How to Evolve Onix in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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Want to evolve Onix into Steelix in Pokémon Legends: Arceus? Here's what you need to know.

For as long as Pokémon has been around, there have been some creatures that have special requirements before they undergo an evolution. While Onix hasn't always had an evolution, in Gen II, this giant rock snake received its own shiny evolved form - Steelix.

Previously, Onix needed to have been traded whilst holding a Metal Coat in order to evolve in Steelix. But, with Pokémon Legends: Arceus and its focus on the single-player experience, that's no longer necessary. This means that certain Pokémon who would usually need to be traded to evolve, like Machoke or Haunter, can also use something else in order to change forms.

Here's what you need to know about evolving Onix into Steelix in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

How to Evolve Onix in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

To evolve Onix into Steelix in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players will still need to make use of the Metal Coat but you'll no longer have to do any trading.

To get your hands on a Metal Coat, players can purchase one from the Trading Post/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 Metal Coat, with Onix in your party you'll see that the item is compatible. Use it on your Onix to trigger the evolution into Steelix. The item is single-use, however, so be sure to use it on the right Onix. 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.