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'''Evolution''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|進化|しんか}}''' ''evolution'') is a process in which a {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} changes into a different species of Pokémon.
==Overview==With respect to real-world phenomena, Pokémon Evolution is more similar to {{wp|metamorphosis}} than {{wp|evolution}}. Evolution is mostly independent from the {{wp|aging}} process, instead being triggered by external factors, such as gaining [[experience]] in battle or being exposed to certain [[item]]s.
Evolution is not a merely visual change, as Pokémon of a higher evolutionary stage have different (and usually more powerful) [[base stats]] than their predecessors, may have different [[move]]s that can be learned, and sometimes change their [[type]]s, though usually at least one of the types of the previous form is preserved. Other statistics, such as [[Nature]] and {{EV}}s, as well as {{shiny|shininess}}, are preserved. The Pokémon's [[Ability]] slot also remains the same, though depending on species, the actual Ability may change. With respect to real-world phenomena, Pokémon Evolution is more similar to {{wp|metamorphosis}} than {{wp|evolution}}. Evolution also appears to be a mostly independent phenomena from the {{wp|aging}} process for most species, though [[Baby Pokémon]] need to evolve to their next stage in order to [[Pokémon Breeding|breed]].
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Due===Evolutionary to the fact that no evolution family contains both a baby Pokémon and a second-evolution Pokémon, many regard baby Pokémon as the most basic form, while moving their evolved counterparts one level higher. For example, originally, {{p|Pikachu}} was regarded as an unevolved Pokémon, however, with the release of {{p|Pichu}} in [[Generation II]], many now consider it to be more on par with Pokémon like {{p|Charmeleon}}, though its TCG classification remains the same.stages===
Pokémon evolutionary families have anywhere between one and three stages. In a one-stage family, there is only a single Pokémon that cannot evolve. In a two-stage family, any member of the family can evolve at most once, from the unevolved form into one of the evolved forms. In a three-stage family, at least one of the evolved forms can evolve once again.
In the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]], Pokémon are divided into four different categories: {{TCG|Baby Pokémon}}, {{TCG|Basic Pokémon}}, {{TCG|Stage 1 Pokémon}}, and {{TCG|Stage 2 Pokémon}}. Pre-evolved forms introduced in a later generation than their evolved form are classified as Baby Pokémon, so that the evolution stages of their evolved forms are not disrupted.
====One-evolution families====
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====Two-evolution families====
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====Pokémon that do not evolve====
{{main|List of Pokémon that are not part of an evolutionary line}}
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Not belonging to an evolutionary family is not indicative of strength, or a lack thereof. Some Pokémon, such as {{p|Heracross}} and {{p|Skarmory}}, are comparable to fully evolved Pokémon while others, like {{p|Delibird}} and {{p|Luvdisc}}, are more comparable to unevolved Pokémon. Often this indicates a Pokémon's possibility to be eligible for future [[List of Pokémon with cross-generational evolutions|new evolutions]] or [[baby Pokémon|pre-evolutions]].
====Branched evolution families====
{{main|List of Pokémon with branched evolutions}}
Several families, while also one- and two-evolution families, are also branched evolution families. WhatA thisbranched meansevolution isfamily that there ishas a split in the evolutionary line at some point somember that even though two Pokémon of the same speciescan evolve the same amount of times, they can becomeinto one of two or more entirelyseveral different creaturesPokémon. {{p|Eevee}} is the best-knownmost extreme example of this, evolvinghaving eight different ways depending on thepossible methodevolved usedforms. An example of this type of evolution family is below.
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Currently no non-glitch instances are known where two different Pokémon species can evolve into the same Pokémon.
==Methods of evolution==
{{main|Methods of evolution}}
The various triggers for a Pokémon's evolution are almost as varied as the Pokémon themselves, and some Pokémon have a unique evolution method. The most common of them is Evolution by leveling up at or above a certain level. Other methods include the following:
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All evolutions via leveling up take place at the end of a {{pkmn|battle}}, or when a Pokémon is given a [[Rare Candy]]. Each Pokémon may evolve only once per battle.
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When a Pokémon evolves, it becomes a new species of Pokémon. This new species has a different Pokédex number and [[base stat]]s, and may be a different [[type]], learn different moves, and have a different [[Ability]]. The Pokémon's personal properties, however, such as [[Nature]] and {{Shiny|Shininess}}, remain.
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Also, there have been situations in which the current party must be configured in a specific manner for some Pokémon to evolve. So far, only three Pokémon need to have these special requirements. {{p|Mantyke}} will evolve into {{p|Mantine}} if leveled up with a {{p|Remoraid}} in the player's party. {{p|Nincada}} will evolve into {{p|Ninjask}} when it reaches level 20. However, if there happens to be an empty space in the player's party (and a spare {{i|Poké Ball}} in Generation IV onward), a {{p|Shedinja}} will also appear in the party. {{p|Pancham}} evolves into {{p|Pangoro}} if its level is 32 or higher and there is a Dark-type Pokémon in the player's party.===Abilities===
Normally, a Pokémon will retain its Ability slot upon evolution (i.e. if it had its species second Ability before evolving, it will still have its species second Ability after evolving).
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In [[Pokémon Sun and Moon|Pokémon Sun, Moon]], [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon|Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon]], [[regional variant|Alolan Pokémon]] and Pokémon that evolve into Alolan Pokémon have a different theme and a different colored background during evolution.===Animations===
In [[Pokémon Sun and Moon|Pokémon Sun, Moon]], [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon|Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon]], evolution into an [[regional variant|Alola Form]] has a different theme and a different colored background during evolution.
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