Nintendo has a special place in my childhood heart for bringing happiness in my youth; stuff like Mario and Pokémon makes me nostalgic and warm inside.
So, I have recently been playing Super Mario Bros 3 again because it is an amazing game that completely reinvents the original Super Mario Bros. While I was playing, I spotted a familiar powerup that I felt was so powerful back then: the Tanooki Mario.
The Tanooki Mario makes Mario look like a Japanese Raccoon Dog; he sports a brown costume, a bushy ringed tail, and slightly pointy ears. While I was sitting back and flying around, another thing came into my mind: the Scout Pokémon, Sentret.
Think about it: Tanooki Mario is greatly iconic, but not much talk centers around the Sentret. It has identical designs, and it is incredibly cute; it could overthrow Pikachu. Being the cute Pokémon fanboy that I am, I stopped playing Mario for a while and focused on reading about Sentret. I feel this Pokémon deserves more love.
It looks like a crossover between a tanuki and a rabbit! I think Sentret became overshadowed by Pichu despite having a more huggable design (no offense to Pichu). I wrote this article to prove to everyone that Sentret is much more than fluff.
Bottom Line Up Front
Sentret is a Pokémon introduced in Generation II with the Normal typing that evolves into Furret when it reaches level 15 or higher. Below is some important information about the Scout Pokémon Sentret.
- Sentret (Scout Pokémon)
- National Dex Number: 161
- Type: Normal
- Ability: Run Away; Keen Eye
- Hidden Ability: Frisk
- Egg Groups: Field
- Hatch Time: 3855 to 4111 steps
- Height: 2’7” or 0.8 m
- Weight: 13.2 lbs. or 6 kg
- Base Experience Yield: 57 (Gen II to IV); 43 (Gen V+)
- Leveling Rate: Medium Fast
- EV Yield: 1 Attack
- Gender Ratio: 50% Male, 50% Female
- Catch Rate: 255 (43.9%)
What Does Sentret Look Like in Pokémon?
Sentret is a round, mammalian Pokémon with mostly brown fur, a bushy tail with dark-brown stripes, beady black eyes, a small mouth, and two long, dark-brown ears that are pink inside. Another iconic detail about Sentret, aside from its tail, is the marking on its belly resembling a white and thick ring. I would love to have a Sentret plushie on my bed! It looks so soft and fluffy.
It can stand up on its hind legs like a human (which does not look weird as I initially thought), but it usually walks on all fours. It has incredibly wide arms, and at this point, I am confused if they are wide because of the fur or if its arms are just fat.
According to its Pokédex entries, it cannot sleep without another Sentret scouting the area. It is afraid of being separated from its pack, which is so adorable.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Games
Sentret came in Gen II, directly after the starter Pokémon. I think that Pokémon in these positions have important roles as the generic Pokémon that represents its region and its generation, like Poochyena in Gen III or Bunnelby in Gen VI.
Sentret appears in many future games (which is leagues better than Sunkern or Sunflora).
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen II (Gold, Silver, and Crystal)
Sentret appears in all three games and may even be the first Pokémon you will encounter. In Johto’s Route 29, the first route you will embark on, you have a 40% chance of finding a level 2 to 3 Sentret among the grass during the morning and day.
In Kanto Route 1, the chances go down to 20% at the same time, and the Sentret’s level is always 3. In Pokémon Crystal, there is another way to catch a Sentret; you have a 30% chance during the morning and day to find a level 15 Sentret through the grass in Johto Route 43.
If you are on the hunt for a Sentret, the best place would be the starting route: Johto’s Route 29.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen III (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, and Leaf Green)
It might be disheartening to hear (it was for me, at least) that Sentret does not appear in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald through random encounters.
However, if you do have a Sentret in previous games, you can transfer it towards these games to complete your soul. Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green are different, though, because you can have random encounters with them!
Finally, my team of weak yet cute Pokémon can start running again. You have a 30% chance of finding a level 10 or 15 Sentret through the grass in these three locations: the Canyon Entrance to Sevault Canyon, the Five Isle Meadow, and the Water Path.
If you are playing Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald, I would suggest “boosting” a Sentret encounter through cheats (no one will find out, trust me).
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen IV (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum)
Sentret, like the other older Pokémon in these games, is a bit hard to find. You can randomly encounter one only by using a Poké Radar.
It is a device Professor Rowan gives you after completing the National Dex, which hinders it completely counterproductive. Think about it; you can only get a device for catching foreign Pokémon by already catching every Pokémon made.
Nevertheless, if you have the Poké Radar on hand, you have a 22% chance of finding a level 2 to 4 Sentret through the grasses of Sinnoh’s Route 202.
Legally, the only way to get one if you do not have the Poké Radar would be by transferring one from a previous game. If you can, go for it. Otherwise, I would just stick to cheating (no one can stop me from getting my adorably round plushie).
