Back in May 2019, The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Masters, a result of the collaboration between the company and mobile game developer DeNA. DeNA has previously worked with Nintendo to release mobile games like Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. Now, Pokémon Masters is finally available as a free-to-play game on Android and iOS platforms.
Though the game is free-to-play, it has microtransactions for in-game currency, gems. You can purchase gems to unlock new characters and other in-game items. For a mobile game, the story mode is surprisingly closer to what you expect from a AAA Pokémon game. You play as a trainer in a new region called Pasio, and your goal is to become the ultimate Pokémon master.
Now, Pokémon Master takes cues from previous Pokémon games to give you a similar experience, but they changed some mechanics related to Pokémon evolution.
Evolution is one of the most iconic parts that you expect from a Pokémon game and once again it returns in Pokémon Masters, but with some changes.
In this game, your main objective is to recruit memorable characters from various generations of the Pokémon franchise. The recruits are called the ‘Sync Pair’, where they have their own signature Pokémon, some of which can be evolved.
Unfortunately, only a few Pokémon with second or third-stage evolutions can be evolved in Pokémon Master. The starter Pokémon Pikachu can’t be evolved to Raichu. Also, if you recruit a sync pair that includes a Pokémon in its second stage evolution form, it may not achieve its third stage evolution.
Here are the sync pairs with Pokémon which evolve in Pokémon Master at the time of writing:
- Barry and Piplup (evolves to Prinplup, Empoleon)
- Kris and Totodile (evolves to Croconaw, Feraligatr)
- Lyra and Chikorita (evolves to Bayleef, Meganium)
- Pryce and Seel (evolves to Dewgong)
- Rosa and Snivy (evolves to Servine, Serperior)
- Viola and Surskit (evolves to Masquerain)
If you are wondering how to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon Masters, continue reading this article.
How To Evolve Your Pokémon In Pokémon Masters
- As mentioned before, Pokémon evolution works differently in Pokémon Masters. Evolution of a Pokémon is not dependent on the time of day, evolutionary stones or environmental changes. You will need to reach a certain level, similar to what you do in regular Pokémon games. In Pokémon Masters, all Pokémon with second-stage evolutions evolves at level 30, which is called ‘Stage 1 Sync Pair’. The first sync pairs with Pokémon you can help evolve are mostly first-partner Pokémon from previous games like Barry and Piplup, Rosa and Snivy.
- After reaching level 30 with a Stage 1 Sync Pair, you will unlock a story battle with that trainer from the Sync Pair. However, to start the battle you have to acquire five Evolution Shards, which you have to buy from Tricia’s shop. It will cost you 1,000 coins for the first time, but further purchases will get more expensive. So make sure to choose the right Pokémon for evolution.
- The battles are really tough, and it might take you multiple attempts to win. You will have to buy evolution materials for a large sum of coins as each attempt will consume a lot of those materials. To make sure you don’t waste too many coins, level-up your Pokémon above the minimum before starting a battle. Once you win, the Pokémon in the Sync Pair will start evolving and acquire higher stats. But the level of the Pokémon will stay the same.
- For the Pokémon with a third-stage evolution, the process repeats again at level 45, but this time you will need to cash out 5,000 coins for the Evolution Shards. The price will gradually climb to 300,000 coins and the battles will get more difficult and challenging. We recommend you to level-up your Pokémon well over the level 45 requirement before taking on the battle.
Why Evolve Your Pokémon in Pokémon Masters?
Evolving your Pokémon gives your Sync Pairs a significant stat boost. Your Pokémon will learn new and powerful Sync Moves which will make battles much easier than before.
In Pokémon X and Y, a new type of evolution named ‘Mega Evolution’ was introduced as a new gameplay mechanic. While it isn’t returning in the next game in the series named Pokémon Sword and Shield, Mega Evolution is making a comeback in Pokémon Masters.
A select number of Sync Pairs can trigger mega evolution in the middle of a battle by using Sync Moves, giving it temporary higher stats, a new move and new passive skills. But once the match is over, the Pokémon will revert back to its normal form.
At the time of writing, these are the Sync Pairs that can trigger mega evolution form in Pokémon Masters:
- Agatha and Gengar (Mega Gengar)
- Blue and Pidgeot (Mega Pidgeot)
- Bugsy and Beedrill (Mega Beedrill)
- Karen and Houndoom (Mega Houndoom)
- Korrina and Lucario (Mega Lucario)
- Noland and Pinsir (Mega Pinsir)
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