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Everything You Should Know About the Rest of the New Gen 4 Evolutions

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Everything You Should Know About the Rest of the New Gen 4 Evolutions
Two Part Guide
Introduction

Generation 4 will bring, along with brand new pokémon, 7 baby forms and as many as 22 additional evolutions of pokémon we already have!

In this article, we’ll take a comprehensive overview of the top 10, sorting which ones you should plan on getting a full team of into 4 relevance tiers. Their stats are calculated with the current conversion formula, and the projected movesets are based on Gen 6 learnsets from the main games; only the most likely moves were included for brevity. Evolution candy costs are based on the current standard patterns.

Many of these evolutions require particular items or conditions to evolve, such as being in a certain environment or learning a move. Implementing those in GO would make sense to slow down Pokédex completion and prevent players from getting full squads as soon as they drop. There are 10 special evolutionary items introduced in Gen 4: Shiny Stone, Dawn Stone, Dusk Stone, Razor Claw, Razor Fang, Protector, Magmarizer, Electirizer, Dubious Disc, and Reaper Cloth. However, we’ll have to wait and see how Niantic decides to handle evolution methods.

Supreme & Relevant
Viable
Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2849 216 254 130

Type: Grass

Evolved from: Eevee

Projected Evolution Requirements: 25 Candy + Location (Leaf Rock)

Projected STAB Fast Moves Razor Leaf, Bullet Seed
Projected STAB Charge Moves Grass Knot, Leaf Blade, Solar Beam, Seed Bomb, Energy Ball
Predicted Rating 4 / 5

Explanation

Leafeon is a great Grass-type — pretty much on par with Exeggutor in performance — but not quite as much as the likes of Frenzy Plant Venusaur, Tangrowth and possibly Roserade. It might at least be more disposable than them, depending on how Niantic handles its and Glaceon’s evolution methods.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2980 247 186 150

Type: Fire

Evolved from: Magmar

Projected Evolution Requirements: 100 Candy + Evolution Item (Magmarizer)

Projected STAB Fast Moves Fire Spin, Ember
Projected STAB Charge Moves Overheat, Flamethrower, Fire Punch, Fire Blast
Predicted Rating 4 / 5

Explanation

Magmortar has similar stats to Electivire, but the disadvantage of a tougher competition. With Fire Spin and Overheat it will be a good attacker, but only marginally better than Flareon and far behind Moltres, Entei, and Blast Burn starters.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2873 231 172 172

Type: Bug / Flying

Evolved from: Yanma

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Learn "Ancient Power"

Projected STAB Fast Moves Bug Bite, Struggle Bug, Air Slash, Wing Attack
Projected STAB Charge Moves Bug Buzz, Signal Beam, Silver Wind, Aerial Ace
Predicted Rating 4 / 5

Explanation

It will perform much like Pinsir and Scizor, just a little bulkier. The secondary Flying-type, though, could make it superior against Fighting moves. Looking at you, Focus Blast Mewtwo.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
3072 264 153 170

Type: Normal

Evolved from: Porygon2

Projected Evolution Requirements: 100 Candy + Evolution Item (Dubious Disc)

Projected STAB Fast Moves Tackle
Projected STAB Charge Moves Hyper Beam
Predicted Rating 3.5—4 / 5

Explanation

Porygon’s virus-infected form is a glass cannon with an insane Attack stat, only held back by its Normal typing and consequent lack of STAB on any good move. It might, however, find a niche as a generalist in Partly Cloudy weather: with Tackle and Hyper Beam, it’d have the same neutral DPS as Rayquaza!

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2964 237 220 136

Type: Fighting / Psychic

Evolved from: Kirlia

Projected Evolution Requirements: 100 Candy + Evolution Item (Dawn Stone); Male Only

Projected STAB Fast Moves Low Kick, Rock Smash; Confusion, Psycho Cut, Zen Headbutt
Projected STAB Charge Moves Close Combat, Focus Blast; Psychic, Future Sight
Predicted Rating 3.5 / 5

Explanation

This is a Pokémon that many look forward to, due to his Gardevoir-esque stats and Fighting typing. Sadly, though, Gallade is betrayed by its movepool. It learns neither Counter nor Dynamic Punch, and without them he’ll perform far worse than Machamp, Hariyama, or even Heracross. He could only become relevant if Niantic introduces new powerful Fighting moves such as Focus Punch or buffs current Fighting moves.

Dex Filler
Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2602 185 248 150

Type: Flying / Ground

Evolved from: Gligar

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Evolution Item (Razor Fang) + Evolve at Night

Projected STAB Fast Moves Wing Attack; Mud Slap
Projected STAB Charge Moves Sky Attack, Aerial Ace; Dig, Earthquake
Predicted Rating 2.5 / 5

Explanation

Gliscor will unfortunately be another good Pokémon whose stats don’t translate well in this game. Even with optimal moves it will only be mediocre as both a Ground and a Flying attacker.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2465 211 211 120

Type: Ghost

Evolved from: Misdreavus

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Evolution Item (Dusk Stone)

Projected STAB Fast Moves Astonish, Hex
Projected STAB Charge Moves Shadow Ball, Shadow Sneak, Ominous Wind
Predicted Rating 2.5 / 5

Explanation

The best of a few disappointing Ghost types in this list. It just doesn’t have the movepool or stats to compete with Gengar or Giratina.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2046 180 254 90

Type: Ghost

Evolved from: Dusclops

Projected Evolution Requirements: 100 Candy + Evolution Item (Reaper Cloth)

Projected STAB Fast Moves Hex
Projected STAB Charge Moves Shadow Punch, Shadow Ball
Predicted Rating 1 / 5

Explanation

Dusclops was awful; its evolution gained a hefty amount of Attack, but only enough to bring it out of the realm of a complete joke.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
1857 171 150 140

Type: Ghost

Evolved from: Snorunt

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Evolution Item (Dawn Stone); Female Only

Projected STAB Fast Moves Astonish, Hex; Ice Shard, Powder Snow, Frost Breath
Projected STAB Charge Moves Shadow Ball, Ominous Wind; Blizzard, Ice Beam, Ice Punch
Predicted Rating 1 / 5

Explanation

You can't salvage bad stats. At least she's way cooler (heh) than Glalie.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
1863 135 278 120

Type: Rock / Steel

Evolved from: Nosepass

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Location (Magnetic Field)

Projected STAB Fast Moves Rock Throw, Smack Down
Projected STAB Charge Moves Rock Slide, Rock Blast, Power Gem; Magnet Bomb, Flash Cannon
Predicted Rating 1 / 5

Explanation

It's a defensive Pokémon with defensive stats too low to be actually good at defense, and a pair of doubled weaknesses.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2218 205 143 150

Type: Normal

Evolved from: Aipom

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Learn "Double Hit"

Projected STAB Fast Moves Scratch
Projected STAB Charge Moves Hyper Beam, Swift
Predicted Rating 1 / 5

Explanation

A Normal type with mediocre stats? Zzz, next.

Max CP Base Attack Base Defense Base HP
2359 161 181 220

Type: Normal

Evolved from: Lickitung

Projected Evolution Requirements: 50 Candy + Learn "Rollout"

Projected STAB Fast Moves [None]
Projected STAB Charge Moves Hyper Beam, Body Slam, Stomp
Predicted Rating 1 / 5

Explanation

Same as Ambipom. It has a long tongue.

Conclusion

These evolutions of Pokemon from prior generations only scratch the surface of what Gen 4 has to offer. If this snapshot is anything to go by, it's the most promising generation since the original 151 to introduce new species with offensive potential.