Larvitar (#0246) | Stats, Evolutions, Moveset, Locations, Battle Strategies

larvitar
Jul 12, 2024 Reading time : 14 min

Larvitar is a dino-like Pokémon belonging to the rock and ground type category. It features a rather intimidating look with a scowl permanently featured on its head. Being an offspring of a rather aggressive Pokémon, it is certain to break milestones in childhood itself.

Larvesta, a fiery larva-like Pokémon, is often mistaken for Larvitar due to their similar appearances. Coming from a rock-ground background, it is rather immune to electric attacks while providing strength against fire, poison, and flying types. However, it’s just as weak towards water, grass, and fighting types.

Intrigued to learn more about this rocky beast? 

Follow through the end as we delve into the origin, evolution, and strengths of this Pokemon.

About Larvitar

Larvitar
National Pokedex No.#0246
TypeRockGround
SpeciesRock Skin Pokemon
Height0.6m (2’00”)
Weight72.0 kg (158.7 lbs)
AbilitiesGuts
Sand Veil (Hidden Ability)
Other NamesEnglish: Larvitar
Japanese: ヨーギラス (Yogiras)
French: Embrylex
Korean: 애버라스 (aebeoraseu)

Larvitar appeared first in Generation II, in its egg form. There onwards, it continues to make certain visiting till the last generation. Here is a quick table of its Pokedex number in different generations, categorized as per their region and series.

GenerationRegionSeriesPokedex No.
Gen IIJohtoGold/Silver/Crystal#244
Gen IIIHoennRuby/Sapphire/Emerald#381
Gen IVJohtoHeartGold/SoulSilver#249
Gen VUnovaBlack 2/White 2#292
Gen VIMountain KalosX/Y#102
Gen VIIAlolaUltra Sun/Ultra Moon#247
Gen VIIAkalaUltra Sun/Ultra Moon#148
Gen VIIIGalarSword/Shield#383
Gen VIIICrown TundraSword/Shield#139
Gen IXPaldeaScarlet/Violet#316
It has no index in the Kanto, Sinnoh, Isle of Armor, and, Hisui regions.

Origins and Lore

Larvitar seems to have traits in common with both Kaiju and Dinosaurs. Its fondness for gobbling up fences, mountains, and pretty much anything else could also bring its roots in the Tarasque tale. Thus, it is assumed that the name may be derived from two words: larva and Tarasque.

Every series, from Gen II, witnesses this Poke monster’s new story and background. The multitude of stories related to its origin can be found in the Pokedex entries of several regions.

Pokedex Entries
Generation II
GoldIt feeds on soil. After it has eaten a large mountain, it will fall asleep so it can grow.
SilverIt is born deep underground. It can’t emerge until it has entirely consumed the soil around it.
CrystalBorn deep underground, this POKéMON becomes a pupa after eating enough dirt to make a mountain.
Generation III
FireRedIt is born deep underground. It can’t emerge until it has entirely consumed the soil around it.
LeafGreenIt feeds on soil. After it has eaten a large mountain, it will fall asleep so it can grow.
EmeraldA LARVITAR is born deep under the ground. It must eat its way through the soil above and reach the surface for it to see its parents’ faces.
RubyLARVITAR is born deep under the ground. To come up to the surface, this POKéMON must eat its way through the soil above. Until it does so, LARVITAR cannot see its parent’s face.
Sapphire
Generation IV
DiamondA Pokémon that eats soil. Once it has eaten a large mountain, it goes to sleep so it can grow.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGoldIt feeds on soil. After it has eaten a large mountain, it falls asleep so it can grow.
SoulSilverIt is born deep underground. It can’t emerge until it has entirely consumed the soil around it.
Generation V
BlackA Pokémon that eats soil. Once it has eaten a large mountain, it goes to sleep so it can grow.
White
Black 2Born deep underground, it comes aboveground and becomes a pupa once it has finished eating the surrounding soil.
White 2
Generation VI
XIt feeds on soil. After it has eaten a large mountain, it falls asleep so it can grow.
YBorn deep underground, it comes aboveground and becomes a pupa once it has finished eating the surrounding soil.
Omega RubyA Pokémon that eats soil. Once it has eaten a large mountain, it goes to sleep so it can grow.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII
Ultra SunBorn underground, it eats its way through dirt to the surface, where its parents are. It doesn’t deal well with the bright light it finds there.
Ultra MoonRaised on nutrients it finds in the dirt, it eats roughly a mountain’s worth of dirt before it becomes a pupa.
Generation VIII
SwordBorn deep underground, it comes aboveground and becomes a pupa once it has finished eating the surrounding soil.
ShieldIt feeds on soil. After it has eaten a large mountain, it will fall asleep so it can grow.
Brilliant DiamondThis Pokémon eats soil. Once it has eaten a large mountain, it goes to sleep so it can grow.
Shining Pearl
Generation IX
ScarletBorn deep underground, this Pokémon becomes a pupa after eating enough dirt to make a mountain.
VioletIt is born deep underground. It can’t emerge until it has entirely consumed the soil around it.

