How to Catch the Legendary Pokémon Chien-Pao in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

This guide will tell you everything you need to know to catch the new Legendary Pokémon Chien-Pao in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This new sabre-tooth-inspired Pokémon is part of the Treasures of Ruin, a new Legendary quartet, and this guide will tell you exactly where to find Chien-Pao, how to unlock the encounter and some tips on how to beat it.

How to Catch the Legendary Pokémon Chien-Pao in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have both added a ton of new Pokémon to the fabled Pokédex. There are over 80 new Pokémon to collect, trade and battle. This includes a brand new set of Legendary Pokémon called the Treasures of Ruin.

This quartet of Legendary Pokémon are hiding in each corner of Paldea, awaiting the day that a trainer unshackles them from their chains. If you want to learn how to catch the other 3 Treasures of Ruin, you can find our guides on Ting-Lu, Wo-Chien and Chi-Yu here on KeenGamer.

Chien-Pao is a speedy Legendary based on a sabre-tooth tiger, with swords in place of teeth. You can find Chien-Pao dwelling in the Western portion of Paldea, biding its time until it is finally unleashed back into the world. To do that, though, you’ll need to do a bit of work first.

Here’s how to find and catch the Legendary Pokémon Chien-Pao in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Where to Find Chien-Pao

Chien-Pao can be found on the Western side of Paldea. Specifically, you can find it on the very edge of West Province (Area One), where it looks out on the West Paldean Sea. This location is full of grass-tipped cliffs and ravenous mountainsides, one of which hides the Legendary Pokémon we’re looking for.

High up in the cliffs of Western Paldea, there are a few outcroppings of rock and areas where players can walk about. Several species of Pokémon flourish here, and you can forage for a lot of useful items. On one of these areas, you will find a slight depression on a rocky ledge, where a large orange seal awaits.


The Legendary Pokémon Chien-Pao is slumbering behind this seal. However, no matter what you do, it cannot be interacted with and Chien-Pao cannot be released. To do that, you’ll first need to find a series of unique items around Paldea.

How to Unlock the Seal

To unlock each of the seals housing the Treasures of Ruin, players need to seek out 8 Black Stakes. There are 8 Stakes for each Legendary, all differentiated by a different coloured glow.

For Chien-Pao, the Black Stake glow a vibrant orange which matches the seal it is currently locked behind. When you find these Stakes, you need to interact with them and cause them to ‘crumble away’, weakening the seal with each one you destroy. 

Stake 1

The first Stake can be found close to where the seal is located. Behind the seal is the head of one of the largest rivers in Paldea, which runs down to Mesagoza and beyond. Follow this path down and you will eventually find a wooden bridge situated between various windmills.

Nearby are a few cliffs and outcroppings which can be explored using Koraidon or Miraidon. Sitting peacefully atop one of these cliffs is the first Back Stake required for Chien-Pao.

Stake 2

The second Stake can be found South of the West Province (Area One) Pokémon Centre. Like before, you will pass a series of windmills and rolling green hills before coming to a steep valley. Numerous types of Pokémon play at the bottom and there are some useful TMs and items scattered around the rocky ledges. 

Climb the walls, exploring each ledge as you do so. On top of one of these outcrops of rock will be the next Stake, standing proud. 

Stake 3

The third Stake requires a bit of hunting to find. It is located inside a hidden cave by the West Paldean Sea. The easiest way to get here is to, once again, head South on the main path from the West Province (Area One) Pokémon Centre. Once you reach the point where you are out looking a series of tiered cliffs leading to the West Paldean Sea, hop on Koraidon or Miraidon and ride down to the final grassy tier. 

Afterwards, survey the area to find the mouth of a large, expansive cave. In the middle of this cave, you can make out the orange glow of the third Black Stake. Pick it up and you can continue your adventure.

Stake 4

The fourth Stake can be found on a cliffside outlooking the vast array of windmills and steep paths that wind around the West Provinces. There are a few ways to get here, but the easiest is to head to the Leaning Tower of Paldea. This is a collapsed Watchtower that has fallen into disrepair and can be used as a fast-travel point.

Once here, simply round the corner and climb up the walls of the mountain. Eventually, you will find that the ground levels out, revealing the fourth Stake resting undisturbed nearby. 

Stake 5

The fifth Stake can be found within the confines of a city. Head to Cascarrafa, the town housing the Water Type Gym and its Gym Leader, Kofu. 

Right behind the Pokémon Gym is a waterfall surrounded by a series of trees and foliage. Behind one of these trees is the fifth of Chien-Pao’s Black Stakes.

Stake 6

Stake number six requires a bit more climbing and gliding. You will find it on a thin ledge to the South of Paldea, overlooking a fierce waterfall that originates near Alfornada. This town houses the Psychic Gym and is where you should travel to easily get the Stake.

After you make it travel up the nearby slopes and rocky valleys until you reach the start of the waterfall (there is a Tera Den close by on the map). Follow the water downstream until, eventually, you will see a familiar orange glow atop one of the cliffs. Climb on up and claim your prize. 

Stake 7

The seventh Stake can be located near a set of ruins in West Province (Area One). The closest way point is right next to that set of ruins in the West Province (Area One) Watchtower. 

After you travel here, head away from the ruins and towards the hills to the South. Climb up one or two sheer cliffsides and the seventh Stake will be ripe for picking. 

Stake 8

The final Stake is tucked away in a secluded part of the map. From Stake seven head East towards the Great Crater of Paldea. You’ll pass over a lot of mountains, cliffs and hillsides – if you need a bit more guidance, follow the nearby river that leads to Mesagoza. 

Eventually, the path by the river will open up into a more expansive field, flanked by high walls. Hiding away in a tight corner of this field is the last Black Stake for Chien-Pao. 

Chien-Pao, the Ruinous Pokémon

Once all 8 Black Stakes have been destroyed, a shrill cry will sound out over Paldea. Now, you can return to the orange seal. 

With it free of chains, save your game and interact with it to begin the fight. This will be against one of the Treasures of Ruin in Pokémon Scarlet and VioletChien-Pao, the Ruinous Pokémon.



Chien-Pao is a level 60 Ice/Dark Type Pokémon. This means that Chien-Pao is:

  • Immune to: Psychic
  • Resistant to: Ghost, Ice, Dark
  • Vulnerable to: Fighting, Rock, Bug, Steel, Fire, Fairy

Chien-Pao shares its signature move with the other Treasures of Ruin: Ruination. This move is similar to the Norma Type move Super Fang. Any opposing Pokémon hit by the move will have its HP reduced by 50%. While not too demanding, Ruination becomes a problem when paired with Chien-Pao’s other moves and abilities, which can follow up that 50% health reduction for a quick KO. 

Among the Treasures of Ruin, Chien-Pao is the most similar to a glass-cannon Pokémon. With a high Physical Attack (120 Base) and High Speed (135 Base), Chien-Pao hits hard and fast. This means that it will, likely, be able to quickly follow up on Ruination with a variety of other moves like Icicle Crash or Sacred Sword that can take you out before you can act yourself. One way to get around this is to take advantage of Chien-Pao’s low Fighting-type resistance – Fighting-type moves will hit it for 4x Super Effectiveness – and use strong Physical moves to prey on its low Defences. 

Keep its weaknesses in mind, play around Ruination and Chien-Pao will join your Treasures of Ruin. 

The Ruinous Pokémon

The Ruinous Pokémon

That is how to catch the Legendary Pokémon Chien-Pao in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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