The 9th Generation of Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has added a bunch of new creatures for trainers to battle, catch and collect. This includes a new group of Legendary Pokémon similar to the Swords of Justice known as the Treasures of Ruin.
One of these Legendary Pokémon is Wo-Chien, a strange new Pokémon born from malice. You can find it in the Southern parts of Paldea, near where you begin your journey, but you can’t just waltz up and challenge it right off the bat. You need to do a bit of work, first.
Here’s how to catch the Legendary Pokémon Wo-Chien in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
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Where to Find Wo-Chien
Wo-Chien can be found in Southern Paldea, nearby where you begin your journey. You’ll specifically find it in South Province (Area One) to the South-East of the Province.
The easiest way to get to the location is to travel to the nearby town of Los Platos. From there, turn around and head back towards the marshy area to the South-East which can easily be accessed using the rolling hills and wide patches of grass.
Eventually, you will come across a massive purple seal on a cliffside wall being held by 4 massive chains. This is where you will eventually fight Wo-Chien… eventually. At this point, no matter what you do, the seal will not unlock until you have found 8 specific items around Southern Paldea.
How to Unlock the Seal
You’re looking for 8 Black Stakes. There are 8 Black Stakes for each of the 4 Treasures of Ruins, each accented by a different colour.
For Wo-Chien in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you will be looking for Black Stakes that are glowing the same purple colour as the seal. You need to break all 8 Stakes to free Wo-Chien and battle this Legendary Pokémon.
The first Stake can be found on top of a large hill nearby the bridge connecting South Province (Area One) and the East Gate to Mesagoza. On the map, this hill looks like a massive spiral and can be climbed using your ridable Miraidon and Koraidon. The easiest way to get there is to simply run from the Mesagoza (South) Pokémon Centre.
Reach the very top of this structure and the first Stake will be waiting. Simply interact with it and it will ‘crumble’, bringing you one step closer to your fight with Wo-Chien.
On Stake 2
The second Stake is right next to the seal holding Wo-Chien. Above the seal is a cliff that you can access by climbing it using Koraidon or Miraidon.
On top of this cliff is the next Stake. A nice and easy pickup.
The third Stake is in the plains between the Mesagoza (South) Pokémon Centre and Los Platos. To the Eastern half of the field between the two is a series of hills and valleys built into the nearby rock. You can use your ridable Legendary to hop over the gaps and holes to easily reach the Stake.
Watch the third Stake crumble and you’ll be on your way to Wo-Chien.
The fourth Stake is another Stake atop a mountain. This time, the hill is located South of Los Platos: you can quickly tell which mountain it is on the map by finding where the nearby river originates.
Climb up this mountainside using your Legendary and right next to the start of the mouth of the river will be the next Stake.
Stake 5 is located next to the massive water gate separating South Province (Area Three) and South Province (Area One). To easily get here, simply travel to the Mesagoza (East) Gate, turn around and you should be able to see the briefest glimpse of purple on a nearby cliff.
If you have the flying powerup for Koraidon or Miraidon, simply hop up and glide on over. Afterwards, the Stake will be easy to pick up.
The next three Stakes are all found in the rocky confines of South Province Areas Three and Five. The first Stake is very easy to find as it is right next to a Tera Den that always stays on the map.
Said Den is between the South Province (Area Three) Pokémon Centre and the Mesagoza (East) Gate on a large outcropping of rock. You can either time your jumps with your ridable Legendary from the nearby cliffs or simply climb the one you need to get the Stake.
The seventh Stake is located on the border between the arid wastes of South Province (Area Three) and East Province (Area One). You’ll need to ask Koraidon or Miraidon to give you a hand with climbing to reach this Stake, which rests on the top of one of the many peaks surrounding the location.
The part of the map you need to go to is denoted on the map by a circular curl that stretches into the Northern grasslands. Get here, climb the rocks and the Stake is yours.
The final Stake is very easy to find. Head to the Artazon (West) Pokémon Centre and look up. At the right angle, you should be able to see the purple glow of the Stake on top of a nearby cliff.
Hop on your Legendary, waltz on over to the wall and climb it to claim your final Stake.
Wo-Chien, the Ruinous Pokémon
With all 8 Stakes taken care of, you’ll receive a message alongside an ominous Pokémon cry. Now, you can return to the locked seal and you will find it missing its chains.
Save your game and interact with the seal. Now, you can finally battle one of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Treasures of Ruin: the Ruinous Pokémon Wo-Chien.
Wo-Chien is level 60 with a Grass/Dark typing (with that Dark typing being shared by all the other Treasures of Ruin). This means that Wo-Chien is:
- Immune to: Psychic
- Resistant to: Ground, Ghost, Water, Grass, Electric, Dark
- Vulnerable to: Fighting, Flying, Poison, Bug (4x), Fire, Ice, Fairy
Wo-Chien’s signature move is called Ruination, also shared by the other Treasures. When cast it works similarly to the move Super Fang, cutting the opponents’ HP in half. While this likely won’t be what takes you out, Wo-Chien can quickly follow up with either Power Whip or Foul Play to take weaker Pokémon out quickly.
Aside from its signature move, Wo-Chien boasts relatively even stats aside from an especially high Special Defence stat of 135. As such, battling it with Physical Pokémon that can take advantage of its many, many weaknesses may be best. If you want to reliably take it down, Bug-type moves are 4x effective against Wo-Chien due to its shared Bug and Dark typing. Even weak Bug-type moves like U-Turn will pack a serious punch.
That is how to catch the Legendary Pokémon Wo-Chien in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.