Pokémon Go Metal Coat – how to evolve Scyther into Scizor, Onix into Steelix, and how to get the Metal Coat

Gen 2 is finally here and with it come not just new Pokmon like Scizor and Steelix, but new items like the Metal Coat, too.

That, in turn, means new methods for evolution: the Metal Coat was used for evolving Scizor and Steelix 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 Scyther into Scizor, and evolve Onix into Steelix, and likewise how do you get the Metal Coat in Pokmon Go? The answers to all that can be found below.

How to evolve Scyther into Scizor in Pokmon Go

Back in the main series of Pokmon games, Scyther’s evolution into Scizor was somewhat awkward, requiring not only the Metal Coat held item but a friend to trade (and trade back) with too.

In Pokmon Go things are a little easier. You’ll still need to find yourself a Metal Coat, but instead of any kind of trading required, you’ll just need another 40 Candy to evolve your Scyther into Scizor, which can be done from the same in-game menu as you would for evolving any other Pokmon with the standard Candy method so far.

Note that the Metal Coat will be consumed in the process though, just like your Candy is when evolving as usual, so be sure this is the one you want to evolve!

How to evolve Onix into Steelix in Pokmon Go

Much the same as with Scyther, Onix’s original method of evolution in the traditional Pokmon games was a little awkward, again requiring both a trading partner and a Metal Coat to perform.

Not only that – Steelix shares the same method as the Scizor evolution does in Pokmon Go, too. Simply earn yourself the right amount of Candy, pick up a Metal Coat, and evolve your Onix from the in-game menus.

As with Scyther and Scizor, again remember that this consumes the Metal Coat item when used to evolve your Onix into Steelix, so choose wisely before you confirm it!


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 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 King’s Rock for Politoed and Slowking, the Dragon Scale for Kingdra, the Sun Stone for Bellossom, and the Up-Grade for Porygon2.

How to get the Metal Coat in Pokmon Go

The Metal Coat in Pokmon Go can be found from Pokstops, the same way you’d acquire the occasional Egg. That means it’s all down to chance for now – we haven’t discovered any new means of increasing those chances ourselves – and so your best bet is to simply get out and get walking.

You’ll find more concentrated clusters of Pokstops in urban areas, but otherwise that’s all the advice we can offer: it’s time to get spinning those discs!

Updated: February 16, 2017 — 9:46 am

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