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

Published: 30/Aug/2019 14:10 Updated: 30/Aug/2019 16:02

by David Purcell


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. 

PokemonEvolving 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.

PokemonThere 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 / YouTubeEven 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!


Pokemon trainer gets Lv100 Shiny Blastoise in surprise trade, but there’s a catch

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:03

by David Purcell


Shiny Pokemon appearing in surprise trades are moments some players will never forget, and for this trainer on Pokemon Sword and Shield, a reaction of jubilation was only natural after receiving a Blastoise. However, the story wasn’t all rosy. 

As regular players will know by now, Shinies are not just spawning all over the place in the Galar Region – nor are they in any other part of the fictional world. In fact, it takes serious persistence to get ahold of one legitimately, and there are a few tactics you can utilize to get better at finding them.

If you’re a seriously lucky person, though, trading can be a great way to grab one as well. Some really generous members of the community have been known to send Shiny Pokemon through this method, leaving the other trainer delighted.

Now, the reaction was of delight and excitement this time, but there was an ugly underbelly to what appeared to be a great moment.

gigantamax blastoise
Pokemon Company
Gigantamax Blastoise, and its Shiny variant, can be found in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield surprise trade

As seen below, Reddit user Vegaworldpeace was extremely grateful for the gift. A Shiny Blastoise is a difficult Pokemon to get in normal circumstances, so to have one handed to you is a big deal.

They said: “Someone sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade!”

That being said, quite quickly a number of other users in the subreddit realized this one might be too good to be true.

Some one sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade from PokemonSwordAndShield


“Definitely hacked man. Sorry to say,” one posted, which led to a group of players hinting at the same possibility. After checking the Pokemon IVs and the trainer ID for the Pokemon, it was certain that the mon was definitely hacked – which led, they say, to the player releasing it into the wild.

“It looks like the original trainer was a shorten URL. I try to mess with no hacks so I’ll release it. Thanks for the info everyone, definitely wasn’t try to break any rules within this community.”

A few people had suspected that the post was advertising hacked Pokemon, which is something that’s been seen before in the subreddit. However, it appears to have been a genuine mistake.

How do you know if your Pokemon is hacked?

Screenshot of Shiny Charizard in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Shiny Pokemon are not always what they seem.

There are a few indicators that your Pokemon may be hacked. It’s always handy to check after trading as well, especially if you want your team to be squeaky clean.

First of all, you can check the IVs of the Pokemon. If they are all perfect, chances are that your latest recruit has been hacked, but that’s not the only indicator. The Trainer ID connected to the Pokemon may also be blank, named after a website selling hacks, or a shortened URL.

These are the main flags to suggest it actually originated through hacks, not caught in a traditional way.

As always, we would encourage players to stay away from hacked Pokemon at all costs. If you ever have a problem, or suspicion, that one of yours may be hacked – tweet us @PokemonSwordNS at any time and we’ll check it out!