It’s been a few days now since Gen 2 was fully released, and we’ve learned a few things. For example, we now know that you can evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon by using the Eevee name trick, or by making an Eevee your buddy Pokemon and walking 10km. But how do we evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop?
Again, as with when it came to evolving Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon, the trick to evolving Tyrogue into Hitmontop (or Hitmonlee/Hitmonchan) comes directly from the main series games, and has everything to do with our young Tyrogue’s Attack, Defense, and HP IVs.
In Pokemon Gold & Silver (and every main-series game since), a Tyrogue will evolve into a Hitmonchan if its Defense is higher than its Attack, Hitmonlee if its Attack is higher than its Defense, and Hitmontop if its Attack is equal to its Defense. The way it evolves in Pokemon GO is only slightly different.
For Pokemon GO, the current theory is that in order to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop, your Tyrogue’s highest IV must be its HP. To evolve Tyrogue into Hitmonlee, your Tyrogue’s highest IV must be its Attack. And, to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmonchan, your Tyrogue’s highest IV must be its Defense.
If you don’t know how to tell which of your Tyrogue’s IVs are the highest, it’s incredibly easy. Simply appraise your Tyrogue, and your Team Leader will pop up on screen and tell you what its strongest stat is. Whichever stat they tell you is the strongest, is Tyrogue’s highest IV. So, there you have it; a fool-proof way to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop in Pokemon GO with a 100% success rate (so long as your Tyrogue has HP as its highest IV, of course).
But what if two (or all three) of Tyrogue’s IVs are equally the highest? Well, then it seems to be random. A group of Redditors have found that when a Tyrogue has two or three equal highest IVs, the evolution is random. A Tyrogue with equally high Attack and Defense will have a 50% chance of evolving into a Hitmonlee, and a 50% chance of evolving into a Hitmonchan, for example.
This means that evolving a perfect 15/15/15 IV Hitmontop will be more difficult than with other Pokemon, as you’ll only have a 33% chance to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop (and a 66% chance to evolve Tyrogue into either a Hitmonchan or a Hitmonlee). Guess we’ll just have to resort to finding a perfect Hitmontop in the wild, then…
What do you think of this method of evolving Tyrogue into Hitmontop? Do you think Niantic have made it too hard to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop? Or do you think it’s a good thing that they’re staying (somewhat) true to the main-series games? Let me know your thoughts in the comment’s section below.