How to get Basculin & Basculegion in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Evolution method explained

Sam Smith

Paldea allows for several Hisuian Pokemon to be transferred, and even a select few can be caught in the wild. So if you’re after one, learn how to find Basculin and Basculegion in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet with our guide.

Basculin returns in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, and although its evolved form, Basculegion, cannot be directly caught anywhere in Paldea, it is possible to obtain it.

Basculin is a Water-type Pokemon, while Basculegion is a Water/Ghost-type. Both resemble real-life piranhas with Basculegion also looking like a freshwater pike.

While Basculin made its debut in Gen 5 of the franchise, Basculegion didn’t arrive until Pokemon Legends Arceus. Below, we’ll cover where you can find Basculin in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet and how to get Basculegion in the game.

Basculegion is the evolved form of Basculin.

Where to find Basculin in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Basculin has three different forms, all of which are available in Scarlet & Violet. The red and blue-striped ones can be commonly found swimming in the river located in West Province (Area One) in Paldea.

White-striped Basculin only appear in the lake southwest of Timeless Woods in Kitakami. However, obtaining its evolved form is much more complicated.

pokemon scarlet violet white stripe basculin

How to evolve Basculin into Basculegion in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Pokemon Home & evolution

Basculegion cannot be caught in the wild in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, as the Pokemon is native to the Hisui (ancient Sinnoh) region of the Pokemon universe.

pokemon scarlet violet basculegion location

However, there are two ways to obtain a Basculegion in Scarlet & Violet. The first one is to transfer it from Pokemon Home. For this, you’ll need to catch it in Pokemon Legends Arceus or evolve a Hisuian Basculin and then make the transfer.

The other way is to get a White-striped Basculin in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s Kitakami region and do the same evolving process as in Legends: Arceus. Here, Basculin must first take 294 damage or more in recoil damage without fainting during battle.

After that, you’ll have to level up your Basculin once (by natural means or with candies) to get Basculegion.

Keep in mind that Basculin learns three different moves that cause recoil: Take Down, Wave Crash and Double-Edge. You can spam any of them during battle until you reach the 294 damage by recoil goal in order to evolve it. If you evolve a female Basculin, your Basculegion will be white, and if it’s male the evolved Pokemon will be red.

So there you have it, how to find Basculin and get Basculegion in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Those looking to find out more about the game can check out our other guides below:

All new Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet | Starter Pokemon details | Scarlet & Violet Pokedex | What is Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s region? | Everything we know about Scarlet & Violet so far | What is Terastallizing? | All Paldean forms | All new characters

About The Author

Sam is a Senior Games Writer for Dexerto specializing in Survival Horror, Diablo, Final Fantasy, and Soulslikes. An NCTJ accredited journalist, Sam also holds a degree in journalism from the University of Central Lancashire and has many years of experience as a professional writer. Being able to marry his love of writing with his addiction to video games was always one of his life goals. He also loves all things PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo in equal measure. Contact at