Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to evolve Applin

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The new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet games for Nintendo Switch have a wealth of new and familiar Pokemon in them. Many of these can evolve using various methods.

You have the starter Pokemon that evolve in the traditional method of leveling up to a certain level. New Pokemon like Gimmeghoul and Pawmo have new methods for evolution. And even returning Pokemon like Primeape and Girafarig have been given new evolutions that require interesting methods to achieve.

The super tiny Grass and Dragon Type Applin has a very simple method to evolve. It’s actually far easier than when it debuted in Pokemon Sword and Shield. But only if you know where to look. Both Applin AND the method for evolution can be tricky if you don’t know where to look.

To find Applin, you need to keep your eyes on the sky, kinda. Applin can be found in the trees. You have to keep your eyes on the trees you pass looking for any that might look like it has an apple or two on them. This can be tough because, well, they’re the size of an apple. To capture it you need to dash on your mount toward the tree and slam into it. This will knock them down allowing you to capture them.

From there you’ll want to evolve it but Applin has two different Pokemon it can evolve into. The winged Flapple and the chonky Appletun.

To evolve them you’re going to need either a Tart Apple item or the Sweet Apple item. These items can be found at Delibird Presents after getting your third gym badge.

Flapple evolves from Applin upon using the Tart Apple. Flapple is a speedy little guy with a good Special Attack stat. It’s also the only known Pokemon capable of learning Sir Issac Newton’s least favorite attack, “Grav Apple”. This attack causes Flapple to fly up high and drop a massive apple on the opponent from above. Not only does this attack also lower your opponent’s defense, but if Gravity is in effect it raises its attack to 120.

Appletun evolves from Applin upon using the Sweet Apple. Appletun is a lot slower but a lot stronger than its Flapple buddy. It’s also the only Pokemon that’s capable of learning the move “Apple Acid” where it spits out an acidic fluid that not only damages but also lowers the opponent’s Special Defense.

Beyond the obvious stat difference between the two, it’s important to know that Flapple is capable of learning a ton of Dragon-type moves and is the way to go if you’re looking for more of a dragon-type attacker. Appletun, instead, goes more all-in on the Grass-type side and is only capable of learning Dragon Pulse by leveling up enough.