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 Bounsweet and Steenee as well as how to evolve Steenee into Tsareena.
Where to find Bounsweet in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Bounsweet was introduced to the Pokémon universe in Generation VII (Pokémon Sun and Moon) and still only needs to hit level 18 to evolve into Steenee.
To set out on getting a Tsareena, you can start by catching Bounsweet. The grass-type Pokémon can be found in the following areas:
- Dappled Grove: Normal Conditions, Sandstorms (Random Encounters)
- East Lake Axewell: Normal Conditions (Overworld)
- Rolling Fields: Normal Conditions, Sandstorm (Random Encounters)
- Stony Wilderness: Raining, Overcast, Normal Conditions, Intense Sun, Thunderstorms, Snowing, Snowstorms, Sandstorms, Heavy Fog (Overworld)
- Watchtower Ruins: Normal Conditions, Overcast (Random Encounters)
- West Lake Axewell: Normal Conditions (Random Encounters)
You can skip catching a Bounsweet and start with Steenee if you want, with the second-stage of this evolution track being found in the Wild Area.
The Fruit Pokémon can be found in random encounters during normal conditions at Axew’s Eye in the Wild Area.
How to catch Bounsweet in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Bounsweet appears in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield between level 7 and level 30 in the Wild Area, being quite easy to find in the Stony Wilderness.
In the Stony Wilderness, however, you’ll encounter the highest-level wild Bounsweets, ranging from level 28 to level 30.
However, even at its peak level, you shan’t need a particularly high-tier Poké Ball to catch Bounsweet, with an Ultra Ball or Quick Ball potentially sealing the catch if thrown right at the beginning of the encounter.
A wild Steenee, on the other hand, is found between level 35 and level 40 at Axew’s Eye in the Wild Area, so it may require some weakening before you can catch the Pokémon.
Both Bounsweet and Steenee are grass-type Pokémon, so if you want to avoid defeating them in a wild encounter, don’t use fire, poison, ice, flying, or bug-type attacks.
Bounsweet and Steenee are strong against water, electric, grass, and ground-type moves, so if you want to reduce their HP bars gradually, use a similarly-levelled Pokémon with moves of these types.
Ultra Balls will invariably do the trick, but you’ll likely find that a Poké Ball or Great Ball will suffice against a weakened Bounsweet or Steenee.
How to evolve Steenee into Tsareena in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To evolve Steenee into Tsareena in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you’ll need your Steenee to either learn the move Stomp or remember the move.
Steenee learns Stomp at level 28 when it levels up. However, you can make your Pokémon remember the move by going to a Move Relearner if it has passed level 28 and doesn’t presently know Stomp.
Found in any Pokémon Centre, the Move Relearner is found to the left of the store; all you need to do is ask them to ‘Remember a move.’
You’ll then need to select the Steenee that you want to remember the move. Once you have, scroll down through the selection of moves available and pick Stomp.
As your Steenee now knows Stomp, all you have to do is level it up again for it to evolve into Tsareena. So, you can either go into the Wild Area or down any route to battle and earn xp, or use an xp-giving item.
If you want to use items to level up your Steenee quickly, you can use Exp. Candy. To do so, you’ll need to check the summary of the Steenee to see how much xp it needs to level up and evolve into Tsareena.
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
You could always use one Rare Candy, but they are better off being saved for high-level Pokémon that you want to level-up.
Once your Steenee has learned Stomp and levelled up, It will evolve into Tsareena as soon as you exit the xp calculations which see the Pokémon level-up.
It is also possible to encounter Tsareena in the wild. During normal conditions, intense sun, snowing, snowstorms, overcast weather, heavy fog, or sandstorms, you can find Tsareena wandering around the Stony Wilderness region of the Wild Area.
How to use Tsareena (strengths and weaknesses)
Tsareena boasts some strong base stat lines, including high defence, high special defence, and very high attack. As such, the Pokémon is very effective when using physical moves like Stomp and High Jump Kick.
The Fruit Pokémon’s decent defence and special defence stats are balanced by Tsareena’s mediocre base HP, and special attacks are less potent due to Tsareena’s low special attack base stat line.
As a grass-type Pokémon, Tsareena is weak against ice, fire, flying, poison, and bug-type moves. However, water, ground, grass, and electric-type moves aren’t very effective against Tsareena.
The Pokémon species boasts three potential abilities: Leaf Guard, Queenly Majesty, and Sweet Veil.
Having the Leaf Guard ability means that the Tsareena won’t be afflicted by status conditions while battling in strong sunlight weather conditions. Queenly Majesty stops opposing Pokémon from using moves on itself or its allies with increased speed priority.
Tsareena’s hidden ability is Sweet Veil, which prevents the Pokémon and its allies from going to sleep.
There you have it: your Steenee just evolved into a Tsareena. You now have a grass-type Pokémon that boasts very high attack and is robust across both forms of defence.
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