Pokémon Go Up-Grade – how to evolve Porygon into Porygon2 and how to get the Up-Grade

Gen 2 is finally here and with it come not just new Pokmon like Porygon2, but new items like the Up-Grade, too.

That, in turn, means new methods for evolution: the Up-Grade was used for evolving Porygon2 in the main Pokmon games by having it 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 Porygon into Porygon2, and likewise how do you get the Up-Grade in Pokmon Go? The answers to all that can be found below.

How to evolve Porygon into Porygon2 in Pokmon Go

Porygon evolves into Porygon2 in the main Pokmon series via held-item trading, much the same as for other Gen 2 Pokmon like Steelix, Politoed, and Kingdra.

Again, in a similar fashion to those Pokmon, in Pokmon Go the method is different: you’ll simply need the same evolutionary item, in this case the Up-Grade, and the right amount of Candy, to evolve your Porygon into Porygon2. Once you have them, head to the usual spot in the in-game menus, and evolve from there!

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

How to get the Up-Grade in Pokmon Go


To get the Up-Grade in Pokmon Go, you’ll need to start hitting the streets.

That’s because, like with the other new evolutionary items such as the Dragon Scale, Metal Coat, King’s Rock and Sun Stone, the Up-Grade can only currently be acquired through random drops from a Pokstop.

Our only advice, then, is to head to a built up urban area if possible – simply because Pokstops there are more closely packed and easily found. That, and cross your fingers, because you’ll need some luck!

Updated: February 16, 2017 — 10:14 am

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