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10 Pokémon That Had Surprising Off-Screen Evolutions

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Pokemon evolutions are exciting to see on screen, but there are plenty of surprising evolutions that happen off camera.

Pokémon evolution in the games comes in many forms. Some evolve through old-fashioned leveling up, others through trade or elemental stones, among other gimmicks. In any case, the lore makes the process a significant fascination. On the other hand, evolution in Pokémon anime tends to happen at random times.

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Familiar aspects such as level or friendship are hinted at but never precisely stated. Like the games, the trainer tends to evolve alongside their Pokémon. Sometimes the Pokémon or trainer's progress may not be seen, and even though their journey is understandable, the revelation can shock the audiences and characters alike.

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One of Ash's rivals in Kalos was a timid but intelligent kid named Sawyer. Despite his best efforts at training and applying knowledge, Ash almost always one-upped him. One of his team members was a Bagon that eventually evolved into Shelgon but never won a battle.

Sawyer revealed at the Kalos league that he evolved it into a Salamence. Despite his meticulous demeanor, he proved himself an adept battler with it by memorizing and countering Ash's strategies, which resulted in the battle with Ash's Noivern being a tie.

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