Throughout the Pokemon series, you can evolve your Pokemon into different forms, making them stronger and better prepared for the battles ahead. Whether you’re evolving your Pokémon by leveling them up or exposing them to an item that evolves them, seeing how your Pokémon evolves is one of the most exciting parts of your Pokémon adventure.
Many Pokemon you may encounter on your travels may have one or more shape shifts depending on how you decide to evolve them. These are just a few of the Pokemon with branching evolution lines available that have the best concepts and are known for their clever and unique designs.
ten Choose your flower: Gloom
This poisonous plant can evolve into two distinct forms depending on the evolution stone you use to evolve it. You can get Vileplume by using a Leaf Stone on Gloom, while Bellossom requires the use of a Sunstone.
Although both are inspired by plants, Vileplume resembles a Rafflesia. Also known as the “corpse flower”, this tall plant exuded a putrid stench that earned it its name. In comparison, Bellossom has a much more cheerful design, probably due to its exposure to the sun.
9 Guitars at your fingertips: Toxel
Toxel is an Electric and Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Sword and Shield. Known as “Baby Pokemon”, it can be obtained from an NPC in the Pokemon Nursery on Route Five, and can be encountered in the wild on Route Seven as a surprise encounter or in the Wild Area. Toxel evolves into Toxtricity at level 30; However, there are two different versions of Toxtricity that you can get depending on the nature of your Pokemon.
Toxtricity’s amplified form is purple and yellow and has a single mohawk, while Toxtricity’s low-key form is purple and blue with two mohawks. If you want a specific shape, you’ll need to look for a Toxel that has the right nature. Otherwise, you might choose the first Toxel you encounter, leaving its evolution a surprise.
8 Ice Cold: Snore
The “Snow Hat Pokemon”, Snorunt is an Ice-type Pokemon that can evolve into Froslass or Glalie depending on how you choose to evolve it. A female Snorunt can evolve into a Froslass when you use a Dawn Stone on it and is an ice and ghost type Pokémon. Unlike Glalie, Froslass is humanoid in appearance and many of his Pokedex entries say that women who get lost in “snowy mountains” are “reborn as Froslass”.
Glalie doesn’t need an evolution stone to get it and evolves from a Snorunt at level 42. If you want to evolve your Shiny Snorunt into Froslass, you better hope it’s female, otherwise you’re out of luck.
seven Give it a whirl: Poliwhirl
Poliwhirl is a Generation 1 Water-type Pokémon known for the spiral pattern on its front, believed to induce drowsiness if you find yourself under its sway. Poliwhirlwind will evolve into Poliwrath when influenced by a Water Stone, or Politoed if you trade it while in possession of a King’s Rock.
Poliwrath has a similar design to Poliwhirl, continuing its blue color scheme. On the other hand, Politoed successfully reaches its full potential, transforming from a tadpole to a frog. The fact that it evolves into a frog Pokémon through the use of a King’s Rock could be a reference to the fairy tale, The Frog Prince. Politoed definitely lives up to his royal status, as his Pokedex entries describe how Poliwag and Poliwhirl respond to his cries, seeing him as their leader.
6 Elegant Fighters: Kirlia
A Psychic and Fairy-type Pokémon, Kirlia evolves into Gardevoir at level 30, or Gallade, a Psychic- and Fighting-type Pokémon, if you use a Dawn Stone on a male Kirlia. Besides their type differences, Gardevoir and Gallade have different designs, with Gardevoir continuing Kirlia’s ballerina appearance.
Gallade’s design is much more suited to his Fighting nature, with a more blade-like look. The Pokemon designers have done a great job of capturing the common heritage of these Pokemon, while making them unique from each other. Each evolution offers something new, both in terms of battle and design.
5 Ruff choice to make: Rockruff
The adorable Pokemon pup, Rockruff, is a must-have Pokemon for dog lovers. However, you will have to choose carefully when choosing between Sun and Ultra Sun or Moon and Ultra Moon, as it can evolve into Lycanroc Midday Form (in Sun and Ultra Sun), Lycanroc Midnight Form (in Moon and Ultra Moon), or Dusk Form Lycanroc if you’re lucky enough to have a Rockruff with the Ability Own Tempo.
If you evolve Rockruff during the day, it will evolve into its noon form, which is the form that most closely resembles Rockruff’s design. Whereas if you evolve Rockruff at night, he will evolve into his midnight form, which resembles a werewolf, standing on two legs with glowing red eyes. If you evolve a Rockruff with Own Tempo, it will evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc, which has an orange mantle similar to the sky at dusk.
4 One application per day: Applin
This apple-inspired Pokemon is every bit as versatile as the fruit it was designed after, becoming either Flapple, if you use a tart apple on it, or Appletun, if you use a sweet apple. Applin isn’t actually the apple itself, but the wyrm-like creature that lives inside.
If you evolve Applin into Flapple, it takes on a more dragon-like appearance, using the skin of the apple as wings to fly. Appletun’s design favors a soft appearance instead, with its body resembling an apple pie. Applin’s various evolutions are a brilliant way to use his clever design, giving this Dragon a fruity twist.
3 Everyone was fighting Kubfu: Kubfu
Kubfu was introduced in The Isle of Armor expansion pack for Sword and Shield and is distinct from many other legendaries in the series as it can evolve into two different forms – Single Strike Style Urshifu and Rapid Strike Style Urshifu.
During your adventure on the Isle of Armor, you have the choice of training Kubfu in the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Water. Training Kubfu at the Tower of Darkness will evolve it into Single Strike-style Urshifu, a Fighting and Dark-type Pokémon. While Kubfu’s training at the Water Tower will lead him to become Rapid Strike Style Urshifu, a Fighting and Water-type Pokémon. Kubfu’s different forms are a fun way to make this legendary Pokemon unique, while incorporating the martial arts theme around which the Isle of Armor is centered.
2 Cosmic Evolutions: Cosmoem
Similar to Kubfu, Cosmoem is another legendary Pokemon that can evolve into two different forms: the sun-inspired Pokemon, Solgaleo, or the moon Pokemon, Lunala. Solgaleo is available in Sun, Ultra Sun, and Sword, and Lunala is available in Moon, Ultra Moon, and Shield.
Cosmoem evolutions are an interesting way to honor the astrological chart of the Sun and the Moon. As a Legendary Pokémon from a main game, Cosmoem plays an important role in the game’s story. First introduced as Nebby, Lillie’s playful Cosmog, it’s fun to watch this Pokémon grow throughout the story, eventually reaching its true legendary potential.
1 I have to evolve them all: Eevee
Perhaps the most complex example of a branching evolution line, Eevee can evolve into eight different variations, earning it the title “Evolution Pokemon”. Each of the Eevee evolutions has a different type that matches their distinctive appearances. When it comes to deciding which form to choose, you can’t go wrong, as each Pokemon offers something new while still staying true to Eevee’s adorable concept.
Alongside Pikachu, Eevee has become one of the series’ most recognizable Pokemon, and all of its evolutions are equally memorable. The only problem with Eevee evolutions is deciding which one to choose.
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