Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: how to evolve Bramblin

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet features a new tumbleweed Pokemon with an interesting new evolution mechanic and the potential to become a top level competitive Pokemon. One of many new Pokemon found in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is Bramblin, a new Grass/Ghost-type Pokemon that is literally a sentient tumbleweed. Bramblin has a dark past, as he was apparently a human soul unable to move on to the afterlife and eventually got caught in dried grass and became a Pokemon. Considering that Bramblin is a common Pokemon in both the Asado Desert and the East Province desert area, that means a lot of souls got caught in the grass and became a Pokemon.

Bramblin evolves into Brambleghast, an even bigger tumbleweed Grass/Ghost-type Pokemon covered in thick thorns. However, Bramblin does not evolve when it reaches a certain level. Instead, players must use Bramblin in “Let’s Go” mode and “walk” 1000 steps. Once it has met the 1000 step requirement, it will evolve into Brambleghast the next time it levels up. You can check out both Bramblin and Brambleghast below:

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Both Bramblin and its evolution Brambleghast have an interesting ability, which should make the Pokemon a potentially popular choice in competitive play. Both Pokemon have the “Wind Rider” ability, which increases their attack power when Tailwind is in effect or when hit by a “wind move”, which includes moves like Gust, Blizzard, Icy Wind, Sandstorm, Petal Blizzard, and Air Cutter. Given that Tailwind is a popular move in doubles, Brambleghast in particular could be a powerful Pokemon that can counter another team’s Tailwind lineup or take advantage of a player using Tailwind on their own team.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is now available on Nintendo Switch.

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