Many of the Pokemon in the newly released Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have different ways to evolve. Whether you’re penny-pinching with Gimmighoul, getting steps in with Pawmo, visiting friends with Finizen, betraying Primeape, or even getting two halves to see eye-to-eye with Girafarig, there are a lot of different and bizarre methods to get your Pokemon to their final forms.
Luckily, some of them are more traditional and just require leveling. The starters in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are some of those traditional ones. Whether you’re starting with the grass-type kitty known as Sprigatito, the water-type duckling known as Quaxly, or the fire-type gator Fuecoco, getting the most out of them merely requires leveling them.
Sprigatito, the aforementioned grass kitty. Keep it in your party and level it and you’ll go through its three forms:
- Floragato (at level 16)
- Meowscarada (at level 36)
If you went with the water type the levels are going to be about the same.
- Quaxwell (at level 16)
- Quaquaval (at level 36)
Or if you’re like me and ended up with the fire-type Fuecoco, you’re also going to be looking for those levels.
- Crocalor (at level 16)
- Skeledirge (at level 36)
Luckily, Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet both give you a multitude of ways to gain levels fast. Whether it be through traditional catching and fighting wild Pokemon, trainer battles out and about (never skip a trainer), gym battles, and more you’ll find yourself getting there in no time. Also, doing Tera Raids is a great way to gather XP candies to rapidly speed up your leveling process.
It’s worth noting that this is really worth doing too as each of the starters’ final evolutions comes with a brand new signature move exclusive to each.
Meowscarada has “Flower Trick” in which it throws a rigged bouquet of flowers that not only always hits (unless the opponent is mid-fly, dig, dive, or other moves like that) but also always lands a Critical Hit. Well, as long as your opponent doesn’t have an ability that prevents crits.
Quaquaval has “Aqua Step” in which you perform a dancing attack that not only hits pretty hard but also raises your Speed stat.
And Skeledirge has the baffling “Torch Song” in which the Pokemon blows out flames in an attempt to make a strange note and in the process does a lot of Sp. Attack damage while also raising your Sp. Atk stat.