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How to Evolve Haunter in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Haunter's evolution works a bit differently in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Haunter's evolution works a bit differently in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. / Image courtesy of Game Freak/Screenshot: Alexandra Hobbs

Some Pokémon evolutions work a little differently now. So, how do you evolve Haunter into Gengar in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

Traditionally, evolving Haunter into its next evolution Gengar required a bit of work. As one of the many Pokémon that required certain conditions in order to evolve, Haunter needed to be traded in order to become a Gengar. If you traded the Haunter and then wanted the Gengar back, you'd need to trade it once again.

It's always been a bit of a problem, making this iconic Pokémon a bit harder to collect especially for those who tend to shy away from trading.

Thankfully, things work a little bit differently in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. With a focus on single-player gameplay, trading Pokémon is no longer a requirement for evolution. So what does this mean for Haunter?

How to Evolve Haunter in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Evolving Haunter into Gengar now requires the use of a special item: the Linking Cord. Technically, this item can be obtained fairly early on after reaching the Crimson Mirelands, but actually getting it is easier said than done.

Players can purchase the Linking Cord from the Item Exchange shop in Jubilife Village. It costs 1,000 Merit Points, which players can obtain by returning the lost satchels of other players out in the world.

There's also a slight chance that players can pick one up from a space-time distortion.

After obtaining a Linking Cord, with Haunter in your party you'll see that the item is compatible. Use it on your Haunter to trigger the evolution into Gengar. The item is single-use, however, so be sure to use it on the right Haunter. Once used, you'll need to find another one if you want to trigger another evolution.

For all other evolution inquiries, make sure to check out our guide for evolving Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.