Pokémon Go: The Curious Case Of Wurmple’s Evolution

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Wurmple as it appears in the Pokemon anime Pokemon Company

Pokémon Go has added more than 50 Pokémon, including Wurmple and its evolutions. Many trainers are having a hard time ensuring the Bug-type Pokémon evolves into either Dustox or Beautifly.

After collecting 12 Wurmple candy, trainers can evolve their Wurmple, but what it evolves into seems to be completely random. It will either evolve into Cascoon, which will evolve into Dustox after 50 Wurmple candy, or Silcoon, which evolves into Beautifly.

This is similar to Eevee’s evolution in Pokémon Go, but unlike the Normal-type, players seemingly can’t ensure Wurmple will evolve into Cascoon or Silcoon.

Over on the Pokémon Go and Silph Road subreddits, trainers have tried various ways to evolve their Wurmple. Here are the various theories going around.

DOES WURMPLE’S EVOLUTION DEPEND ON GENDER?

Looking at Dustox and Beautifly, it’s easy to think that Wurmple’s gender will determine its evolution, but that wasn’t the case in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. It’s also not the case in Pokémon Go .

User VarecnaV89 asked whether evolving Wurmple with different gender and they confirmed that they received the same Pokémon.

DOES TIME AFFECT IT?

When Gen 2 came to Pokémon Go, Eevee’s new evolutions, Umbreon and Espeon, could be obtained by evolving Eevee during either the night or day. With Dustox being a moth, many believed the time of day affected Wurmple’s evolution. However, that turned out to be untrue as well, as trainers in this thread determined.

IS IT A NICKNAME TRICK?

Pokémon Go trainers found that evolving Eevee into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon could be determined by its nickname. The nicknames used were the based on the Pokémon anime, so some trainers believed nicknaming their Wurmple after trainers who used them in the anime would do the trick. However, trainers tried naming Wurmple May to get a Silcoon, and Jesse for Cascoon, and that didn’t work.

DOES WURMPLE’S IVs DETERMINE ITS EVOLUTION?

Tyrogue is another Pokémon from the Johto region with an unusual evolution, which could evolve into either Hitmonlee, Hitmontop or Hitmonchan depending on the Tyrogue’s IVs. Naturally, this led trainers to test whether Wurmple’s IVs

User Technovoid200 tested this theory, and thought they were on to something, but eventually concluded IVs didn’t determine Wurmple’s evolution.

Unfortunately, it looks like Wurmple evolves randomly in Pokémon Go, so be sure to catch as many as you can to get the desired evolution. In the meantime, let us know whether you like Dustox or Beautifly better in the comments section below.

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