Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon | Like Sun and Moon, Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce new forms of old Pokemon to fit the games' region. These Galarian forms are loosely British-insp

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon
Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Galarian Linoone Into Obstagoon
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Like Sun and Moon, Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce new forms of old Pokemon to fit the games' region. These Galarian forms are loosely British-inspired--there's a Charlie Chaplin-like evolution for Mr. Mime called Mr. Rime, for instance. On the more Brit punk side of things, there's Galarian Zigzagoon and Galarian Linoone, black-and-white versions of the more run-of-the-mill ones first introduced in Ruby and Sapphire. And with their Galar forms, they also get a third evolution: the Gene Simmons-looking Obstagoon.

Galarian Zigzagoon evolves into Linoone by leveling up as normal. To get Obstagoon, though, you have to put your Linoone to work. Linoone only evolves if it's participated in lots of battles--while I don't have an exact number, mine was in my team from nearly the beginning of the game, and it didn't evolve until around level 55 or so. The Pokedex indicates that the Galarian forms of these Pokemon came about because they have harsh street-urchin lives, so it makes sense that getting into lots of scrapes would turn one into a monster that looks like it's in Kiss.

You can also catch Obstagoon in the wild once you've collected enough badges. Depending on the weather conditions, it'll show up in the Bridge Field region of the Wild Area, sort of near the Daycare. You can also find one past the lake next to Professor Magnolia's house if you ride your bike all the way west (it's technically Route 2). You'll want at least one Obstagoon you're willing to part with, because you can trade one to a Team Yell Grunt in Spikemuth for a Kantonian Mr. Mime.

Obstagoon learns an interesting version of Protect called Obstruct. Direct contact from an opponent will harshly lower that opponent's Defense stat, which helps make Obstagoon's attacks hit harder while also protecting it for a turn.

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For more on Sword and Shield, be sure to read our review. There are other Gen 8 Pokemon that are tricky to evolve, but we have guides on them, too! See how to evolve Milcery into Alremie, Sinistea into Polteageist, and Applin into either Flapple or Appletun.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Sinistea Into Polteageist

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Sinistea Into Polteageist

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Galar region is inspired by the United Kingdom, and in that spirit, the games introduce a ghost-type Pokemon that's themed after tea. Sinistea, a teacup, evolves into a whole pot of tea called Polteageist. As far as Pokemon names go, they're some of the best. But they're also cool Pokemon, and it's not too hard to get them if you know where to look and what to do.

Sinistea can be found in Glimwood Tangle, the cool mushroom forest between Stow-on-Side and Ballonlea. You'll have to rustle through the tall grass to trigger an exclamation point to pop up, and Sinistea is among the Pokemon that can show up when the battle starts.

Once you catch a Sinistea, head back to Stow-on-Side and talk to the right-hand man running the marketplace stand. He sells a different "bargain" item every day, most of which are evolutionary items for various Pokemon. The item you're looking for is the Cracked Pot--if he's not selling it today, ask him for his next bargain to see if it'll come tomorrow. One you get it, all you have to do is use it on Sinistea the way you would use an evolutionary stone to get Polteageist.

Polteageist's signature move is Teatime, which forces all Pokemon on the field to eat their berries at once. This can be useful if you think your opponent's Pokemon are holding berries that reduce the damage they'd take from a super-effective move, for example--that way, you can hit the Pokemon head-on for full damage right off the bat.

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For more on Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to read our review! And we have other guides on how to evolve specific Pokemon in the game, including Milcery, Galarian Linoone, and Applin.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Applin

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guide: How To Evolve Applin

There are a number of Pokemon with branching evolution trees, in which various factors can determine if a Pokemon evolves into one form or another. Gloom, for example, can either evolve into Vileplume via a Leaf Stone or Bellossom via a Sun Stone. Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce a new Pokemon with a branching evolution line, but uniquely, it evolves differently based on which version you're playing.

That's only sort of correct, though. Sword and Shield each have an exclusive evolutionary item, and each one can be used to get a different evolution of the grass/dragon Pokemon Applin. In Sword, you can get a Tart Apple to evolve Applin into Flapple, and in Shield, you can use a Sweet Apple to evolve it into Appletun. As the names would imply, this family is all apple-themed. All you have to do is use the Apple on an Applin like an evolutionary stone.

There's a boy on the west side of Hammerlocke who will clue you in to how to evolve Applin, and he'll even give you the respective Apple item. You can also find either a Tart or Sweet Apple under a tree on Axew's Eye in the Wild Area, and they're also one of the many sweets-related rewards for victory at the Battle Cafes in Motostoke, Hammerlocke, and Wyndon. While we haven't been able to test it yet, we assume that you can give an Apple to any other Pokemon to trade with a friend and get the other version's item in your game so you can evolve your Applin as you please. We'll update this story when we can confirm if it works.

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For more on Gen 8, check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield review. We also have guides on other strange evolutions of new Pokemon, including Milcery/Alcremie, Galarian Linoone/Obstagoon, and Sinistea/Polteageist.

Pokemon Sword And Shield Exclusives And Differences Explained

Pokemon Sword And Shield Exclusives And Differences Explained

Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield? If you are still unsure about which version to buy, here are all the exclusive Pokemon and big differences between Sword and Shield.
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