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Ralts evolution guide

Ralts’ evolution, Kirlia, can evolve into either Gardevoir or Gallade, so we’re here to tell you how to get both of the stage three Pokémon.

Ralts evolution line in front of a pink background

Ralts’ evolution is unique in that it has two final stages: Gardevoir or Gallade. The former is a fairy-type and the latter is a fighting-type, but both also fall under the psychic category. Getting your hands on Gardevoir, the female version of the stage three ‘mon is straightforward, but if you want Gallade, things are a bit more complex. Either way, we’re here to tell you how to evolve Kirlia.

But before we do that, allow us to explain how to evolve Primeape, how to evolve Finizen, how to evolve Charcadet, how to evolve Inkay, how to evolve Pawmo, how to evolve Sneasel, and how to evolve Togepi, so you can both get powerful Pokémon and fill out your Pokédex. Or, if you’re after some suggestions on who to add to your team, take a look at our fire Pokémon, dark Pokémon, psychic Pokémon, ice Pokémon, ghost Pokémon, steel Pokémon, and water Pokémon guides.

Anyway, here’s all you need to know about Ralt’s evolutions.

Who is Ralts?

Ralts comes in at number 280 in the Pokédex, making it a Hoenn native. The horns on its head allow this Pokémon to sense the emotions of people, though it rarely presents itself to others, but if it does and you have a positive disposition, you just might make yourself a new friend. It attunes itself to the emotions of its trainer, so if you’re in a great mood, you’ll have a very jovial Ralts on your hands – totally adorable. Of course, this does also mean that if you’re having a bad day, so is your pal. Go on, smile.

Who is Kirlia?

At number 281, Ralts’ evolution, Kirlia sits. It’s believed that Kirlia grows to be incredibly beautiful should it be surrounded by positive emotions courtesy of its trainer. Better still, you can tell how joyful it is as it starts to spin around and dance.

Ralts evolution: Ralts and Kirlia in front of a pink background

How do I evolve Ralts?

You just need to reach level 20 to evolve your Ralts into Kirlia. That’s right, the first part of this puzzle is as easy as it gets, it’s not until you try to get the stage three evolution, Gardevoir or Gallade, that things become a bit more complicated.

If you want to catch Ralts, you can find one in:

  • Sword and Shield – Dappled Grove, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch, Watchtower Ruins, West Lake Axewell, Bridge Field, Hammerlock Hills, Lake of Outrage, Motorstoke Riverbank, Stony Wilderness, Rolling Fields, and Stony Wilderness
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – Route 203, Route 204, and the Grand Underground (Fountainspring Cave, Dazzling Cave, Stargleam Cavern)
  • Legends Arceus – Shrouded Ruins, Gapejaw Bog, Heart’s Crag, and Snowpoint Temple
  • Scarlet and Violet – South Province (Area One, Lost Platos)

Ralts is usually pretty easy to catch, so a standard Pokéball should do the trick, though you may have to up that to a great ball in the later stages of the game.

Ralts evolution: Kirlia and Gardevoir in front of a pink background

How do I evolve Kirilia into Gardevoir?

Allow us to get the most simple evolution out of the way. As Gardevoir is one of the best fairy Pokémon out there, you should get the gen 3 Pokémon as soon as you can and luckily for you, it follows the standard evolution formula.

To get evolve Kirlia into Gardevoir, you need:

  • A female Kirlia
  • To reach level 30

And that’s all there is to it. Honestly, the toughest thing about evolving Kirilia into Gardevoir is tracking down a female Kirilia, though they appear just as frequently, if not more so, as their male counterparts.

The best places to find Kirlia are:

  • Sword and Shield – Rolling Fields, Bridge Field, Lake of Outrage, Motostoke Riverbank, Watchtower Ruins, and Stony Wilderness
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – Route 203, Route 204, and the Grand Underground (Dazzling Cave and Stargleam Cave)
  • Legends Arceus – Shrouded Ruins, Heart’s Crag, and Snowpoint Temple
  • Scarlet and Violet – South Province (Cortondo), East Province (Area Two and Levincia), West Province (Porto Marinada), North Province (Montenevera and Dalizapa Passage), East Province (Area Three), and Tera Raid Battles

Where can I get Gardevoir?

