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How to Evolve Scyther in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Key Takeaway

In order to evolve Scyther into Kleavor, you’ll need to use a Black Augurite on Scyther. But to evolve Scyther into Scizor, you’ll need to use a Metal Coat on Scyther.

While it’s still possible for Scyther to evolve into Scizor, the former has gained a new evolution: Kleavor. However, it will be more difficult to obtain a Kleavor due to the required item being pretty rare.

Table Of Contents

    Every Way You Can Get Black Augurite

    A player in red clothes talking to the merchant Ginter in Jubilife Village.

    There are 5 ways of getting Black Augurite in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Here’s a list of them:

    • Completing Request #68: A Nosepass to Guide the Way
    • Buying a “Jet-Black Rock” from Ginter (costs $8,000)
    • Farming Graveler (5% drop rate)
    • Digging for items with Ursaluna
    • Finding them on the ground in space-time distortions

    While the first method in the above list is pretty straightforward, the others aren’t. Since Scyther is the only Pokémon that evolves from contact with Black Augurite, you’ll only need 1 realistically.

    Completing Request #68

    Completing request #68 is the best way to get Black Augurite, as it’s a pretty easy quest to complete (all you need to do is catch a Nosepass). To get this request, you’ll (ironically) need to encounter a Nosepass. After this, Gully, an NPC near the Heavenward Lookout base camp in the Coronet Highlands, can give you this request (via the job board in Galaxy Hall).

    Catch a Nosepass and then head to Gully (now within the Wayward Caverns in the Coronet Highlands) to give the Rock-type Pokémon to her. You can easily find Nosepass all over the Coronet Highlands—especially in front of the Primeval Grotto located in the center of the Coronet Highlands.

    How to Get Black Augurite From Ginter

    Ginter will only have 3 items for sale at any given time. Furthermore, these items are random and will not be listed by their actual name. For example, Black Augurite is called a “Jet-Black Rock”.

    Thankfully, you can refresh Ginter’s inventory. To do so, your best course of action is to catch any 20 Pokémon. These can be Pokémon species you’ve already caught. As such, the ideal method of doing so is to load up on Ultra Balls and then catch a bunch of low-level pocket monsters.

    How to Farm Graveler for Black Augurite

    Since the drop rate of Black Augurite from Graveler is only 5%, you’ll have to defeat or catch a lot of them. It’s recommended to do the latter, as doing so will give you a chance to get Black Augurite and help you refresh Ginter’s inventory at the same time.

    There are plenty of places you can find Graveler, however, the area with arguably the highest concentration of this species is in the Coronet Highlands. On the western side, south of the Summit Camp, there is a spot known as Bolderoll Ravine. This area is absolutely packed with Graveler who frequently respawn.

    How to Get Items While Digging With Ursaluna

    While riding Ursaluna, on occasion, they will pick up the trail of an item. Keep following the bear Pokémon’s scent trail and you’ll eventually find a buried item.

    However, the items found this way are always random. Furthermore, sadly, most of the time they’ll be junk items like Balls of Mud. As such, it can take a long time to find a Black Augurite this way.

    How to Get Items in Space-Time Distortions

    Space-time distortions are worth investigating most of the time. In addition to finding rare Pokémon, you can also find tons of items on the ground. These items will always be valuable ones, like shards and evolutionary items.

    Although, these items will be mostly random. By far the most common will be Red Shards, Green Shards, and Blue Shards. Thankfully, a variety of items will constantly spawn as long as the space-time distortion is active, which gives you lots of chances to locate a Black Augurite.

    The Difference Between Getting Scizor and Kleavor

    A Scyther flying in place in a field among some trees.

    The method for getting both of Scyther’s evolutions are relatively similar. Both require you to use a specific item on Scyther. Whereas you’ll need a Black Augurite to evolve Scyther into Kleavor, you’ll need a Metal Coat to evolve Scyther into Scizor.

    How to Get Metal Coats

    While you can find Metal Coats in space-time distortions, it’s far more efficient to simply buy them. You can do so by speaking with Simona in Jubilife Village. She will sell you Metal Coats for 1,000 Merit Points each.

