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Many Pokémon fans have felt unable to put their Switches down since Pokémon Sword and Shield released last Friday. It’s easy to spend hours exploring the Wild Area, cooking up curry, or trying to catch ‘em all. (Well, “all” is a strong word.) Trainers will often encounter new evolutions as they train up their Pokémon, helping them to fill out their Pokédexes. However, figuring out how to evolve your Pokémon in Sword and Shield can often feel like half the battle.

Of course, the new games feature plenty of standard level-up evolutions. But there are also some interesting new evolution methods. Some of them feel impossible to guess, and some even seem downright ludicrous. In any case, if you’re struggling to evolve one of your new Galarian friends, this is the guide for you. Here’s how to evolve every new Pokémon in Sword and Shield (including new regional variants).

How to evolve new Pokémon in Sword and Shield

  • Grookey –> level 16 –> Thwackey –> level 35 –> Rillaboom
  • Scorbunny –> level 16 –> Raboot –> level 35 –> Cinderace
  • Sobble –> level 16 –> Drizzile –> level 35 –> Inteleon
  • Skwovet –> level 24 –> Greedent
  • Rookidee –> level 18 –> Corvisquire –> level 38 –> Corviknight
  • Blipbug –> level 10 –> Dottler –> level 30 –> Orbeetle
  • Nickit –> level 18 –> Thievul
  • Gossifleur –> level 20 –> Eldegoss
  • Wooloo –> level 24 –> Dubwool
  • Chewtle –> level 22 –> Drednaw
  • Yamper –> level 25 –> Boltund
  • Rolycoly –> level 18 –> Carkol –> level 34 –> Coalossal
  • Applin –> exposure to a Tart Apple (exclusive to Pokémon Sword) –> Flapple OR Applin –> exposure to a Sweet Apple (exclusive to Pokémon Shield) –> Appletun (Players can obtain their respective Apple item from an NPC in Hammerlocke or in the Axew’s Eye portion of the Wild Area.)
  • Silicobra –> level 36 –> Sandaconda
  • Arrokuda –> level 26 –> Barraskewda
  • Toxel –> level 30 –> Toxtricity (Toxtricity’s Form depends on its Nature.)
  • Sizzlipede –> level 28 –> Centiskorch
  • Clobbopus –> level up while knowing Taunt –> Grapploct
  • Sinistea –> exposure to the Cracked Pot (for normal Form) or the Chipped Pot (for Rare Form) –> Polteageist (Both the Cracked Pot and the Chipped Pot are available in Stow-on-Side.)
  • Hatenna –> level 32 –> Hattrem –> level 42 –> Hatterene
  • Impidimp –> level 32 –> Morgrem –> level 42 –> Grimmsnarl
  • Milcery –> holds a Sweet item while the trainer spins around and strikes a Victory Pose –> Alcremie (The exact Alcremie Form depends on many factors, like the type of Sweet item Milcery is holding, the time of day, and the duration and direction of the trainer’s spin.)
  • Snom –> level up with high friendship during the night –> Frosmoth
  • Cufant –> level 34 –> Copperajah
  • Dreepy –> level 50 –> Drakloak –> level 60 –> Dragapult

Regional variants

  • Zigzagoon –> level 20 –> Linoone –> level 35 during the night –> Obstagoon
  • Meowth –> level 28 –> Perrserker
  • Farfetch’d –> land 3 critical hits in a single battle –> Sirfetch’d
  • Corsola –> level 38 –> Cursola
  • Koffing –> level 35 –> Weezing
  • Yamask –> lose 49 HP without healing and then walk under the stone arch in the Dusty Bowl section of the Wild Area –> Runerigus
  • Ponyta –> level 40 –> Rapidash
  • Mime Jr. –> level up while knowing Mimic –> Mr. Mime –> level 42 –> Mr. Rime
  • Darumaka –> exposure to an Ice Stone –> Darmanitan

Returning Pokémon with new evolution methods

  • Eevee –> exposure to a Leaf Stone –> Leafeon OR Eevee –> exposure to an Ice Stone –> Glaceon
  • Grubbin –> level 20 –> Charjabug –> exposure to a Thunder Stone –> Vikavolt

And with that, you now know how to evolve every single new creature in Pokémon Sword and Shield! Some trainers may typically avoid lists like this, so that each new Pokémon evolution is a surprise. However, it seems just about impossible for a trainer to figure out the convoluted steps needed to get an Alcremie, Sirfetch’d, or Runerigus on their own. So we figure this guide will come in handy for old and new trainers alike going into this game.

Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes esports news articles for Daily Esports.

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