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How to evolve Rockruff into Dusk Lycanroc in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

This one is a little more precise than the others.

Not many Pokémon have three different forms of the same Pokémon that they can evolve into like Rockruff. When you are journeying around Paldea in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the little canine will turn into Lycanroc regardless, but depending on the circumstances when it evolves, it can turn into one of three versions of it. Here is how to make sure your Rockruff turns into Dusk Lycanroc in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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How to get Rockruff to evolve into Dusk Lycanroc in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

To have Rockruff evolve into Dusk Lycanroc in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you will first need to make sure the Rockruff you have is equipped with the ability Own Tempo. Press X and look at the Rockruff’s summary either in your party or in the Box it is currently in. Under the Moves and Stats page, you can see what ability it has. If it is anything besides Own Tempo, that Rockruff cannot become Dusk Lycanroc. To go looking for more Rockruffs that might have Own Tempo, you should mostly be searching in mountainous regions in the southwestern portion of the Paldea region.

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Whenever you get a Rockruff with Own Tempo, you will need to have it reach level 25 during the evening time in-game. This is when the sun is setting and puts off an orange glow over the land. If you are unsure if the game considers it to be evening, you can pull up the map and look at the top center to see a sun setting icon.

Evening lasts noticeably shorter than the day and night cycles, so we recommend having a Rare Candy to quickly level your Rockruff. If you accidentally make it reach this level outside of evening, press B and you can stop the evolution. Unfortunately, there is no way to fast forward time in Scarlet and Violet, so you will have to wait for the next in-game day.

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