Last time we tackled leveling up Pokemon when you’re using the Pokemon Trainer Class, and I promised to follow up with an explanation of the evolution mechanic as it pertains to this class.

Most of the Pokemon that evolve will have a certain amount of XP needed to achieve a stage of evolution. The following occur each and every time one of your Pokemon evolve:

  1. Double your Pokemon’s current HP value. This reflects the surge of power and the drastic physical changes that often accompany evolution.
  2. Increase 2 of your Pokemon’s abilities by +3.
  3. Consult the entry of the evolved form of your Pokemon and note any additional traits or powers that have been gained.

The obvious exceptions here are Pokemon that evolved using stones such as Eevee. Those types of Pokemon don’t evolve based on experience gained, they require the use of stones. Depending on your GM these could be available for purchase at stores/shops or they might be rare items found only in certain locations.

Stones have also varied greatly in their appearance from various adaptations, so you can describe them as you’d like.

Evolutionary_stones_EToP

Artwork from The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Fire Stone
Wondrous Item
Exposing certain Pokemon to one of these stones will cause them to evolve into a more powerful form.

Moon Stone
Wondrous Item
Exposing certain Pokemon to one of these stones will cause them to evolve into a more powerful form.

Thunder Stone
Wondrous Item
Exposing certain Pokemon to one of these stones will cause them to evolve into a more powerful form.

Water Stone
Wondrous Item
Exposing certain Pokemon to one of these stones will cause them to evolve into a more powerful form.

For the time being I’m sticking with the first generation of Pokemon so there aren’t any considerations for additional requirements of evolution such as Pokemon that only evolve at night or during the day. Most of those requirements are largely situational and can easily be met by waiting.

If a Pokemon requires a certain amount of affection to evolve then it will be up to the GM to determine if your trainer and their Pokemon have bonded enough to trigger an evolution.

Pokemon that only evolved as the result of trading them, or having them hold items and trading them will just evolve normally. I don’t know about you but I always hated that mechanic, and now that it is within my power to do I am doing away with it.

Now that the secrets of evolution have been revealed the next big hurdle will creating the first 150 or so Pokemon which I’ve already started.

 

 

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