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 Galarian Yamask as well as how to evolve Yamask into Runerigus.
Where to find Galarian Yamask in Pokémon Sword and Shield
There are two forms of Yamask in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The common wild form of Yamask is the Galarian Yamask, which features a small block on its tail with a rune drawing of its tail.
The other form which you may have is the regular form of Yamask, which first appeared in Generation V (Pokémon Black and White). It can be attained by trading a Galarian Yamask with the girl in an Eevee costume who resides within Ballonlea Stadium.
Here, we’ll be focussing on evolving Galarian Yamask as the other form of Yamask simply evolves into Cofagrigus by reaching level 34.
Galarian Yamask is rather easy to find in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The ground ghost-type Pokémon can be found floating around in the overworld on Route 6.
How to catch Galarian Yamask in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Found in any weather on Route 6, wild Galarian Yamask is between levels 29-33 when encountered, so you may need to chip away at its health a bit before trying to catch the Pokémon.
A Great Ball should do the trick after bringing its health down into the yellow, or an Ultra Ball from the start of the encounter could work.
Galarian Yamask is both a ground and ghost-type Pokémon, which means that it is weak against water, grass, ice, ghost, and dark-type moves – so try to avoid using these move types when trying to catch Yamask.
However, rock, bug, and poison-type moves are not very effective against the Spirit Pokémon, so use them with a similarly levelled Pokémon to notch away bits of HP.
Avoid trying to use electric, normal, or fighting-type moves when battling Galarian Yamask as the ground ghost-type Pokémon is immune to these attack types.
How to evolve Galarian Yamask into Runerigus in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Galarian Yamask can evolve into Runerigus at any time. However, Yamask does have one of the more unique sets of evolution criteria.
First of all, your Galarian Yamask will need to have its health reduced in one battle by at least 49 points. So, you’ll want to level up your Yamask enough that it can sustain that amount of damage without fainting.
Once your Galarian Yamask has taken 49 points of damage or more in a battle, without fainting, you can flee the battle and then head to the Dusty Bowl in the Wild Area.
In the Dusty Bowl, you’ll be able to see a stone arch which has a lot of grass spawning areas underneath.
To evolve your Galarian Yamask, all that you need to do is walk under this arch with the weakened Yamask in your party (see below).
Outside of some Max Raid Battles, Runerigus can’t be found in the wild in Pokémon Sword and Shield. So, you’ll likely have to follow the steps of Yamask’s odd evolution to get Runerigus.
How to use Runerigus, strengths and weaknesses
Like Galarian Yamask, Runerigus is a ground ghost-type Pokémon. The Grudge Pokémon is weak against water, grass, ice, ghost, and dark-type attacks.
Runerigus is, however, immune to fighting, electric, and normal-type moves, while bug, rock, and especially poison-type moves aren’t very effective against the Pokémon.
Runerigus has one potential ability, Wandering Spirit. When Runerigus is hit by an attack which sees the opposition Pokémon make direct contact, it exchanges abilities with the attacking Pokémon.
The ground ghost-type Pokémon boasts a very high base defence stat line as well as strong attack and special defence stats. However, Runerigus’ base special attack, speed, and HP are rather low. So, stick to its learned attacks like Shadow Claw, Brutal Swing, Slam, and Earthquake.
Runerigus certainly isn’t one of the best or strongest Pokémon in the game, but it is a decent defensive choice to have on your team.
There you have it: your Galarian Yamask just evolved into a Runerigus. You now have a fairly good defensive ground ghost-type Pokémon to use in your team.
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