Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to evolve Gastly and Haunter into Gengar

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There are many new nad unique ways to evolve your Pokemon in the newly released Pokemon Scarlet and Violet for Nintendo Switch. From coin-collecting with Gimmighoul to walking with Pawmo, it’s not always as easy as simply leveling up with your Pokemon (although that is the method for your three starters, Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly).

How to evolve Gastly and Haunter into Gengar in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The evolutionary line of Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar is a weird one because it requires you to, at best case, have a friend. And worse case, own a second Switch and a second copy of the game. Depending on your personality feel free to switch which one is truly the best case.

If you have the little gassy ghost ball Gastly on your team it truly isn’t that difficult to evolve. To evolve Gastly into Haunter simply level it up to level 25.

From there, however, you can level up Haunter to 100 and you’ll never see it evolve. So how do you get it to evolve to Gengar? That’s where knowing people comes in handy.

To get Haunter to evolve into a Gengar you need to hit up a friend and trade it to them. Upon trading, the Haunter will become a Gengar. This is unfortunate because you get to miss the fun evolution animation. Also, make sure you’re trading with someone you know and not some rando online because there’s no guarantee they’ll give it back.

The other thing you’ll want to remember is that because it’s been traded it’ll gather XP at a more rapid clip so you’ll find it power leveling faster than your other party members which, depending on what you’re trying to do can either help or hinder you. Happy haunting.

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