how does this make sense?!? "hey fam here's a Kadabra for that kabutops" "oh, ok... OH WOW AN ALAKAZAM!!!" plz explain trade evolutions, I must be missing something. dizztintrelitiv - 1 month ago
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Certain Pokemon only evolve if you trade them to another player. The original group of these included Kadabra, Graveller, Machoke, and Haunter.
Starting with Gold and Silver, some Pokemon also needed to hold an item as they were traded in order to evolve. For example, if you just trade a Scyther, nothing happens. But if Scyther is holding a Metal Coat, it will evolve into Scizor when traded.
Newer games have added more Pokemon that only evolve by trade, as well as adding other items to evolve older Pokemon. Perhaps the most obtuse evolution is Karrablast and Shellmet. They evolve by trade, but only if you trade one for the other. Essentially, Karrablast gets Shellmet's helmet and evolves into Escavalier, while Shellmet (now free of its heavy headwear) evolves into Accelgor.
Hope that was enough! ^_^ Thard_Verad (Expert) - 1 month ago
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