Bloodmoon Ursaluna has arrived in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask DLC, but unfortunately players still can’t actually evolve an Ursaring in the game.
Ursaluna is one of a handful of new cross-gen evolutions that were added in Pokemon Legends: Arceus alongside the likes of powerful ghost-water Pokemon Basculegion and new Scyther evolution Kleavor. All of those Pokemon are now available to use in the generation-nine games, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The gen-two Pokemon Teddiursa and Ursaring have found newfound fame in the competitive scene with the popularity of Ursaluna, a hard hitter on Trick Room teams.
Introduced in Scarlet and Violet is the Bloodmoon form of Ursaluna which can only be found in the newest DLC, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Part 1: The Teal Mask. This new form is effectively a new legendary Pokemon and stands as one of the top prizes of the DLC.
How to get Bloodmoon Ursaluna in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Players can battle and catch Bloodmoon Ursaluna by completing Perrin’s questline in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask DLC.
Encountering Bloodmoon Ursaluna is part of the “Perrin’s Photo Survey Bloodmoon Beast” questline. Players need to catch 150 species of Pokemon in the Kitakami Pokedex and then talk to Perrin in order to start the quest.
Perrin takes the player to a forest for a mini-game that requires them to take photos of 10 different species of Pokemon in the area. Pokemon can be found on the ground, in trees, in caves, and swimming in water. Players don’t actually need to take a good photo of Pokemon in order to complete the quest, and there’s no reward or benefit for artistry.
After taking the photos, players will have the chance to save. Talking with Perrin again will start a battle with Bloodmoon Ursaluna. Once defeated, players can catch the new Ursaluna form with 100% success, so there is no need to worry about knocking out the Pokemon. Bloodmoon Ursaluna is currently shiny locked in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, making shiny hunting impossible.
What are the differences between Hisuian and Bloodmoon Ursaluna?
Hisuian Ursaluna has a higher base Attack stat, while the new Bloodmoon form excels at Sp. Attack. Unlike some Pokemon with multiple forms, Hisuian and Bloodmoon Ursaluna both look different and have wildly different stat distributions.
The Ursaluna from Pokemon Legends: Arceus is quadrupedal, while Bloodmoon Ursaluna stands on two legs with a large red wound on its forehead and a blacked-out eye. Bloodmoon Ursaluna has a higher base Sp. Attack, compared to Hisuian Ursaluna being Attack-focused. This can allow Ursaluna to find a spot on any team, competitive or story mode.
Bloodmoon Ursaluna has a new Ability called Mind’s Eye, exclusive to the Kitakami version of the Pokemon. This allows Ursaluna to ignore the enemy’s evasiveness and its own evasion is unable to be lowered. This means Bloodmoon Ursaluna cannot be influenced to hit less often than its own attacks dictate.
Mind’s Eye Ability also gives Ursaluna the capacity to hit ghost-type Pokemon with both normal and fighting-type attacks, something not normally possible. With its newly introduced signature move Blood Moon, this Ursaluna can prove devastating against ghost Pokemon such as Flutter Mane or Gengar.
Can you get regular Hisuian Ursaluna in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask DLC?
There is no way to catch or evolve a regular Hisuian Ursaluna in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
In order to get Hisuian Ursaluna in Scarlet and Violet, it needs to be imported from a copy of Pokemon Legends: Arceus using the Pokemon Home cloud service. Evolving Ursaring into Ursaluna requires players to use a Peat Block evolution item during a full moon. Peat Blocks can be challenging to obtain, the go-to method for getting a Peat Block is to ride around on the ride Pokemon Ursaluna to sniff out hidden items in the Crimson Mirelands.
There is also one given to the player for completing Request 86: “Gone Astray… In the Icelands.” Ginter may occasionally sell one as “a hunk of coal” and it can sometimes be found on the ground inside Space-Time Distortions. Any of these methods means the player can spend just as much time looking for a Peat Block as it takes to make the Ursaluna battle-ready.
Can you get a Peat Block in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?
Players cannot get a Peat Block in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Bloodmoon Ursaluna is exclusive to the generation nine games’ DLC and can only be caught as part of the quest “Perrin’s Photo Survey Bloodmoon Beast.” Ursaring cannot be evolved into Bloodmoon Ursaluna, nor is there a way to change Ursaluna’s form. There is only one Bloodmoon Ursaluna available in Kitakami, so players only have access to one Bloodmoon Ursaluna at this time.
The only way to get a Hisuian Ursaluna in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is to transfer one in from Legends: Arceus via Pokemon HOME. One of the most controversial topics among Pokemon fans over recent months has been the dominance of transfer-only Pokemon in the game since the introduction of Pokemon HOME. The introduction of this powerful new Pokemon only makes building out a top team even more of a hassle, as players will likely need to prepare for hours of resetting in order to get one with proper stats.