Baxcalibur is one of the most powerful new Pokemon introduced in Scarlet and Violet. In this guide, we go over how to use Baxcalibur and take down opponents.
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Baxcalibur is a pseudo-legendary introduced in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. With a base stat total of 600 and an exceedingly practical move set, it’s no wonder that Baxcalibur is considered a competitive Pokemon.
Being a dual Dragon/Ice-type Pokemon, it has great utility in battle and can counter many different types of Pokemon. In this guide, we will go over the basics of Baxcalibur in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as well as how to play with it competitively.
Baxcalibur is a dual Dragon/Ice-type Pokemon with a base stat total of 600.
This Pokemon can be obtained by evolving a Frigibax to level 54.
Baxcalibur is strong against Water, Electric, and Grass-type Pokemon. But it’s weak to Fairy and Steel-type moves.
The best natures for this Pokemon are the Jolly and Adamant natures and the best Tera Types are Fire, Dragon, and Ice.
We also take a look at the particular items, IV spreads, and move sets you should have on your Baxcalibur.
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Basic Info Of Baxcalibur
Gender Ratio: 50% male, 50% female
Catch Rate: 10 (3.9%) (in Gen VII, when a PokeBall is thrown at full health)
Baxcalibur is one of the 109 new Pokemon introduced in Generation XI. This is a Dragon/Ice-type Pokemon resembling a bipedal theropod-like monster. It’s a highly competitive Pokemon given that it’s a pseudo-legendary.
This is a Pokemon that you don’t want to waste using defensively. It has incredible HP and Attack, making it a highly offensive Pokemon. Therefore, it will easily take down even the stronger Pokemon, including many pseudo-legendaries. Additionally, its design concept makes it a stunning ode to traditional Kaiju genres.
Special Attack: 75
Base Stat Total: 600
Baxcalibur boasts remarkable base stats, particularly in HP, Attack, and Defense, making it a versatile choice for both offense and defense. However, it falls short in Special Attack and Special Defense, making it less suitable for special move attacks. Its base Speed is also not particularly impressive.
As a pseudo-legendary, Baxcalibur shares a base stat total of 600 with other pseudo-legendary Pokémon, which places it among the highest stat totals in the Pokémon world.
Baxcalibur evolves from Arctibax upon reaching level 54. If you choose not to evolve it, it will try to evolve again once it gains another level. Arctibax is the evolved form of Frigibax, evolving at level 35 and higher if you choose to not evolve it.
Weak to (2x): Rock, Fighting, Dragon, Fairy, Steel
Baxcalibur is a dual Dragon/Ice-type Pokemon, which means that it’s a great counter against Water, Electric, and Grass-type moves. It easily tanks down Volt Tackle and Water Spout.
However, do not make the mistake of using Baxcalibur against strong Fairy and Steel-type Pokemon. That’s because it’s extremely weak to those two types and will take double the damage from the moves of these types.
Hence, even though this is a massive Kaiju-inspired monster, it’s no match for Pokemon like Clefairy and Tinkaton.
Abilities And Hidden Abilities
Thermal Exchange: Baxcalibur’s Signature Ability. Baxcalibur’s Attack stats get boosted by one stage when it is attacked by Fire-type moves. Additionally, Baxcalibur is immune to getting burned.
Ice Body (Hidden): Baxcalibur regenerates 1/16th of its maximum HP after each turn if it’s snowing or hailing. Moreover, this Pokemon is not damaged by hail.
All Baxcalibur possess the ability Thermal Exchange, which provides near immunity to burns and boosts Attack when hit by Fire-type moves. This makes Baxcalibur an effective counter against Fire-type Pokémon like Blaziken and Cinderace, although it doesn’t grant a type advantage.
Its Hidden Ability, Ice Body, grants immunity to hail damage and restores HP during snowy or hailing conditions. With moves like Snowscape, this ability offers battlefield advantages.
It’s worth noting that in Generation IX, hail has been replaced with snow, so the immunity to hail doesn’t affect gameplay significantly, although the ability still functions with the same moves.
Much like every other Pokemon, Baxcalibur can breed with several different Pokemon. If you use the right breeding strategy, you can breed a highly powerful Baxcalibur.
Baxcalibur and its previous evolutions fall under two Egg Groups: Dragon and Mineral. Hence, you can breed this Pokemon with other Dragon Pokemon like Salamence and Charizard. Additionally, it can breed with Pokemon in the Mineral Egg Group like Froslass and Duraludon.
What’s more, being in two Egg Groups means that Baxcalibur is perfect for chain breeding. You can also chain breed a Frigibax to have the move set you prefer.
To hatch a Baxcalibur Egg, it will take around 10,280 to 10,536 steps.
Egg Moves are moves that a Pokemon can only learn if one of its parents already knows that move. These moves cannot be learned any other way, that is, they cannot be learned via TMs, HMs, or leveling up, at least by that specific Pokemon.
In that regard, Baxcalibur has the following Egg Moves:
Baxcalibur Pokedex Entries
Pokemon Scarlet: This Pokémon blasts cryogenic air out from its mouth. This air can instantly freeze even liquid-hot lava.
Pokemon Violet: It launches itself into battle by flipping upside down and spewing frigid air from its mouth. It finishes opponents off with its dorsal blade.
How To Acquire Baxcalibur
To acquire a Baxcalibur in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll need to evolve your Frigibax. Unfortunately, Baxcalibur cannot be found in the wild. Hence, you must keep leveling up your Frigibax to evolve it into an Arctibax. After that, level up your Arctibax so that it evolves into a Baxcalibur.
