Slugma - the Fire Type Pokemon
Slugma Evolution. The Slugma evolution is Magcargo and it follows the traditional evolution method of evolving upon level up (assuming that you allow the evolution to take place).
Slugma and Magcargo were introduced to the Pokemon franchise in the 2nd generation of games - Gold/Silver/Crystal. Since then it has been in every generation of the handheld "traditional" Pokemon RPG games.
In competitive battling the Slugma evolution Magcargo is not considered particularly strong - but in game it can be a useful addition to any team.
However if you do want a FREE EV trained Magcargo for competitive battling, or any other Pokemon, then check out the regular freebies that the Pokemon forum on Monster Dungeon offers
How to Catch Slugma in Pokemon Soul Silver and Heart Gold
Before you evolve Slugma obviously you need one to evolve! It is possible to get one without catching it - via trade either in the GTS (the in game trading system) or via various Pokemon forums where you can trade it in return for other things people may be interested in.
But th good news is that Slugma is a fairly easy Pokemon to find. Because of this many people on forums will have little interest in trading for one (unless it has superb IVs - Individual Values) but it does mean that you can catch one of your own easily.
Where do you go to catch a Slugma?
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum - Stark Mountain (after beating the Elite 4)
Heart Gold/Soul Silver - Routes 16/17/18
Pokewalker - Volcano Path
Pokemon Black and White
In Pokemon Black and White (now available to preorder) Slugma and Magcargo are NOT available to catch. You will need to trade them from previous games in order to be able to use them in black and White
With so many Pokemon now many mainstays are struggling to get game time in Black and White. For example catching a shiny Nidoking is now more difficult and the male nidorans are only available in Pokemon White
As we said the traditional method of getting a Pokemon to evolve is used in making Slugma evolve into Magcargo.
That is to say levelling the Slugma up. Once it reaches level 38 it will try to evolve every level from there on. It is up to you whether you let it level up, to cancel the evolution you simply press B when the evolution animation is occuring.
Unlike some Pokemon there is no real benefit to be gained form not evolving Slugma when it tries to evolve. Whilst certain moves are learned a level or two quickly when unevolved no 'extra' moves can be learned in that state and the boost in power is far more useful than getting a new move a few levels earlier.
Some Slugma Stats
Evolves: Into Magcargo at level 38
Pokedex Number: #218
Catch Rate: 24.8%
Male/Female Rate: 50/50
Shiny Color: Gray (becomes purple when a Magcargo)
Competitive Battling Tier: NU (as from Smogon.com)
Fun Slugma Facts
Did you know...
- That when Slugma evolves he goes from a pure Fire type to a Fire/Rock type
- It 'drops' 1 Special Attack EV when beaten in combat
- It takes a minimum of 6,630 steps to hatch a Slugma when bred
- The two abilities it can have are magma armor or flame armor
- These abilities means that if it is in your party eggs hatch at half the normal step rate