The Pokémon is an amazing and beautiful creature. Varied and diverse, Pokémon creatures really do appear in all shapes and sizes, and with the franchise currently introducing its ninth generation, the series seems to be alive and well. Pokémon fans will know that Pokémon can evolve, either by leveling up or through some other method. Initially, a Pokémon could only evolve twice, but as the franchise evolved, so did the concept of evolution, and the whole idea became more complex and more diverse. This led to one Pokémon being able to evolve more than twice, but they were not additional stages, but rather branched evolutions where one Pokémon could evolve into two different ones that were of the same stage.
In this article, we are going to talk about the record holders when the evolution of Pokémon is concerned. We have decided to bring you a list of the top five Pokémon that have the most (branched) evolutions in the series. The list won’t actually consider Mega Evolutions and it won’t take regional variants as separate evolutions. These are the top five Pokémon with the most evolutions:
5. Cosmog – 3 evolutions
Cosmog is based on a nebula, a large collection of gases and cosmic dust in outer space that sometimes follows or precedes the stars. At the same time, it corresponds to one of the concepts of the creation of the Azoth, where the sun and the moon, when merging, create gases. In Alola, only a select handful have seen this extraordinarily rare Pokémon. It evolves into Cosmoem.
Cosmoem is based on both a forming star and the concept of the cosmic egg. Cosmoem is a blue-colored sphere adorned with a golden casing that resembles a mixture of a crescent moon and a sun with its rays. Inside there is a dark-colored face with two closed eyes, as well as some pink and blue lines that seem to light up. It is said to be a Pokémon from another world. Cosmoem can further evolve into Lunala or Solgaleo.
Since time immemorial, Lunala has been considered a herald of the Moon, and this Pokémon has often been referred to as “the creature that summons the Moon.” Lunala constantly absorbs light and converts it into energy. With its wings outstretched to absorb the light around it and a brightness comparable to that of the crescent Moon, this Pokémon is reminiscent of a stunning night sky.
Solgaleo is based on a lion and the sun. Also, he owes his influence to alchemy. On the one hand, it is based on the solar lion, one of the various representations of the Azoth, a symbol of health, medicine, eternal life, and the cosmos, as well as on the Sun itself, which represents the soul in the fusion of concepts that create the Azoth, together with the spirit and the physical body.
4. Tyrogue – 3 evolutions
Despite being a small Pokémon, it is capable of developing great strength. Tyrogue is quite a brave and persevering Pokémon, which is never weak when it wants to show its true potential in battle. Tyrogue has body parts that are not developed like in his evolutions. He has horns like Hitmontop but they are not sharp or pointy enough to turn, he has Hitmonlee’s hands that are not made for hitting and he has Hitmonchan’s feet that are not made for kicking so we can say that when Tyrogue evolves he will specialize in a martial art (that of one of its 3 evolutions). Based on its predominant stat, Tyrogue can evolve into Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, or Hitmontop.
Hitmonlee is a Pokémon based on a Blemias, a mythological being that lacks a head and its face on its chest. It is characterized by being a kick specialist Pokémon, which is incredibly strong and fast. Due to its great elasticity, it can kick almost in any position in which it is facing any direction. He is often given the name “‘the master of the kicks” or “‘the master who kicks'”. After the fight, the legs are massaged to relax the muscles and rest.
Unlike Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan is a master of his fists with which he can knock out any opponent. His skill with blows has allowed him to learn punches of all kinds, including elemental ones, among others. Hitmonchan is said to possess the spirit of a boxer who has been working for the world championship. He has an indomitable spirit and never gives up on his opponents. Therefore, Hitmonchan is often seen in professional boxing contests.
Hitmontop is based on a spinning top and a capoeira fighter. This Pokémon moves faster by turning on itself than by walking. If he gets up to speed, he can dig a hole in the ground and end up underground. Hitmontop controls his kicks perfectly, so they can be smooth, graceful, and dancing or powerful and devastating. It’s easy for opponents or trainers to gawk at him moving, leaving them covered in bruises from blows.
3. Wurmple – 4 evolutions
Wurmple is a Worm Pokémon. Use the spines on its back to scrape the tree trunks, remove the bark, and drink the sap that emanates. Wurmple loves leaves. To eat them, it climbs to the branches of the trees. This Pokémon has suction cups finishing off its feet, with which it adheres to the glass without slipping. It can evolve into Silcoon and Beautifly, or Cascoon and Dustox.
Silcoon is a Pokémon that spends most of its time immobile. It lives in the branches of trees, attached to the branches by a silk thread. This silk thread serves as a support against strong drafts. It is one of the Pokémon preferred by bug hunters, due to its rapid evolution. Silcoon further evolves into Beautifly. It is a Pokémon widely used by coordinators and trainers, especially among girls, due to its great beauty and charm. It is often seen in meadows among tall flowers or in forests.
Cascoon is based on a cocoon. It does not move so as not to lose energy for its evolution. It throws a very sticky silk with which it adheres to walls and tree branches, where it remains immobile waiting for its evolution into Dustox. Dustox is a nocturnal Pokémon, its natural habitat is the very streets of the cities, being attracted by the urban lights this Pokémon enjoys feeding on dry leaves which are dragged by the air in boulevards and dark alleys.
2. Burmy – 4 evolutions
Burmy is actually somewhat of an exception to what we have written in the introduction, as it is one and the same creature, but the evolution line is so complex and so famous that we simply had to include it here. Burmy is a Bug-type Pokémon. The curious thing about Burmy is that this Pokémon changes its coat depending on the last area in which it fought. This is because Burmy is a kind of worm that uses what it finds around it to blend in with its surroundings since it falls off easily. Based on gender, it evolves into either Wormadam or Mothim.
In general, Wormadam evolves depending on the tastes of the trainer or on the mere need to make it resistant to a specific type. Her anticipation ability allows her to detect enemies with fatal or very effective blows. If he finds the necessary material in his environment, he could change his coat or shape to become more resistant and try to cover his weaknesses.
Mothim is based on the Atlas moth. It is a moth Pokémon that usually inhabits meadows and open fields where flowers abound. Its main food source is honey since it loves sweet things. This Pokémon usually feeds by stealing the honey that Combee painstakingly makes. It has no nest.
1. Eevee – 8 evolutions
Eevee is known due to its numerous Eeveelutions. Its genetic instability allows it to transform when exposed to evolutionary stones, being friends with its trainer or training in a certain area will allow it to evolve into 8 different Pokémon species with the same number of different types. Eevee is capable of altering its body composition to match its surroundings to the point where its face can resemble its trainer’s, making it a very adaptable Pokémon and allowing it to achieve these evolutions as a result of its adaptation.
The reason for his genetic instability has not yet been clarified and why he is the only Pokémon that has presented it, it is said that it is the key to understanding the evolution of Pokémon.
Eevee evolves to:
- Vaporeon when exposed to a Water Stone.
- Jolteon when exposed to a Thunder Stone.
- Flareon when exposed to a Fire Stone.
- Espeon when leveled up during the day having reached a high friendship rating and not knowing Fairy-type moves.
- Umbreon when leveled up overnight having reached a high friendship rating and not knowing Fairy-type moves.
- Leafeon when it goes up a level next to a mossy rock. Starting from Generation VIII, he evolves into Leafeon by exposing him to a Leaf Stone.
- Glaceon when it goes up a level next to an ice rock. Starting in Generation VIII, it evolves into Glaceon by exposing it to an Ice Stone.
- Sylveon when leveled up having reached at least two hearts of affection and knowing a Fairy-type move. From the eighth generation, affection is replaced by a high degree of friendship.