Not sure how to evolve your Karrablast and Shelmet in Pokemon Sword and Shield? It’s understandable, because while it’s not difficult to do it once you understand the process, not everyone knows how.
Pokemon has a long tradition of adding new ways for Pokemon to evolve. It was originally just about trading Pokemon, but each generation adds a new wrinkle to Pokemon evolution. Held items, leveling up in specific locations, and even keeping the game device upside down have been used to add unique methods to Pokemon evolution.
Shelmet and Karrablast have arguably the most interesting evolution method yet. It takes a very specific set of circumstances to evolve them, and players are rewarded for taking the extra steps to do so. Here’s how to catch and evolve Shelmet and Karrablast in Pokemon Sword and Shield, as well as Scarlet and Violet.
Where to catch Shelmet and Karrablast in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Shelmet and Karrablast can be caught on Route 7 in Pokemon Sword or Shield.
While the Pokemon can be expected to be version-exclusive, both Pokemon are available in both Gen 8 games. Both Pokemon are relatively rare spawns in tall grass, only appearing 5% of the time. Players can double their chances of getting a spawn by making curry.
Along with Route 7, Shelmet and Karrablast have a chance to spawn in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area. They both spawn in the Hammerlocke Hills, Motostoke Riverbank, and Bridge Field areas of the Wild Area. They spawn during rain in Hammerlocke Hills and Motostoke Riverbank, while they spawn in overcast weather at Bridge Field.
How to Evolve Shelmet and Karrablast in Pokemon Sword and Shield, GO
Players can evolve Shelmet and Karrablast by trading one of these Pokémon for the other with another trainer.
If a trainer trades a Shelmet for a Karrablast, the Karrablast will evolve into an Escavalier once the trade is complete. Meanwhile, the incoming Shelmet will evolve into Accelgor for the other trainer.
This method of evolving Shelmet and Karrablast has been standard since the duo’s introduction, and will likely be the case in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as well. The only game where the duo can evolve differently is Pokemon GO.
In Pokemon GO, players can evolve Shelmet and Karrablast by trading them or using 200 Candies. While not the highest asking price in the game, it does encourage players to simply trade to evolve them rather than grinding for the required 200 candies.