How to evolve Minccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Learn how to evolve the adorable Minccino into Cinccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield offer a pretty relaxing world to wander through, but not everything is straightforward. Most Pokemon can be evolved simply by levelling them up enough, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Minccino is one such critter and, adorable as it is, most trainers will still want to evolve it to Cinccino. Fortunately, we can help. Read on to learn how to evolve Minccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

How to evolve Minccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield

How to evolve Minccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield
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Thankfully, getting Minccino to evolve isn’t too much hard work. Matching previous entries in the series, you can evolve Minccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield by using a Shiny Stone on it. Doing this will grant an immediate boost to its stats, but it’s worth noting that you won’t get access to the full set of moves that Minccino can learn. It’s up to you if you want to evolve Minccino early, or keep it in its base version to learn a wider moveset before you upgrade to Cinccino.

How to get a Shiny Stone

Don’t have a Shiny Stone? Not to worry. You can find a Shiny Stone in several places during your journey. One can be obtained behind the circle of rocks in the Lake of Outrage wild area. Another is found up the ladder near Doctor Joanna on Route 8. Finally, you can also grab Shiny Stones if you're lucky when catching certain Pokemon. Clefairy, Clefable and Lunatone all have a chance of holding a Shiny Stone, so get out there and snag them! 

The locational spots to respawn, so if you’re not having luck catching Clefairy, Clefable and Lunatone, try heading to the Lake of Outrange or Route 8 once more. Eventually you’ll gather enough Shiny Stones to evolve all the Pokemon you need.

Now that you know how to evolve Minccino in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you might want to learn some other useful tips and tricks for the game. Here are some links to get you started:

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