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How To Get Iron Hands In Pokémon Violet

There have been some absolutely bizarre Pokémon introduced over the years, whether it's the alien-looking Ultra Beasts from Gen 7, the mixed-up fossil creatures from Gen 8, or even the man-made clone Mewtwo all the way back in Gen 1. However, few of the series' collectible creatures thus far are stranger than the Paradox Pokémon in "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Pokémon Violet." Creatures from both the ancient past and distant future of the Pokémon world, each of these elusive species appear to be related to certain 'Mons from the modern day, such as the Gallade-resembling Iron Valiant.

One of the more interesting Paradox Pokémon is Iron Hands, a robotic-looking monster that bears a striking resemblance to Hariyama from Gen 3. Not only does Iron Hands offer a fascinating new take on a classic creature, but it's also the franchise's very first Electric/Fighting-type Pokémon. As such, many players of the Gen 9 games are no doubt looking for how to get their hands on one. While "Pokémon Scarlet" players must find another player with an Iron Hands who's willing to trade it, those who have "Pokémon Violet" have a shot at actually catching this beast in the wild.

Iron Hands roams Area Zero

"Pokémon Violet" players that want to catch Iron Hands will have to spend a decent amount of time playing, as wild encounters with this Paradox Pokémon are locked to the postgame. To get Iron Hands, trainers must complete all three of the main campaigns — Victory Road, Path of Legends, and Starfall Street. After finishing these campaigns, one final campaign will unlock. Titled The Way Home, this finale sees players exploring Area Zero, the massive crater that looms in the center of Paldea. After progressing through this campaign, defeating the final boss, and rolling the game credits, the postgame will begin.

Upon entering postgame, players can return to Area Zero at will, and some of the Paradox Pokémon that they fought as bosses during the final campaign will now spawn throughout the location. Iron Hands can be found throughout the crater. Level-wise, wild Iron Hands are usually in the mid-50s, so it's important to bring an equally strong team member. Have a handful of the Ultra Balls at the ready along with a method to inflict a status condition (other than paralysis), and it shouldn't be too tough of a catch.

Once Iron Hands is caught, that's all there is to it. Notably, this Pokémon cannot breed offspring, but additional Iron Hands can be encountered throughout Area Zero with no limit. Players can even attempt to shiny hunt for the futuristic Pokémon, provided they have the time and patience.