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen IV (Heart Gold and Soul Silver)
Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver are remakes of the original Gen II entries, so it would be obvious that you can randomly encounter Sentret in these games. Again, you can find one in Kanto Route 1 and Johto Route 29 (for more information, read the guide above about finding Sentret in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal).
The only difference is that in these remakes, the Sentret’s possible maximum level in Johto Route 29 is upped to 4. Furthermore, they introduced a new way to find a Sentret: The Safari Zone. You have a 30% chance of finding a level 15 to 17 Sentret through the Swamp area’s grass. The same applies to the Wetland area, although the random encounter in this area can only occur during the morning or day.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen V (Black, White, Black 2, and White 2)
There is only one method to find a Sentret in Pokémon Black and White: encountering a swarm of them in Route 7’s grass. You have a 40% chance of randomly finding them in levels of 15 to 55. In Black 2 and White 2, its evolution, Furret, replaces the swarm encounter. Thus, you can only find one through trading from a Black or White game.
There is not much of a recommendation here as there is only one possible way to get a Sentret. I would try my luck in Route 7 to get a random swarm encounter. If you do, I hope you find a shiny one.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen VI (X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire)
Luckily, you can randomly encounter a Sentret in Pokémon X and Y, although Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are a different story. In X and Y, there is a 20% chance of randomly encountering a level 10 or 11 Sentret through Route 6’s tall grass. So, if you are looking for one in these games, I would suggest going there and trying your luck.
Unfortunately, the only way to get one in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire would be to trade one from X or Y. If you have a friend who has X or Y, you can ask them to find a Sentret for you and transfer the captured Sentret to your game.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen VII (Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon)
Sentret is sadly not available to randomly encounter in these games, although you can transfer one from previous games through the Pokémon Bank service. In Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, you can never get one as these games only have the original Kanto Pokémon in their kit.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Gen VIII (Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl)
Sentret is unavailable in Pokémon Sword and Shield (they probably have a bad history with raccoon dogs), but they appear in the Diamond and Pearl remakes, namely Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Same as their origin games, you can find a Sentret in Route 202 by using the Poké Radar (you can read more information about this in my guide above about finding Sentret in those games).
However, these remakes have a new feature that grants you a new method of finding a Sentret: The Grand Underground. It is a massive web of caves where you can find Pokémon in different areas. As for Sentret, you can find one in the following areas: Spacious Caves, Rocky Caves, Volcanic Caves, Whiteout Caves, Big Bluff Cavern, and Typhlo Cavern.
Where to Find Sentret in Pokémon Go
Our adorable Raccoon Dog-Rabbit hybrid has been available in Pokémon Go since February 16, 2017. You can find him in the wild, and since it is a Normal-type Pokémon, it is extremely common. You can find it anywhere, whether it be a parking lot, the park, or the outskirts of your house.
Sentret in the Pokémon Anime
At least the show producers value Sentret’s adorable design because it appears in many episodes and even movies. It debuted in the original series’ 133rd episode, “Tanks a Lot!” In this episode, a wild Sentret approaches Ash and the gang, who are taking a nap.
Eventually, Misty’s Togepi and the Sentret hijack Team Rocket’s Arbo-Tank. Ash manages to stop their shenanigans, and the Sentret reunites with its friend.
Sentret also has other major roles in the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire anime series’ 13th episode, “All Things Bright and Beautifly!” as well as Pokémon X and Y anime series’ 35th episode, “The Forest Champion!” Future episodes have Sentret make an appearance in the background or have a minor role, such as:
Pokémon Original anime series
- Tricks of the Trade (Episode 146)
- The Fortune Hunters (Episode 157)
- The Heartbreak of Brock (Episode 198)
- Got Miltank? (Episode 207)
- Extreme Pokémon! (Episode 228)
- Fangs for Nothin’ (Episode 252)
- Gotta Catch Ya Later! (Episode 273)
Pokémon: Ruby and Sapphire anime series
- In the Knicker of Time! (Episode 5)
- A Bite to Remember (Episode 11)
- Gonna Rule the School! (Episode 15)
- Lights, Camerupt, Action! (Episode 86)
Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl anime series
- Dressed for Jess Success! (Episode 146)
- Coming Full-Festival Circle! (Episode 176)
Pokémon: X and Y anime series
- Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! (Episode 1)
- A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle! (Episode 5)
- A Battle by Any Other Name! (Episode 26)
- A Fashionable Battle! (Episode 73)
- A Full-Strength Battle Surprise! (Episode 119)
- Seeing the Forest for the Trees! (Episode 121)
- A League of His Own! (Episode 125)
- The First Day of the Rest of Your Life! (Episode 138)
- Till We Compete Again! (Episode 140)
Pokémon: Journeys anime series
- Finding a Legend! (Episode 9)
- Raid Battle in the Ruins! (Episode 14)
- Betrayed, Bothered, and Beleaguered! (Episode 30)
- Time After Time! (Episode 32)
- Trade, Borrow, and Steal! (Episode 33)
- Take My Thief! Please! (Episode 70)
- Night and day, you are the Ones! (Episode 79)
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest (Movie 4)
- The Legend of Thunder! (Made-for-TV Movie)
- Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (Movie 9)
- The Rise of Darkrai (Movie 10)
- Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (Movie 11)
- Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (Movie 12)
- Pokémon – Zoroark: Master of IIllusions (Movie 13)
- Mewtwo – Prologue to Awakening (Special Episode)
- Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (Movie 16)
- Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad (Pikachu Short 27)
- Pokémon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (Movie 19)
- Pokémon: The Power of Us (Movie 21)
What Are Sentret’s Base Stats in Pokémon?