Biology and Behavior

Having a small structure and rocky skin, Larvitar is a green reptile Pokémon. Its features include a short, rounded snout with a protruding spike on top of its head. Moreover, it sports triangular, black markings on the upper corners and bottom of its red eyes. 

Its belly resembles a diamond with multiple tiny holes in the form of diamonds across the body, all covered in red scales. Each of its feet has a single toenail, while its small arms are devoid of digits. Lastly, it has a tail that resembles a tunnel-boring machine, with a conical center encircled by a ring of plate-like scales.

Details for Starters
Catch Rate45 (5.9% using PokeBall on full HP)
Growth RateSlow
Base Exp. Points67 (Gen 2-4), 60 (Gen 5-9)
Total Exp. Points1,250,000
Base Friendship (Happiness)Gen 2: 70, Gen 3-9: 35 (Low)
EV Yield1
EV Yield Distribution
HPAttackDefenseSp. AttackSp. DefenseSpeed
010000

Base Stats

In every generation, Larvitar has equal base stats with a total of 300 values. However, these stats can be greatly impacted by nature and held items of the caught Larvitar.

Notes

In Pokemon Radical Red, you can earn several ‘Wings’ by winning a Dynamax battle. These wings can be used to raise a Pokemon’s stats.

Larvitar stats

There’s an approximate range of stat values that is usually present at a certain level. However, depending on your version, the stats may decrease when your Pokemon faints.

Range
StatsAt Level 50At Level 100
MinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
HP110157210304
Attack62127119249
Defense4911294218
Sp. Attack4510685207
Sp. Defense4911294218
Speed4110278199
Min. stats are calculated as per a Larvitar with 0 EVs, 0 IVs, and a hindering nature.

Max. stats are calculated as per a Larvitar with 252 EVs, 31 IVs, and a beneficial nature.

Evolutionary Line

Larvitar evolves into Pupitar, a hard shell Pokemon, at Level 30. Later, Pupitar evolves into Tyranitar, an armor Pokemon, at Level 55. Players can level up their Pokemon battling trainers and wild Pokemon, or in hasty circumstances, by using rare candies. 

However, if the Pokemon is holding an everstone, it will not evolve even after reaching the level. For that, take away the stone and level it up once again.

Pupitar
Pupitar
National Pokedex No.#0247
TypeRockGround
SpeciesHard Shell Pokemon
Height1.2 m (3′11″)
Weight152.0 kg (335.1 lbs)
AbilitiesShed Skin
EV Yield2 Attack
Catch Rate45 (5.9% using PokeBall on full HP)
Base Exp. Points144
Pupitar stats
Tyranitar
Tyranitar
National Pokedex No.#0248
TypeRockGround
SpeciesArmor Pokemon
Height2.0 m (6′07″)
Weight202.0 kg (445.3 lbs)
AbilitiesSand StreamUnnerve (Hidden Ability)
EV Yield3 Attack
Catch Rate45 (5.9% using PokeBall on full HP)
Base Exp. Points300
Tyranitar stats
Mega Tyranitar
Mega Tyranitar
National Pokedex No.#0248
TypeRockGround
SpeciesArmor Pokemon
Height2.5 m (8′02″)
Weight255.0 kg (562.2 lbs)
AbilitiesSand Stream
EV Yield3 Attack
Catch Rate45 (5.9% using PokeBall on full HP)
Base Exp. Points315
Mega Tyranitar stats

Breeding

Female Larvitar can be bred with different male species to create stronger offspring. This can be useful to learn certain egg moves, like Ancient Power and Curse, that can not be learned otherwise.

Egg GroupsMonster
Gender Ratio50% Male, 50% Female
Egg cycles40
Approx. Steps10,024–10,280 steps

After hatching, the Pokemon may or may not know any egg move. This depends on the male parent and how it passes down the certain move. Some egg moves come right after hatching, some by level-up, while some become accessible by TM.

