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File:Evolving Sandile.png

Ash's Sandile evolving in the anime

Evolution (Japanese: 進化 Evolution) in the Pokémon franchise, is the first evolution method when one Pokémon, upon reaching a certain level, using a certain stone, learning a certain move, or is traded, evolves into a different Pokémon. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver games, it says that Professor Elm is an expert on evolution and discovered that Pikachu evolves from Pichu.

Normal Evolution Tricks

First Evolution Method

Pokémon gain experience after battling wild Pokémon and Pokémon Trainers. The more experience a Pokémon gains, the more it levels up. When a Pokémon reaches a particular level, it will evolve into its next form, if it has one. This is very helpful to most Trainers who want their Pokémon to become stronger.

There are ways to share experience, such as allow a Pokémon you wish it to evolve to hold Exp. Share. It is a hold item that allows the user to earn experience even if it did not participate in the battle. This is a convenient tool if you want to level up a new or low-level Pokémon.

You can prevent evolution by simply press the 'B' button on the Game when the Pokémon is attempting to evolve. This is useful as some Pokémon will learn moves that cannot be learned in a later form or if you want a Pokémon to learn a move earlier than usual. For example, Gabite. If you let Gible evolve into Gabite at level 24 it will learn Dragon Rush at level 49, but if you keep Gible it will learn Dragon Rush at level 37. Sometimes it doesn't matter if you let it evolve or not. The Pokémon can hold an Everstone, which keeps them from evolving, so that you don't have to keep cancelling the evolution every time the Pokémon levels up. However, if your Pokémon has evolved, it might not evolve again (Raticate, Linoone, etc.) Although some Pokémon can evolve more than once (Poliwhirl, Cascoon, etc.), some basic Pokémon just can't evolve, due to undiscovered forms, or if they are really rare (Chatot, Groudon, etc.) There are also Pokémon that can evolve into different things like love, choice, etc. For example, Eevee, Poliwhirl, Wurmple, or Kirlia.

Second Evolution Method: Mega Evolution

Main article: Mega Evolution

Select Pokémon are able to obtain a second form of evolution called Mega Evolution, where the Pokémon gains a boost in strength and/or change in abilities. Only fully evolved Pokémon are capable of Mega Evolving with the use of a Mega Stone, a held object. However, this second evolution method lasts only for one battle, the Pokémon devolves into their pre-evolved form at the conclusion of the battle.

List of Pokémon Mega Evolve
Name Conditions Evolve to
003.png Venusaur Hold Venusaurite File:003M.png Mega Venusaur
006.png Charizard Hold Charizardite X or Y File:006M.png Mega Charizard X
File:006M2.png Mega Charizard Y
009.png Blastoise Hold Blastoisite File:009M.png Mega Blastoise
065.png Alakazam Hold Alakazamite File:065M.png Mega Alakazam
094.png Gengar Hold Gengarite File:094M.png Mega Gengar
115.png Kangaskhan Hold Kangaskhanite File:115M.png Mega Kangaskhan
127.png Pinsir Hold Pinsirite File:127M.png Mega Pinsir
130.png Gyarados Hold Gyaradosite File:130M.png Mega Gyarados
142.png Aerodactyl Hold Aerodactylite File:142M.png Mega Aerodactyl
150.png Mewtwo Hold Mewtwonite X or Y File:150M.png Mega Mewtwo X
File:150M2.png Mega Mewtwo Y
181.png Ampharos Hold Ampharosite File:181M.png Mega Ampharos
212.png Scizor Hold Scizorite File:212M.png Mega Scizor
214.png Heracross Hold Heracronite File:214M.png Mega Heracross
229.png Houndoom Hold Houndoomite File:229M.png Mega Houndoom
248.png Tyranitar Hold Tyranitarite File:248M.png Mega Tyranitar
257.png Blaziken Hold Blazikenite File:257M.png Mega Blaziken
282.png Gardevoir Hold Gardevoirite

File:282M.png Mega Gardevoir

303.png Mawile Hold Mawilite

File:303M.png Mega Mawile

306.png Aggron Hold Aggronite File:306M.png Mega Aggron
308.png Medicham Hold Medichamite File:308M.png Mega Medicham
310.png Manectric Hold Manectite File:310M.png Mega Manectric
354.png Banette Hold Banettite File:354M.png Mega Banette
359.png Absol Hold Absolite File:359M.png Mega Absol
445.png Garchomp Hold Garchompite File:445M.png Mega Garchomp
448.png Lucario Hold Lucarionite 448M.png Mega Lucario
460.png Abomasnow Hold Abomanite File:460M.png Mega Abomasnow

