Pokémon Go: How to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop

Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee have a new sibling in Pokémon Go Gen 2. While it's not named after a famous martial art star like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, Hitmontop can still fight with the best of them. And while you can catch it in the wild now, you can also evolve it from the new base-form all Hitmon now share — Tyrogue.

So, how does Tyrogue evolution work?

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How do you evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop?

Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee from Gen 1 have a new base form in Pokémon Go Gen 2. It's named Tyrogue and, if you had Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan before, their Candy has now been merged into a combined Tyrogue Candy. Catch or hatch Tyrogue and have 25 of those Candy, and you can evolve into Hitmontop... or Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan.

Yeah, it's a split evolution and it's complicated. Well, it's not as complicated as evolving Eevee in Umbreon or Espeon but it does have a difficulty level all it's own: It totally depends on the stats of the Tyrogue you want to evolve. Whichever stat is highest determines the Hitmon you get:

  • Hitmonlee when Attack is the highest stat.
  • Himonchan when Defense is the highest stat.
  • Hitmontops when HP is the highest stat.

If two or even all three stats are equally high, sadly, it becomes random.

How to appraise stats in Pokémon Go

Your Tyrogue to Hitmontop results?

Before you evolve, evaluate your Tyrogue. If HP is the stat that gets called out, you should be good to go for a Hitmontop. But, like any good theory, it's only as solid as its last set of tests. So, if you get a Tyrogue and you evolve, let me know what you get!

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  • Saving all these tips for when i start playing again in March. Got lots of Pokemon to evolve :D
  • Ha! Nice. Why March? The weather?
  • I just evolved a Tyrogue that had the HP as the highest stat but also the Defense, on the Appraise screen the HP was mentioned first but it evolved into Hitmoncan and not Hitmontops. );
  • I had the same thing happen to me. Hitmonchan as well. Disappointing.
  • That's disappointing. I just evolved a Tyrogue that only had HP as its highest stat and it turned into Hitmontops. We'll clearly have to test this more to see if equal stats become random?
  • If it's like the cartridge games, Attack and Defense have to be equal to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop. Sent from the iMore App
  • I evolved a tyrogue with HP as it only mentioned stat and as blue team "certainly caught my attention" and "I am certainly impressed by it's stat.." which resulted in hitmontop..
  • Same, except it turned into a Hitmonlee. :( what a waste!
  • Thanks for this! I'd hatched two Tyrogues, and wasn't sure how to get a Hitmontops. I followed your advice and evolved the one with strong HP, and it worked. (It didn't have any other impressive stats, just strong HP.)