Pokémon Sword and Shield may not have the entire National Dex at its disposal, but there are still 72 Pokémon that don’t simply evolve at a certain level. On top of those, even more are on the way in the upcoming expansions.
With Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a few evolution methods have been altered from previous games, and, of course, there are some new Pokémon to evolve through increasingly peculiar and specific ways.
Here, you’ll find out where to find Swinub and Piloswine as well as how to evolve Piloswine into Mamoswine.
Where to find Swinub in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Swinub came into the world of Pokémon with Generation II (Pokémon Gold and Silver) and merely needed to hit level 33 to evolve into Piloswine. That’s where the evolution line used to end.
As of Generation IV (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), Piloswine unlocked the ability to evolve another step, into the mighty Mamoswine.
To embark on this evolution tree from the beginning, you’ll first need to find a Swinub. They’re fairly common across the Wild Area in winter weather. You can find Swinub in the following locations in Pokémon Sword and Shield:
- Hammerlocke Hills: Snowing;
- Rolling Fields: Snowstorms or Snowing;
- Giant’s Mirror: Snowstorms or Snowing;
- Giant’s Seat: Snowstorms or Snowing;
In each of the above Wild Area locations, Swinub is encountered through random encounters – shown by an exclamation mark and rustling in the grass. If you have Pokémon Shield, though, you can see Swinub sniffling around in the overworld of the Dusty Bowl during Snowstorms.
If you’d like to skip the Swinub phase and jump straight to Piloswine, you can find the Swine Pokémon roaming around the overworld in the Wild Area.
Piloswine can be found in random encounters in the Dusty Bowl and Lake of Outrage, or it evolves from Swinub at level 33.
Piloswine also wanders around the Dusty Bowl during snowstorms and when it’s snowing as well as at East Lake Axewell during snowy weather and snowstorms.
How to catch Swinub in Pokémon Sword and Shield
You can find Swinub in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield from level 7 in the Rolling Fields to level 47 in the Dusty Bowl.
For the easiest Swinubs to catch, go to the Rolling Fields in snowstorms or when it’s snowing as they’ll be between level 7 and level 9. These can easily be caught with a Great Ball from the very start of the encounter, or quite possibly with a regular Poké Ball.
To catch a Swinub that’s close to evolving into a Piloswine – which occurs at level 33 – you’ll want to explore the Giant’s Seat, Giant’s Mirror, or Hammerlocke Hills when it’s snowing or there’s a snowstorm.
Wild Piloswine are significantly stronger than most wild Swinubs, standing between level 33 and 52 around the Wild Area.
Piloswine is an ice ground-type Pokémon, so to ensure that you don’t defeat it during an encounter, it’s best to avoid fire, water, grass, fighting, and steel-type attacks. It’s also a good idea to not use electric-type attacks on a Piloswine as the Pokémon is immune to the attack type.
It’s probably best to prepare for a Piloswine catch by loading up on Ultra Balls. It can be a tricky Pokémon to catch due to its fairly high level. Once you have a Piloswine, you’ll be just one level away from getting a Mamoswine.
How to evolve Piloswine into Mamoswine in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To evolve Piloswine into Mamoswine in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you’ll need to teach the Piloswine the rock-type move Ancient Power.
Piloswine can learn Ancient Power when it evolves from Swinub, but if you’ve missed that chance or caught a Piloswine in the wild, you can still teach Piloswine the attack with ease.
To teach Piloswine Ancient Power, go to any Pokémon Centre and talk to the vendor on the left side of the store. This is the Move Relearner: talk to them and select ‘Remember a move.’
Once you’ve selected Piloswine to be the Pokémon to re-learn a move, you then go through its move list, select the rock-type move Ancient Power, and then teach it to your Piloswine.
Now that your Piloswine knows Ancient Power, all you have to do is level up the Pokémon. You can do this by battling Pokémon in the Wild Area or by giving your Piloswine some Exp. Candy.
When using Exp. Candy, check the summary of a Pokémon so that you can see how much xp it needs to level up. From there: S Exp. Candy gives 800 xp, M Exp. Candy gives 3000 xp, L Exp. Candy gives 10,000 xp, and XL Exp. Candy gives 30,000.
Or, of course, you could just use a Rare Candy, but they’re best-kept for high-level Pokémon.
As soon as your Piloswine has learned Ancient Power and levelled-up, after you exit the xp calculations, your Piloswine will evolve into a Mamoswine.
How to use Mamoswine (strengths and weaknesses)
Mamoswine boasts a great deal of health and a very strong base stat line for its attack. So, it’s a good idea to load-up with physical attacks like Double Hit, Thrash, and Earthquake when Mamoswine wants to learn new moves. Stone Edge (TM71) is also a great move to add to your Mamoswine’s move set.
As Mamoswine is an ice ground-type Pokémon, it’s weak against steel, fighting, grass, water, and fire-type moves. Mamoswine is, however, immune to electric-type attacks and poison attacks aren’t very effective against the Twin Tusk Pokémon.
As far as abilities go, Mamoswine’s ability Oblivious can come in handy as it means that the Pokémon doesn’t succumb to the effects of Attract, Taunt, or any other move that would have it be taunted. The ability Snow Cloak raises Mamoswine’s evasion by one level while in hailstorms.
Mamoswine can also have the hidden ability Thick Fat, which cuts the damage dealt by ice-type and fire-type attacks by a massive 50 per cent.
There you have it: your Piloswine just evolved into a Mamoswine. You now have a rather powerful ice ground-type Pokémon that is high in its attack and HP base stat lines.
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