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How to Beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan (Violet)

Jessica Dillon
Vincent Lau

Looking for a guide on how to beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan in Pokémon Violet? We have details on where to find it, what Pokémon we recommend you bring along and ultimately, how to defeat it.

Where to Find the Quaking Earth Titan (Violet)

(1 of 2) Iron Treads roaming in the desert.

Iron Treads roaming in the desert. (left), The Quaking Earth Titan's location on the map. (right)

Before learning how to beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan, trainers will need to find it. can be found roaming the west side of Asado Desert, between West Province (Area One) and West Province (Area Two). Also west from Cascarrafa, where the Water gym is. It’s incredibly hard to miss Iron Treads when you’re nearby, because it’s absolutely gigantic.

Best Way to Reach the Quaking Earth Titan (Violet)

We recommend heading to Cascarrafa, if you haven’t done so already. This water-themed town is located north from Cortondo, where the Grass Gym is; you can head west from Mesagoza to reach Cortondo.

From Cortondo, travel north-west until you go past the bridge across the river. West from here is a Pokémon Center that acts as a pit stop. Continue west a short distance, then follow the road north, then north-east after the next bridge. Halfway towards Cascarrafa, there’s another PMC. After that is Cascarrafa itself.

When you’re at Cascarrafa, the Asado Desert is directly west from the town. Make your way west through the desert and you’ll find your destination easily. Let’s get into how to beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan.

How How to Beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan (Violet)

Recommended Pokémon for the Quaking Earth Titan (Violet)

Before learning how to beat "Iron" iconIron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan, your Pokémon team should be at least Level 45. We did however have success at Level 30 by using Water Water type Pokemon. Iron Treads is a Paradox (future) "Donphan" IconDonphan that’s a Ground Ground and Steel Steel type.

Offensively, the best Pokémon to use are Water Water, Ground Ground, Fighting Fighting, and Fire Fire.

Defensively, Water Water and Fire Fire are the best, when considering what moves Iron Treads can use. Avoid Rock Rock, Ice Ice, and Fairy Fairy unless they have a second typing to balance out the damage.

Two of the starter choices are useful in this battle, with Quaxly and Fuecoco both being a solid choice. Due to Iron Treads "Fire Fang" iconFire Fang move, you will want to avoid using Sprigatito.

Other Pokémon you could consider:

  • "Gyarados" IconGyarados (Water Water and Flying Flying), which you can evolve from "Magikarp" IconMagikarp, commonly found in rivers everywhere.
  • "Azumarill" IconAzumarill (Water Water and Fairy Fairy), evolved from "Azurill" IconAzurill, found around south Paldea. Or caught around north-west Paldea.
  • "Makuhita" IconMakuhita (Fighting), can be picked up right above the Asado Desert in the field outside of Porto Marinada.
  • Crawlbrawler ( Fighting), can be picked up on the beach shore near Porto Marinada and is easily one of the best choices for this fight.
  • Finizen (water Water), is also a useful pick in the battle that can be found swimming close to the beach near Porto Marinada.

Best Strategies for the Quaking Earth Titan (Violet)

Whilst finding out how to beat Irons Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan, you will have to fight it twice, although there’s a brief pause in-between the two fights, if you need to rest etc.

Pokémon Level Type
Iron Treads 44 Ground Ground and Steel Steel

Iron Treads resembles a futuristic version of Donphan. Its Attack and Defense are high, but its special-based stats are poor.

When learning how to beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan, you need to be careful of it’s powerful moveset. It can use Rapid Spin, which used to be a real weak Normal-type move. Now it does decent damage and boosts the user’s Speed, on top of its usual effects: dispelling moves like Leech Seed and Wrap.

Also, watch out for Iron Head, a steel-type move that has a chance to flinch your Pokemon. Fire Fang also has a chance to burn you so make sure to have some burn heal on hand just in case.

As mentioned above, Ground Ground, and Fighting Fighting Pokémon are great for dealing damage. However, they can potentially get worn down by Iron Treads merciless onslaught.

Fire Fire Pokemon and Water Water Pokemon are your best choice here. Arven will be using a Fire-type move against Iron Treads that does sizable damage and has a chance to burn him. You can either try to burn him yourself with fire-type moves, or hit Iron Treads hard with water and fighting moves.

Although learning how to beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan can be intimidating, there are two things you can try:

One, Iron Treads only uses physical attacks and has no way to boost its Attack. As such, you can massively impair it by using moves that lower Attack, such as Growl. Better yet Baby-Doll Eyes, if Iron Treads is faster than your Pokémon (can happen if it spams Rapid Spin). You could also repeatedly switch in and out Pokémon with the Intimidate ability.

Keep in mind critical hits from Iron Treads will ignore Attack drops, but unless you’re unlucky, it shouldn’t happen too often. Keep in mind that Iron Treads is immune to poison.

Iron Treads is susceptible to burn. When burned, it will lose a large chunk of health each turn. You could then spam healing items or "Protect" iconProtect (learned from TM) while Iron Treads succumbs to burn damage.

Round 2

After defeating Iron Treads, it will retreat. When you catch up with it, you’ll fight it again, but stronger. However, Arven will lend a hand with his own Pokémon:

(1 of 2) Iron Treads during it's double battle segment

Iron Treads during it's double battle segment (left), Iron Treads attacking. (right)

Pokémon Level Type
Scovillain 44 Grass Grass Fire Fire

As far as we can tell, Iron Treads fights exactly the same as before, but is slightly stronger. However, Arven’s Scovillain should make the fight go down faster with its super-effective Fire Fang.

After the Battle

Triumph will follow once learning how to beat Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth Titan and Arven will obtain the "Sour Herba Mystica" iconSour Herba Mystica. Your travel buddy–Koraidon or Miraidon–will steal one of your Herba Mystica sandwiches and obtain the Glide ability.

How to Use the Glide Ability

(1 of 2) The Professor will teach you how to glide.

The Professor will teach you how to glide. (left), It feels great gliding down from high places. (right)

When riding Koraidon or Miraidon, press Joy-Con-ButtonB while in the air to begin gliding. You can do so after jumping or when you’re falling. Press Joy-Con-ButtonB again while gliding to stop gliding.


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    17 November 2022
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    26 September 2023
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