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How to find and evolve Salandit in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 5/Dec/2019 2:47

by David Purcell


Finding some of the rarer Pokemon in Sword and Shield can be a difficult task if you don’t know where to look. If you want to get your hands on a Salandit, and even it’s evolved form, you’ve came to the right place.

A number of familiar faces can still be seen in the Galar Region Pokedex, with the likes of Mr. Mime, Weezing, Yamask and others being given revamped looks in the new games.

While it might not be too recognizable for casual fans of the franchise, the Gen 7 entries Salandit and Salazzle have also made it to the new region. If you’re looking to check them off your list and catch’em all, though, it’s not going to be easy.

Pokemon / Nintendo
The Galar Region is vast, but there are only a handful of places you can find Salandit.

Salandit is a poison/fire-type Pokemon. It can be particularly rare to spot in the wild and the criteria for it to evolve is very different to many other species.

In terms of locations, this can be found in different places depending on the game you have decided to buy. For Pokemon Sword players, you’re going to need to visit either of the following spots to see one appear.

The good news, though, is that it can be see as an overworld encounter – which means players can see it running around, instead of springing up in the long grass – and Salandit also appears in Max Raid Battles.

Salandit locations in Pokemon Sword

  • Stony Wilderness
  • Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battles)
  • Giant’s Cap (Max Raid Battles)
  • Hammerlocke Hills (Max Raid Battles)
  • Lake of Outrage (Max Raid Battles)
  • Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battles)
Pokemon / NintendoStony Wilderness is the only place to find it in Pokemon Sword, without Max Raid Battles.

Salandit locations in Pokemon Shield

  • Motostoke Outskirts
  • Motostoke Riverbank
  • Stony Wilderness
    Max Raid Battles:
  • Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battles)
  • East Lake Axewell (Max Raid Battles)
  • Giant’s Cap (Max Raid Battles)
  • Hammerlocke Hills (Max Raid Battles)
  • Lake of Outrage (Max Raid Battles)
  • Motostoke Riverbank (Max Raid Battles)
  • North Lake Miloch (Max Raid Battles)
  • Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battles)
Pokemon / NintendoMotostoke Riverbank is the best place to find Salandit in Pokemon Shield.

As the lists show, there are certainly more places that Salandit can be caught in Pokemon Shield than in Pokemon Sword, but it’s entirely possible to get ahold of it in both.

The best chance of catching one in Sword is at Stony Wilderness with the weather as intense sunlight. This will give you a 15% chance of spotting it. In Shield, there’s a slightly better chance of 25% rarity when searching for it at the Motostoke Riverbank (intense sun) – according to statistics from

How to evolve Salandit into Salazzle

Salandit is an interesting creature and is certainly a tricky one to evolve, as those who have caught it before will know all too well.

In terms of its level, you can find it anywhere between 22-30 depending on the game you own. If you have got one, it’s worth noting that it evolves at level 33, but only if your’s is the right gender. It has to be a female to evolve.

Pokemon / NintendoSalazzle was one of the hardest evolutions to get in Pokemon Sun and Moon. The struggle continues.

Now, while that might sound simple, the female versions of this rare species are even rarer. There’s between a 5% and 25% of spotting one in the first place, but to make matters worse for those who want to evolve it, approximately a whopping 88% of them are male in-game.

Once you have done enough searching and finally found a female Salandit, simply battle with it until she reaches level 33 and soon enough you will have yourself a Salazzle.

So, there you have it! Two Pokemon ticked off your list, but certainly not the easiest by any means.


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.