Progression in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is technically non-linear — as it should be for an open-world game — but there is a critical path. Zones in the game do not level alongside you but have a set difficulty based on when you’re likely to reach them. The same is true for the five Titan Pokemon you’ll need to defeat to unlock either Koraidon or Miraidon’s various abilities.
You can technically do most of the Titan fights in any order, but if you want the most efficient progress, there’s a specific path you’ll need to take. Discover that path in this guide.
The Best Titan Order in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
You start your Pokemon journey in the southern region of Paldea, and you’ll want to begin your quest to take down the Titans quickly.
Titans have no listed levels but are still tuned to an expected level range based on the range you’re likely to encounter. As such, if you fight them later than intended, you’ll probably take them out in one or two moves. You will have to defeat all five to complete the game, so it benefits you to face them in the proper order, which is listed below.
Klawf, the Stony Cliff Titan
Located in a rocky region just east of Mesagoza and the Uva Academy, Klawf is the first Titan you should encounter, as he’s the lowest assumed level of all of them. Wild Pokemon around him are levels 11 through 15, so expect him to be about that level. The difference between Titans and the standard Pokemon they’re based on is their increased attack power and health pools.
You’ll want to be between levels 15 through 18 when you face the Stony Cliff Titan for a fair fight, and be sure to bring Water, Grass, and Ground types, as Klawf is pure Rock. Use special attacks as well, as its Defense is its highest stat, but its Special Defense is in the bin.
For defeating Klawf, the Stony Cliff Titan, your Koraidon or Miraidon receives the ability to dash by pressing down the left stick.
Bombirdier, the Open Sky Titan
While Klawf is the lower-level fight, Bombidier isn’t much higher. He’s located farther to the west of Mesagoza on the western edge of the map, and you’ll want to be between levels 18 through 22 to take him on, depending on your team composition and preparedness.
Have an Electric, Fairy, or Rock type in your team for a much more comfortable fight, as the Open Sky Titan is dual Flying and Dark. He’s immune to Psychic and Ground and resistant to Grass, Ghost, and Dark.
For defeating Bombirdier, your Koraidon or Miraidon received the ability to swim in rivers, lakes, and oceans. You can also dash while swimming in case you need to get to other islands or across the water faster.
Orthworm, the Lurking Steel Titan
It’s possible to head back east, then straight north across the river to fight Orthworm, the Lurking Steel Titan, but expect to have your Pokemon’s faces pushed in if you do. The area north of the river is home to much stronger Pokemon than those on the southern part of the continent.
Orthworm itself is quite the tank, and we recommend being around level 30, give or take a few levels, before you fight him.
It’s a pure Steel type, so Fire, Fighting, and Ground types are preferable, but don’t expect a Poison-type to do anything. Steel types resist almost every other type in the game, save Water, Electric, Ghost, and Dark. As with Klawf, you’ll want to bring Special attackers, as Orthworm has even higher Defenses but even lower Special Defense.
For defeating Orthworm and claiming its Herba Mystica, your Koraidon or Miraidon can jump more than twice as high, which is much more useful than it sounds.
Great Tusk or Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan
The only Titans that vary based on whether you have Scarlet or Violet, facing the Quaking Earth Titan is a much harder fight than any you’ve had to this point. Expect to need an average level of at least 40 or so before you take them on — much higher if you can’t field Pokemon that hit the Titan’s weaknesses.
The Quaking Earth Titan for your version of the game can be found in the south western portion of Asado Desert. Arvan will call to let you know when you’re close.
Great Tusk, a variant of Donphan, is a dual Ground/Fighting type, making Psychic, Grass, Water, and Flying the most common types to bring. Electricity, Poison, Rock, Dark, and Bug are out of the question, and as with previous fights, Special attackers are your way to go. Beware of Great Tusk’s massive Attack stat, as it will hit like an absolute truck.
Iron Treads, also a variant of Donphan, is a very different beast. He’s a dual Ground/Steel, is very fast, and has higher Defenses than Great Tusk, befitting its Steel nature. Fire, Water, Fighting, and Ground types are your best options here, with few other options giving you much joy.
For defeating the Quaking Earth Titan, your Koraidon or Miraidon gains the ability to glide through the air for a set distance.
Dondozo and Tatsugiri, the False Dragon Titan
The final Titan you need to face is something of a trick battle, and your team will need to be not much lower than levels 52 through 57 for a fair fight. You’ll find the large Dodonzo on an island near the center of Casseroya Lake.
Dondozo isn’t much of a fighter, but it has one of the largest HP pools in any Pokemon game besides Wailord. It’s also yet another Titan with a sorry Special Defense but high standard Defense, and as a mono-Water type, bring your Electric and Grass types. You’ll need to defeat Dondozo twice, at which point the second phase of the fight begins, this time against Tatsugiri, a much smaller Dragon/Water Pokémon.
Tatsugiri is weak only to other Dragon moves and Fairy attacks, but unlike Dondozo, none of its stats are exceptional, with its Defense being one of its weakest stats. You’ll have Arven with you for the fight to take some of the edge off, and defeating the False Dragon Titan will give your Koraidon or Miraidon the ability to climb cliff faces.
And that’s the best titan order for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Check out our other Pokemon Scarlet and Violet guides here on GameSkinny.