The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Conundrum Fans already have a favorite Pokemon in the form of Roaring Moon, the ancient version of Salamence.
With 103 new pocket monsters, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet feature the highest number of new pocket monsters since Generation 5. This bodes well for the future of the franchise, as future generations may return to the norm of adding fewer Pokemon. Gen 9 is also filled with one-stage Pokemon that never evolve, but the majority of them are Paradox Pokemon, one of the new features introduced in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. In Gen 9, there are a total of sixteen Paradox Pokemon, divided into two main clusters of eight each, one for each version.
Scarlet’s Paradox Pokemon have ancient themes, while Violet’s have digital eyes and metal bodies. However, Scarlet’s Paradox Pokemon share ancient themes, whereas Violet’s are futuristic, with digital eyes and metal bodies. Due to the fact that they are not completely new pocket monsters, Paradox Pokemon are a hit-or-miss gimmick that many players will either adore or despise. Still, among them is a Paradox Pokémon known as Roaring Moon that is making the rounds online due to the number of trainers praising it for multiple reasons.
Why Pokemon Scarlet’s Roaring Moon is More Well-Liked Than Pokemon Violet’s Paradox
Roaring Moon is a Paradox Salamence that is exclusive to Pokemon Scarlet, whereas its counterpart in Pokemon Violet is Iron Valiant, a Paradox Pokemon that is a sort of Gallade-Gardevoir hybrid. Some players are dismayed by this, as they believed that Paradox Tyranitar, later revealed to be Iron Thorns, would be Roaring Moon’s counterpart, in the sense that they would be the strongest in their clusters outside of the Gen 9 box Legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon, both of which are Paradox Pokemon.
Due to the fact that both Salamence and Tyranitar are originally pseudo-legendaries, it was believed that they were chosen specifically for the role of “leading” Paradox Pokemon. Due to the fact that Roaring Moon is intended to be the strongest of Scarlet and Violet’s Paradox Pokemon, it is inadvertently stealing the spotlight from all other Paradoxes, as it is a new form of a fan favorite Pokémon. In fact, Salamence has always been one of the pocket monsters that fans prefer if it’s available, and its popularity skyrocketed when it first received a Mega Evolution in Generation 6 games.
In addition, as the best Paradox Pokemon of the Scarlet cluster, Roaring Moon has the highest base stat total in its group, with a baseline value of 570 and a value of 590 for Roaring Moon. Dragon and Darkness provide a total of six resistances and immunity to Psychic moves at the expense of four regular weaknesses and a fourfold vulnerability to Fairy. However, thanks to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Terastallization, Roaring Moon is able to change its type to something else, such as Steel, in order to become bulkier while retaining its STAB damage against Dragon and Dark.
Last but not least, Roaring Moon’s popularity is probably also due to the fact that it looks very different from regular Salamence, which isn’t true of all Paradox Pokemon and is especially rare for a few of them. In contrast to the paradox of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Salamence appears to be a completely different Pokémon. Overall, it seems like fans like Scarlet’s Paradox Pokemon better than Violet’s, and Roaring Moon is likely the reason why.