Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to catch and evolve Finizen into Palafin


FINIZEN is one of the latest Pokémon introduced in Scarlet and Violet, and it is also one of the most powerful in the game.

When evolved into Palafin, it has a whopping 650 base stat total, which is close to the series’ strongest ‘mons, the god Arceus.

You need to switch out if you want to be a hero.

However, it can be a little difficult to evolve, and it’s also hard to tell when it has evolved.

Here’s how to evolve Palafin into Finizen in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to catch Finizen

There is no current way to catch Palafin outside of rare five-star raids, so if you want one, you have to evolve it from Finizen.

Luckily, Finizen can be found in abundance in seas all around the edge of the map.

There is also a set school of Finizen in the sea of West Province Area Two near the waterfall, where you are always guaranteed to find some.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to evolve Finizen

Finizen needs to be at least level 38 to evolve, so make sure you level it up before you try to evolve it.

The required level is based on the year Superman debuted, as the evolved Pokémon’s Hero Form is inspired by the Man of Steel.

Once you are level 38, you need to join into someone else’s game or have someone else join your game using Union Circle.

If you have Nintendo Switch Online, you can do this at any time through the Poké Portal.

If you don’t have Online then you will have to do it locally with a friend on the same Wi-Fi network.

Once in your friend’s game, simply level up Finizen once more and it will evolve into Palafin.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to change Palafin into Hero Form

Once evolved into Palafin, your Pokémon will look almost the same, except it will have a heart shape on its chest.

It also gains the new ability Zero to Hero, which is what gives Palafin its powers.

To change from Zero Form to Hero Form, Palafin needs to enter, then switch out of battle, and then switch in again.

The easiest way to do this is to send it into battle and use Flip Turn, which will immediately switch it back out.

When your replacement Pokémon is knocked out, you can send in Palafin again to see its impressive Hero Form.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.