How to get Charmander in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The Pokémon Charmander stood in front of a blurry background.

Wondering how to get Charmander in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? The Kanto starter is one of the most recognisable Pokémon in the entire series, so we can understand why you'd want to add it to your team. Fortunately, recent leaks suggest Charmander will appear in the new games. But there's some confusion as to how you catch Charmander.

In this Pokémon Scarlet and Violet guide, we'll give you some pointers on catching yourself a Charmander. Note that it isn't quite as straightforward as you'd hope. We'll also list the evolution levels for Charmander in the game, so you can work towards raising a powerful Charizard.

Elsewhere, check out the full Scarlet and Violet Pokédex list based on all the information about the games so far. We've also got details on how to pre order Scarlet and Violet to ensure you can play on launch day!

How to get Charmander in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

As of right now, the process of adding Charmander to your Pokédex is a complicated one.

The Fire-type Pokémon doesn't naturally lurk in the Paldean wild. What you can do, though, before Pokemon Bank support is added, is breed a Charizard to get a Charmander egg.

Gigantamax Charizard in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
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Charizard was the first Black Crystal Tera raid opponent. Meaning, if you were able to beat the raid, either solo or with co-op partners, you'd get the chance to catch a Charizard as your reward.

With the Charizard in hand, you can use the new breeding mechanic to net yourself a fresh Charmander.

Because the Charizard raid battle was only available for a limited time, you can't get a Charmander this way right now. What you can do, though, is look for a player who did and get them to hatch you a Charmander. There's likely a lot on the GTS now.

What level does Charmander evolve in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Unless it's changed for some reason in the latest games, expect your Charmander to evolve into Charmeleon at level 16 and again into Charizard at level 36.

For even more on the latest Pokémon games, read all about how to catch and evolve Gimmighoul, as well as details on the expected Scarlet and Violet day one patch.

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