Egg MovesCompatible Parents
After Level UpAfter Using TMAfter Hatching
Ancient PowerCranidos
Ramparados
Shieldon
Bastiodon
Charmander
Charmeleon
Charizard
Lapras
Chikorita
Totodile
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Mudkip
AssuranceTreecko
Grovyle
Sceptile
Cranidos
Rampardos
Axew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Heracross
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
CurseSlowpoke
Galarian Slowpoke
Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro
Slowking
Galarian Slowking
Turwig
Grotle
Torterra
Bergmite
Avalugg
Hisuian Avalugg
Bulbasaur
Ivysaur
Venusaur
Rhyhorn
Rhydon
Lapras
Chikorita
Bayleef
Meganium
Totodile
Croconaw
Feraligator
Mudkip
Marshtomp
Swampert
Cranidos
Rampardos
Shieldon
Bastiodon
Rhyperior
Bulbasaur
Rhyhorn
Lapras
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Mudkip
Tropius
Dragon DanceAxew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Charmander
Charmeleon
Charizard
Lapras
Totodile
Croconaw
Feraligatr
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Sceptile
Tropius
Axew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Tropius
Focus EnergyCranidos
Rampardos
Axew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Shieldon
Iron DefenseSquirtle
Wartortle
Blastoise
Tyranitar
Shieldon
Bastiodon
Bergmite
Avalugg
Hisuian Avalugg
Slowking
Galarian Slowking
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Torterra
Shieldon
Bastiodon
Rhyperior
Bergmite
Avalugg
Hisuian Avalugg
Drednaw
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Iron HeadShieldon
Bastiodon
Lapras
Snorlax
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Turtwig
Grotle
Torterra
Cranidos
Rampardos
Shieldon
Bastiodon
Gible
Gabite
Garchomp
Rhyperior
Axew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Avalugg
Hisuian Avalugg
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
OutrageTropius
Axew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Charmander
Charmeleon
Charizard
Rhydon
Lapras
Snorlax
Meganium
Feraligator
Ampharos
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Sceptile
Swampert
Tropius
Torterra
Rampardos
Bastiodon
Gible
Gabite
Garchomp
Abomasnow
Rhyperior
Axew
Fraxure
Haxorus
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
StompRhyhorn
Rhydon
Tropius
Rhyperior
Slowpoke
Galarian Slowpoke
Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro
Slowking
Galarian Slowking
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Mudkip
Cranidos
Snover
Abomasnow

One thing to note is that the male parent must know the particular egg move before breeding. What’s good is that if you’re playing the Scarlet/Violet version, you can breed with any Pokemon having the egg move, in picnics.

In-Game Availability

Every version, based on Gen II or later, allows players to obtain a Larvitar directly or indirectly. However, it is unobtainable in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu!, Let’s Go Eevee!, and Legends: Arceus.

VersionGame Locations
GoldSilverMt. Silver Cave
CrystalMt. Silver Cave (MorningDay)

Celadon Game Corner
RubySapphireTrade
EmeraldTrade
FireRedLeafGreenSevault Canyon
ColosseumTrade
XDTrade Wooper to Duking in Pyrite Town
DiamondRoute 207 (Poké Radar)
PearlTrade
PlatinumRoute 206 (Swarm)
HeartGoldSoulSilverSafari Zone (Mountain, defaultMorningDay, and with 5 Peak points)

Mt. Silver Cave
Pal ParkMountain
BlackWhiteBreed Pupitar or Tyranitar
Black 2White 2Breed Pupitar or Tyranitar
Dream WorldRugged Mountain
XBreed Pupitar or Tyranitar
YTerminus Cave (Horde Encounter)
Omega RubyAlpha SapphireTrade
SunMoonTrade
Ultra SunUltra MoonDiglett’s Tunnel
SwordTrade, use Dynamax Crystal ★And15 at Watchtower Lair, Wild Area News
ShieldLake of Outrage

Giant’s Seat, Rolling Fields, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle)
Expansion PassRoaring-Sea Caves
Brilliant DiamondRoute 207 (Poké Radar)

Grand Underground – Rocky Cave, Big Bluff Cavern (After obtaining the National Pokédex)
Shining PearlTrade
ScarletSouth Province: Area Five, Alfornada Cavern

East Province: Area Three

West Province: Area One, Asado Desert

North Province: Dalizapa Passage

Tera Raid Battles (3★)
VioletUnion Circle

Tera Raid Battle Search (3★)

Sprites in Different Generations

Every generation introduced its modified sprites, with some featuring both normal and shiny variants.

