Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduced over 100 new Pokemon and brought almost 300 familiar faces back to the Paldea region. Even the earliest generation's Pokemon are found in the games, including the adorable Cottonweed Pokemon Hoppip. Hoppip is a Grass/Flying-type Pokemon with two evolution forms, Skiploom and Jumpluff, which are stronger and more competitive on Pokemon teams. Its evolution forms are not that much larger than it, but both share its lightweight trait making them all pretty fast.
Players who want to get their hands on any of the Hoppip family can immediately start since Hoppip isn't a rare Pokemon, and its evolution method is very straightforward. Hoppip's main territory is just south of Mesagoza, the central city where players will essentially begin their Treasure Hunting journey. Hoppip tends to travel in groups, some even having a Skiploom in their mix. Sometimes Hoppip can be seen floating through the air, and if the wind picks up, it runs the risk of getting carried off by the breeze. Additionally, catching one will be easy because they are low-level, and players can focus on leveling it up. So, here's how to evolve Hoppip and get Skiploom and Jumpluff in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
How to Evolve Hoppip
As stated, Hoppip has an easy evolution method without extra bells and whistles. Hoppip will evolve into Skiploom starting at level 18 unless holding an Everstone. There are multiple ways to level up Pokemon in Generation 9, including newer mechanics such as Auto-Battling and Exp. Candy. Auto-Battling is when players send out their first Pokemon by clicking R to battle wild Pokemon quickly. Whenever it wins, every Pokemon earns EXP, just like in a standard battle. However, Pokemon who level up during Auto-Battling will not be able to evolve that way. Still, it is a quick way to increase a Pokemon's level with little effort, and whenever the desired level is hit, players can use a Rare Candy or hop into a Pokemon battle and level it up to get the transformation.
Exp. Candy was introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield and is obtained through Max Raid battles. In Generation 9, getting them is similar but with Tera Raid battles instead. Tera Raids pit trainers against overpowered Terastallized Pokemon that require multiple people to take on, but winning one results in EXP items, stat boosters, and valuable items. Luckily, Tera Raids aren't the only way to get Exp. Candy. There is a slight chance it will be found randomly on the ground inside a glowing red capsule or a sparkle, or they are sometimes given as rewards for completing academy courses.
How to Evolve Skiploom
Once Hoppip evolves, players can focus on getting its last generation, Jumpluff. Same as with Hoppip, there are no other conditions outside leveling up to become Skiploom. Skiploom will evolve into Jumpluff starting at level 27. Jumpluff is by far the best out of the three and has a very impressive Speed stat. Jumpluff also has countless status-changing moves that will come in handy, like Sleep Powder and Cotton Spore, and some decent Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) moves by being a dual Flying-type. Jumpluff's possible abilities include the following:
- Chlorophyll - the user's Speed stat is boosted in Harsh Sunlight
- Leaf Guard - the user is protected from nonvolatile status conditions and Yawn in Harsh Sunlight
- Infiltrator (Hidden Ability) - the user can bypass protective screens like Reflect, Light Screen, Aurora Veil, etc.
The following chart outlines Jumpluff's stats:
55 Sp. Atk
95 Sp. Def
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available for the Nintendo Switch.