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 the infamous Lickitung into Lickilicky, as well as how to catch the Pokémon and how best to use the Pokémon in Sword and Shield.
Where to find Lickitung in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Lickitung is one of the Pokémon universe’s original monsters, but the Licking Pokémon didn’t get an evolution until Generation IV (Diamond and Pearl).
There are a couple of different locations around the Isle of Armour where you can encounter a wild Lickitung, with it being fairly common in the overworld.
You can find Lickitung in the following locations and weather conditions:
- Soothing Wetlands: All Weather Conditions (Overworld)
- Brawlers’ Cave: All Weather Conditions (Overworld)
How to catch Lickitung in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Lickitung is found wandering the wilds of the Isle of Armour between levels 10 and 18, or at level 60 if you’ve reached the post-story stage in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
A Lickitung may require some grinding down before being able to land a catch, even with an Ultra Ball.
If you need to cut the normal-type Pokémon’s HP to catch it, it’s best to avoid fighting-type and ghost-type moves: the former is super effective, and the latter doesn’t affect Lickitung.
As all other attack types do the normal amount of damage to Lickitung, stick to the lower power ones and use Pokémon of a similar level.
If you wish to skip the evolution process entirely, it is also possible to encounter Lickitung’s evolution, Lickilicky, as a special overworld spawn in the Soothing Wetlands during normal, raining, and sandstorm conditions.
How to evolve Lickitung into Lickilicky in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To evolve your Lickitung into a Lickilicky, you may have to leave the Isle of Armor.
All that you have to do to evolve Lickitung into Lickilicky is level it up while it knows the move Rollout. However, Lickitung bypasses learning this move at level 6, meaning that you’ll need it to remember the move.
So, you’ll need to find the person who allows your Pokémon to re-learn moves; but on the Isle of Armor, there isn’t a Pokémon Centre upon your arrival.
Having worked through the story, you can build Pokémon Centre facilities within the Dojo by spending Watts, but it doesn’t take much to fly back to mainland Galar to visit a Pokémon Centre.
In the Pokémon Centre, visit the bar to the left and select ‘Remember a move,’ and then pick the Lickitung that you want to evolve into Lickilicky.
From the long list of moves that your Lickitung can learn again, pick the rock-type move Rollout and teach it to your Pokémon.
Once your Lickitung knows Rollout, all you have to do is level it up once. You can do this by battling, cooking and playing in camp, or by giving your Lickitung some Exp. Candy.
If you go to the summary of the Pokémon, you can see how much xp is needed for it to level-up. Then, give it a combination of Exp. Candy that will get it to the next level.
Exp. Candy gives your Pokémon xp as follows:
- S Exp. Candy: 800 xp
- M Exp. Candy: 3000 xp
- L Exp. Candy: 10,000 xp
- XL Exp. Candy: 30,000 xp
Once your Lickitung levels-up while knowing Rollout, it will start to evolve.
How to use Lickilicky (strengths and weaknesses)
As you may assume by looking at the rounded, pink Licking Pokémon, Lickilicky is not very fast, at all.
It does, however, boast good base stats for HP, defence, and special defence. Lickilicky’s attack and special attack are at the high-end of moderate, too.
Three abilities (one Hidden Ability) are available to Lickilicky, which are as follows:
- Own Tempo: This ability blocks intimidate, and Lickilicky cannot become confused.
- Oblivious: Lickilicky can’t be put under taunt, intimidate, or attract.
- Cloud Nine (Hidden Ability): While Lickilicky is in battle, it negates all weather effects.
As a strictly normal-type Pokémon, Lickilicky has very few weaknesses when it comes to type matching, with only fighting-type attacks being super effective against the Pokémon.
This does come at the cost of very few attack types having a reduced impact, though. Ghost-type moves don’t affect Lickilicky, but all other types, bar fighting, do their regular amounts of damage.
There you have it: your Lickitung just evolved into a Lickilicky. You now have a slow but well-rounded normal-type Pokémon at your disposal.
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