CONTINUING the long line of Dragon-type pseudo-legendaries in Pokémon games, Baxcalibur is the latest powerhouse.
In casual play, Baxcalibur makes for a strong ally, and it’s even used in the Elite 4.
The latest beefy boy.
If you’re interested in raising and training a Baxcalibur, then there are a few things about this beast you need to know.
Meet Baxcalibur, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s newest pseudo legendary.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to catch Baxcalibur
Like almost all pseudo-legendary Pokémon, you can’t catch Baxcalibur in the wild.
It is possible to catch one in five- and six-star raids, but these can be a little difficult if you’re not prepared.
The easiest way to get Baxcalibur, is to catch its first-stage evolution, Frigibax. These can be found all over Glasedo mountain.
Frigibax will evolve into Arctibax at level 35, and then evolve into Baxcalibur at level 54.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: What are Baxcalibur’s strengths?
Baxcalibur is a pseudo-legendary Pokémon, which is a Pokémon that has legendary level stats, but can be found and bred like a normal Pokémon.
It has a base stat total of 600, with particularly strong attack (145) and HP (115).
Baxcalibur is also a rare typing. Only one other Pokémon is Dragon/Ice-type, the legendary Pokémon Kyurem.
It also has a signature ability Thermal Exchange, which boosts its attack when hit with a Fire-type move.
It also prevents Baxcalibur from being Burned, a status condition which halves the Pokémon’s attack.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: What are Baxcalibur’s weaknesses?
Unfortunately, while Baxcalibur is good for casual play, it has too many weaknesses to be considered good competitively.
Dragon/Ice is not a particularly strong type, and suffers from five weaknesses to common types: Fighting, Rock, Dragon, Steel, and Fairy.
The latter two types are seen very commonly in competitive, and resistances to Electric, Grass, Fire and Water don’t make up for this.
While the inability to get burned is strong, the attack boosts rely on Baxcalibur being hit by a Fire-type move, something competitors will avoid.
Its signature move, Glaive Rush, is very strong with 120 base power, but has the strong drawback of opponents attacks being unavoidable, and doing double damage on the next turn.
This means you can only use it if you are both faster than your opponent, and can predict that they will move a status move, something that’s difficult to do.
If you are slower, which Baxcalibur likely will be as it has unimpressive speed, then your opponent will know to hit with its strongest attack the next turn.
Knocking out the opponent or some smart switching can nullify this, though.
Baxcalibur is a little bit of a one-trick pony, but can be useful if it confidently knocks out the opponent every turn in singles.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.