Some Pokemon evolve in unorthodox ways. These are some that fans forgot about.
Pokémon is a fun franchise with plenty of fun characters and moments, but at the end of the day, the Pokémon themselves are what matter. The series is centered on evolution and how each of these wild animals grow and evolve into their final forms.
Most of them simply evolve naturally through growth and progression as they level up, but that’s not the case for every single one of them. Let’s take a look at 10 Pokémon who evolve in the absolute weirdest way, through the most recent generation in Pokémon Sword & Shield.
Growing up as a kid you were likely subject to situations where you couldn’t enjoy a reward unless the other kid in the room was ready and present as well. Mantyke is the Pokémon equivalent to this frustration as it must have a specific Pokémon present in the party for it to evolve. Mantyke is part of the divisive set of what most people call “Baby Pokémon” which are pre-evolutions to already existing creatures. To get it to evolve into the Water and Flying-type named Mantine there must be a Remoraid present in your Pokémon party.
The cool thing about Nincada’s weird evolution is that it isn’t necessary for those who want its evolved form, but doing it will give you another Pokémon entirely and help fill out the pokédex. If you have a Nincada, a Bug/Ground dual-type, and hit level 20 it will evolve into a Ninjask. Now, if you do this with an empty slot in your Pokémon party then upon reaching level 20 you’ll also be gifted with a living embodiment of its shed skin with the Bug/Ghost dual-type known as Shedinja. It’s a neat and very unique evolutionary process.
Most of the Pokémon on this list are base forms that turn into final forms in a weird way, but Sliggoo happens to be the sole middle form. The Dragon-type jelly reptile was first introduced in the 6th generation of games and is a result of a Goomy reaching level 40.
Trainers not only have to level up Sliggoo 10 more times, but at level 50 they also have to make sure it happens in a battle taking place in the rain. This means it’s best to come prepared with a Pokémon who can cause the rain battle status and simply swap it out for Sliggoo.
Pokémon stat manipulation via usable items is a deeper part of the franchise that not all players get involved with. In the case of Tyrogue, it forces players to research and understand these consumable items as it pertains to what Fighting-type final form it will evolve into. Everything happens at level 20 for Tyrogue is dependent on its stats. At level 20 if its attack is greater than its defense it becomes Hitmonlee, if it’s the opposite it turns into Hitmonchan, and if they’re even you’re gifted with Hitmontop.
We’ve already talked about some Pokémon whose evolution is dependent on another specific Pokémon being in the party, but this one takes it to another level. The 5th generation of games introduced two Bug-type Pokémon known as Karrablast and Shelmet, who can only evolve when traded for one another. This means that to get the final form of either of them you either need trustworthy friends who can help you out or two compatible Nintendo consoles that you can use to make the trade yourself.
Now, the process of evolving an Eevee into one of its various final forms isn’t difficult, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t weird. In many ways, it seems that Eevee is the key when trying to figure out the genetic core of what Pokémon evolution means. The potential this tiny mammal has can overwhelm some people, but whoever complained about having more choices? The Pokémon GO games also made it as simple as naming your Eevee a certain name and it would evolve without the need for a stone or condition to be met.
If you’ve ever tried your hand at baking then you know it’s a complicated hobby that requires attention to detail and patience. The same can be said about Milcery, an adorable Fairy-type Pokémon from the Galar region. Trainers will first need to give their Milcery 1 of 7 different Sweet held items, then spin in place with your character, resulting in 1 of 63 different forms. The look of your Alcremie is determined by the type of item Milcery is holding, the direction you spin, how long you spin for, and lastly what time of day it is when you spin around.
3 Galarian Farfetch’d
Fans have been clamoring for the Kanto region’s Farfetch’d to receive some evolutionary love and thanks to Pokémon Sword & Shield it finally did. Galarian Farfetch’d evolves into a creature known as Sirfetch’d, but interested trainers must understand it’s an involved process.
Trainers must have their Galarian Farfetch’d get 3 critical hits in the same battle. This can be made easier by finding the Leek held item that boosts the Pokémon’s chances of landing a critical hit attack on their opponent in battle.
2 Galarian Yamask
We’ve already covered one regional form introduced in Pokémon Sword & Shield, but it isn’t the only creature to get a weird and overly involved evolutionary process. Galarian Yamask takes the Ghost-type Pokémon from the 5th generation of games and grounds it to the world with the addition of a secondary Ground-typing. Those who want to acquire Runerigus must have their Galarian Yamask take at least 49 health points of damage without dying, then be transported to an area in the Dusty Bowl area of the Wild Area, under a large stone arch.
Inkay is a perfect example of a Pokémon who was designed with the idea of Nintendo’s current hardware in mind. Upon Inkay’s introduction to the series, the Nintendo 3DS was the gaming company’s primary platform for mainline Pokémon titles. It made sense that Inkay would have an evolution predicated on users turning their console upside down once the squid hit level 30. It gave players a reason to interact with their hardware in a fun and inventive way we rarely see in the franchise.
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