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7 Pokemon that definitely need new evolutions in Gen 8

Published: 19/Apr/2019 17:07 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 8:05

by David Purcell


There’s no better feeling than training a Pokemon to a point where it evolves and becomes more powerful. With a brand new generation on the horizon, here’s a handful of Pokemon that we think could have one more evolution in them…

Nintendo is currently working towards a November 15 release window for both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Even with a number of additions to the Galar Region Pokedex already confirmed, there’s still so much more to see from the new games. 


There have already been a grand total of 809 interesting creatures added to the Pokedex since the franchise first started in 1996. Whether you have watched it on TV, played with the video games on console, mobile, or even collected the trading cards, many trainers have grown to love specific characters over the years.

However, with the announcement of Farfetch’d finally getting its first evolution in Sword and Shield – in the form of Sirfetch’d – we can’t help but think that a few others would really benefit from the same opportunity. Let’s take a look and see if you agree.



Kangaskhan might have been selected for Mega Evolutions, but we want more.

The first one on this list is a normal-type Pokemon which was introduced in the first ever generation, Kangaskhan. 

Now, there’s no doubt that the Pokemon itself is big enough, and certainly powerful enough, to fend for itself. However, when a series of Mega Evolutions were added with Pokemon X and Y, it gave us a taste of what it would be like to play with a younger version of Kangashkan – as it also grows in the process. 

For those who aren’t aware, 46 species of Pokemon holding their appropriate Mega Stones can evolve into a stronger version of itself. There’s been a smaller creature hiding in its pouch for too long, now it’s time to let it explore the world for itself!


Helioptile, Heliolisk 

Helioptile and Heliolisk are surely going to get a future evolution. A mega evolution isn’t enough…

Helioptile played a major role in the Pokemon TV series, having been added to the Pokedex in Gen 6, and quickly become a fan favorite. The electric/normal type has a nice blend in terms of the moves it develops and evolving it to Heliolisk is not only sad, but somewhat underwhelming. 

There are a few Pokemon evolution chains that look set for a third evolution and, surely, this is one of those. By making comparisons to Charmander and Charmeleon, for example, you would think the pair look set to evolve one more time into something much bigger. 

Will it happen? We certainly hope so in Gen 8.



Relicanth was added to the Pokedex in Gen 3.

Relicanth first made its debut in the Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire video games, but has never evolved in any way, shape, or form. It’s a shame, really. 

There are a vast array of interesting creatures to be found in depths and Relicanth certainly has the makings of a Pokemon which could take an interesting next step. It already has unique properties, as its a water/rock type, coupled by its unique stone-like colors. 


Perhaps we could see it grow even more, adding even more unique attacks and defence moves to its arsenal in Pokemon Sword and Shield. 


“Wobuffett” could do with an upgrade, don’t you think?

If you have watched the Pokemon TV show, you will be well aware of just how hilarious – and useless – Wobbuffet was for Team Rocket. While the creature will definitely have its fans (right?), there’s no doubt that it could do with some sort of boost. 

A perfect comparison, which indicates what we’re looking for here, is Magikarp. The Pokemon is pretty much futile, but after giving it some time and effort (and a whole lot of rare candies) it evolves into one of the most dominant Pokemon around – Gyarados. 

Wobbuffet needs this type of boost in the next generation. 


Dunsparce is (surely) going to evolve in Gen 8.

We’re also hoping that Dunsparce will finally evolve at some point. 

The Pokemon was added to the Pokedex in Gen 2 and no matter how much it battles, or how hard it tries, it’s still yet to experience the flashing lights and the crazy music synonymous with evolving on the video games. 

In its current state, the Pokemon is a land snake and a normal type. Hopefully, it will develop brand new abilities in the next generation, grow, and become something much greater than the Pokemon we see today. 


Surely sometime in the future we’ll see Hypno evolve!

Hypno is one of Pokemon’s famed original generation and has never been given the opportunity to evolve, but that doesn’t mean to say that this secondary evolution form won’t in the future. 

Given that Game Freak have already revealed changes to a number of first gen Pokemon already, with Weezing being given an interesting new form, and Farfatch’d handed a new evolution, we’d like to see Hypno evolve once more. 

Side-by-side, itself and its lower evolution form Drowzee are very similar in terms of their size and power, but with it evolving so early there’s definitely room for another much greater psychic-type Pokemon to come from this chain. 


Qwilfish is another that’s not known to evolve at all in Pokemon.

Last, but certainly not least… It’s Qwilfish!

There have been some amazing water-type Pokemon added to the Pokedex over the years, with many proving to be very popular among the franchise’s fanbase, but this species is still as basic as they come in terms of how it looks and how well it can perform in the games. 

With a limited move-set and not much to look forward to in terms of progression, it’s highly unlikely that you will see the mighty Qwilfish stepping up in the Pokemon League. However, a future evolution certainly could! 

It has the variety of being both water and poison type on its side, giving it a unique starting point, and we would like to see how things would play out if it was ever given the chance to grow even bigger… Maybe some day.

So, there you have it. They are the seven Pokemon we would like to see evolve in Gen 8. Whether or not they will is another matter, but we’ll be crossing our fingers nevertheless. Did we leave anyone out? 


Legendary Pokemon catch rates revealed for Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Brent Koepp


New details have been revealed about Pokemon Sword & Shield’s upcoming DLC, The Crown Tundra. On October 17, Game Freak explained how obtaining Legendary monsters in Dynamax Adventures works, and what their catch-rates are.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. On October 22, the Nintendo Switch title is getting its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra.


The add-on is bringing over 119 new monsters to Galar, including a whole host of Legendary creatures. However, according to a recent update by Game Freak, there is a limit as to how many times you can catch them.

pokemon crown tundra dynamax adventure
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Trainers can catch Legendary Pokemon in the new Dynamax Adventures mode.

Pokemon Crown Tundra catch rates

One of the major additions coming to Sword & Shield is Dynamax Adventures. The new feature is a spin on Raid dens, and will have players entering caves using rental Pokemon. In an October 17 episode of Pokenchi, Game Freak revealed how catching Legendary ‘mons will work in the mode.


According to popular Poke outlet Serebii, Legendary monsters can only be caught one time. However, it appears that Trainers that manage to beat the incredibly rare creatures in Dynamax Adventures will have a 100% catch rate. 

“The Legendary Pokémon fought in Dynamax Adventures in The Crown Tundra have a 100% chance of capture. You can only get each Legendary Pokémon once in Dynamax Adventure in The Crown Tundra,” the tweets explained.

The outlet also explained that players will have to beat four Max Raid battles in a row first before reaching the Legendary ‘mon. If that wasn’t challenging enough, HP damage and PP usage also carries over across all fights.


Even trickier is that players can’t bring their best Pokemon into the mode, and have to choose from a rental team. Although, while exploring the caves, you can catch new monsters who can then be used in battles.

pokemon crown tundra battle
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Legendary Pokemon have a 100% catch rate – if you can last long enough to beat it.

The big take away from the update is that Legendary monsters can only be caught once in the Crown Tundra. And while their catch rate is 100%, Game Freak will make players work for the encounter, as they have to beat five Dynamax battles in a row.

It is unclear at the time of writing how many rare creatures can be caught outside of the new mode, or whether the “one time” catch rule only applies to Dynamax Adventures. However, past games in the series have always had a similar limit.