Special Condition Evolutions

Evolution Stones

Some Pokémon will not evolve unless you use a special stone called an Evolution Stone. These special Items are linked to the Pokémon's type. Here are a list of Pokémon that can evolve by giving them the stones.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Evolution Stones
Name Conditions Evolve to
Vulpix 037.png Fire Stone Bag Fire Stone Sprite.png Ninetales 038.png
Growlithe 058.png Arcanine 059.png
Eevee 133.png Flareon 136.png
Pansear 513.png Simisear 514.png
Pikachu 025.png Thunder Stone Bag Thunder Stone Sprite.png Raichu 026.png
Eevee 133.png Jolteon 135.png
Eelektrik 603.png Eelektross 604.png
Poliwhirl 061.png Water Stone Bag Water Stone Sprite.png Poliwrath 062.png
Shellder 090.png Cloyster 091.png
Staryu 120.png Starmie 121.png
Eevee 133.png Vaporeon 134.png
Lombre 271.png Ludicolo 272.png
Panpour 515.png Simipour 516.png
Gloom 044.png Leaf Stone Bag Leaf Stone Sprite.png Vileplume 045.png
Weepinbell 070.png Victreebel 071.png
Exeggcute 102.png Exeggutor 103.png
Nuzleaf 274.png Shiftry 275.png
Pansage 511.png Simisage 512.png
Gloom 044.png Sun Stone Bag Sun Stone Sprite.png Bellossom 182.png
Sunkern 191.png Sunflora 192.png
Cottonee 546.png Whimsicott 547.png
Petilil 548.png Lilligant 549.png
Helioptile 694.png Heliolisk 695.png
Nidorina 030.png Moon Stone Bag Moon Stone Sprite.png Nidoqueen 031.png
Nidorino 033.png Nidoking 034.png
Clefairy 035.png Clefable 036.png
Jigglypuff 039.png Wigglytuff 040.png
Skitty 300.png Delcatty 301.png
Munna 517.png Musharna 518.png
Kirlia (♂) 281.png Dawn Stone Bag Dawn Stone Sprite.png Gallade 475.png
Snorunt (♀) 361.png Froslass 478.png
Roselia 315.png Shiny Stone Bag Shiny Stone Sprite.png Roserade 407.png
Togetic 176.png Togekiss 468.png
Minccino 572.png Cinccino 573.png
Floette 670.png Florges 671.png
Murkrow 198.png Dusk Stone Bag Dusk Stone Sprite.png Honchkrow 430.png
Misdreavus 200.png Mismagius 429.png
Lampent 608.png Chandelure 609.png
Doublade 680.png Aegislash 681 Shield.png681 Blade.png

Evolution Items

Some items are needed for a Pokémon to evolve. If a Pokémon hold the item allowing it to evolve, let it level up once and it will then evolve into the second form.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Attached Items
Name Conditions Evolve to
Gligar 207.png Held Item: Razor Fang Bag Razor Fang Sprite.png at Night Gliscor 472.png
Sneasel 215.png Held Item: Razor Claw Bag Razor Claw Sprite.png at Night Weavile 461.png
Happiny 440.png Held Item: Oval Stone Bag Oval Stone Sprite.png at Day Chansey 113.png


A small group of Pokémon refuses to evolve, no matter if you are at the appropriate level to trigger the evolve process, unless you trade them with a friend. Some Pokémon need to have a held item to evolve when trading with a friend. Another group require specific Pokémon to be trade in order to evolve.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Trading
Name Conditions Evolve to
Kadabra 064.png None Alakazam 065.png
Haunter 093.png Gengar 094.png
Machoke 067.png Machamp 068.png
Graveler 075.png Golem 076.png
Boldore 525.png Gigalith 526.png
Gurdurr 533.png Conkeldurr 534.png
Phantump 708.png Trevenant 709.png
Pumpkaboo 710.png Gourgeist 711.png
Onix 095.png Held Item: Metal Coat Bag Metal Coat Sprite.png Steelix 208.png
Scyther 123.png Scizor 212.png
Poliwhirl 061.png Held Item: King's Rock Bag King's Rock Sprite.png Politoed 186.png
Slowpoke 079.png Slowking 199.png
Seadra 117.png Held Item: Dragon Scale Bag Dragon Scale Sprite.png Kingdra 230.png
Porygon 137.png Held Item: Up-Grade Bag Up-Grade Sprite.png Porygon2 233.png
Clamperl 366.png Held Item: DeepSeaScale Bag DeepSeaScale Sprite.png Gorebyss 368.png
Clamperl 366.png Held Item: DeepSeaTooth Bag DeepSeaTooth Sprite.png Huntail 367.png
Electabuzz 125.png Held Item: Electrizer Bag Electrizer Sprite.png Electivire 466.png
Magmar 126.png Held Item: Magmarizer Bag Magmarizer Sprite.png Magmortar 467.png
Rhydon 112.png Held Item: Protector Bag Protector Sprite.png Rhyperior 464.png
Porygon2 233.png Held Item: Dubious Disc Bag Dubious Disc Sprite.png Porygon-Z 474.png
Feebas 349.png Held Item: Prism Scale Bag Prism Scale Sprite.png (V onward) Milotic 350.png
Dusclops 356.png Held Item: Reaper Cloth Bag Reaper Cloth Sprite.png Dusknoir 477.png
Shelmet 616.png Trade with a Karrablast 588.png Accelgor 617.png
Karrablast 588.png Trade with a Shelmet 616.png Escavalier 589.png
Spritzee 682.png Held Item: Sachet File:Bag Sachet Sprite.png Aromatisse 683.png
Swirlix 684.png Held Item: Whipped Dream File:Bag Whipped Dream Sprite.png Slurpuff 685.png

