How to evolve Bisharp into Kingambit in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

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Bisharp, a Pokemon.
November 28, 2022: We're working towards our own Kingambit.

Struggling to figure out how to evolve Bisharp into Kingambit in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? This brand-new evolution for a creature that made its debut in Pokemon Black and White makes great sense for a gaming world suddenly obsessed with one of the oldest board games around. But you won't be able to work out the evolution method on your own.

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Down below, we'll go over how to evolve Bisharp into Kingambit and quickly cover how to get the Pawniard you'll want to train up for the job. The new final evolution is a powerful beast, and if you've long been a fan of potential sweeping physical attackers, you'll want one.

For more on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, click that blue text above to go straight to our hub page. You'll find other evolution guides there and words on how to get Charmander in the new games, too.

How to evolve Bisharp into Kingambit - What level does Bisharp evolve?

As the whole evolution cycle suggests, evolving Bisharp into Kingambit means taking it one step above its past role on a chessboard. Even the name of the Pokemon is a homage to the powerful strategic move in the traditional brain game.

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To evolve Bisharp into Kingambit, you first need to make yours hold the Leader's Crest item. Once you've done that, you just need to have it defeat three other Bisharp that also happen to be holding a Leader's Crest, too.

How to find Leader's Crest Bisharp

To make finding Bisharp with Leader's Crest easier, put a Pokemon with the Compound Eyes or Super Luck ability in the first slot of your party - even if they've fainted. This dramatically increases the odds of wild Pokemon holding items.

Scatterbug and Vivillon, Venonat, and Butterfree are all Pokemon that sometimes have this skill, so seek one out if you can.

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With this ability in effect, you'll have a much easier time coming across wild Bisharp with the Leader's Crest item. Catch one to get your own item, then continue defeating Bisharp with your own. Once it levels up after defeating three Bisharp with their own Leader's Crest items, your Bisharp will evolve into Kingambit.

What level does Pawniard evolve into Bisharp?

If you're training a Pawniard into a Bisharp, you'll need to have it reach level 52. After that, you can follow the method above to evolve Bisharp into Kingambit.

For even more Pokemon Scarlet and Violet guides, we've answered questions like what level does Sprigatito evolve and how to get Rowlet as well.