Pokemon Sword and Shield - Other Evolution Methods

Information and guide on different evolutionary methods in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Unique Evolution Methods

Guide on Other Evolutionary Methods

In addition to evolution stones, there are other methods of evolving a player’s pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Below is a list of other evolution methods and how to apply them.

Evolutionary Stones

Some Pokemon require the use of special evolutionary stones in order to evolve. The available evolutions and locations of each stone are on our Evolutionary Stone page.

Evolutionary Stone Guide

By Trading

Current Form Next Evolution Item Required Evolution Method
Machoke Machamp Evolves after being traded to another game
Haunter Gengar Evolves after being traded to another game
Onix Steelix Metal Coat Evolves after being traded to another game.
Rhydon Rhyperior Protector Evolves after being traded to another game.
Feebas Milotic Prism Scale Evolves after being traded to another game.
Dusclops Dusknoir Reaper Cloth Evolves after being traded to another game.
Boldore Gigalith Evolves after being traded to another game.
Gurdurr Conkeldurr Evolves after being traded to another game.
Karrablast Escavalier Evolves after being traded for Shelmet.
Shelmet Accelgor Evolves after being traded for Karrablast.
Spritzee Aromatisse Sachet Evolves after being traded to another game.
Swirlix Slurpuff Whipped Dream Evolves after being traded to another game.
Phantump Trevenant Evolves after being traded to another game.
Pumpkaboo Gourgeist Evolves after being traded to another game.

Pokemon Trading Guide

By Attaching Items and Spinning

Current Form Next Evolution Item Required Evolution Method
Milcery (Vanilla Cream) Alcremie Berry Sweet
Clover Sweet
Flower Sweet
Love Sweet
Ribbon Sweet
Star Sweet
Strawberry Sweet
Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, quickly spin on the spot clockwise. This should be done during the daytime.
(Ruby Cream) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, quickly spin on the spot counter-clockwise. This should be done during the daytime.
(Caramel Swirl) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, spin on the spot clockwise for more than 5 seconds. This should be done during the daytime.
(Ruby Swirl) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, spin on the spot counter-clockwise for more than 5 seconds. This should be done during the daytime.
(Matcha Cream) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, quickly spin on the spot clockwise. This should be done at night.
(Salted Cream) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, quickly spin on the spot counter-clockwise. This should be done at night.
(Lemon Cream) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, spin on the spot clockwise for more than 5 seconds. This should be done at night.
(Mint Cream) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, spin on the spot counter-clockwise for more than 5 seconds. This should be done at night.
(Rainbow Swirl) Alcremie Attach one sweet to Milcery. Then, spin on the spot counter-clockwise for more than 5 seconds. This should be done at dusk/dawn.

By Using Items

Current Form Next Evolution Item Required Evolution Method
Applin Flapple (Sword only) Tart Apple Use the item.
Applin Appletun (Shield only) Sweet Apple Use the item.
Common Sinistea (Forgery) Polteageist Cracked Pot Use the item.
Rare Sinistea (Authentic) Polteageist Chipped Pot Use the item.

By Attaching Items

Current Form Next Evolution Move Required Evolution Method
Sneasel Weavile Razor Claw Level up Sneasel while Razor Claw is held. This should be done at night.

By Attaching Moves

Current Form Next Evolution Move Required Evolution Method
Bonsly Sudowoodo Mimic Level up Bonsly in battle while Mimic is in its moveset.
Mime Jr. Mr. Mime Mimic Level up Mime Jr. in battle while Mimic is in its moveset.
Mamoswine Piloswine Ancient Power Level up Piloswine in battle while Ancient Power is in its moveset.
Pancham Pangoro Dark type move Level up Pancham in battle while having a dark type move in its moveset.
Clobbopus Grapploct Taunt Level up Clobbopus in battle while Taunt is in its moveset.

By Battling Conditions

Current Form Next Evolution Battle Condition Required Evolution Method
Inkay Malamar Use handheld mode and turn the switch upside down After reaching level 30, level up Inkay in battle while holding the switch upside down.
Sliggoo Goodra Raining After reaching level 50, level up Sliggoo in battle while it’s raining.
Farfetch’d Sirfetch’d (Sword only) Perform 3 critical hits Attack an opponent with three critical hits in a single battle.
Linoone Obstagoon Reach level 35 at night time Level up Linoone up to 35 during night time.
Mantyke Mantine Must have Remoraid in party Level up Mantyke while Remoraid is in the same party.

By Gender

Current Form Next Evolution Gender Required Evolution Method
Combee Vespiquen Must be female After reaching level 21, level up Combee in battle.
Salandit Salazzle Must be female After reaching level 33, level up Salandit in battle.

By Specific Nature

Current Form Next Evolution Nature Required Evolution Method
Toxel Toxtricity Adamant
Brave
Docile
Hardy
Hasty
Impish
Jolly
Lax
Naive
Naughty
Rash
Quirky
Sassy
Level up Toxel to 30 while it has one of these specific natures in its state.
Toxel Toxtricity Bashful
Bold
Calm
Careful
Gentle
Lonely
Mild
Modest
Quiet
Relaxed
Serious
Timid
Level up Toxel in battle up to 30 while it has one of these specific natures in its current state.

By Happiness Level

Current Form Next Evolution Happiness Value Required Evolution Method
Eevee Espeon 220 happiness Level up Eevee at day time while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Umbreon 220 happiness Level up Eevee at night time while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Sylveon 160 happiness Level up Eevee while it has a fairy type move in its moveset while maintaining its 160 happiness value.
Pichu Pikachu 220 happiness Level up Pichu while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Cleffa Clefairy 220 happiness Level up Cleffa while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Togepi Togetic 220 happiness Level up Togepi while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Budew Roselia 220 happiness Level up Budew at day time while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Riolu Lucario 220 happiness Level up Riolu at day time while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Munchlax Snorlax 220 happiness Level up Munchlax while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Woobat Swoobat 220 happiness Level up Woobat while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Type: Null Silvally 220 happiness Level up Type: Null while maintaining its 220 happiness value.
Snom Frosmoth 220 happiness Level up Snom at night time while maintaining its 220 happiness value.

By Received Damage and Location

Current Form Next Evolution Requirements Evolution Method
Yamask Runerigus 49 damage received Take at least 49 HP damage. Then walk under a stone sculpture in the Dusty Bowl wild area.

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