Pokémon Sword & Shield: How To Catch, Train, & Evolve Sizzlipede

For the longest time, Bug-type Pokémon had it rough compared to many others, with little in the way of offensive moves and the majority of them having lackluster stats compared to just about every Pokémon in the series. For the most part, while Bug-types haven’t risen to the heights of Dragon, Psychic, or Fairy-type Pokémon, they are much more powerful than they used to be.

One of the better additions to the series in the Galar region was Centiskorch, and by extension, Sizzlipede, the Fire/Bug-type that only shares that type combination with Volcarona, a Pokémon that has been one of the better Fire and Bug-types since Black & White. While Centiskorch doesn’t quite reach the same heights, it is still a great option for a standard playthrough or in a dedicated competitive team.

Where To Find It

Unfortunately, while Sizzlipede and Centiskorch are very cool, this also means they are both annoying and hard to find in the early game. On Route 3 just outside of Motostoke, you can find Sizzlipede in shaking grass with a mere 1% encounter rate, which is definitely not worth trying for considering how easily it can be found in future areas. Inside the Motostoke gym, in particular, where catching Pokémon is a part of the gym’s challenge, you can find a Sizzlipede very easily and is the easiest place to find one by far.

While Sizzlipede and Centiskorch are also available inside Raid Dens in Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Cap, Stoney Wilderness, Hammerlocke Hills, and Lake of Outrage. With the exception of the Lake of Outrage den, which can’t be accessed without the water attachment for the Rotom bike, all of these dens will spawn Sizzlipede as soon as the Wild Area opens up to you, though you will have to navigate several very strong Pokémon before reaching these dens, so the safest option is to wait until the Motostoke gym.

How To Evolve It

Unlike other early game Bug-type Pokémon, Sizzlipede actually evolves fairly late, once it hits level 28. While this isn’t as late as the likes of other Bug-types, it does mean that you are unlikely to have a Centiskorch before the third gym, where Kabu also has his own under-leveled Centiskorch that can Gigantamax.

That being said, if you can evolve Centiskorch before facing Kabu, you will potentially have a Pokémon with Flash Fire that can absorb his Pokémon’s Fire-type attacks while boosting your own, as well as Centiskorch resisting Bea’s Fighting-type Pokémon if you are playing Pokémon Sword.

Abilities

Sizzlipede and Centiskorch have three abilities, one of which is a hidden ability that can’t be obtained outside of high-level Raid Dens. Its main ability, Flash Fire, prevents Centiskorch from taking damage from Fire-type attacks while also boosting their damage output by 50% after activating.

White Smoke, its second normal ability, is somewhat less situational and prevents stat reduction from any incoming attacks, abilities, or status moves from the opponent. It doesn’t, however, prevent stat drops that are caused by the Pokémon’s own attacks, such as Overheat.

Centiskorch’s final ability is possibly the most useful, as it is useful both in and out of battle. Its hidden ability, Flame Body, has a chance to Burn the attacker if it is hit with a physical attack that comes into contact with Centiskorch as pairs well with relatively low physical defense meaning that hitting it with a physical attack can be very tempting. Outside of battle, Flame Body also causes eggs to hatch at a faster rate if the Pokémon is in your party, making it a good option for a  party member when hatching multiple eggs.

Natures

When it comes to building a Centiskorch for battle, there are only a few good options in terms of which Nature to give it. As it has a fairly pathetic speed stat of 65, there isn’t any real point in investing in this, as it is clear that its role is to be an offensive tank, with its HP, attack, and special defense stats being 100, 115, and 90 respectfully. Because of these stats, a Brave nature, which boosts attack while sacrificing speed, or Adamant, which boosts attack while reducing special attack, are the only real options available. Theoretically, you could also opt for a Careful or Sassy nature, which increases special defense in exchange for lowered special attack or speed respectfully, though this isn’t ideal as you want to capitalize on Centiskorch’s attacks more than anything.

EV Spread

Due to Centiskorch’s relatively limited options in terms of usage, as well as the nature of its stat distribution, the best EV spread for it would be a max investment in both HP and attack, with the remainder in special defense. You could also, if you are feeling particularly daring, go for max special attack instead of attack, as Centiskorch’s special attack isn’t horrible and opens it up to using several decent special attacks, but this would only be useful if your opponent is expecting a physical attacker.

Centiskorch can also use an Assault Vest fairly well, as it not only learns Leech Life to heal itself from the damage it might not have taken if it knew Protect but also gains the same type attack bonus from Leech Life. With this in mind, investing in attack and special defense isn’t a bad option either, though it does mean that it won’t be able to take physical attacks very well as a result.

Movesets

Centiskorch has a surprisingly deep movepool for a Fire/Bug-type Pokémon, having access to not only Fire and Bug-type attacks, but also Grass, Water, Ground, Rock, and Poison-type attacks. While not all of these attacks are worth investing in, several notable moves include Leech Life, Power Whip, Thunder Fang, Crunch, Flare Blitz, Fire Lash, and Scald. Scald and Power Whip are particularly useful coverage moves since Centiskorch is four times weak to Rock-type attacks while also covering its Water-type weakness. Thunder Fang can also catch Flying-type Pokémon off guard, though it is at a disadvantage due to its slow speed compared to the normally quite fast Flying-type Pokémon.

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Callum Archer is a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia. He is an avid gamer, Nintendo fanboy, and lover of weird sci-fi novels, who also dabbles in manga from time to time, usually dark and twisted work like Uzumaki and Death Note.

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