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With every Pokémon generation comes a new and exciting way to evolve the critters — who could forget holding the Nintendo 3DS upside down to evolve Inkay? Sword and Shield are no different, with more than a few odd methods for getting stronger Pokémon.

WARNING: There will be spoilers ahead, so if you want to play the entire game fresh and discover these methods yourself, click away now!


How to evolve Galarian Farfetch’d into Sirfetch’d



Befitting a weapon-wielding Pokémon of virtue, you’ll need to score three Critical Hits in one battle with your Galarian Farfetch’d before it can evolve into Sirfetch’d.


How to evolve Galarian Yamask into Runerigus



For this one poor little Yamask will need to take some damage – at least 49 HP’s worth, to be exact. Then you’ll need to walk under the stone sculpture at the Dusty Bowl Wild Area.


How to evolve Applin into Flapple or Appletun



Applin has two separate evolutions – Flapple and Appletun. For the former, use a Tart Apple to evolve them, for the latter, a Sweet Apple.


How to evolve Clobbopus into Grapploct



Teaching Clobbopus Taunt is all it takes to evolve it into Grapploct.


How to evolve Sinistea into Polteageist



Evolving Sinistea requires getting it another vessel — namely, the Cracked Pot.


How to evolve Galarian Linoone into Obstagoon



This new third evolution of the Zigzagoon line can be obtained after Galarian Linoone has hit Level 35 and it’s night time.


How to evolve Snom into Frosmoth



This cute l’il guy can only evolve by levelling up at night time while having a happiness value of 220.



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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.