If you want to be the very best, like no one ever was, make sure you know how to evolve Pokemon in Legends: Arceus.

By now, most Pokemon fans will have the core mechanics down when it comes to catching and evolving their favorite Pokemon. After all the franchise has been active since the 1990s, with little in the way of innovation where these legacy features are concerned.

However, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a bold new step for the series, branching out from the standard formula in a handful of ways. Not only is the game now open-world, but you can battle in the overworld, craft, and ride your Pokemon in your journey to catch ’em all.

Even the way you catch Pokemon is different in Legends: Arceus, and we’re excited to see how the series continues.


But with a few new features to master, here’s how to evolve Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

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How to Evolve Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

  • To evolve your Pokemon, simply head into your bag menu using up on the D-pad and select the Pokemon of your choice.
  • Then, provided that the creature has met its level or evolution requirements, simply press X to Evolve!
  • Enjoy the stylish new animation as your Pokemon transforms into its stronger form.
  • However, some Pokemon will require specific circumstances to trigger evolution, such as the use of an item. In these circumstances, choosing an item from your bad and moving it to the Pokemon on the right is another way of getting your companion to evolve.
How to Evolve Pokemon in Legends Arceus

In most Pokemon games, your companions will evolve when they hit certain milestones – but that’s not the case in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

In the new open-world title, players will need to instruct their Pokemon to evolve, rather than just allowing it to happen at certain level caps.

The benefits of evolution are simple. Not only will your Pokemon get a stat boost, but it’ll gain access to a variety of new moves too.

And although some Pokemon can’t usually evolve without trading with a friend, there’s a new solution to that issue. Here’s how to evolve Pokemon without trading in Pokemon Legends: Arceus!

How to Evolve Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Some Pokemon actually learn moves in their earlier forms that they wouldn’t learn after evolving. Choosing when to evolve is key in Pokemon Legends!

Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the new easiest way to find shiny Pokemon in Legends: Arceus! The new game is certainly making a lot of improvements to the series in terms of Quality of Life changes.

Thinking you may have made the wrong choice at the start of your adventure? Never fear, here’s where to catch Starter Pokemon in-game!

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