While Pokemon Sword and Shield and more recent installments in the franchise have sparked debate due to their reduced difficulty levels, this change isn’t always a drawback. These games have also embraced quality-of-life improvements that simplify the process of capturing and evolving certain Pokemon compared to earlier iterations. An excellent case in point is Generation III’s Fish Pokemon, Feebas.
Historically, Feebas was among the most challenging Pokemon to locate, and its evolution method was uniquely, and often frustratingly, intricate. However, thanks to gameplay and mechanical enhancements, this process has become significantly more manageable over the years. In the context of Sword and Shield, acquiring Feebas and evolving it into Milotic has never been more accessible.
Much like the infamous Magikarp, Feebas belongs to the Water-type category and starts as a weak Pokemon but evolves into an impressive form. However, Feebas is notorious for its rarity. In most fishing spots, the chance of encountering Feebas is a mere 1%, and even in relatively common areas like Crown Tundra’s Ballimere Lake, this probability only increases to 5%. Although it can appear in Dynamax Raids, the chances of encountering it there are a mere 2%.
Nonetheless, this is an improvement compared to earlier generations. In Generation III, Feebas could only be found on Route 119, but it appeared on just six randomized fishing tiles that changed whenever the trendy phrase in Dewford Town changed. In Generation IV, it could be located within Mt. Coronet on four fishing tiles that changed daily. Subsequent games made Feebas easier to locate but still rare. However, during its initial two generations, Feebas might as well have been an urban legend.
Once captured, Feebas is quite similar to Magikarp, with abysmal stats and only a handful of mostly useless moves, including Splash. Its Abilities include Swift Swim and Oblivious, with Adaptability as a Hidden Ability. While it can learn useful moves through TMs and TRs or by breeding, it’s typically best to expedite Feebas’s evolution.
To evolve Feebas into Milotic, players need to trade one while it’s holding a Prism Scale. This item can be found hidden in the water on Route 2 after obtaining the Rotom Bike. It also regenerates in the Wild Area’s South Lake Miloch.
While Feebas shares similarities with Magikarp, Milotic resembles Gyarados, boasting similar stats and evolving from a weak fish into a serpentine Water Pokemon. Nevertheless, Milotic distinguishes itself with its unique design and singular Water typing. Its Abilities encompass Marvel Scale and Competitive, with a Hidden Ability of Cute Charm. Unlike Gyarados, which appears designed for destruction, Milotic exudes beauty, a trait that aligns with its association with Pokemon Contests in Generations III and IV.
Unlike most earlier generations, Sword and Shield allow players to encounter Milotic in the wild. It has a 2% encounter rate in Dynamax Raid dens. Additionally, it can be found during foggy weather in locations like the Lake of Outrage, South Lake Miloch, and Giant’s Bed in the Crown Tundra DLC. With a daily spawn, obtaining a Milotic is easier than ever, whether through Feebas evolution or straightforward capture.
Initially, Feebas could only evolve by leveling up after maxing out its Beauty stat, which involved crafting the finest blue Pokeblocks (or Poffins in Gen IV) and hoping Feebas’s nature favored them. However, Generation V introduced a significant alteration by eliminating contests and their associated secondary stats.
From that point onwards, Feebas could evolve through the current method: trading while holding a Prism Scale. The original method returned for the Gen III remakes, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, running alongside the new method. This means that even Feebas with an aversion to blue Pokeblocks could evolve, rendering the evolutionary line unique. While Feebas and Milotic still rank among the rarest Water-type Pokemon, their acquisition has become much more attainable than when they were first introduced.