Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Pokemon Not Evolving Explained

In our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Pokemon Not Evolving Explained guide, we are going to explain how to fix the bug where your Pokemon are not evolving properly. To be more precise, we are going to demonstrate that it’s most likely not a bug, but just a feature that you’ve misread. Let’s dive straight in, shall we?

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Pokemon Not Evolving Explained

Pokemon Not Evolving in Scarlet and Violet

If your Pokemon are not evolving in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, that might not actually be a bug. What’s most likely happening is that you’re relying on Auto Battles to grind out XP. That’s fine and dandy; that’s what the Let’s Go system is all about, after all. However, the issue is that the Pokemon you’re walking around with will not evolve from Auto Battles alone. They require some action on your part. What I mean by that is that you either need to give it a Rare Candy, or it needs to go through a regular battle before it will evolve. As in, a battle that you begin. I’m not entirely sure why the devs made it this way, but it is what it is.

So, yeah, that’s the most likely reason that your Pokemon are not evolving in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and how to fix the issue. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. A questionable feature, but still. It’s better than having there be no solution, right? It seems that most people are complaining about their starter Pokemon not evolving, aka Quaxly, Fuecoco and Sprigatito. Since most people keep their starter as the team leader, which is the Pokemon that you most commonly send on Auto Battles, I think it’s safe to assume that is where the problem lies. Now, there might be some kind of bug preventing Pokemon from evolving, but we haven’t found any evidence of it at time of writing.

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