Pokemon Masters EX is a slightly more accurate representation of the classic Pokemon games, available on mobile devices. However, unlike other Pokemon games, Masters offers a unique combat experience, where each team consists of three Pokemon and their trainer. Trainers also have moves that they can use, just like their Pokemon. This makes some weaker Pokemon stronger, and vice versa.
This guide focuses solely on the Sync pairs that you can develop by completing certain tasks, as some trainers start with undeveloped Pokemon. It is important to note that not every partner Pokemon can be evolved, but there is a large group that can.
Which Pokemon can be evolved?
Below is a complete list of the Pokemon that can currently evolve. This list may change with future updates, so if you’re waiting for a particular evolution, be sure to check back to see if an update fulfilled your wish!
|Barry & Piplup||Brawly & Makuhita||Blaine & Ponyta|
|Calem & Espurr||Clay & Tympool||Grant & Amaura|
|Kris & Totodile||Lieutenant Surge & Voltorb||Lyra & Chikorita|
|Maylene & Meditite||Phoebe & Dusclops||Pryce & Seel|
|Ramos & Bellsprout||Rosa & Snivy||Roxie & Venipede|
|Roxanne & Nosepass||Roark & Rampardos||Viola & Surskit|
Any of the Pokemon listed can evolve into their final form. For example, Barry’s Piplup will eventually evolve into Empoleon and won’t stick around as a sad Prinplup.
Not only is the list of Pokemon that can evolve different from all the other games in the series, but the way the Pokemon evolve is very different as well.
How do Pokemon evolve?
Although the evolution system in Pokemon Masters is different from the regular games, it is somewhat familiar. It also requires your Pokemon to reach certain levels before it can evolve, but the twist is that every Pokemon evolves at the same level.
Pokemon with only one evolution, such as Seel in Dewgong, evolve once at level 30. Pokemon with two evolution stages, such as Chikorita in Bayleef and then Meganium, must reach level 45 for their second evolution. While the level target for most Pokemon is a lot higher compared to their usual levels, it makes it much easier to have them all evolve at the same level.
Once an eligible Pokemon has reached the level to evolve, you’ll unlock a special trainer battle. This can only be started if you have five Evolution Shards, which can only be purchased through the in-game store for the coins you earn from fighting.
Your first bundle of five Shards will cost 1,000 coins, but each subsequent purchase will cost more and more coins – so be sure to choose your first evolution carefully! To make a Pokemon evolve a second time, you’ll need to buy three Evolution Crystals instead. These will cost you 5,000 coins to start with, before drastically increasing in price.
Prepare for battle
As mentioned above, leveling up your Pokemon is not enough. You will also have to defeat a trainer in battle to complete the evolution. Neither evolution battle is easy and requires proper preparation.
It is recommended to be around 35-40 for the first fight to make sure you have a fair chance. However, for Pokemon that evolve twice, you have to fight a trainer for each evolution – and the second level evolution battles are much more difficult. The game will advise you to be around level 45 for the battle, but even at this level it can prove to be a big challenge. A few hours of sharpening may help you get through it easily.
After defeating the trainer and winning the battle, your Pokemon will begin to evolve, giving it new abilities and much more power. You can now show off your evolved Pokemon and reach higher and higher on your way to becoming a champion!
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