How to Evolve Cubchoo Pokemon GO: Why Some Cubchoo Can't Evolve

Some trainers are having a hard time with how to evolve Cubchoo in Pokemon GO.
Some trainers are having a hard time with how to evolve Cubchoo in Pokemon GO. / Niantic Labs

Some trainers are having a hard time with how to evolve Cubchoo in Pokemon GO.

Niantic Labs recently implemented a Pokemon GO Holiday event on Dec. 22, meant to encompass the remaining rest of the season through Dec. 31. In a post published on their news blog, the developers explained that Cubchoo would be one of the ice-types featured for the duration of the event. Obviously, this led to Cubchoo captures like trainers haven't seen before. While some were excited to see an influx of the sniffle-y bear cub, it appears they may have glossed over some fine print.

How to Evolve Cubchoo Pokemon GO

Certain Cubchoo available during this event may be wearing a unique holiday ribbon on their head. This marks them as "Event Pokemon" and prevents them from evolving indefinitely. This has caused a bit of frustration in those who didn't manage to clock the bow before the capture—as well as renewed fervor in those who already have a distaste.

A non-event Cubchoo can evolve into Beartic using 50 candies. This is the only way to obtain a Beartic as they aren't available in the wild. Unsurprisingly, both are pure ice-types.

Beartic has a CP ceiling of 3042, attack stat of 233, stamina of 216, and defense of 152. When powered-up, it can have a hit point total of 182. Its best moveset includes the quick move Charm and the charged move Ice Punch or Play Rough depending on its role.

Cubchoo was first released during the 2019 Holiday programming. Its shiny form debuted earlier this month on Dec. 18 in association with the Galarian Mr. Mime event.

Also known as the "Chill Pokemon", this Unova bear's health can be noted by the appearance of its snot. According to its PokeDex description, when healthy, "their snot is sticky and the power of their ice moves increases." Its number is 613.