Rockruff is a bit of a tricky Pokemon to evolve and has a lot of steps to evolve them. This is because they have three forms that they can evolve into. This guide will explain how to evolve Rockruff in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Rockruff is a rock Pokemon that first appeared in generation 7 which is Pokemon Sun and Moon. They’re an exceptionally adorable Pokemon that has stolen the hearts of many, and it’s very clear to see why.

Rockruff has three evolution forms when they evolve into Lycanroc. This can make it a bit tricky for Pokemon players if they are aiming for a certain evolution form.

This guide will detail how to evolve Rockruff into Lycanroc, and each of their evolution forms.


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How to Find Rockruff

The little Rock-type doggo is available in a handful of areas in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

You can find everywhere it spawns using the map below:

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How To Evolve Rockruff

As stated earlier, Rockruff has three evolution forms. There is the Midday form, the Midnight form, and the Dusk form. To start with, let’s discuss the Midday form.

To evolve Rockruff into Lycanroc’s Midday form, you have to level it up to level 25 in the Daytime. This is very simple and easily done. You can level it up using XP candies and rare candies that you may have obtained through Overworld treasure hunting, or Tera Raids. You can also use Rockruff in battles to get XP through normal battling, or auto-battling. This depends on what you prefer.

It is important to note that Lycanroc’s form cannot be changed once they have evolved, so keep this in mind when choosing a form you want to evolve into!

To evolve Rockruff into Lycanroc’s Midnight form, you have to level Rockruff to level 25 at nighttime. Again, this is very easily done, just make sure to keep an eye on the clock to see if it’s day or nighttime. You can do this by opening the map and there will be a logo in the top right that tells you whether it is day or night.

The hardest evolution for Rockruff is the Dusk form. To evolve Rockruff into Dusk form, you first need to make sure that Rockruff has Own Tempo. To do this, you can go to your party or boxes and check the summary of the Pokemon, and it should say if it has the ability or not. If it doesn’t, it cannot be evolved into Dusk form.

Once your Rockruff has the ability Own Tempo, it has to be between the hours of 7-8 pm. This game doesn’t follow real-time. It has its own in-game time system. You have to wait until the sky is a purple color. Make sure your Rockruff is level 25 and above, and then feed it a rare candy to have it evolve into Lycanroc’s Dusk form.

If you’re looking to skip the evolution stage, Lycanroc does appear in the wild in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Below is a map of all of its spawn locations:

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There you have it. That’s how you evolve Rockruff into Lycanroc’s three different forms. Best of luck out there trainers!

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