How to evolve Sinistea Pokemon in Sword & Shield – Antique & Phony forms

by David Purcell
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Pokemon Sword and Shield has introduced a number of rare Galar Region species and one of the rarest, Sinistea, has a very peculiar method of evolving that not every trainer will know about. 

Don't fret, though, as we're going to show you exactly where to find Sinistea and how to turn it into its evolved version, Polteageist.

There are many different regions across the new map for people to explore, but in the case of getting yourself this exact Pokemon, your best chance is going to be visiting Glimwood Tangle, which is located near Ballonlea and Stow-on-Side.

Glimwood Tangle located on map
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Here is where Glimwood Tangle can be found on the Pokemon Sword & Shield map.


To start the process, it's probably best to find yourself a Cracked Pot and Chipped Pot, as these items can be used to evolve your Sinistea – depending on what variant you have found.

These pots can be found in the same area of the map but at different spots. Stow-on-Side is where they're both based, with the Cracked Pot found behind the Pokemon Centre and the Chipped Pot can be bought from the Bargain Seller in the town.

Once you have caught one and added it to your team, you will be able to see whether or not you have caught a Phony form or Antique form by applying one of the two pots to it in the menu.

Bargain Seller in Pokemon Sword and Shield
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The Bargain Seller flogs different things depending on what day it is, but is always based in Stow-on-Side.


The authentic version is the Antique form, marked with a small blue marking on it to prove authenticity, while the other is a phony version. Don't worry about that, though, as the two of them are able to evolve.

The Cracked Pot can be used to evolve Phony Sinistea and the Chipped Pot can be used to evolve Antique Sinistea.

It might sound like quite the process to go through just for a teapot Pokemon, but the evolved form – a ghost-type Polteageist – learns quite a strong move set and would be an ideal addition to anybody's team. Plus, crossing another off your Galarian Pokedex can't be a bad thing either. After all, trainers want to catch 'em all.