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Buneary evolution guide

Buneary’s evolution is a formidable Pokémon, so we highly recommend that you learn how to evolve Buneary into Lopunny or at least know how to catch one.

Buneary evolution: Loppun and Buneary looking cute together in front of a light grey PT background

Buneary’s evolution, Lopunny, might not be the first creature that comes to mind when you think about normal-type Pokémon, but you should give it a bit of thought. When we say that, we mean for its surprisingly good capabilities in battle, not for the sexualization of this poor bunny. Look, you do you, we won’t judge, but we do implore you to at least make its combat skills one of the things you know Lopunny for.

Another reason to know about Buneary’s evolution is to fill out your Pokédex, which our Scyther evolution, Rockruff’s evolution, Budew evolution, and Shellder evolution guides can also help with. Oh, and as Lopunny is a formidable normal Pokémon, you should read up on the normal Pokémon weakness if you want any hope of beating it in battle.

Anyway, here’s what you need to know about Buneary’s evolution.

Who is Buneary?

Buneary originally hails from Sinnoh and is known to make adults cry with a smack from its rolled-up ears, hardly surprising given they can extend them with enough force to shatter a boulder. Luckily, its cute appearance and tendency to cuddle in on itself when cold offset the thought of the pain this species can inflict.

Buneary evolution: Buneary posing front of a light grey PT background

Where can I catch Buneary?

It’s no good knowing how to evolve Buneary if you don’t have the gen 4 Pokémon. Luckily, it’s not much of an issue getting one as they appear fairly early in every game that they’re in. Just a standard pokéball will do the trick, though you do need to consider a great ball in the later stages of the game.

You can find and catch a Buneary in one in the following Switch games and locations:

  • Sword and Shield – though not available to catch in the base game, you can find Buneary in the Fields of Honor and Challenge Beach through the Isle of Armor expansion
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – You can find Buneary in Eterna Forest and the Grand Underground (Spacious Cave, Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Sunlit Cavern, Icy Cave, Glacial Cavern, Water Cavern, and Whiteout Cave)
  • Legends: Arceus – you can find Buneary in the Obsidian Fieldlands (The Heartwood) and Alabaster Icelands (Bonechill Wastes and Snowfall Hot Springs)

How do I evolve Buneary?

Now that you have one, it’s time to get Buneary’s evolution. However, while the likes of Misdreavus’ evolution, Gloom’s evolution, Bisharp’s evolution, and Murkrow’s evolution rely on stones and items, Buneary follows the same path as Happiny’s evolution and multiple Eevee evolutions, meaning you need to improve your friendship to evolve it.

The best ways to increase your friendship with a Buneary are to battle with it, play with it (if that’s an option in the game you play), or let it walk with you outside of its pokéball.

Buneary evolution: Lopunny performing a kick in front of light greay PT background

Where can I catch Lopunny?

Depending on which of the Pokémon games you play, you can completely bypass the first-stage bunny Pokémon and catch a Lopunny, though it’s worth bearing in mind that you may have to stretch to an ultra ball to catch the second-stage creature. The games you can catch Lopunny in are:

  • Sword and Shield – you can find Lopunny wandering the land in Fields of Honor and the Soothing Wetlands from the Isle of Armor expansion
  • Legends: Arceus – You can find an Alpha Lopunny in the Obsidian Fieldlands (The Heartwood), or a regular one in the Crimson Mirelands (space-time distortions) and Alabaster Icelands (Bonechill Wastes and Snowfall Hot Spring)

How do I evolve Buneary in Pokémon Go?

To evolve Buneary in Pokémon Go, you need to give it 50 candies. That’s all there is to it. It’s certainly much simpler than other Sinnoh evolutions (Ralts’ evolution into Gallade comes to mind), as some require a Sinnoh stone and up to 100 candies.

Now that you know all about Buneary’s evolution, check out our steel Pokémon weakness, Dark Pokémon weakness, ice Pokémon weakness, Psychic Pokémon weakness, and fire Pokémon weakness guides to learn how to beat various types of Pokémon.