GenerationNormal LarvitarShiny Larvitar
Gen II
Larvitar gen2
Larvitar gen2c
Gen III
Larvitar gen3ccc
Larvitar-gen3cc
Gen IV
Larvitar gen4
Larvitar gen4c
Gen V
Larvitar gen5
Larvitar gen5c
Gen VI
Larvitar gen6
Larvitar gen6c
Gen VII
Larvitar gen7
Larvitar gen7c
Gen VIII
Larvitar gen8
Gen IX
Larvitar gen9

Training and Battling — Type Effectiveness

Larvitar is a beneficial party Pokemon that requires proper training and strategic movesets. However, once you learn to utilize its strong points, it can be worth the effort.

Damage Taken TypeStatus
0xElectricImmune
¼xPoisonHighly Resists
½xFlyingWeakly Resists
NormalWeakly Resists
RockWeakly Resists
FireWeakly Resists
1xBugNormally Affected
GhostNormally Affected
PsychicNormally Affected
DarkNormally Affected
FairyNormally Affected
DragonNormally Affected
2xFightingWeak 
GroundWeak 
SteelWeak 
IceWeak 
4xGrassVery Weak 
WaterVery Weak

Moves and Abilities

Being a rock and ground type Pokemon, Larvitar comes equipped with 2 useful abilities – Guts and Sand Veil.

Guts
Battle EffectRaises the user’s Attack by 50% if the user is suffering from a status ailment (poison, burn, paralysis, freeze, or sleep). If burnt, the user’s Attack does not decrease as usual.
Sand Veil
Battle EffectUps the user’s evasion by 20% during a Sandstorm.
External EffectIf a Pokemon with Sand Veil is leading the party in a sandstorm, wild Pokemon are half as likely to show up.

Larvitar’s moves went through a slight change from generation to generation. The major change was the level caps required to learn a certain move. Here’s the latest move chart for Larvitar as per Generation IX.

Gen IX Moves
By Level Up
LevelMoveTypeCategoryPowerAcc.PP
1LeerNormalStatus Status10030
1TackleNormalPhysical Physical4010035
3Rock ThrowRockPhysical Physical509015
6PaybackDarkPhysical Physical5010010
9BiteDarkPhysical Physical6010025
12Scary FaceNormalStatus Status10010
15Rock SlideRockPhysical Physical759010
18Stomping TantrumGroundPhysical Physical7510010
21ScreechNormalStatus Status8540
24Smack DownRockPhysical Physical5010015
27CrunchDarkPhysical Physical8010015
31EarthquakeGroundPhysical Physical10010010
33Stone EdgeRockPhysical Physical100805
36ThrashNormalPhysical Physical12010010
39SandstormRockStatus Status10
42Hyper BeamNormalSpecial Special150905
Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Larvitar.

Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Larvitar.
By Breeding
MoveTypeCategoryPowerAcc.PP
Ancient PowerRockSpecial Special601005
AssuranceDarkPhysical Physical6010010
CurseGhostStatus Status10
Dragon DanceDragonStatus Status20
Focus EnergyNormalStatus Status30
Iron DefenseSteelStatus Status15
Iron HeadSteelPhysical Physical8010015
OutrageDragonPhysical Physical12010010
StompNormalPhysical Physical6510020
Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Larvitar.

Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Larvitar.
By TM (Technical Machine)
TMMoveTypeCategoryPowerAcc.PP
01Take DownNormalPhysical Physical908520
05Mud-SlapGroundSpecial Special2010
06Scary FaceNormalStatus Status10010
07ProtectNormalStatus Status10010
25FacadeNormalPhysical Physical7010020
28BulldozeGroundPhysical Physical6010020
30SnarlDarkSpecial Special558515
35Mud ShotGroundSpecial Special5510015
36Rock TombRockPhysical Physical6010015
47EndureNormalStatus Status10
49Sunny DayFireStatus Status5
50Rain DanceWaterStatus Status905
51SandstormRockStatus Status10010
55DigGroundPhysical Physical8010010
58Brick BreakFightingPhysical Physical7515
66Body SlamNormalPhysical Physical8515
70Sleep TalkNormalStatus Status10
76Rock BlastRockPhysical Physical2510010
84Stomping TantrumGroundPhysical Physical7510
85RestPsychicStatus Status855
86Rock SlideRockPhysical Physical7510010
87TauntDarkStatus Status9020
94Dark PulseDarkSpecial Special8010015
99Iron HeadSteelPhysical Physical8010015
100Dragon DanceDragonStatus Status20
103SubstituteNormalStatus Status10
104Iron DefenseSteelStatus Status8515
108CrunchDarkPhysical Physical8010015
116Stealth RockRockStatus Status9020
130Helping HandNormalStatus Status10020
133Earth PowerGroundSpecial Special9010010
149EarthquakeGroundPhysical Physical10010010
150Stone EdgeRockPhysical Physical1001005
152Giga ImpactNormalPhysical Physical1501005
156OutrageDragonPhysical Physical12010010
163Hyper BeamNormalSpecial Special1501005
171Tera BlastNormalSpecial Special8010010
176Sand TombGroundPhysical Physical358515
177SpiteGhostStatus Status10010
179Smack DownRockPhysical Physical5010015
204Double-EdgeNormalPhysical Physical12010015
224CurseGhostStatus Status10
Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Larvitar.

Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Larvitar.

Competitive Usage & Strategies

Larvitar or any of its evolution can be a great battle companion if you acknowledge its strong and weak points. This can help you utilize different held items with its advantages while protecting the fragile spots. 

Black/ White/ Black 2/ White 2
Boosting Sweeper
MovesetDragon Dance/Rock PolishEarthquake
Stone Edge/Rock SlideCrunch/Facade
Held ItemFlame Orb
NatureJolly/Adamant
EVs36 HP, 244 Attack, 36 Defense, 188 Speed
X/Y/Sun/M
Dragon Dance
MovesetDragon DanceStone Edge/Rock Slide
EarthquakeSuperpower
Held ItemEviolite/Flame Orb
NatureJolly
EVs244 Attack, 36 Defense, 36 Sp. Def., 188 Speed
Choice Scarf
MovesetCrunch/ PursuitStone Edge/Rock Slide
EarthquakeSuperpower
Held ItemChoice Scarf
NatureJolly
EVs36 HP, 244 Attack, 36 Defense, 188 Speed

Avoid switching your Larvitar into a match with a Water-type, as they will deal 2x damage. Moves such as Aqua Jet, Water Pulse, and Scald can be OHKO (One Hit Knock Off) on your Larvitar. Moreover, fighting-type moves such as Mach Punch and steel-type moves such as Bullet Punch can surely cause greater damage. 

Role in the Pokemon World

Major Appearance – Original Series
Ep. 258 – Hatch Me If You Can
Plot
Larvitar hatched from the egg given to Ash to be taken to Professor Elm. Once hatched, the Larvitar was unwell, being high on temperature and unusually silent. Later, it was taken to the Pokemon Center, where it eventually recovered and joined Ash on his journey. However, it was only till Larvitar was returned to its mother at Mt. Silver.

Other episodes with Larvitar’s minor appearances include:

  • In Off the Unbeaten Path, a Trainer’s Larvitar participated in the Pokémon Orienteering competition.
  • It was a part of Jessie’s fantasy in Three Jynx and a Baby!
  • Appeared in Not on MY Watch Ya Don’t!
  • Showed up in Jessie’s fantasy in One Big Happiny Family!
  • In Challenging a Towering Figure!, a Trainer’s Larvitar battled Dawn’s Piplup.
  • It appeared in Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade.
  • Several Larvitar appeared in The Power of Us.
  • A Trainer’s Larvitar appeared in Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!
  • A Trainer’s Larvitar appeared in Settling the Scorbunny!. The same one  reappeared in The Spectral Express!
  • A Larvitar appeared in a flashback in Time After Time!
  • In a flashback in Trials of a Budding Master!, a Trainer’s Larvitar battled Ash in a World Coronation Series match.

Fun Trivia

Larvitar’s sprite animation is seen changing between Pokémon Diamond/Pearl and Pokémon Platinum, but its static sprite remains the same.

Having a Larvitar in your party can give you quite a competitive edge. Given its future evolutions being so powerful, training it can be worth the time. Being immune to electric and fire-type attacks, Larvitar can easily swipe you up in a lot of battles, even a few gym matches. Besides that, its ability – Guts, is enough to power you up and turn the tables of any battle.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Larvitar so rare?

Larvitar can be rare in a lot of game versions. However, you can still catch a Larvitar of your own with proper searching. To make things easier, you can just trade or migrate it from any other game version.

How to get Larvitar in Pokemon GO?

Larvitar is one of the Pokemon that can be hatched from 2km, 5km, and 10km eggs. However, that would require you to try constantly as it has only a 10% of hatch rate.

What level does Larvitar evolve?

Larvitar evolves first into Pupitar at level 30. After that, its second evolution takes place at level 55 into Tyranitar. Depending on the version, it may also have a mega evolution of Mega Tyranitar.

Is Larvitar worth raising?

From the very starting, Larvitar can be taken as a strong competitor. Moreover, by leveling it up, you can further unlock various OHKO moves, such as Earthquake, Outrage, and Hyper Beam. After evolution, it becomes even stronger with improved stats.

Sources

Larvitar by Pokemon.com

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