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How to Cancel a Pokémon Evolution in a Pokémon Game

Updated on March 8, 2015
Cancelling a Pokemon's evolution can have many advantages.
Cancelling a Pokemon's evolution can have many advantages. | Source

In the Pokémon video games, when a Pokémon reaches a certain level, they can evolve. This allows the Pokémon to not only change their form, but they can gain new moves and get stronger. But, cancelling an evolution can also be beneficial.

Why Should You Cancel Evolution

Cancelling a Pokemon's evolution is great for getting moves quicker than their evolved forms. Let's say for example, you caught a Spearow on Route 4. Spearow evolves at level 20. Evolving your Spearow is great, there is nothing wrong with it. But, if you wait, your Spearow can learn five moves earlier than if you evolved it. The greatest, Drill Peck (A corkscrewing attack with the sharp beak acting as a drill), can be learned at level 37 as a Spearow versus level 47 as its evolved form, Fearow. In the world of Pokémon, those 10 levels are a lot.

In some instances, not evolving your Pokémon can allow your Pokémon to learn moves that their evolved forms can't. For example, the cute Eevee. She can evolve into at least seven different evolved forms. Each one are powerful and very sought after. But, if you level your Eevee to level 36 before you evolve it, you can gain a move that Eevee's evolved forms can never learn, Baton Pass.

Some people say that when you cancel a Pokemon's evolution your Pokémon will also become stronger and get more status bonuses. Unfortunately, this myth is a lie. Cancelling an evolution has no effect on your Pokemon's stats. Although, when your Pokémon evolve, you get a one time status bonus. The longer you wait to evolve your Pokémon, the bigger the bonus is.

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How to Cancel an Evolution in a Pokémon Game

Cancelling an evolution is very simple. Your Pokemon will trigger an evolution after it's prerequisites are met. Most of the time, the prerequisite is hitting a certain level. Other times, it could include using a certain stone on it, going to a certain location, having a certain friendliness, or a few others. Follow these steps to cancel an evolution.

  1. Wait for the evolution screen to come up. It will say "What? <Insert Pokemon here> is evolving!"
  2. Wait for the screen to start flashing white.
  3. When the screen starts flashing white, press 'B' repeatedly.
  4. The evolution will be cancelled once the screen says "Huh? <Insert Pokemon here> stopped evolving!"

If you plan on waiting a while before evolving your Pokémon, you will have to deal with this prompt a lot. In this case, letting your Pokémon hold an Everstone will keep it from evolving without going through the annoying prompt. When you are ready for your Pokémon to evolve, just take away the Everstone.

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Deciding if you want to evolve your Pokémon is completely up to you. My suggestion? Look up your Pokemon's information and check out their abilities versus their evolved forms abilities.

You should wait to evolve your Pokémon if:

  • The pre-evolved form has a move that the evolved form doesn't.
  • You don't want to wait to get new abilities.
  • You want a bigger status bonus.

If you can wait to get abilities, I would suggest evolving your Pokémon due to the fact that they are much stronger.

Good luck Pokémon Trainer. Beat the Elite 4 and become the next Pokemon Master!


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    • LagunaAlkaline profile image

      Amanda 5 years ago from Camas, WA

      I'm glad it helped! I have grown up all my life with Pokémon so it came naturally to write about it.

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This was very informative! I've been constantly baffled by Pokémon, even after reading "How To" books. Voted up and useful.