EXP candies, and that’s enough.
Can you catch Palafin in the wild?
If you’re very lucky, maybe. Palafin doesn’t appear in the wild, not even in Area Zero, but you have a very slim chance of finding one in a high-level Tera Raid. Otherwise, the evolving Finizen is the only chance to add a Palafin to your team.
Is Palafin good?
Palafin is an excellent water type and the only Pokemon that can currently learn or memorize Jet Punch, but their power depends on one key aspect: changing shape. Palafin will turn into Hero Form after you exchange them for another Pokemon during battle, and Palafin will remain in Hero Form until that battle ends. All of their stats except HP get a substantial boost, with basic attack in particular coming in at a whopping 160. Combine that with moves like Jet Punch and Wave Crash, and you’ve got yourself a mighty friend in Palafin indeed.
However, the swap requirement makes installation a bit more clunky. You want a Pokemon that knows Baton Swap or some other switch move to make taking advantage of Hero Form easier.
If you’re looking for even more tips, check out our list of things we’d like to know before starting Scarlet and Violet so you don’t have to make the same mistakes we did. And to get another strong new Paldea Pokemon on your team, you’ll need to see how to evolve Charcadet, whose final form changes depending on which version of Scarlet and Violet you’re playing.
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