Baxcalibur Best Nature
The best Nature for Baxcalibur that is recommended for competitive battling is the Adamant Nature. This Nature boosts Attack while lowering Special Attack. It’s a highly offensive Nature that complements Baxcalibur’s base Attack stats well.
If you want something a bit more on the quick side, then try Jolly Nature. This Nature also lowers Special Attack stats just like the Adamant Nature. However, it also significantly boosts your Speed.
If you don’t have a Baxcalibur with these natures, you can always use Nature Mints. If you want more information on Nature Mints and which ones are best for your Pokemon, head on over to our Nature Mints guide.
Best Tera Types For Baxcalibur
Here are the best Tera Types to use on Baxcalibur:
Fire Tera Type
To enhance Baxcalibur’s coverage, consider using the Fire Tera Type. This Tera Type not only changes Baxcalibur’s typing but also grants STAB (Same-Type Attack Bonus) to its Fire-type moves. STAB increases the power of moves that match a Pokémon’s type by 1.5 times, allowing for more effective attacks.
Ice Or Dragon Tera Type
If you want to get even more benefit from the STAB damage, then you should opt for either an Ice or Dragon Tera Type. This will give a 2x power boost to your moves and will be more offensive than the Fire Tera Type. However, since you’re retaining your old type, you’re not exactly expanding on your coverage.
Counter Tera Types
On the defensive side, you can choose to Terastalize into any type that instantly removes any of your type weaknesses. For instance, Steel is a weakness of the Ice type. Hence, you could Terastalize into a Steel-type to eliminate this weakness. Other Tera Types that are good for countering other types include Poison, Flying, Water, Electric, and Fighting.
Recommended Movesets And Builds
To help you pick out the right move sets, Natures, Abilities, and Tera Types, here are a few recommended builds:
Ability: Thermal Exchange
Item: Heavy-Duty Boots
Nature: Jolly (+Speed, -Special Attack)
Tera Type: Dragon
Tera Blast (Situational)
EVs And IVs
Baxcalibur recommended stats for Build 1.
his offensive Baxcalibur build prioritizes Speed and Attack stats with maxed-out EVs and IVs. It’s effective against Choice Scarf Gholdengo due to its high Speed. Baxcalibur is a Dragon Tera Type, which complements moves like Dragon Dance and isn’t affected by status moves like Will-O’-Wisp or Flamethrower.
Recommended item: Heavy-Duty Boots for Stealth Rock, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web immunity.
Dragon Dance – Boosts Speed and Attack stats.
Glaive Rush – Powerful, but makes the next move against you hit harder and never miss. Works well with Dragon Dance’s stat boosts.
To counter Steel types, consider changing Tera Type to Fire. This move might replace Earthquake, and Tera Blast will convert to a Fire-type move with potential physical or special damage.
Ability: Thermal Exchange
Item: Never-Melt Ice
Nature: Jolly (+Speed, -Special Attack)
Tera Type: Ice
EVs And IVs
Baxcalibur recommended stats for Build 2.
This offensive Baxcalibur build prioritizes Attack and Speed with maxed-out EVs and max IVs for all stats. It utilizes the Tera Type Ice for strong STAB moves like Icicle Crash and Ice Shard.
Recommended item: Never-Melt Ice, which boosts Ice-type attack power by 20% when paired with Tera Type STAB, making your Ice moves highly damaging.
Icicle Crash – Powerful STAB move that can break through opponent defenses with the Tera Type Ice.
Ice Shard – High-priority move, useful against faster opponents like Dragapult and as a counter to priority moves like Breloom’s Mach Punch.
Best Baxcalibur Pokemon Team
Wash Rotom – First line of defense.
Baxcalibur – Main offense.
Hippowdon – Tank.
Baxcalibur has great Attack and HP stats and hence, you’re better off using it as your main attacker. You won’t get much output by building defense upon Baxcalibur. Instead, for defense, you should opt for Wash Rotom and Hippowdon.
Wash Rotom is a strong Electric/Water Pokemon with balanced stats. It features high base Defense, Special Attack, and Special Defense, making it an ideal defensive solution. Additionally, the Electric/Water typing makes it a good counter against Rock-type Pokemon.
Then, you should pair it with a Hippowdon as your main tank/defensive Pokemon. Hippowdon is a pure Ground-type Pokemon with both high base Attack and base Defense. Hence, it makes for both a tank and utility Pokemon. However, it has an extremely slow Speed, which makes it worse on the offensive side. Additionally, its Ground typing makes it the best for Steel-type Pokemon.
Best Counter Pokemon For Baxcalibur
Baxcalibur can be easily countered by Steel and Fairy-type Pokemon. Here are a few Pokemon that will help you counter an enemy Baxcalibur with ease:
Magnezone – A good choice as it will withstand Baxcalibur’s extreme STAB combos. Moreover, it can take down Baxcalibur with ease via its Flash Cannon and Steel typing.
Tinkaton – One of the best counters due to its dual Fairy/Steel typing. It can KO Baxcalibur with its Gigaton or Play Rough. It can even stand through Baxcaliur’s heavy STAB moves.
Azumarill – A good choice due to the typing as well as the Play Rough moves that deals tons of damage while lowering Baxcalibur’s offense.
Baxcalibur in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet certainly has a lot of potential in battle. It has impressive base Attack and HP stats that only complement its Jolly and Adamant natures. And its Ability gives it an advantage over Fire-type moves.
If you want to play this Pokemon competitively, then you should pair it with Wash Rotom and Hpppowdon. You should build Tera Types Fire, Ice, or Dragon on Baxcalibur and use Loaded Dice, Heavy-Duty Boots, or Never-Melt Ice.
Now that you know all about Baxcalibur, you should apply your newfound knowledge in competitive battles. Game on!
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