The Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion Isle of Armor has landed, adding a vast new island filled with new biomes to the game – and over 100 more Pokémon to catch and record in your Pokédex.
Of those 100 ‘new’ Pokémon in the Isle of Armor DLC, several of them don’t evolve by the conventional means of merely hitting a set level.
Here, we’re going to run through how to evolve Fomantis into Lurantis, as well as how to catch the Pokémon and how best to use the Pokémon in Sword and Shield.
Where to find Fomantis in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Fomantis is not a difficult Pokémon to come across while venturing around the Isle of Armor.
Given its prevalence across the new area, there’s a good chance that it’ll be one of the first Pokémon that you encounter once you’ve made your way inland.
You can often see the little Sickle Grass Pokémon wobbling around in the overworld of greener areas, primarily when the isle is experiencing very sunny conditions.
If you haven’t been able to spot one yet, however, here are all of the places that Fomantis will spawn in both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on the Isle of Armor:
- Fields of Honor: Intense Sun (Overworld and Random Encounters)
- Soothing Wetlands: Intense Sun (Overworld and Random Encounters)
- Forest of Focus: Intense Sun (Overworld and Random Encounters)
- Challenge Beach: Intense Sun (Overworld)
- Training Lowlands: Intense Sun (Overworld and Random Encounters)
How to catch Fomantis in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Fomantis is most commonly found in the wild between level 10 and level 18, but after a certain point of progression, it’ll be encountered at level 60 across the Isle of Armor.
Being a relatively weak and common Pokémon, Fomantis can often be caught with an Ultra Ball, Great Ball, or even sometimes a Poké Ball very early into an encounter.
As a purely grass-type Pokémon, though, if you need to reduce a wild Fomantis’ HP before trying to catch it, avoid using fire, ice, poison, flying, or bug-type moves.
To whittle its health down more gradually to make for an easier catch, use moves that are water, electric, grass, or ground-type with a similarly-levelled Pokémon as those types aren’t very effective against Fomantis.
If you want to skip the whole evolving process, you can also find Lurantis roaming around the overworld of the Forest of Focus during Intense Sun or in the same conditions at Challenge Beach.
How to evolve Fomantis into Lurantis in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To evolve your Fomantis into a Lurantis, you’ll need to build up the Sickle Grass Pokémon to a set level or above and then level it up at a set time of the day.
Fomantis needs to get to level 34 before it can evolve. To achieve this, you can play with it and feed it in camp, battle wild Pokémon with it in your party, or use Exp. Candy.
By looking at Fomantis’ summary, you can see how much xp is needed to level-up the Pokémon. With that information, you can then use the details below to decide which Exp. Candy to give your Pokémon.
- S Exp. Candy gives 800 xp
- M Exp. Candy gives 3000 xp
- L Exp. Candy gives 10,000 xp
- XL Exp. Candy gives 30,000 xp
Beyond level 33, Fomantis will evolve when it levels-up provided that this occurs during the day. To be on the safe side, consider this to be between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm.
If you don’t want to wait for the time of day to come around, you can use the same method as changing the weather to change the time so that you can evolve Fomantis.
How to use Lurantis (strengths and weaknesses)
Lurantis is a fairly middling Pokémon in terms of its base stats, featuring fairly good attack, defence, and special defence but average special attack and HP. The Bloom Sickle Pokémon is, however, distinctly lacking in speed.
The grass-type Pokémon does have a pretty good Hidden Ability, though, and learns some powerful moves through levelling up, including Leaf Blade (level 44) and Solar Blade (level 63).
All Lurantis have the same ability and can have the same Hidden Ability. The ability Leaf Guard means that Lurantis won’t be afflicted by a status condition while battling in strong sunlight conditions.
Its Hidden Ability is Contrary, which makes moves used against Lurantis that would lower its stats increase them instead, and vice versa.
As a purely grass-type Pokémon, Lurantis is strong against water, electric, ground, and grass-type attacks but is weak to fire, ice, poison, bug, and flying-type moves.
There you have it: your Fomantis just evolved into a Lurantis. You now have a fairly good grass-type Pokémon which learns some powerful moves down the line.
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