A common feature in Pokemon games is a character that requires a special item to evolve. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, it’s Charcadet that can’t evolve into Armarouge or Ceruledge unless it gets some “armor.” This involves a bit of item gathering, trading with an NPC in a specific city, and even trading if you want to get both evolved forms.
How to Find Charcadet in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
I’ve found Charcadet in two places rather early on in Pokemon Scarlet. One is just past the west side of Cortondo, where you take the bug-type gym challenge. As you head up toward West Province (Area One), it can show up as a rare spawn. I also saw them occasionally around South Province (Area Three). Again, it could be rare.
However, the most reliable source of sightings for me has been Tera Raids. If you check regularly, it can show up as a one-star or three-star raid. You might not get the Tera type you’d like, but it is a good way to catch one fast.
How to Evolve a Charcadet into Armarouge or Ceruledge in Pokemon Scarlet or Violet.
Here’s where paths diverge depending on which game you’re playing. If you have Pokemon Scarlet, you will be able to get the Auspicious Armor to evolve Charcadet into Armarouge. Pokemon Violet players can get Malicious Armor to evolve Charcadet into Ceruledge.
In both situations, you’ll find a person in Zapapico asking to trade certain material drops from specific Pokemon. In Scarlet, you need 10 Bronzor Fragments. In Violet, you need Sinistea Chips. Both Bronzor and Sinistea are Pokemon that tend to appear around ruins in their respective games.
Once you make the trade, which you can do multiple times, the armor you acquired will be found in the section of your bag that features an icon that looks like a piece of candy and is labeled “Other Items.” Choose to use it on your Charcadet. It will then immediately evolve, regardless of its level.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available for the Nintendo Switch.