Historically, Porygon has been a rather hard Pokémon to obtain, often requiring you to trade it or obtain it as a prize from the Game Corner. Though not present in the base version of Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Isle of Armor DLC throws it back in the mix. Luckily, the polygonal Porygon is significantly easier to obtain this time around. Here’s how to obtain it and its evolutions, Porygon2 and Porygon-Z.
To obtain Porygon, you’ll first have to reach the end screen of Isle of Armor‘s story. This includes obtaining Urshifu’s Gigantamax form and taking on Master Mustard one final time. After everything wraps up, head to the lounge on the right of the Dojo, where you’ll find Hyde and the Cram-o-matic. If you’ve visited this section before, you’ll now notice that a Porygon has made its way into the room. Upon inspecting the creature, Hyde will ask if you like it. If you say yes, he’ll ramble on a bit before giving it to you as a gift. This Porygon is the only one naturally available in Pokémon Sword and Shield. If you want others, or if you don’t have the DLC, you’ll have to transfer them in from Pokémon Home.
How to get Porygon2
Introduced in generation 2, Porygon2 represents the advancement of technology, changing from a blocky, polygonal shape to a smooth, rounded one. This is further expressed in its evolution process, as Porygon must be traded with the Upgrade item to evolve it. If you’re looking to get Porygon2, there are two ways to get the required item.
First, you can pick up a free Upgrade in the Training Lowlands. Fly to the region and you’ll wind up in front of Digging Pa. Head west (to the left of Warm-Up Cave’s entrance), making sure to hug the wall. After the first patch of tall grass, you’ll find the Upgrade sitting on the overworld. The picture above shows where it would be located if I hadn’t already picked it up.
If you can’t find the Upgrade though, you can always create one. Fly to the Master Dojo and head to Cram-o-matic. If you’ve not used this machine, by tossing in four items, you can get a new one in exchange. There are a few recipes you can use to get an Upgrade, but the one I used was two Pecha Berries, followed by two PP Ups. Make sure you add the items in that order, because otherwise you risk potentially getting a different item altogether. The Cram-o-matic will then cough up the Upgrade.
No matter how you get it, once you have the Upgrade, have Porygon hold it and trade it to a trusted friend. In the process of completing this transaction, it will evolve into Porygon2.
How to get Porygon-Z
Starting with generation 4, Porygon2 earned the ability to evolve into Porygon-Z. If you’re into Pokémon lore, additional software was added to Porygon2 to upgrade it further, though something went wrong, giving it a stranger appearance. Following in Porygon’s footsteps, Porygon2’s evolution requires trading it with the program that made it start acting weird.
This time around, we’ll be needing the Dubious Disc. This item can be found as a one-time pickup on a small island in the Workout Sea. Its location is a bit harder to describe due to the numerous small, unnamed islands in the area. Starting at the Master Dojo, head left into the sea and proceed north towards the island of Ditto. A bit off from the coast of this island to the right, you’ll see a giant rock. The Dubious Disc island is just south of that. Above is a reference picture showing where the item would be if I hadn’t also picked this up beforehand.
Once again though, if you can’t seem to find it, you can utilize the Cram-o-matic to create one. Again, there are multiple recipes you can use, but I crafted mine with a Light Ball and three Wishing Pieces in that order. Wishing Pieces are easy to come by, as you can purchase them from the Watt Trader standing right outside the Dojo for 3,000 Watts each. The Light Ball is a bit harder, but you can easily create one with a Yellow Apricorn (plentiful on the Isle of Armor) and another three Wishing Pieces, again in that order.
Upon receiving your Dubious Disc, attach it to Porygon2 and trade it to a friend. Once they receive it, Porygon2 will evolve into its final form, Porygon-Z.