I hate to bring it up, but Sentret’s base stats are ridiculously low. Heck, even its evolution, Furret, has low base stats when compared to the starter Pokémon. However, you can still make good use of your captured Sentret. Below are its base stats, with a total of 215.
|Base||At Level 50||
At Level 100
|HP||35||95 to 142||180 to 274|
|Attack||46||45 to 107||87 to 210|
|Defense||34||35 to 94||65 to 183|
|Special Attack||35||36 to 95||67 to 185|
|Special Defense||45||45 to 106||85 to 207|
|Speed||20||22 to 79||40 to 152|
What Are Sentret’s Best and Worst Stats?
Sentret’s stats are weirdly distributed, but I would say its best stat would be its HP if I put into account its evolution, Furret, who has HP as its second-highest stat. Without considering Furret, Sentret’s best stats would be its Attack and Special Defense. Sentret is a physical attacker, so physical attacks would be good, like Sucker Punch, Return, and more.
Its worst stat is its Speed, but do not be fooled by this low number. When it evolves into a Furret, its highest stat is its Speed. So, if you are planning on evolving your Sentret, prioritize your kit to utilize its Speed. Aside from its Speed, its Defense and Special Attack are very low. Sentret is not a great special attacker, so avoid giving it those moves.
What are Sentret’s Abilities in Pokémon?
Sentret can have one of three abilities, with one being its hidden ability, and they are as follows:
- Run Away: If you attempt to flee during a wild encounter and Sentret is on the battlefield, it will be 100% successful.
- Keen Eye: Sentret ignores the enemy’s evasion stages and attempts to lower its accuracy.
- Frisk (Hidden Ability): While Sentret is in battle, it can see the items the enemies are holding.
What is the Best Ability for Sentret in Pokémon?
I would say Sentret’s best ability is Keen Eye. There is a reason that tournaments banned Double Team; having an enemy Pokémon become almost impossible to hit is unfair and annoying. With Keen Eye, you can avoid this dilemma. If you come across an opponent who likes to use Double Team, Keen Eye can take care of the job. Plus, it prevents enemies from lowering your Sentret’s accuracy. Uh, yes, please!
Frisk can also be a good pick. If you are playing competitively where Double Team is banned, then Frisk could be a better option. You can know what your enemy is holding, and judging by the information, you can figure out what their strategy is.
For example, if the enemy Pokémon is holding a Persim Berry, it could be planning on using Outrage, so you can switch out to a Fairy-type Pokémon to avoid the move. In battles that are not wild encounters, Run Away is practically pointless, so avoid catching a Sentret that has this ability. Sure, it can help you evade dangerous situations, but it is a wild encounter.
You have other means of getting away, like catching the enemy Pokémon to end the battle. Wasting away an ability to escape is not a good strategy.
What Are the Best Natures for Sentret in Pokémon?
Sentret can definitely benefit from good nature, considering its poor stats. If you are planning on evolving Sentret to a Furret, nature can also play a large role. I would advise the following natures:
- Jolly (Increased Speed, Decreased Special Attack): Sentret is not an incredibly fast Pokémon, so sacrificing something that you would not use, like its Special Attack, can help the Sentret in battle. Plus, if you plan on evolving your Sentret to a Furret, Jolly would definitely help it become a speedy monster.
- Brave (Increased Attack, Decreased Speed): If you do not plan on evolving your Sentret at all, then I would suggest having a Brave Sentret in a Trick Room setup. Its Speed is already low, so why not make it even lower. With Trick Room, you can make it the speediest Pokémon in battle, and with increased Attack, it can deliver some good punches.
Sentret’s Moves Per Level (Generation VIII)
Sentret’s Moves from TM (Generation VIII)
Sentret’s Moves from Breeding (Generation VIII)
What is Sentret Strong Against in Pokémon?
