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How to evolve Pawmi and Pawmo into Pawmot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Here's the beary well-hidden way to get Pawmo to evolve into Pawmot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

It’s something of an unofficial tradition that each new Pokemon generation will have some sort of electric-type Pokemon that feels similar or adjacent to series mascot Pikachu, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are no different, with a new evolution line beginning with Pawmi - evolving into Pawmo, and then Pawmot.

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Notably, this evolutionary line is the first one of these Pikachu-alikes in a long time to actually not just be a single Pokemon - typically the Pika-alikes haven’t evolved. This cutesy electric bear does, however - and that’s what this page is about.

Specifically, we’re going to cover how to evolve Pawmo into Pawmi and Pawmot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, because it is a little more complicated than just battling.



How to get Pawmi or Pawmo in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

First thing’s first, it’s worth briefly noting that Pawmo doesn’t appear to be very common in the wild. Instead, catch yourself a Pawmi - which is common throughout Southern Paldea, especially the areas immediately south of the Academy, right down to the ocean.

Pawmo spawn more widely right the way across Paldea - practically everywhere except the icy areas, in fact - but they appear to be a bit less of a common spawn.

An indication of where Pawmi might spawn in Paldea.

How to evolve Pawmi into Pawmo in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

If you first catch a Pawmi, it’ll evolve to Pawmo naturally at Level 18. Pawmi starts out as a pure electric-type, but this electrical bear becomes an Electric and Fighting dual-type as Pawmo.

How to evolve Pawmo into Pawmot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Now you have a Pawmo, you’ll want to reach that powerful final evolution, where the Pawmi line embraces its beary lineage… while remaining quite cute.

To have Pawmo evolve into Pawmot, you actually need to have Pawmot join you in ‘Let’s Go’ mode - which is when you let Pokemon wander around outside their Poke Ball.

To initiate the Let’s Go mode, have Pawmo in the top slot in your party of Pokemon, then press the R button to let it out to explore and walk around.

To trigger the evolution, Pawmo will need to walk 1000 steps outside its ball. After 1000 steps have been taken, Pawmo then needs to level up - the next level up after 1000 steps will trigger the evolution.

There’s no pedometer to track this in-game, so you’ll just have to eyeball it. Just keep Pawmo out of its ball, and you’ll eventually trigger the evolution.


For more on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, check out how to catch all the Eeveelutions, and how to get your hands on a Ditto.

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Alex Donaldson

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Alex started out his career in the games media as an over-eager kid working on fan sites, and now has decades of experience. He's the resident expert on esoteric matters such as Pokemon Go, gaming hardware, and genres like RPGs, fighters, and strategy games. Outside of VG247 he's the co-founder of genre-dedicated website RPG Site. He also collects original arcade machines, Lego, and considers himself a whisky buff.

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