Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to Evolve Sinistea into No. 336 Polteageist

Need some quick help evolving Sinistea into Polteageist?


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.

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 Sinistea and how to evolve Sinistea into Polteageist.

Where to find Sinistea in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Sinistea is one of the great new additions to the Pokémon franchise, leaning heavily on English love of tea. Its inclusion, particularly its evolved form, help to add an extra dose of British into the Galar region.

The ghost-type Pokémon is only found in Glimwood Tangle in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. While the most reliable way to find Sinistea is through the random encounter exclamation marks that pop-up, it is possible to see it roaming in the overworld of Glimwood Tangle.

Although a very rare occurrence, Sinistea can be spotted in the overworld in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield in pretty much any weather. For the most part, though, it’s best to jump on the exclamation marks in Glimwood Tangle.

How to catch Sinistea in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Sinistea is found in the wild of Pokémon Sword and Shield between level 34 and level 37 and is a ghost-type Pokémon. This means that the only move types that are super effective against Sinistea are ghost and dark-type attacks – so don’t use them if you want to catch the cup-dwelling ghost.

Fighting and normal attacks don’t affect Sinistea, but as poison and bug moves are weak against ghost-type Pokémon, it’s a good idea to have a Pokémon that can use those attacks in order to whittle Sinistea’s health down and into the red zone.

As Sinistea is found at quite a low level, using an Ultra Ball when it’s in the yellow along the HP bar should do the trick. Using a Quick Ball at the start of an encounter can also prove to be enough with Sinistea.

How to evolve Sinistea into Polteageist in Pokémon Sword and Shield

To evolve Sinistea into Polteageist, you’ll need the item Cracked Pot or Chipped Pot.

The vast majority of Sinistea specimens require the Cracked Pot to evolve into Polteageist as they come under the category of counterfeit Sinisteas. All that this means is that the Pokémon won’t have a mark of authenticity on the base of its cup. To find the Cracked Pot you need to:

  • Travel to Stow-on-Side (found on the middle-west side of the Town Map, up Route 6);
  • Climb the ladder down the right side of the path that leads to the stadium, run around the back of the rooftops, and pick up the item;
  • Or you could go to the two sellers under the umbrellas at the market (to the left of the Pokémon Center) and speak to the seller on the right. You can buy a Cracked Pot from them, after which it will go into the Other Items pocket of your Bag.

Once you have the Cracked Pot, all you have to do is use it on Sinistea as you would an evolution stone to see it evolve into Polteageist.

If, however, the Cracked Pot doesn’t work, it means that you have yourself one of the very rare authentic Sinisteas. Just to make sure, watch its animation in the Pokedex to see if the stamp of authenticity is present on its base.

To evolve an authentic Sinistea into an authentic Polteageist, you’ll need to get your hands on the Chipped Pot.

You can purchase the Chipped Pot from the same seller on the market in Stow-on-Side (the one on the right). As the vendor sells different items for their “Today’s” and “Yesterday’s” offers, it may take some time to get to the Chipped Pot.

Once you have the Chipped Pot, find it in the Other Items pocket of your Bag and give it to your authentic Sinistea. It shall then evolve into Polteageist: an authentic Polteageist at that.

How to use Polteageist (strengths and weaknesses)

As a ghost-type Pokémon, Polteageist is especially weak to ghost and dark-type attacks but is immune to normal and fighting-type attacks. Bug and poison-type moves aren’t very effective against Polteageist.

Polteageist’s ability is Weak Armour, which lowers its defence by one stage but increases its speed by two stages when hit by an attack. Polteageist’s defence base stat line is distinctly middling anyway, but a two-stage boost in speed gives it very good speed.

The Black Tea Pokémon inhabiting a broken teapot has a pretty decent hidden ability. Polteageist’s hidden ability is Cursed Body, which has a 30 per cent chance of disabling any move that hits the Pokémon.

While relatively low in HP, Polteageist is especially high in special defence and boasts a mighty special attack base stat line. As such, learned moves like Shadow Ball and Giga Drain are particularly potent. TR11 Psychic is another powerful special attack that the genderless Pokémon can have in its move set.

There you have it: your Sinistea just evolved into a Polteageist. You now have an adorable ghost Pokémon hiding in some old china that just so happens to boast mighty special attack power.

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Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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