Gender Evolution

Small groups of Pokémon requires a gender to evolve into the next stage.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Gender
Name Conditions Evolve to
Burmy 412.png 412B.png 412C.png Level 20, (♀) Wormadam 413.png 413B.png 413C.png
Level 20, (♂) Mothim 414.png
Combee 415.png Level 25, (♀) Vespiquen 416.png


Certain Pokémon, especially baby Pokémon, requires friendship with its trainer and if they are fond enough, they are willing to evolve. Some Pokémon only evolves in a certain time of the day with friendship.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Friendship
Name Conditions Evolve to
Golbat 042.png None Crobat 169.png
Chansey 113.png Blissey 242.png
Pichu 172.png Pikachu 025.png
Cleffa 173.png Clefairy 035.png
Igglybuff 174.png Jigglypuff 039.png
Togepi 175.png Togetic 176.png
Azurill 298.png Marill 183.png
Buneary 427.png Lopunny 428.png
Munchlax 446.png Snorlax 143.png
Woobat 527.png Swoobat 528.png
Swadloon 541.png Leavanny 542.png
Eevee 133.png at Day Day.png Espeon 196.png
Budew 406.png Roselia 315.png
Riolu 447.png Lucario 448.png
Eevee 133.png at Night NIght.png Umbreon 197.png
Chingling 433.png Chimecho 358.png

Location Based Evolutions

Special Pokémon evolves at a certain area of location.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Locations
Name Locations Evolve to
Magneton 082.png Mt. Coronet (IV), Electric Rock Cave (V), Route 13 [Lumiose Badlands] (VI) Magnezone 462.png
Nosepass 299.png Probopass 476.png
Eevee 133.png Moss Rock at Eterna Forest (IV), Moss Rock at Pinwheel Forest (V), Moss Rock at Route 20 [Winding Woods] (VI) Leafeon 470.png
Eevee 133.png Ice Rock at Route 217 (IV), Ice Rock at Twist Mountain (V), Ice Rock at Frost Cavern (VI) Glaceon 471.png

Attack Based Pokémon

Certain Pokémon need to know a move to evolve.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Learning Moves
Name Conditions Evolve to
Tangela 114.png learning Ancient Power Tangrowth 465.png
Yanma 193.png Yanmega 469.png
Piloswine 221.png Mamoswine 473.png
Bonsly 438.png learning Mimic Sudowoodo 185.png
Mime Jr. 439.png Mr. Mime 122.png
Lickitung 108.png learning Rollout Lickilicky 463.png
Aipom 190.png learning Double Hit Ambipom 424.png
Eevee 133.png learning a Fairy-type move and +2 Heart on Pokémon-Amie Sylveon 700.png

Unique Evolutions

Some Pokémon have certain type of unique way of evolve.

List of Pokémon Evolves by Unique Way
Name Conditions Evolve to
Wurmple 265.png Level 7 (Random depending on PV - Personality Value) Silcoon 266.png
Cascoon 268.png
Tyrogue 236.png Level 20, Attack stats more than Defense Hitmonlee 106.png
Level 20, Defense stats more than Attack Hitmonchan 107.png
Level 20, Attack stats equal to Defense Hitmontop 237.png
Feebas 349.png Maxed out Beauty Condition and then level up (III—IV) Milotic 350.png
Nincada 290.png Level 20, with empty Poké Ball Poke Ball Sprite.png and a open slot on your party. Shedinja 292.png
Mantyke 458.png A Remoraid 223.png in your party and then level up. Mantine 226.png
Pancham 674.png Level 32, with Dark-type Pokémon in your party. Pangoro 675.png
Inkay 686.png Level 30, rotate the 3DS upside-down upon level up. Malamar 687.png
Tyrunt 696.png Level 39, at Day Day.png Tyrantrum 697.png
Amaura 698.png Level 39, at Night NIght.png Aurorus 699.png
Sliggoo 705.png Level 50, when raining Goodra 706.png