How to evolve Poliwhirl in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

How to evolve Poliwhirl in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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Ben Williams

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14th Sep 2023 17:45

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With the release of the Teal Mask DLC returning many old Pokemon to the new game, fans are wondering how to evolve Poliwhirl into Poliwrath and Politoed in Scarlet & Violet. Veteran trainers may remember how to get the Tadpole Pokemon to one of its two final forms, but many new players may be unfamiliar or even those experienced might be unsure if those methods are the same. 

So, let's dive right into everything there is to know about how to evolve Poliwhirl in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet into Poliwrath or Politoed - made possible with the Teal Mask DLC. 

How to evolve Poliwhirl in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Teal Mask DLC

In order to evolve Poliwhirl in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, you'll need one of two items: a Water Stone or a King's Rock, each needed to evolve it into Poliwrath or Politoed respectively.

Poliwhirl in the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Teal Mask DLC
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Luckily, both of these items are already available to get in the base game. So, if you've already completed Scarlet or Violet, or at least progressed a decent amount through the game, odds are you'll be able to get the Poliwhirl evolution items right away. 

How to evolve Poliwhirl into Poliwrath using a Water Stone

To evolve Poliwhirl into a Poliwrath using a Water Stone, the easiest way is by buying one from a Delibird Presents store in Cascarrafa, Levincia, or Mesagoza - available for just 3000 Pokedollars. Keep in mind, however, that you'll need to have at least three gym badges to unlock Water Stones at the store.

A Water Stone, which you need to evolve Poliwhirl into Poliwrath in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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Once you have your Water Stone, you just need to select it in your inventory to use on Poliwhirl directly. Then, your newly evolved Poliwrath will be yours. 

How to evolve Poliwhirl into Politoed using a King's Rock

The method to evolving Poliwhirl into a Politoed in Scarlet & Violet requires some extra steps, but is still achievable; the easiest way to start is by buying a King's Rock from the Mesagoza Delibird Presents store for 3000 Pokedollars. Similar to the Water Stone, you'll need at least four gym badges to unlock the King's Rock to purchase at the store. 

A King's Rock, which you need to evolve Poliwhirl into Politoed in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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Once you have one, you need to give your King's Rock to Poliwhirl to hold. Then, to reach the Politoed evolution, you need to evolve Poliwhirl by trading it to another player whilst holding the King's Rock.

The simplest way to do is this via Link Trade in the Poke Portal, but if you don't have a required Nintendo Online Membership, you can carry out a trade locally using the Union Circle

After you pull off your trade and ideally trade back, you'll have your freshly evolved Politoed. 

That's everything you need to know about how to evolve Poliwhirl into Poliwrath and Politoed in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - now possible in The Teal Mask DLC. 

To perfect your new Pokemon builds, you should also have a look at the list of new Scarlet & Violet TMS from The Teal Mask. For even more Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides, you can be sure to find them right here at GGRecon. 

Ben Williams
About the author
Ben Williams
Ben is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. Alongside his BA (Hons) in Business Management is a wealth of gaming and entertainment writing experience, having previously occupied roles as a Copywriter in e-commerce at Overclockers and Guides & SEO Writer at GameByte and FragHero. When not whipping up guides and reviews, Ben’ll be off playing the latest Pokemon games, Overwatch 2, Spider-Man, The Witcher, and Final Fantasy - all before reading manga and listening to Ice Nine Kills.
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