Pokémon Sword and Shield may not have the entire National Dex at its disposal, but there are still 72 Pokémon that don’t merely 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.
In this guide, you’ll discover where to find the ever-elusive Goomy, how to evolve Goomy into Sliggoo, and how to evolve Sliggoo into Goodra.
Where to find Goomy in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Goomy has been in the National Dex since Generation VI (Pokémon X and Y) with its evolution, Sliggoo, requiring the same specifications to evolve in all three of its appearances in the mainline Pokémon games.
The biggest problem that most trainers face in Pokémon Sword and Shield is just finding a Goomy.
Goomy can only be found in the Wild Area of Pokémon Shield, with the only way – unless there’s a special event on – for Pokémon Sword players to get the Soft Tissue Pokémon being via a trade.
However, it doesn’t get much easier for Pokémon Shield players as Goomy is an incredibly rare spawn in very specific weather conditions:
- Lake of Outrage: Raining (Random Encounter)
So, it needs to be raining, you can’t even see the Goomy in the overworld, and it’s an incredibly rare spawn.
It is also possible to encounter Sliggoo through random encounters during thunderstorms at the Lake of Outrage, but Goodra cannot be found in the wild.
How to catch Goomy in Pokémon Sword and Shield
For Pokémon Sword players, it’s as simple as trading in a Goomy, but for Pokémon Shield players, catching Goomy can prove to be quite challenging.
Goomy only appears in Pokémon Shield between level 50 and level 52, with its rarity meaning that you’ll want to catch the first Goomy that you encounter.
Ultra Balls are your best asset against this dragon-type Pokémon, but a Quick Ball at the start of the encounter is always worth a go.
As Goomy is just a dragon-type Pokémon, when you’re weakening it, it’s best to avoid using dragon, ice, or fairy-type moves as they are super effective against Goomy.
Try to deploy a Pokémon of a similar level (around level 50-55) and use fire, water, electric, or grass-type moves against Goomy as they are not very effective.
How to evolve Goomy into Sliggoo in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Evolving your Goomy into a Sliggoo is as easy as it gets: simply level-up Goomy to level 40 or above and it will evolve into Sliggoo.
As the lowest level that you can catch Goomy at the Lake of Outrage is level 50, you simply have to earn it enough experience to level-up once.
How to evolve Sliggoo into Goodra in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To evolve Sliggoo into Goodra, you only need to meet two criteria: level-up Sliggo to level 50 and it must be raining in the overworld at the time.
The easiest way to assure this is to find somewhere in the Wild Area where it’s raining (denoted by the rain clouds when you hover the cursor over the location, as seen above) and then cycle to that location.
Once you’re there and you have a Sliggoo that’s at level 49 or above, get to work on levelling up the dragon-type Pokémon.
You can either battle wild Pokémon in the local area, play with and cook for the Sliggoo in camp, or feed it Exp. Candy.
To use Exp. Candy to quickly level-up Sliggoo, you’ll need to check the summary of the Pokémon to see how much xp it needs to level-up and evolve into Goodra.
Here’s which Exp. Candy you may want to use:
- 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
On the other hand, you could just give the Sliggoo a Rare Candy, but those items are best kept for high-level Pokémon that you wish to level-up quickly.
If you’re in raining conditions, once Sliggoo levels up to level 50 or above, it will evolve into Goodra.
How to use Goodra (strengths and weaknesses)
Despite being a dragon-type Pokémon that’s essentially a dripping pile of goo, Goodra is rather formidable. While it isn’t one of the strongest Pokémon in the games, it’s not far off.
Goodra boasts a phenomenally high base special defence stat, an extremely high special attack base stat, and very good attack and HP base stats.
As a strictly dragon-type Pokémon, Goodra is especially susceptible to fairy, ice, and dragon-type moves, but water, fire, grass, and electric-type moves are not very effective against Goodra.
There are three abilities available to Goodra, one of which is a particularly useful hidden ability:
- Hydration: When it’s raining, the burned, paralysed, poisoned, asleep, and frozen status conditions are healed.
- Sap Sipper: Goodra doesn’t sustain damage from grass-type moves, and its attack goes up by one stage when hit by a grass-type attack.
- Gooey (Hidden Ability): When hit by a physical move, the speed of Goodra’s attacker is decreased by one stage.
There you have it: you’ve now caught a Goomy, evolved it into a Sliggoo, and evolved your Sliggoo into a Goodra. You now have a dragon-type Pokémon with very favourable base stats, particularly when it comes to defending and using special attacks.
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