You know what, why even bother with all of this evolve malarkey? Just skip ahead and catch yourself a Gardevoir. No, I’m not making that up, you really can catch Gardevoir out in the wild in several games, you can find her in:

  • Sword and Shield – Lake of Outrage, Dusty Bowl, Bridge Field, Hammerlocke Hills, Motostoke Riverbank, Rolling Fields, Stony Wilderness, and Watchtower Ruins
  • Legends: Arceus – Alabaster Icelands (Heart’s Crag and Lake Acuity)
  • Scarlet and Violet – North Province (Glaseado Mountain) and Terra Raid Battles

If you want Gardevior in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl you have no choice but to evolve Kirlia. Still, if you opt to try and catch her in the other Switch games, ensure you have plenty of great balls and ultra balls.

Ralts evolution: Kirlia, a dawn stone, and Gallade in front of a pink background

How do I evolve Kirlia into Gallade?

While evolving Kirlia into Gardevoir is a simple case of leveling up, we can’t say the same for Gallade. If you want to get this fighting Pokémon, you need to follow the example of Misdreavous’ evolution, Murkrow’s evolution, Gloom’s evolution, Budew’s evolution (well, Roselia’s), and Floette’s evolution, except in this case you must get a dawn stone and give it to a male Kirlia.

This is where you can find dawn stones in the Pokémon Switch games:

  • Sword and Shield – Giant’s Cap, Lake of Outrage, and Bridge Field
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – Route 225, Mount Coronet, or Pokémon with the pickup ability may gather one for you
  • Legends Arceus – Galaxy Hall, Obsidian Fieldlands, Coronet Highlands, Alabaster Icelands, Jubilife Village, and space-time distortions
  • Scarlet and Violet – East Province (Area Three), West Province (Area Three), catch 270 Pokémon, Porto Marinado auction, and Glaseado Mountain

You don’t need to worry about the level of your male Kirlia, as it will evolve into Gallade when given the dawn stone regardless of its current level.

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How do I evolve Kirlia in Pokémon Go?

Just like in the main games, there are two different methods to evolve Kirlia depending on if it’s Gallade or Gardevoir that you’re after. If it’s the latter, you need to give a female Kirlia 100 candy, while to get Gallade, you need to give a male Kirlia 100 candy and a Sinnoh stone. To get a Sinnoh stone, you need to be trainer level ten and claim one through research breakthrough rewards. However, it’s possible to get them through trainer battles, too.

Gardevoir or Gallade

If you don’t care about completing your Pokédex, and would rather just complete the Ralts evolution line once, you likely want to know who’s better out of Gardevoir and Gallade. The first thing to do is consider that while both fall under the psychic banner, Gardevoir is also a fairy-type while Gallade is a fighting-type.

With that in mind, you can choose who you want based on the weak spot in your team. Alternatively, you can pick out of the two based on who does the most damage. If you want a buddy that uses their special attacks to cause serious damage, it’s Gardevoir you want. If you prefer physical attacks, get Gallade.

With that, you know how to get Ralt’s evolutions. To fill out your Pokédex even further, check out our Rockruff evolution, Salandit evolution, Rellor evolution, Scyther evolution, Shellder evolution, Applin evolution, Dreepy evolution, Bisharp evolution, Happiny evolution, Girafarig evolution, and Wurmple evolution guides.

Our help doesn’t stop there, however, for we’re ready to divulge what the dark Pokémon weakness, ice Pokémon weakness, steel Pokémon weakness, fire Pokémon weakness, water Pokémon weakness, ghost Pokémon weakness, bug Pokémon weakness, grass Pokémon weakness, dragon Pokémon weakness, psychic Pokémon weakness, and poison Pokémon weakness is. It’s no use entering battle if you don’t have some sort of strategy.