Being a Normal-type Pokémon, Sentret has no type that it is defensively strong against. However, it is immune to Ghost-type attacks. Otherwise, it receives the normal amount of damage from other types except for its weakness, Fighting-type moves.
What is Sentret Weak to in Pokémon?
Defensively, Sentret gets x2 damage from Fighting-type moves. Plus, Sentret’s second-lowest stat is its Defense stat, so it does not do much in protecting the Pokémon from its weakness, considering they are mostly physical attacks.
What is the Best Build for Sentret in Pokémon?
You are a weird nut if you plan on placing this adorable baby in a Pokémon battle. I would understand making a Sentret strong enough to fend for itself for EV training and leveling up, but if you want to make your Sentret a competitive machine, you will have to climb a whole mountain to make it work.
If you are still committed to pushing Sentret to its limits, then I would suggest having the build below.
- Item: Life Orb (enhances Sentret’s damage by x1.3 but takes a tenth of its max HP after every Attack)
- Ability: Keen Eye
- Nature: Brave
- EVs: 252 Attack, 252 HP, 4 Defense
- Sleep Talk
- Slam; Quick Attack
- Sucker Punch; Double Team
This build relies on another Pokémon having a Trick Room because having a Brave Sentret means its Speed is abysmal. With Trick Room, you can turn the slowest Pokémon into the fastest one. Rest ensures that your Sentret can heal from all the HP draining that its held item, Life Orb, does. Alongside Rest is Sleep Talk, which makes Rest tolerable.
With Sleep Talk, you can use its other moves even when your Sentret is asleep. Are you worried that your other Pokémon cannot deliver the Trick Room yet? Well, Sucker Punch is a good move for an extremely slow Pokémon that can cover up this weakness. This move is a priority move, meaning it will always go first no matter Sentret’s Speed.
Plus, Sucker Punch is a Dark-type move, which is super-effective against Ghost-type Pokémon. These types of Pokémon can be bothersome for your Sentret, so having something that can touch them is a delight to have. Slam is a powerful Normal-type STAB move, but it does not have any other effect. It has 75% accuracy, but thanks to Keen Eye, it would not go lower than that.
You can replace it with Quick Attack because that move is a priority move, and it is also a STAB move. However, Quick Attack is incredibly weak, so it is not a good move competitively. If all else fails and you are not playing by the rules, you can use Double Team instead of Sucker Punch. What are they going to do? Use Double Team too? That would fail because of Keen Eye!
Question: What does Sentret Evolve Into in Pokémon?
Answer: Sentret evolves into a Furret when it reaches level 15. However, you can cancel the evolution if you want it to stay as a Sentret. Furret is still a Normal-type Pokémon.
Question: What Beats Sentret in Pokémon?
Answer: Sentret is an incredibly weak Pokémon, so it can easily be defeated by using Fighting-type moves. It also has a low Defense stat, so physical moves would be devastating for this adorable Pokémon.
Question: What can Sentret Learn in Pokémon?
Answer: Sentret can learn a lot of moves, thankfully. It can learn moves that are not even Normal-type moves like Flamethrower, Charge Beam, and more. Its STAB moves in its move pool consist of Scratch, Quick Attack, Fury Swipes, Slam, Hyper voice, Façade, Cut, Covet, Double-Edge, Last Resort, and Slash.
Question: What is Sentret Based on in Pokémon?
Answer: Sentret’s name could be a combination of the words “sentry,” which means “to guard or watch the surroundings,” and “ferret,” a small rodent found in the wild.
However, I think that it looks more like a Japanese Raccoon Dog than a ferret due to its bushy and striped tail. It could also look like flying squirrels or sugar gliders because of its wide arms.
Question: Can Sentret Fly or Use Cut and Surf in Pokémon?
Answer: No, Sentret cannot fly. However, it can use Cut and Surf, which is surprising. I did not reckon Sentret to be an animal that can carry a human being by swimming through the waters, but sometimes, Pokémon disobeys physics.
After all, they cannot expect me to believe that Ash, a 10-year-old, can carry Larvitar, a 72 kg. Pokémon, with ease.
Sentret Guide Conclusion: Is Sentret a Good Pokémon?
Sentret is not a good Pokémon at all if we are talking about competitive battles. It has abysmal stats that it should be considered illegal to bring a Sentret into battle.
However, it totally wins my heart because of its adorable design. When I play Super Mario Bros. 3 once again, I will no longer see Tanooki Mario the same anymore as only Sentret will fill my mind with its beady eyes and a small smile.
Furret can be a good Pokémon, though, in battles. It is a speedy creature, as opposed to its pre-evolution. You can pick up a Sentret in hopes of evolving it to become a mighty Furret.
Overall, I think Sentret is too weak to be considered in battles as there are other Pokémon that can easily replace it. However, in the right hands, Sentret can be a powerful being that can destroy its enemies simply by its adorable look.