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You're Running Out Of Time To Catch One Of Pokémon's Best

"Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" both offer players a wide variety of Pokémon to catch in the wild. However, one of them will soon be gone so it's best you hurry.

If you've been playing "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" since the beginning, you might've noticed that the games have been featuring a raid event called "Charizard the Unrivaled." In this special 7-star raid, players have the opportunity at catching a special level 100 Charizard to add to their collection of Pokémon. Because it's a 7-star raid — the hardest raid level in the game — this is considered to be endgame content and should only be attempted with high-level Pokémon — which shouldn't be a problem with the right EXP hack.


However, the raid won't be there forever. Since the launch of both "Scarlet" and "Violet," the "Charizard the Unrivaled" raid has been in and out of circulation. On December 16, "Charizard the Unrivaled" will return. However, if you wish to get this level 100 Pokémon, you will have to complete the event before December 18, at which point the limited-time raid will once again be pulled from circulation (per Kotaku). No one knows when it will be back again — if it ever is. So if capturing a level 100 Charizard with endgame stats is on your to-do list, it's best you knock the raid out at your earliest convenience.

How to earn Charizard in the limited-time raid

Being a 7-star raid, "Charizard the Unrivaled" will not be an easy raid to complete. However, there are certain Pokémon that seem to be adept at handling this kind of high-stakes event. Timothy Monbleau of Destructoid recommends using Azumarill for this event. Due to Azumarill being a Water/Fairy type, it will have a natural immunity to Charizard's powerful fire-based attacks. Writing for Den of Geek, Matthew Byrd also suggests using Azumarill for "Charizard the Unrivaled," saying that the Pokémon is "practically built to counter Charizard, and its Play Rough and Belly Dance abilities are both especially useful in this battle."


According to one "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" player named Su_Impact on Reddit, it's recommended that you begin the raid by using Belly Drum before using a Sitrus Berry to heal. After that, use Play Rough. At this point in the battle, your Azumarill will likely perish. However, by this point, Charizard should be out 60% of his HP. Respawn Azumarill, spam Play Rough, and victory should be all but imminent. Obviously, this won't work every time. However, as noted by Su_Impact, a lot of Charizard's high-damage moves often miss the target. So, historically speaking, the odds are in your favor.