Does Rockruff evolve in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? - How to get Lycanroc

Rockruff and its three Lycanroc evolution forms in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Want to know how to evolve Rockruff in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?Everyone loves a good dog-shaped Pokemon, and Alola's Rockruff captured many trainers' hearts. Fortunately, it's back in Generation 9!

Rockruff, the Puppy Pokemon, is a very friendly critter that resembles a wild-looking puppy. It can evolve into different forms of Lycanroc, and these have specific criteria in order to get all three. We'll take a look at how to do it right here, and where to find a wild Rockruff!

To help you get started in the new region of Paldea, we recommend checking out how to get Herba Mystica and how to get Nature Mints. Stuck on some gym challenges? Here's our guide to evolving Sinistea, too!

Does Rockruff evolve in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Evolving Rockruff can be a bit of a headscratcher, especially if you wanted one particular form and surprisingly got another. Yes, there are three different Lycanroc forms in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, so it'll take a lot of work to get them all.

All of Rockruff's evolutions take place at a specific level, meaning you'll have to alter other criteria to get all three forms.

A Rockruff in the wild in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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When does Rockruff evolve in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? - All Lycanroc forms

Rockruff evolves at level 25 into Lycanroc. That's the same for all three forms, though you'll have to alter your approach to get each specific one.

Let's get into the specific evolutions of Rockruff. The first and easiest evolution is the Midday Lycanroc form, which looks like Rockruff but grown up. Once a Rockruff hits level 25 during the day in the game, it will evolve to the Midday form.

The next form is Midnight Lycanroc, which rests on its hind legs and is dark red in colour. Like the Midday, this form can be evolved when it hits level 25, at night in the game.

The third and final Lycanroc form is Dusk, which looks much like the Midday form, but is orange instead of grey-brown. To get this form, you'll need to do some fiddling. It only evolves during the evening time of game, so you'll need to keep an eye on it. You can check the time in the game by opening the map screen and looking at the indicator in the top middle of the map. When it is orange, it will mean it is evening! The Rockruff also needs to have the Own Tempo ability, which can be rare to find.

A Lycanroc (Midday form) in Pokémon Scarlet
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Where can I catch a Rockruff in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Rockruffs, thankfully, are scattered all over Paldea However, finding one with the Own Tempo ability is the issue. You can easily find Rockruffs on most of the west side of Paldea, especially in the southern corner.

Trainers have found that Tera Type Rockruffs found in Area 3 or Area 1 are likely to have the Own Tempo ability, so it is definitely worth hunting them down! Occasionally, you can actually find the Lycanroc forms in the overworld, especially around the Fairy Type Gym.

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