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Day Night Cycle & Evolution Guide

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Check out this guide about the Day and Night Cycle in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Know how day/night changes & affects the game, how it affects Pokemon & evolution, and more!

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Check Out Essential Tips For Beginner Trainers Here!

Day And Night Cycle Time Start Guide

Wild Area Time Is Same With Your Switch Clock

Battle In Wild Areas For EXP And New Pokemon!

Wild Area time is always the same with your Switch clock, even during the story progression. Go to the Wild Area during the right time to reliably evolve.

Wild Area - Map & Pokemon List Today

Fixed Day Night Cycle For Cities & Routes During Story

Night Time Hammerlocke

Before you beat the game, the Day Night Cycle is fixed based on the story in the cities & routes . If the story dictates a town to be night, then the time is night even if your clock is daytime. Wild Area is the exception.

Where To Evolve Time-Specific Pokemon

ProgressionEvolution Advice
Before beating the gameGo to the Wild Area and meet the Pokemon evolve conditions.
After Beating The GameMeet the Pokemon evolve conditions anywhere based on your Switch clock.

Day And Night Evolution Pokemon

Pokemon That Evolve Only In Daytime

PokemonTypeHow To Get
LucarioNo.299
Lucario
Fighting Icon
Steel
Evolves By Leveling Up Riolu With High Friendship In Day Time.
EspeonNo.200
Espeon
PsychicEvolves By Leveling Up Eevee With High Friendship In Day Time.
RoseliaNo.060
Roselia
Grass
Poison
Evolves By Leveling Up Budew With High Friendship In Day Time.

Pokemon That Evolve Only At Night

PokemonTypeHow To Get
UmbreonNo.201
Umbreon
darkEvolves By Leveling Up Eevee With High Friendship In Night Time.
WeavileNo.293
Weavile
dark
Ice
Evolves By Leveling Up Sneasel With Razor Claw In Night Time
FrosmothNo.350
Frosmoth
Ice
bug
Evolves By Leveling Up Snom With High Friendship In Night Time
ObstagoonNo.033
Obstagoon
dark
Normal
Level up a Galarian Linoone to Lv. 35 at night time.
Check Out The Galar Pokedex Here!

Day and Night Cycle - Effects

Time Affects The Appearance Of Pokemon

Wild Area

A number of Pokemon only appear during a specific time of the day, some appear at night while some only during the day. Know when the Pokemon that you want is going to appear before you go to the Wild Area!

Day & Night Affects Some Pokemon's Evolution

To be able to get a certain Pokemon, you need to evolve them only at a specific time of the day. This also requires having a High Friendship with them for them to evolve.

Check Out The List Of Pokemon With Special Evolutions Here!

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Anonymous 2

Totally agree with previous reviewer. Next to useless article with no answer to the question.

Anonymous 1

Terrible article. Doesn't even say what times the cycles actually are. Why write all of this and omit the simple fact people are actually searching for?

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