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How to get Gholdengo in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Here’s how to evolve Gimmighoul into the powerful Gholdengo in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, to add the Steel and Ghost dual-type to your team.

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Gholdengo Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduced players to the mysterious Gimmighoul that can evolve into Gholdengo if Trainers follow the right steps. Here’s how to get a Gholdengo by collecting Gimmighoul Coins.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduced fans to a ton of new Pokemon in the Paldea region. With new Pokemon comes new special evolution requirements that Trainers must discover for specific creatures.

Some of the most popular Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet including Annihilape, Kingambit, Armarouge, and Ceruledge all require certain conditions to evolve. The new Steel and Ghost dual-type Gholdengo also requires Trainers to follow certain steps to evolve from Gimmighoul.

Here’s how to evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

How to evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Gholdengo Pokemon Scarlet Violet

In order to evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you must level up after collecting 999 Gimmighoul Coins.

Once the 999 Gimmighoul Coins are in your inventory, you need only level up Gimmighoul to see it evolve into Gholdengo.

Aside from the method above and trading with another player, there is no other way to catch or obtain a Gholdengo, as this Pokemon is not found in the wild.

It’s extremely powerful thanks to its signature move Make it Rain and its new Ability Good as Gold. Gholdengo is one of the best Pokemon to use for Ranked Battles.

Where to find Gimmighoul Coins in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Obtaining Gimmighoul Coins is no easy task and it will likely take considerable time before reaching 999.

There are two methods you can utilize to obtain Gimmighoul coins in Scarlet and Violet and they involve both the Chest Form and Roaming Form Gimmighoul versions.

One way of obtaining Gimmighoul Coins is by defeating Chest Form Gimmighoul scattered around Paldea. Once defeated, they will drop between 50 to 60 Gimmighoul Coins that you can collect.

The second method involves finding and chasing Roaming Form Gimmighoul across Paldea.

Where to find Chest Form Gimmighoul in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Chest Form Gimmighoul are limited in number, but luckily they’re easy to find at the top of Watchtowers or inside ruins.

You shouldn’t have a hard time pinpointing their locations across Paldea’s Watchtowers as these structures appear on your Scarlet or Violet map.

Likewise, ruins also appear on your map as rectangular structures. You may need to search for Chest Form Gimmighoul inside of ruins as they aren’t always guaranteed to show up like at the top of Watchtowers.

Gimmighoul Pokemon Scarlet Violet

Roaming Form Gimmighoul locations in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Roaming Form Gimmighoul are much more difficult to spot and they can be found on rocks, trees, road signs, ruined walls, and several other structures within Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

If you’re playing Scarlet and Violet in handheld mode, these tiny Gimmighouls free of their chests can be tough to spot. Luckily, they make loud noises when a trainer draws near, so playing with your volume turned up is recommended.

Chasing Roaming Form Gimmighoul isn’t as beneficial as defeating Chest Form Gimmighoul as they only drop one to five coins each encounter. However, if you’re looking to get Gholdengo it can’t hurt to approach Roaming Form Gimmighoul when they’re near.


For more, check out everything you need to know about the next Scarlet and Violet Tera Raid Battle events and the best Pokemon to use for Raid Battles.

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