Carbink made its appearance in Pokemon X/Y. Has remained a consistent Pokemon ever since appearing in every mainline game starting from Generation 6. Although it was not initially included in the base game of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, the Teal Mask DLC reintroduced Carbink, allowing trainers to obtain it again. Some trainers may be interested in using Carbink for battles, while others may want to catch it to complete their Pokedex.
Unfortunately, finding Carbink can be a bit tricky as its spawn point is cleverly hidden within the Teal Mask area of Scarlet/Violet. If players are not observant and aware of their surroundings, they might easily overlook Carbink’s hiding spot. To locate this Jewel Pokemon, players should begin by making their way toward the peak of the Kitakami map.
Carbink is a Rock/Fairy-type Pokemon returning in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Teal Mask DLC. This guide explains where to find Carbink and how to catch it in the Paldea region.
Overview of Carbink
- Introduced in Pokemon X/Y
- Kitakami Pokedex #138
- Rock/Fairy typing
- Abilities: Clear Body, Sturdy
- Base stats:
- HP: 50
- Attack: 50
- Defense: 150
- Sp. Atk: 50
- Sp. Def: 150
- Speed: 50
- Total base stat total: 500
- Max CP: 2,297 (Lv. 50)
- Height: 1′ (0.3m)
- Weight: 12.6 lbs (5.7 kg)
Carbink is a defensive Pokemon with high defense and special defense. It can function as a tank or set Pokemon with moves like Stealth Rock, Light Screen, and Reflect.
Where to Find Carbink in Scarlet and Violet
Carbink is exclusive to the Teal Mask DLC area. It only spawns in one location:
Oni Mountain Cave
To reach Oni Mountain Cave, go to the Crystal Pool area at the peak of the Kitakami region. Cross the bridge by the Crystal Pool sign, then go around the slanted hill to find the cave entrance.
You’ll need to drop down inside Oni Mountain and look for an opening in the side wall. Use Koraidon or Miraidon’s high jump or glide ability to descend and reach the ledge where Carbink spawns safely.
The Carbink in Oni Mountain Cave can be level 17 or level 73, depending on your story progress.
How to Catch Carbink
When you find Carbink’s spawn point, save your game first. Carbink has a low catch rate, especially if encountered at a high level after finishing the story.
Have a Pokemon with False Swipe ready to chip down Carbink’s HP without knocking it out. Inflict status effects like sleep or paralysis to make it easier to catch.
Good Poke Balls to use:
- Dusk Ball (when in caves)
- Timer Ball (the longer the battle, the better catch rate)
- Ultra Ball
You can also encounter Carbink in 4-star Tera Raid battles after obtaining 7 gym badges. Join other players in Tera Raids to take it down more easily.
Is Carbink Worth Catching?
Here are some pros and cons to using Carbink on your team:
- Very high defense and sp. def
- Versatile support movepool (Stealth Rock, Light Screen, Reflect, etc)
- Immune to Dragon, resists Fairy and Flying
- Low HP, attack, and speed
- 4x weakness to Steel
- Struggles offensively
- Outclassed by other Rock and Fairy types
While not the most powerful Pokemon, Carbink can still be useful in certain team roles:
- Special wall
- Entry hazard setter
- Dragon check
Don’t expect Carbink to win matches by itself. Use it to support teammates and wear down opponents.
Best Nature and Moves for Carbink
Carbink should have a Nature that boosts its defenses while lowering its weaker offensive stats. Good Natures include:
- Bold: +Def, -Atk
- Calm: +SpD, -Atk
- Sassy: +SpD, -Spe
- Stealth Rock / Spikes
- Light Screen / Reflect
- Iron Defense
- Body Press
- Power Gem
Stealth Rock and entry hazards take advantage of Carbink’s bulk. Light Screen and Reflect provide team support.
Iron Defense boosts Carbink’s already high Defense. Body Press uses Defense for damage calculation.
Power Gem is Carbink’s strongest STAB move. Moonblast gives nice Fairy coverage alongside Body Press.
Is Carbink Viable Competitively?
Carbink sees niche competitive use as a specially defensive utility Pokemon. It works best on Balance and Stall teams needing hazard control and Dragon immunity.
However, Carbink struggles to stand out from other Rock and Fairy types. Diancie outclasses it as a Rock/Fairy tank. Hippowdon sets Stealth Rock better. Carbink’s poor Speed tier also hinders it.
While usable in the right team, Carbink is generally overshadowed by other Pokemon. It’s not top-tier competitively, but it can still perform a supportive role.
Finding Carbink in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet requires climbing Oni Mountain in Teal Mask. Once found, Carbink can be a solid special wall and setup sweeper. While outclassed by other tanks, its unique typing and support options make it usable. Just don’t expect Carbink to win matches on its own.