    In order to get Merit Points, you’ll need to retrieve lost satchels from areas besides Jubilife Village. These are marked on the map and respawn infinitely, so you’ll be able to acquire them easily enough.

    After finding lost satchels, head into the menu and navigate to the tab marked with a wifi symbol. From here, you can enter the Lost & Found menu to send lost satchels back to their original owners. Each time you do so, you’ll get somewhere between 50 to 100 Merit Points.

    Reasons to Use Kleavor on Your Team

    A Kleavor standing in a field near some hills and mountains.

    Besides having a cool design, Kleavor has other positive traits. For the most part, their stats are similar to that of Scizor. However, the type difference and slight variation in move pools give each of Scyther’s evolutions a unique niche.

    For a long time (since Generation II), Scizor has been a viable Pokémon for a ton of teams. As such, Kleavor’s potential as a party member should be gauged based on how well it does when compared to Scizor in battle.

    Does the new pocket monster stand up to an old favorite, or is it one you should pass on in favor of a tried and true partner?

    Comparing Kleavor’s and Scizor’s Stats

    Overall, both Kleavor and Scizor have similar stat distributions. Both have high Attack stats followed by decent HP, Defense, and Special Defense stats. Another parallel is that both of their Special Attack stats are pretty low.

    The biggest difference between Kleavor’s and Scizor’s stats is their Speed. At around level 50, with a minimum amount of EV investment, Kleavor will have about 85 Speed. With the same criteria, if you look at Scizor’s Speed, you’ll find that it’s a fair deal lower: only around 65.

    Although, it should be mentioned that Scyther is still notably faster than either of its evolutions. At around level 50, with a minimum amount of EV investment, Scyther will have around 105 Speed.

    Through this cross-examination, it can be determined that Kleavor is the better fit for those who want a faster fully-evolved Bug-type Pokémon.

    Comparing Kleavor’s and Scizor’s Typing

    To be blunt, Scizor has way better typing than Kleavor. Steel-typing, in most cases, greatly benefits a Pokémon in terms of type matchups against opponents.

    Scizor, being Bug and Steel-type, has 8 resistances, 1 immunity, and only 1 weakness (albeit an x4 weakness). Whereas Kleavor, a Bug and Rock-type Pokémon, has 2 resistances, no immunities, and 3 weaknesses.

    Through type matchups alone, Scizor will be easier to use in battle. The only thing that can really give them problems are Fire-type threats. With that said, Kleavor is still very usable, as 3 weaknesses aren’t that bad overall.

    Furthermore, 2 of Kleavor’s 3 weaknesses (Rock-type ad Steel-type) possess mostly physical damage-dealing moves. Since Kleavor has decent HP and Defense stats, it can still potentially tank a hit from Rock and Steel-type attacks.

    The Best Moves for Kleavor

    Through leveling up and the move tutor, Kleavor and Scizor will learn virtually the same moves. The only exception is that all of the Steel-type ones Scizor can learn are replaced by Rock-type ones for Kleavor.

    You’ll be glad to know that Kleavor has been given a pretty good move pool. Through leveling up, they’ll be able to learn solid moves such as Stone Axe (at level 29), X-Scissor (at level 34), and Close Combat (at level 43).

    On top of that, the move tutor can give more great moves. Here’s a list of the best damage-dealing physical ones that the move tutor can teach Kleavor:

    • Psycho Cut [Psychic-type] (70 base power)
    • Stone Edge [Rock-type] (100 base power)
    • Giga Impact [Normal-type] (120 base power)

    Furthermore, Kleavor can learn a couple of decent status moves. By leveling up to level 25, Kleavor can learn Sword Dance, which is often a staple in this evolutionary family’s moveset due to being an excellent offensive buff.

    Although, Focus Energy is another solid choice, as increasing the chances of landing a critical hit stacks nicely with many of Kleavor’s moves that already have a higher chance of being a critical hit.