New mechanics in Pokemon Legends Arceus make it easier to evolve those Pokemon that have evolutions dependent on trading.

Pokemon Legends Arceus is undoubtedly a significant departure from the Pokemon formula in many aspects. This is the first game in the series that offers vast open areas to explore, or lets you catch Pokemon without a battle.

The new open-world Pokemon game also changes up several mechanics that have been present in the franchise for some time.

For example, one aspect that has changed in Pokemon Legends Arceus is how trading evolutions work.

First, check out how to evolve Pokemon in Pokemon Legends!

Pokemon Legends Arceus Town

How to Evolve Pokemon Without Trading in Legend: Arceus

Pokemon Legends Arceus allows gamers to evolve Pokemon whose evolutions are tied to trading with the aid of the Linking Cord item.

For those who own a Kadabra and want to evolve to Alakazam, we got some great news! What was once a trade-exclusive evolution is now possible simply by acquiring a specific tool.

Although, there is a caveat to this. The Linking Cord is a single-use item, so you will have to use it wisely!

How to Get a Linking Cord in Pokemon Legends Arceus

If you want to get this item, here is how you can get Linking Cords in Pokemon Legends Arceus:

How to Get a Linking Cord in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

  • You can purchase Linking Cords from the exchange merchant in town with the Togepi flag for 1000 Merits
  • Linking Cords can also be found as lost items in the Hisui map
Pokemon Exchange Merchant

Remember that you can only use this item once, so choose the right Pokemon you want to evolve in Legends Arceus without the need for trading.

List of Pokemon That Evolve Via Trading or Linking Cord

You can evolve these Pokemon via trading or Linking Cords in Pokemon Legends Arceus.

  • Kadabra
  • Machoke
  • Graveler
  • Onix
  • Rhydon
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Porygon
  • Porygon2
  • Dusclops

Also Read: How to Catch Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

We know every trainer out there is looking out for legendary Pokemon! Here is how you can catch the mythical Darkrai and Shaymin in Pokemon Legends Arceus.

Lastly, if you are already shiny hunting, this is the best way to find shiny Pokemon in Legends Arceus.

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Cristian started his journey in gaming with an NES. Now, he works as a gaming journalist and enjoys the wonders of multi-platform gaming.