How to evolve Duraludon & get Archaludon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

How to evolve Duraludon & get Archaludon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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Written by 

Dani Cross

Published 

15th Dec 2023 13:06

Archaludon is a cool new evolution for Duraludon, and this guide will show you how to get it. It's not too difficult to evolve Duraludon into Archaludon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, but you'll need the Indigo Disk DLC.

I've been using Archaludon on my team for the expansion and it's a beast. To find out how to get your own in the game, keep reading!

How to evolve Duraludon into Archaludon

To get your own Archaludon, you'll need to catch a Duraludon first. Luckily you can find them fairly easily in the Polar Biome inside the Terarium (the top left snowy section of the map).

Once you've caught Duraludon, make sure you've progressed through the story enough to earn some BP. You'll unlock the ability to earn BP early in the story after you've reached the Terarium.

A Metal Alloy in The Indigo Disk DLC.
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Then, head to the School Store inside Blueberry Academy. Head to the counter and purchase a Metal Alloy for 300 BP. It's also possible to find Metal Alloys in the Terarium, but this is a guaranteed way of getting one.

Once you've got a Metal Alloy just go to your inventory and select it, making sure Duraludon is in your party. Then use the Metal Alloy on Duraludon and it will trigger the evolution into Archaludon. 

Archaludon abilities and special moves

Archaludon in battle.
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Archaludon is a Steel/Dragon-type Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet. It has a base stat total of 600, which rivals that of pseudo-legendary Pokemon like Dragonite or Garchomp. In other words, it's very strong.

It learns the unique move Electro Shot, which is a two-turn attack. On the first turn Archaludon charges up and raises its special attack. On the second turn, it shoots at the enemy to deal massive damage.

Archaludon has three abilities: Stalwart, Stamina and Sturdy. I've been using one with Stamina and it gets very tanky.

For more guides like this one, head to our Pokemon homepage or take a look at how to start the Indigo Disk DLC if you haven't loaded it up yet. We've also got guides to find starters like Mudkip, Froakie, and Grookey.

Dani is a Guides Writer for GGRecon. She graduated from university with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, then worked as a freelance writer before joining the GGRecon team as a full-time writer in 2023. In her opinion, the best game of all time is Elden Ring – but her favourite is Halo: Reach, a game that created lifelong friendships and somehow started her down the path to a career in media. She’s also way too invested in Pokemon cards, and a big fan of guinea pigs, cats and other cute creatures.

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