Pokémon Legends: Arceus might take place in the past, but it has plenty of new Pokémon to catch, some of which require special items before they can evolve. One such item is the mysterious Black Augurite.
In prior Pokémon games (Generation 1 titles notwithstanding), Scyther could only evolve into Scizor when traded while holding a Metal Coat. Likewise, Scyther can evolve into Kleavor when given a new item called Black Augurite. While trading is no longer required, the question of how to obtain Black Augurite still remains. It’s not like the jagged rock grows on trees, although it might as well if you know where to look.
Whether you want to evolve an army of Scyther in Pokémon Legends: Arceus or just want a reliable source of sellable items, here are the best ways to find Black Augurite.
Where to Find Black Augurite in Pokémon Legends Arceus: A Nosepass to Guide the Way Request
Requests are an excellent source of entertainment and rewards (and occasional tedium). These quests can provide players with extra balls, Rare Candy, and, in the case of “A Nosepass to Guide the Way,” Black Augurite.
In the Coronet Highlands base camp, the NPC Gully asks for a simple favor: catch a Nosepass. A relatively straightforward task since these Moai head-like Pokémon gather in the Celestica Ruins. It might take a few Poké Balls, but once you catch a Nosepass, just give it to Gully and she will hand over a piece of Black Augurite in return.
Unlike other methods, you can only receive one Black Augurite from this request, but that’s a small price to pay for not needing to hunt one down.
Where to Find Black Augurite in Pokémon Legends Arceus: Graveler
In previous Pokémon games, wild Steel-type Pokémon such as Magnemite, Skarmory, and Steelix had a 2-5% chance of dropping a Metal Coat when defeated. Since Black Augurite is used to evolve Scyther into a Bug/Rock-type, it’s only fitting to farm the item with Rock-type enemies. Well, one Rock-type Pokémon, anyway.
Graveler is the only Pokémon that drop Black Augurite in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. These bounding boulders live in a variety of locations, including the Sandgem Flats of Obsidian Fieldlands, the Scarlet Bog of Crimson Mirelands, and the Windbreak Stand of Cobalt Coastlands. Just pick a fight with any Graveler, defeat it, and you might get a Black Augurite for your troubles. If not, find another one, repeat the process, and cross your fingers.
While the odds that a Graveler will leave behind a piece of Black Augurite aren’t exactly high, the game spawns so many of them that you probably won’t have to farm for long before you have enough.
Where to Find Black Augurite in Pokémon Legends Arceus: Ursaluna
Throughout Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players obtain rideable Pokémon that help them get around faster and explore areas the main character can’t reach on their own. One of those Pokémon is Ursaluna: a ground-based mount that isn’t as fast as a Wyrdeer but can dig for buried treasure. Yes, those treasures occasionally include Black Augurite.
Since dig sites and their rewards are randomly generated, you can’t exactly rely on an Ursaluna to farm Black Augurite. However, once you obtain permission to ride one, there’s no reason not to use it since you can dig up items as you go along. You will probably unearth more common items like Tumblestones and Springy Mushrooms, but if you keep at it, you will eventually hit paydirt and dig up some Black Augurite.
Where to Find Black Augurite in Pokémon Legends Arceus: Space-Time Distortions
Most players who go in blind probably won’t know about Kleavor until they meet the Noble Kleavor (and narrowly escape its furiously-swiping axes). After that Kleavor is defeated, Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduces a new game mechanic in the form of Space-Time Distortions. Those randomly-generated anomalies spawn rare Pokémon and items.
While Space-Time Distortions are the perfect farming location for items like Stardust and Nuggets, they also spawn a ton of evolution items, including Black Augurite. Unfortunately, Pokémon in Space-Time Distortions tend to be excessively aggressive and powerful, so anyone who ventures into one has to keep moving and stay on their toes (or better yet, mounted on a Wyrdeer). A few laps around a distortion should net plenty of rare and crucial items. Of course, there’s no guarantee you will find Black Augurite in every Space-Time Distortion, but since the anomalies crop up with semi-regularity and spawn plenty of items, it’s more reliable than an Ursaluna.