'Pokémon Master' Evolutions: How to Evolve Pokémon

Pokémon Masters is out for iOS and Android now, but one question players are having is if Pokémon can evolve in this new mobile game and if so, how?

Like other Pokémon games, the ones in Pokémon Masters can evolve, but the way to do so is different than in the mainline games. t isn't as grindy as Pokémon Go, but you'll still need to put in some time to get Pokémon to evolve.

Here's everything you need to know about evolving Pokémon in Pokémon Masters.

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Like in other Pokémon games, Pokémon in Pokémon Masters need to level up to evolve. Unlike those games, however, the level is the same for all Pokémon.

If a Pokémon needs to evolve to a first-stage, or Stage 1 Sync Pair as the game calls it, that Pokémon will need to be at level 30. If a Pokémon can evolve again, it'll need to be at level 45 to evolve into its Stage 2 Sync Pair form.

Evolving your Pokémon increases their power and gives them other added benefits like getting a new powerful Sync Move if the Pokémon evolves twice.

It's not easy to evolve Pokémon in this game, though. Once you reach level 30 with a Pokémon, you'll unlock a special side story. To play through the story, you'll need a special item.

Trainers need evolution shards and evolution crystals to play through the story and complete the transformation. These items can only be found in the in-game shop by exchanging coins earned in battle.

Here's the exchange rate in the in-game shop at the start.

  • 1,000 coins = five evolution shards
  • 5,000 coins = three evolution crystals

However, the amount of coins needed for more evolution shards and crystals increases dramatically. So be sure sure to prepare for a lot of wasted time and choose your first evolution wisely.


Not all Pokémon in the new mobile game can evolve, or they are obtained in their final form.

Here are the current Pokémon that can be evolved (note: this list is still being updated):

  • Rose and Snivy
  • Barry and Piplup
  • Lyra and Chikorita
  • Kris and Totodile
  • Pryce and Seel
  • Viola and Surskit

Pokémon Masters is available to download for free on iOS and Android.

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