Pokémon Go King's Rock – how to evolve Poliwhirl into Politoad, Slowpoke into Slowking, and how to get the King's Rock

Gen 2 is finally here and with it come not just new Pokmon like Politoad and Slowking, but new items like the King’s Rock, too.

That, in turn, means new methods for evolution: the King’s Rock was used for evolving Poliwhirl and Slowpoke in the main Pokmon games by having them hold the item when being traded – a mechanic that’s not in Pokmon Go at all as things stand.

So with that in mind, how do you evolve Poliwhirl into Politoad, and evolve Slowpoke into Slowking, and likewise how do you get the King’s Rock in Pokmon Go? The answers to all that can be found below.

How to evolve Poliwhirl into Politoad in Pokmon Go

Poliwhirl, in the main Pokmon series of games, evolves into Politoad in a little more long-winded manner than in Pokmon Go. The original method involves not only finding and using the King’s Rock, but getting yourself a trading partner, so that Poliwhirl can hold it and be traded in order to evolve.

Here in Pokmon Go, it’s far easier: simply find yourself a King’s Rock and use both that, and some Candy like usual, to evolve it into Politoad from the same in-game menu you’d use to evolve a Pokmon normally.

How to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking in Pokmon Go

Evolving Slowpoke into Slowking works in much the same way as evolving your Poliwhirl into a Politoad.

Like the evolution chain above, Slowking comes as a branching evolution from Slowpoke, acting as an alternative to Slowbro. Interestingly, as you’ll see in our best Pokmon in Pokmon Go listings, both Slowbro and Slowking have identical stats, meaning the choice to evolve for one or the other is purely down to your personal preference – and for completing your Pokdex, of course.

Again, as above, to evolve your Slowpoke into a Slowking simply use your stored up Candy, and a King’s Rock, to evolve it via the usual in-game menus.

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Want more help with Pokmon Go? Read our Pokmon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, including triggering the Eevee evolution with names for Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon, distances for both hatching Eggs at 2km, 5km and 10km and for the Buddy system, where to find Pokmon Go nests in London and beyond, as well as recent updates including new baby Pokmon, finding Ditto and the the seasonal Valentine’s Day event update. Finally, there are pages on Gen 2 additions like the new Pinap and Nanab Berries and how to use them, all of the new evolution items: the Metal Coat for Steelix and Scizor, the Dragon Scale for Kingdra, the Sun Stone for Bellossom, and Up-Grade for Porygon2.

How to get the King’s Rock in Pokmon Go

The King’s Rock in Pokmon Go is found in much the same way as several other items, from originals like Pokmon Eggs to fellow new additions like the Metal Coat or Dragon Scale: from Pokstops.

There’s not much strategy to it, unfortunately. Your best bet for finding one is simply getting out there and spinning those stops – we recommend getting to an urban area or city if you can, where they’re a little more densely-populated, to speed up your progress. Other than that, it’s a case of getting stuck into the grind!

Updated: February 16, 2017 — 10:14 am

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