How to get Finizen and evolve it into Palafin in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Zackerie Fairfax
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Finizen is a rather unassuming Pokemon introduced in Scarlet & Violet, and its evolution is even more underwhelming at first glance. Still, Palafin’s ability gives it a greater stat total than any Mega Evolution, so here’s how to get Finizen and evolve it into Palfin.

Early on in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet players will be able to ride Koraidon or Miraidon on the water, opening up a whole new world of discoveries. With Paldea being a peninsula, players can travel its perimeter on the backs of their legendary bikes.

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One of the first Pokemon players meet while out on the open seas is the Dolphin Pokemon Finizen. It’s often seen playing amongst other Finizen using the water rings on its tail, and it uses ultrasonic waves to sense the emotions of other Pokemon.

However, Finizen has a hidden evolution named Palafin that is incredibly strong under the right circumstances. Here is where you can find Finizen and how you can evolve it into Palafin in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

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Finizen's Pokedex entry

Where to find Finizen in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Luckily for trainers, Finizen is relatively easy to locate. Once you’ve earned the ability to swim, players can find Finizen on the shorelines of the West Paldean Sea, South Paldean Sea, East Paldean Sea, and North Paldean Sea.

In some cases, you don’t even have to have swim unlocked as the Finizen will be close enough to shore to engage in battle.

Finizen locations

How to evolve Finizen into Palafin

Palafin is the second stage of Finizen, and the method of evolution is rather peculiar. Players will first have to grind their Finizen up to level 38+. Next, they will have to invite a friend to their world or visit a friend’s world in co-op mode.

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Both players need to take out their Finizen by pressing ZR. Once both Finizen are out, the Pokemon needs to gain a level by using Rare Candy, XP Candy, or battling. Your Finizen should then evolve into a Palafin.

A wild Finizen

Palafin’s Zero to Hero ability explained

Once evolved, players may notice that Palafin is nearly identical to Finizen save for a heart mark on its chest. But its actual transformation happens when activating its Zero to Hero ability.

To transform, players must first have their Palafin enter a battle. They then need to swap out Palafin for another Pokemon before switching Palafin back in again.

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This will transform Palafin into its Hero Form, which takes its stats-total from 457 to a whopping 650. Pairing this ability with a move like Flip Turn ensures players can swap out their Palafin efficiently, getting the powerhouse hero in the battle much faster.

And that’s it! Those looking to find out more about Pokemon Scarlet & Violet can check out our other guides below:

Where to find Noibat & Noivern in Scarlet & Violet | Where to find Spiritomb in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Where to find Igglybuff, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff & Paradox Form in Scarlet & Violet | How to get Misreavus, Mismagius & Flutter Mane | How to get Delibird & Iron Bundle | How to get Makuhita, Hariyama & Iron Hands | How to get Basculin & Basculegion | Where to find Swablu & Altaria in Scarlet & Violet | Where to find Sneasel, Weavile & Sneasler | Where to find Orthworm | Where to find Mimikyu in Scarlet & Violet | Where to find Ditto in Scarlet & Violet | How to get Eevee & Eeveelutions in Scarlet & Violet | Where to find Fidough & Dachsbun | How to get all starters in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet 

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About The Author

Zackerie is a former Senior Writer for Dexerto who covered a wide variety of games and entertainment. He has a degree in Creative Writing and was previously the editor of The LaRue County News. Zackerie switched to games media in 2020 writing for outlets such as Screen Rant, Fortnite INTEL, and Charlie INTEL.