Is Ceruledge Good? – New Scarlet and Violet Pokemon

Ceruledge Pokemon Violet Exclusive

One of the Pokemon Violet exclusive Pokemon, Ceruledge is the Fire/Ghost type counterpart to the Fire/Psychic type Armarouge in Scarlet. While I personally prefer the design of Ceruledge, as someone who prefers to purchase both versions of each Generation’s mainline games, both of these Pokemon will eventually appear on my teams in their respective versions. Apparently, Ceruledge has lots of other fans, as suggested Google searches for “Ceruledge plush” will affirm.

As a Fire/Ghost type, Ceruledge shares the typing of one of the most popular competitive Pokemon of all time in Chandelure. It’s then fair to note that Chandelure was rumored to be among the Pokemon absent from Scarlet and Violet. The only other Fire/Ghost type Pokemon up to Generation 9 are both regional forms: Hisuian Typhlosion and Alolan Marowak. The former is a possible competitive sleeper for Generation 9, and the latter is a known low-tier quantity in the competitive scene already. (Yes, Alolan Marowak saw VGC play in Series 13 for Sword and Shield!)

According to the official Pokemon website, this Fire Blades Pokemon is willing to do anything to win. Unlike its special attacking counterpart in Scarlet, this lore suggests that Ceruledge is primarily a physical attacker. The lore reads:

“Ceruledge prefers close-quarters combat and isn’t above using tactics such as sneak attacks and surprise attacks to win a battle. It uses its quick movements to capitalize on its opponent’s blind spots, then closes the distance to slash its opponent with its large blades.” – The Pokemon Company

From this lore alone we can speculate quite a few things. We can assume that Ghost-type moves such as Shadow Sneak and Phantom Force will be available in Ceruledge’s move-pool. Also, we know that this physical Attack minded Pokemon is also one with a substantial Speed stat advantage over many of its foes.

Like its Scarlet counterpart, its pre-evolution Charcadet dons an old set of armor to become Ceruledge, although the armor’s origin in this case is not strictly codified by the lore. You acquire this Armor in a similar way to the Armor you acquire for Armarouge in Scarlet.According to the official Pokemon Company lore, It’s only said that the armor is “steeped in grudges” and that these blades made of fire transform into great swords said to absorb life energy. Also, “these great swords leave wounds from which life energy will flow.”

The sheer power level that the lore suggests for Ceruledge put it on the level of a Legendary Pokemon that’s only encountered once per save file, but the Pokemon it evolves from is simply hard to find and not actually unique. The evolution item, Malicious Armor, however, is not once per game. You can acquire a set as many times as you can give this lady in Zapapico ten Sinistea Chips. It’s also possible to discover Ceruledge in five-star Tera Raids, which are available to you when you complete the main story of the game (post-credits).

Also like its Scarlet counterpart, Ceruledge has a signature move. This special move is a Fire-type physical Attack move called Bitter Blade. The lore suggests that the move “gathers the lingering regrets of the fallen into Ceruledge’s swords, allowing it to focus that bitterness into a slashing attack.” Then, “the swords then absorb life energy from wounds they made, and the user’s HP is restored by up to half the damage taken by the target.” That may be the most devastating Fire-type attack ever conceived by Game Freak.

For its ability, Ceruledge is given Flash Fire, which is on point for this pocket monster’s design as it allows the Pokemon to absorb a Fire-type move and power up its own Fire-type moves by 50 percent. It actually shares this ability with its Scarlet counterpart Armarouge. Considering the literal firepower that both Pokemon exemplify, its the perfect ability for them each to have.

Ceruledge also has a Hidden Ability, which can be found on the ones you find in Tera Raids, or with the use of an Ability Patch – a very difficult to obtain item typically only given as a higher level Tera Raid reward. This Hidden Ability is Weak Armor, which means when Ceruledge is hit by a physical attack, its defense lowers but its speed raises. This is a pretty good ability, as Ceruledge has decent enough defensive stats to tank many hits.

Speaking of base stats, Ceruledge has a solid above-average base stat total of 525. It has 75 base HP, which isn’t great, but a solid 80 physical Defense and 100 Special Defense. It has 125 Attack, well above average, but only 60 Special Attack. While 85 speed isn’t fast, it’s also not incredibly slow. This likely means you’ll want a Speed boosting nature, likely Jolly, which decreases Special Attack by 10 percent to boost Speed by 10 percent – a well worthy trade-off for Ceruledge.

While it’s hard to say that Ceruledge will be on the same power level as a competitive stalwart such as the Fire/Ghost type Chandelure, it could certainly be a competitive Pokemon. Although Ceruledge is most certainly not a Legendary Pokemon, it’s still very powerful. Soon, we’ll return to examine the true merits of Ceruledge as a competitive force.

More to come…

Photo Credit: The Pokemon Company

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Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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