In the expansive world of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, there’s a relatively unassuming species called Finizen, introduced to players early on. At first glance, its evolution might not grab your attention, but don’t be too quick to judge. Thanks to Palafin’s unique ability, it boasts a higher stat total than any Mega Evolution. So, let’s delve into how to evolve Finizen and guide it toward its potent evolution into Palfin.
How to get Finizen in Scarlet and Violet
Locating Finizen can be a bit of a challenge. Your chances of encountering one are entirely random in any of Paldea’s seas. To increase your odds, you’ll need your Koraidon or Miraidon to regain their swimming prowess, which can be achieved by defeating the formidable Bombirdier Titan Pokémon in West Province. This opportunity arises around the time of your third Gym battle, but the spawn rates of Pokémon in the oceans can feel quite unpredictable.
The reasons behind this unpredictability, whether it’s due to some of the glitches in Scarlet and Violet or other factors, remain uncertain. However, if you prefer a more reliable option, you can find a guaranteed Finizen in one specific location: West Province Area Two. This extensive region is also home to Girafarig, although you’ll naturally want to focus your search for Finizen in the rivers and the ocean.
Once you’ve managed to locate a Finizen, if you’d rather not go through the trouble of searching for more, consider breeding one with a Ditto to obtain a Finizen Egg.
How to evolve Finizen into Palafin
In contrast to Dundunsparce, there’s no requirement to teach Finizen a specific move for its evolution. Instead, the following conditions must be met:
- Finizen needs to be at least level 38.
- You must be in the Union Circle, accompanied by at least one other player.
- During your time in the Union Circle, you need to level up Finizen once.
The Union Circle is the illustrious circle located at the conclusion of any Pokémon Center, where you can team up with other players and embark on adventures together. To trigger Finizen’s evolution, all that’s necessary is to remain in the circle with another player long enough for Finizen to gain a level, which can be facilitated using items like EXP candy, and that’s all there is to it.
Here’s a valuable tip: After Finizen undergoes evolution, it will attempt to acquire the move Aqua Tail. This move is highly beneficial, and you’ll definitely want to add it to Finizen’s repertoire (think of it as a Water-type version of Volt Switch or U-turn). Aside from its utility, it’s essential for unlocking Palafin’s superhero form, which adds a whole new layer of meaning to those hero references.
Is evolving Finizen into Palafin worth it?
Palafin, a Water-type Pokemon, boasts exceptional qualities, including the unique ability to learn Jet Punch. However, its true strength lies in its remarkable shape-shifting capability. When Palafin is substituted for another Pokémon during battle, it undergoes a transformation, assuming its powerful Hero Form that persists until the battle’s conclusion. In Hero Form, Palafin experiences a significant boost in all its stats, except for HP, with its base attack soaring to an impressive 160. When coupled with moves such as Jet Punch and Wave Crash, Palafin becomes a formidable and mighty ally.
Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the requirement for a Pokemon swap can complicate the setup process. To fully harness Palafin’s Hero Form, it is advisable to have a Pokémon in your team that is proficient in Baton Swap or possesses a similar ability for seamless transitioning into Hero Form.