The Ghost-type Gimmighoul was one of the more than 100 new Pokémon introduced in the Paldea region of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Players got an early look at this monster’s Roaming Form in Pokémon GO before it made its formal debut in the Generation 9 games, although players did not see what Gimmighoul could evolve into before Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Now, players are able to encounter and capture its Chest Form and evolve it into the Steel/Ghost-type Gholdengo. Here’s everything trainers need to know about how to evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
How to evolve Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Gimmighoul has poor stats and only learns two moves by level up. Even more, the two moves it learns are the rather weak Tackle and Astonish. As a result, players will undoubtedly want to evolve their Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet as quickly as possible.
However, the evolution method for this Pokémon won’t come particularly quickly. Trainers will have to collect a staggering 999 Gimmighoul Coins. After collecting enough of this new item, players will then need to simply level up Gimmighoul. At that point, it will evolve into Gholdengo.
Gholdengo has a particularly high Special Attack stat. To complement this, it learns special moves like Power Gem, Shadow Ball and its new Steel-type signature move, Make It Rain. This 120 base power attack notably drops the enemy’s Special Attack. In addition, it functions like Pay Day in that it causes the player to collect more money at the end of a trainer battle.
How to collect Gimmighoul Coins
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet introduced a new mechanic where wild Pokémon will drop specific materials after the trainer defeats them in battle. In this case, players will automatically receive Gimmighoul Coins every time they knock out a wild Chest Form Gimmighoul.
However, there are other ways to collect this item and evolve Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. One method is to hunt for Roaming Form Gimmighoul. Although this form cannot be caught in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, trainers can still approach them, after which they will drop Gimmighoul Coins. In addition, these Roaming Form Gimmighoul can be found all throughout the region, so players should have little trouble encountering several of them.
Finally, there is a man in Medali (West) who mentions that he keeps finding coins. Players can talk to this NPC every so often and he will give them Gimmighoul Coins. While finding enough of these items may be a bit of a slog, it will be worth it once trainers are able to use the significantly more powerful Gholdengo.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.