Evolving a Pokémon can be a pretty stressful event. Whether you’re watching the anime and facing the dilemma with the characters, or you’re playing the games and deciding for yourselves, the decision of whether you should evolve your Pokémon and when you should do it can be pretty straining. In order to help you decide in some cases, here is when you should evolve a Growlithe into an Arcanine!
Nowadays, you can evolve your Growlithe anytime you want, because the old Generation I rule that a Stone-evolved Pokémon doesn’t learn new moves has been removed, with the Pokémon being able to learn all the moves with the help of the Move Reminder.
Now that we’ve given you a short version of the answer, let us discuss the topic in more detail. In the rest of the article, we will take a closer look at when and how should you evolve Growlithe.
Growlithe is a Fire-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. It is a canine Pokémon that resembles a small dog. He has red fur, black stripes, and a white-colored mane. Growlithe are very loyal Pokémon that are often used as pets, but they are also often in the service of different organizations, such as the police. A Growlithe is very playful, just like a real dog, but he is also very strong and can be quite dangerous if angered.
Growlithe evolves into Arcanine when exposed to the Fire Stone, one of the evolutionary items introduced in Generation I. Arcanine looks like a larger and stronger version of Growlithe. Arcanine truly is powerful and it is one of the strongest non-Legendary Fire-type Pokémon you can have. They are also fiercely loyal and are often seen working with the police force in the world of Pokémon.
Growlithe’s evolution line looks like this: Growlithe –> Arcanine (with use of Fire Stone)
So, as you can see, Growlithe has only one evolution – Arcanine – and he can achieve it when exposed to a Fire Stone. No other forms are present in the games at the moment of writing this article. Before we continue, let us quickly compare their stats:
The stats evidently prove why Arcanine is so strong and why he is considered to be one of the strongest non-Legendary Fire-type Pokémon out there. Now, let us discuss the evolution in more detail.
The evolution of a Growlithe is relatively simple when compared to most other Pokémon. Namely, you don’t need to gather any experience or reach a certain level, you don’t need to raise any attributes, you don’t need to teach him a certain move, or even wait for a certain time of the day. You only need to collect a Fire Stone and give it to your Growlithe at any time and you’ll be able to evolve it into Arcanine.
A Fire Stone is one of the evolutionary stones introduced in Generation I and is used to evolve certain Fire-type Pokémon, like Growlithe, Vulpix, Eevee and Pansear. It is relatively easy to find in the Generation I games, where it can also be bought for a small fee. In other games, where it lost its importance (namely, three out of four Pokémon that need a Fire Stone are Gen I Pokémon), it is a bit more difficult obtain, but if you know where to find it – it’s a piece of cake.
This is what makes this evolution method quite easy. It doesn’t have any specific requirements and all you need is an item you can obtain with relative ease. But, there is a catch!
This is where the catch… well… was. There isn’t one anymore, but there was one for years before Nintendo finally decided to remove that “issue” from the games.
Namely, Generation I had a rule that if you evolve a Pokémon with an Evolution Stone, you’ll get a stronger Pokémon, but that Pokémon is not going to learn any new moves and you will either have to teach them via a TM, or forget about them altogether. This rule lasted for a while, which is why there were certain suggestions on when to evolve your Growlithe.
Namely, each Pokémon learns a specific move when it reaches a certain level. These moves and levels changed as the games came out, so each Generation had a different structure when it came to learning new moves by leveling up.
Since listing all of these levels and moves wouldn’t make any sense, we’re just going to focus on the last generation that had this rule and that is, as far as we know, Generation VII. If you’re playing a Gen VII game, you should definitely wait until your Growlithe reaches level 45 and learns Flare Blitz before you evolve it.
You can also do it at level 39, when it learns the powerful Dark-type move Crunch, as the other Fire-type attacks can be compensated with Technical Machines.
The earlier generations had similar limits so you can check them out in some guides, but it’s more-less the same whichever generation you pick. So, the earliest you should evolve your Growlithe is level 39, while you don’t have to wait until you reach level 45 with it.
Luckily for you and all the players out there, Nintendo has removed this rule in Generation VIII, so you can actually evolve your Growlithe at any point during your journey and enjoy battling with your Arcanine.