To get a Magmortar in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, your best bet is to evolve Magmar. Thankfully, you can do this relatively easily with the help of a specific item. Be sure to save up enough money to buy it!
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What You Need to Evolve Magmar
You need to use a Magmarizer on Magmar to evolve it. After you get a Magmarizer in your inventory and a Magmar in your party, use the item on the Fire-type Pokémon to evolve it into Magmortar. This works at any time, as long as Magmar is in its Poké Ball.
How to Get a Magmarizer to Evolve Magmar
The quickest and easiest way to get a Magmarizer is to buy one from Simona in Jubilife Village. This merchant, who can be found in front of the Training Grounds, will sell you a Magmarizer for 1,400 Merit Points. If you need more Merit Points, you’ll need to hunt down lost satchels and return them to their original owners. Doing so will net you 50 to 100 Merit Points for each lost satchel you retrieve.
An alternate method for getting a Magmarizer is to buy one from Ginter. This vendor, who hangs out near the front of Galaxy Hall, will occasionally have a Magmarizer in stock. Although, he’ll have it listed as a “Magma Box” and it will cost $10,000. If Ginter does not have one in stock, you can refresh his inventory by catching any 20 Pokémon and then returning to him.
Reasons to Use a Magmortar on Your Team
The main reason to use a Magmortar on your team is if you want to blast foes with high-powered special attacks. With stats that are mostly geared towards offense and a decent movepool, Magmortar can be a great wall breaker. There are few defensive Pokémon that will be able to stand up to this forceful Fire-type.
Magmortar’s highest stat is its Special Attack, which is followed by its Attack and Special Defense stats. Afterward comes its Speed stat, which is trailed by a decent HP stat and then a low Defense stat.
Such a stat spread marks Magmortar as an offensive Pokémon that can potentially take a special attack or two. It also has enough Speed to move first against some enemies—though not many. However, it’s particularly vulnerable to physical attacks.
As a mono-Fire-type, Magmortar is weak to Ground, Rock, and Water-type attacks. Due to the first two types mentioned being more physically-oriented, Magmortar can potentially get one-shot by powerful moves from those types if you’re not careful.
The Best Moves for Magmortar in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
When leveling up, Magmortar can learn a couple of decent moves—although they are both Fire-type. Flamethrower (learned at level 34) and Fire Blast (learned at level 43) are the best STAB (same type attack bonus) choices for Magmorter’s moveset.
However, due to the lack of viable moves learned through leveling up, you’ll definitely want to hit up the move tutor to give your Magmortar some coverage moves.
Here are the best moves for Magmortar that you can learn from the move tutor:
- Focus Energy [Normal-type] (status move)
- Thunderbolt [Electric-type] (80 base power)
- Psychic [Psychic-type] (80 base power)
- Hyper Beam [Normal-type] (120 base power)
Tips for Giving Magmortar the Best Moveset
Although Magmortar has a lot of firepower in regards to its stats, it suffers from a rather limited (yet usable) movepool. You’re best off giving Magmortar a high base power Fire-type attack, Focus Energy, Thunderbolt, and Psychic.
This will give your living mortar of a pocket monster enough type coverage to eliminate many threats. And Focus Energy will help you land critical hits, so be sure to use that at the beginning of a battle.
Furthermore, Focus Energy will increase your action order and will make it more likely for you to move multiple times in a row. As such, you can power up Magmortar with Focus Energy and potentially follow it up immediately with a powerful special attack.