How to evolve Darumaka into Galarian Darmanitan in Pokemon Sword - Dexerto

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!


Pokemon Go January 19 Spotlight Hour: Shroomish, 2x bonus, more

Published: 18/Jan/2021 12:47

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go is celebrating its third Spotlight Hour for January 2021 by focusing on Gen 3 species Shroomish. The event will feature plenty of the ‘mon to catch, as well as bonus XP.

For January’s third Spotlight Hour, Niantic are looking back at the Hoenn region’s Shroomish. It was first introduced in Gameboy Advance titles Ruby and Sapphire, which marked the franchise’s third generation.

The one-hour Spotlight event will give players a chance to stock up on candy for the mushroom-inspired ‘mon, which is useful as collecting a total of 50 candies will allow them to evolve their Shroomish into a Breloom.

Here’s everything you need to know about the limited-time Spotlight Hour that takes place on January 19.

Shroomish in Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Shroomish gets the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour on January 19.

Pokemon Go Shroomish Spotlight Hour start time

Each Tuesday, the mobile title honors a single ‘mon for an hour. During those 60 minutes, fans will see a major boost in spawn rates which will allow them to stock up on Candy, as well as getting a chance to score a Shiny variant.

Gen III’s Shroomish is getting a Spotlight Hour on January 19. The limited-time event officially kicks off 6PM and ends at 7PM. It should be noted that it is based on each player’s local time, so make sure to show up based on your own clock.

It’s good to be prepared for these Spotlight Hours, as 60 minutes isn’t much time at all and you don’t want to waste it by visiting PokeStops. Stock up on Pokeballs and berries beforehand, and you’ll be good to go.

Using a lure is also a good idea if you have one spare as it will increase the amount of Pokemon you encounter in the wild for half an hour.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

The Shroomish Spotlight Hour coincides with this month’s Mystery Bonus. On January 19, players can get double catch Candy during the celebration.

Players looking to evolve their Shroomish into a Breloom should take advantage of this, as they will earn double the Candy when they catch Shroomish, allowing them to evolve their favorite creature in less time.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021 Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

Unfortunately, Shroomish isn’t currently available as a Shiny variant in Pokemon Go, but we’re hoping that will change soon.

Just like previous years, each month will have a total of four Spotlight Hours that will run every Tuesday. Next up will be the elephant-inspired Phanpy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

January is jam-packed with events in Pokemon Go. Shroomish’s Spotlight Hour launches on the same day as the Hoenn celebration event, which highlights Gen 3 Pokemon including Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip.