With the new evolution mechanics in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, many players find that Pokémon no longer automatically attempt to evolve when they reach a certain level. Instead, you now evolve them manually from the game’s menu and only when specific conditions are met. One of these conditions is that the Pokémon must hold a Metal Coat to unlock its next form.

What makes Metal Coat unique from the other evolutionary items is that it adds Steel type to the Pokémon it evolves. This means that it applies to specific Pokémon and not an entire type. Here is the list of all the Pokémon that can use a Metal Coat.

  • Scizor: Have a Scyther hold a Metal Coat if you want it to evolve into Scizor.
  • Onix: Have an Onix hold a Metal Coat to have it evolve into a Steelix.

Related: All Pokémon who evolve with a Thunder Stone in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Once you give these Pokémon a Metal Coat and evolve them, the Metal Coat will be consumed. Since your primary goal in the game is to acquire every Pokémon for the Pokédex, you must get at least two Metal Coats throughout the game to get all the evolutions listed above.

If you end up with a spare Metal Coat, it’s best to not evolve a Pokémon into an evolution you already have in your Pokédex. Instead, save the extra ones to use them on the other Pokémon listed above that you haven’t yet discovered.

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