How to evolve Darumaka into Galarian Darmanitan in Pokemon Sword

Published: 18/Nov/2019 10:57 Updated: 19/Nov/2019 3:00

by David Purcell


Many of the new Galarian forms have very different evolution processes compared to what we’ve seen in previous video games. You’re going to need one specific item to evolve Darumaka into Darmanitan in Pokemon Sword and here’s how to find it. 

The brand new Pokedex has a number of brand new entrants, including the starters Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, which players have fallen in love with right off the bat.

However, just like other titles from years gone by in the video game series, there are also some familiar faces in the region that have adapted to their new surroundings.

Darumaka, from Gen 5, is actually an ice-type Pokemon in these new games, completely the opposite of his original type – fire. It is exclusively available to Pokemon Sword players as well.

Pokemon / NintendoDarumaka looks very different in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

With that drastic change also comes a knock-on effect on the species’ evolution chain, meaning that instead of evolving into a fire-type Darmanitan, there’s actually an ice-type version of its evolved form as well.

Those who have evolved the Pokemon before, back in Gen 5, will know that level 38 was the point in which we would usually see that happen. In Sword and Shield, though, your Pokemon’s level doesn’t actually matter.

Instead, you’re going to need an Ice Stone – an item fans will have seen before, but can also be found in the Galar Region. So, let’s take a look at where to find one.

The Pokemon CompanyYou’re going to need an Ice Stone to evolve Galarian Darumaka.

Where to find an Ice Stone in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Firstly, you’re going to have to scout out the Wild Area on your map. Once you have spotted that, head over to the Lake of Outrage. Using your bike is going to be key here, but potentially using it in a different way than usual – use your bike’s water mode.

For those who haven’t used this feature already, you need to have completed the sixth gym to earn that badge.

After that, you will be tasked with saving the man who first gave you your bike, fending off Team Yell members, and then he will make the upgrade to your bike.

Pokemon / NintendoRight next to this rock you should see a hidden item shining, waiting to be clicked! That’s the Ice Stone.

Once that’s all done, head over to the lake, use the water mode and cross over to the other side where you will see a PokeBall (item) waiting to be collected on the other side. This isn’t actually what you’re looking for.

From there, turn right and head over to the circular rock formation. Near the rocks will be shiny areas on the ground, which you will have to click in order to make a discovery. The shiny areas on the left will present you with both a Dawn Stone and Ice Stone.

Once the Ice Stone has been found, simply apply the it to your Galarian Darumaka to start the evolution process. Soon after, you will be greeted with a Galarian Darmanitan. A perfect addition to anyone’s team!


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.