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Helioptile evolution guide

Helioptile’s evolution, Heliolisk, is quite a good electric-type to have on your side in Kalos and beyond, so allow us to help you get one.

Helioptile evolution - Helioptile and Heliolisk in front of a map of Kalos

If you want a solid electric-type to help you out in Kalos, might we suggest Helioptile’s evolution as a viable choice? What Heliolisk lacks in raw attack power, it more than makes up for this setback with its high special attack stat and incredible speed. Though not as complicated as some other evolutions, we’re here to tell you how to evolve Helioptile, so you don’t miss out on the Pokémon that’s as fast as lightning.

If you want to know how to beat this normal and electric Pokémon evolution line, you need to brush up your knowledge on the normal Pokémon weakness and electric Pokémon weakness. Might we suggest you learn how to evolve Riolu as its evolution, Lucario, is one of the best fighting Pokémon for the job.

Anyway, let’s look at what you need to know about Helioptile’s evolution.

Who is Helioptile?

Helioptile first appears in the Kalos region and is number 694 in the Pokédex. It’s a cute little creature, though we don’t get how it can just lay in the sun all day and not eat food. Sure, they live in the desert and the sun gives them energy, but food is great – in fact, we’re going to go and get some right now.

Helioptile evolution - Helioptile in front of a map of kelos

Where can I catch Helioptile?

Knowing how to evolve the gen 6 Pokémon is half the battle, as you first need to know where to catch it, and Helioptile only appears in a single set of Switch games – the gen 8 Pokémon titles known as Sword and Shield.

You can find Helioptile in the following areas in Galar:

  • Route 6
  • Giant’s Mirror
  • Rolling Fields
  • East Lake Axewell
  • Lake of Outrage
  • Hammerlocke Hills

How do I evolve Helioptile?

Once you have your hands on the Kalos native, you need to get a sun stone to evolve it, a similar method to that of Ralts’ evolution (into Gallade), Misdreavus’ evolution, Murkrow’s evolution, Budew’s evolution (Roselia into Roserade), and Cetoddle’s evolution.

Luckily for you, there are a few ways to get a sun stone in Sword and Shield:

  • Find the one in Dusty Bowl
  • See if a Pokémon with the pickup ability brings you one
  • The Digging Duo in Bridge Field may give you one
  • Possible Poké Job reward for tier V, VI, and IX
  • A wild Solrock might hold one

Helioptile evolution - Heliolisk in front of a map of Kalos

Where can I catch Heliolisk?

If you want to bypass Helioptile you can go straight for Heliolisk in Sword and Shield. You can find them in:

  • Rolling Fields
  • East Lake Axewell
  • Lake of Outrage
  • Giant’s Mirror

We suggest you bring great balls or even ultra balls with you, depending on the level of Heliolisk, and maybe a paralyze heal; you just know this electric-type is ready to shoot bolts for your beloved team.

How do I evolve Helioptile in Pokémon Go?

In a similar vein to gen 4 Pokémon in Pokémon Go, you need to give Helioptile candies and a stone. More specifically, it needs 50 candies and one sun stone, just like Gloom’s evolution into Bellossom. The best way to get a sun stone is to visit Poké stops and spin photo discs.

Okay, now that you know all about Helioptile’s evolution, let’s fill out your Pokédex further with Scyther’s evolution, Bisharp’s evolution, Happiny’s evolution, Shellder’s evolution, and Rockruff’s evolution. We can also tell you how to evolve Primeape and how to evolve Pawmo in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Speaking of which, check out our Indigo Disk starter locations guide to see how you can get all of the starter Pokémon in the Scarlet and Violet DLC.