You can evolve Charcadet into two different pocket monsters in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. One is only in Pokémon Scarlet while the other is only in Pokémon Violet. Also, both of these evolutions require specific items.
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How to Evolve Charcadet Into Armarouge
You can only evolve Charcadet into Armarouge in Pokémon Scarlet. To do so, you need an item called Auspicious Armor. When you use an Auspicious Armor on Charcadet, it will evolve immediately. This works like using an elemental stone or any other evolution-only item.
How to Get Auspicious Armor
Sadly, you can’t just find some Auspicious Armor on the ground or buy it in a shop. You need to trade an NPC 10 Bronzor Fragments to get one Auspicious Armor. To get Bronzor Fragments, you need to defeat wild Bronzor.
The NPC with whom you can trade these Bronzor Fragments is found in Zapapico, which is a city in the East Province of Paldea. This NPC will have a yellow speech bubble over their head that reads “Fancy a trade?” They are located by a small water fountain.
How to Evolve Charcadet Into Ceruledge
Similarly, you can only evolve Charcadet into Ceruledge in Pokémon Violet. For this, you need an item called Malicious Armor. When you use a Malicious Armor on Charcadet, it will evolve right away. As with Armarouge, this works like with any other item-only evolution.
How to Get Malicious Armor
Like with the Auspicious Armor, you need to trade some components to a specific NPC to get a set of Malicious Armor. In this case, you need 10 Sinistea Chips to get one Malicious Armor. To obtain Sinistea Chips, you must defeat wild Sinistea.
The NPC that you need to trade with is in Zapapico as well. Just like the NPC in Pokémon Scarlet, they like to hang out by a small fountain and will have a yellow speech bubble above their head.
Are Ceruledge and Armarouge Any Good?
Yes, both of these Pokémon are pretty strong, but for different reasons. They have different secondary types, though both have Fire as their primary type. Also, their stat distributions are different. While they are parallels to one another, their usages are not the same.
Ceruledge’s and Armarouge’s Base Stats
Here are Ceruledge’s base stats:
- HP – 75
- Attack – 125
- Defense – 80
- Special Attack – 60
- Special Defense – 100
- Speed – 85
And, for comparison, here are Armarouge’s base stats:
- HP – 85
- Attack – 60
- Defense – 100
- Special Attack – 125
- Special Defense – 80
- Speed – 75
If you take a close look at the above values, you can see that Ceruledge’s and Armarouge’s base stats mirror one another. Their HP and Speed base stats are swapped, as are their defensive and offensive base stats. Overall, Ceruledge is a physical attacker while Armarouge is a special attacker.
Ceruledge’s and Armarouge’s Typing
Ceruledge is Fire and Ghost-type while Armarouge is Fire and Psychic-type. For the most part, there are both good type combinations—particularly for offense. As such, the typing of these pocket monsters is appropriate for their offensively geared stat distributions.
Ceruledge has access to a lot of great physical moves through leveling up and remembering. To start, you have Bitter Blade (learned at level 48), which is a Fire-type attack with 90 base power and 100 accuracy that heals you for 50% of the damage dealt.
Here’s a list of some other viable moves that Ceruledge can learn naturally:
- Night Slash (remembering)
- Shadow Sneak (remembering)
- Solar Blade (remembering)
- Shadow Claw (learned after evolving)
- Sword Dance (learned at level 37)
- Psycho Cut (learned at level 56)
- Flare Blitz (learned at level 62)
On top of that, Ceruledge can learn a few more heavy-hitting moves through TM use. Here are a few of the best choices to keep your eyes peeled for:
- Dragon Claw (TM078)
- Poison Jab (TM083)
- Iron Head (TM099)
- X-Scissor (TM105)
- Phantom Force (TM151)
- Close Combat (TM167)
Like Ceruledge, Armarouge has a nice movepool to draw from. It even gets its own signature move as well: Armor Cannon (learned at level 62). This mighty attack has 120 base power and 100 accuracy, though, it also drops the user’s Defense and Special Defense by one stage each.
Though it does not learn or remember as many good moves as Ceruledge, it still has access to some great STAB (same type attack bonus) moves and status moves. The most noteworthy are Psyshock (learned after evolving), Calm Mind (learned at level 37), Flamethrower (learned at level 48), and Expanding Force (learned at level 56).
However, you’re going to want to teach Armarouge some moves via TM if you want any sort of useful coverage. Here’s a list of some of the better choices:
- Flash Cannon (TM093)
- Dark Pulse (TM094)
- Aura Sphere (TM112)
- Shadow Ball (TM114)
- Dragon Pulse (TM115)
- Energy Ball (TM119)
- Psychic (TM120)
- Fire Blast (TM141)
- Overheat (TM157)
- Focus Blast (TM158)
- Tera Blast (TM171)