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Evolving is different in Pokemon Masters and here's how it works

by David Purcell

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Pokemon Masters is finally here and while there might be some differences to Pokemon Go, you're still going to be able to evolve some of the species that you catch. It's just a little different. 

The new mobile game is available on both Android and iOS devices, downloadable from their respective app stores, and has brought a whole new spin on the evolution process. 

Unlike other titles where Pokemon are locked into a system where you reach a specific level to spark the evolution process, Masters is a little different. You're going to have to find the right match between both trainer and Pokemon. 

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Pokemon
Evolving hasn't changed completely, though. You're always going to need to battle.


How to evolve in Pokemon Masters

There are some that can evolve, mega evolve and even a few that can't go any further in their evolution chains - which is something players won't be used to. 

If you find a Pokemon that's in its first stage, such as a Charmander for example, then you're going to be able to evolve it into a Charmeleon and Charizard later in the game. 

However, if you find a Pokemon right in the middle of its cycle (Charmeleon in the example we're using) then it looks like you're not going to be able to take it any further. 

In order to evolve your Pokemon, you're going to need to know what trainers sync with them. A confirmed list of these successful partnerships can be found below - provided by Android Authority.

Pokemon Masters evolution pairs

  • Barry and Piplup 
  • Kris and Totodile
  • Lyria and Chikorita
  • Pryce and Seel
  • Rosa and Snivy
  • Viola and Surskit

One Pokemon, perhaps surprisingly, that cannot evolve in Pokemon Masters is Pikachu, despite it being in its first phase of evolution. As of the time of writing, this is the only character which breaks the mould, though.

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Pokemon
There are a few new trainers in Pokemon Masters for players to get to know.

Once you're all synced up between Pokemon and trainer, you will need to grind your way to Level 30 with these two (any of the list above). 

From there, you will need to get ahold of five evolution cards, which can be purchased for 1,000 coins, and take on the special battle mission that you will have unlocked for reaching such a high level. Winning that mission will see your Pokemon finally evolve. 

That's for the first evolution, though, to evolve again you will need to reach level 45 and the mission unlocked that time will be even more difficult to overcome. So, it might be worth levelling up past 45 in order to increase your chances of success this time. 

A backup plan for not winning in the missions, however, is simply retaking it as many times as you need until it's complete. 

Pokemon / YouTube
Pokemon / YouTube
Even if you're defeated in the special evolution mission, you get more chances to complete it!


Mega evolving in Pokemon Masters

Just like the methods discussed earlier, mega evolving also requires the right trainer to be matched up with the correct Pokemon in order to make it happen. 

A confirmed list can be found below - again, provided by Android Authority.

  • Karen and Mega Houndoom
  • Korrina and Mega Lucario
  • Agatha and Mega Gengar
  • Blue and Mega Pidgeot
  • Bugsy and Mega Beedrill
  • Noland and Mega Pinsir

While all of this might appear a little complicated for some players to even think about tackling, the evolved forms - and certainly mega evolved versions - will be able to learn some very powerful moves the higher level they become. 

If you want to dominate in Pokemon Masters, evolving is certainly the way to go and hopefully this guide helps you achieve that!