Gen 2 is finally here and with it come not just new Pokémon like Scizor and Steelix, but new items like the Metal Coat, too.
That, in turn, means new methods for evolution: the Metal Coat was used for evolving Scizor and Steelix in the main Pokémon games by having them hold the item when being traded - a mechanic that's not in Pokémon Go at all as things stand.
So with that in mind, how do you evolve Scyther into Scizor, and evolve Onix into Steelix, and likewise how do you get the Metal Coat in Pokémon Go?.
The answers to all that can be found below, but while you're here, it's worth noting that there are several other special evolution items which work in precisely the same way: the Sinnoh Stone, the King's Rock for Slowking and Politoed, the Dragon Scale for Kingdra, the Sun Stone for Bellossom and Sunflora, and the Up-Grade for Porygon2.
How to evolve Scyther into Scizor in Pokémon Go
Back in the main series of Pokémon games, Scyther's evolution into Scizor was somewhat awkward, requiring not only the Metal Coat held item but a friend to trade (and trade back) with too.
In Pokémon Go things are a little easier. You'll still need to find yourself a Metal Coat, but instead of any kind of trading required, you'll just need another 50 Candy to evolve your Scyther into Scizor, which can be done from the same in-game menu as you would for evolving any other Pokémon with the standard Candy method so far.
Note that the Metal Coat will be consumed in the process though, just like your Candy is when evolving as usual, so be sure this is the one you want to evolve!
- Scyther to Scizor Evolution cost - 1 Metal Coat and 50 Scyther Candy
How to evolve Onix into Steelix in Pokémon Go
Much the same as with Scyther, Onix's original method of evolution in the traditional Pokémon games was a little awkward, again requiring both a trading partner and a Metal Coat to perform.
Not only that - Steelix shares the same method as the Scizor evolution does in Pokémon Go, too. Simply earn yourself the right amount of Candy, pick up a Metal Coat, and evolve your Onix from the in-game menus.
As with Scyther and Scizor, again remember that this consumes the Metal Coat item when used to evolve your Onix into Steelix, so choose wisely before you confirm it!
- Onix to Steelix Evolution cost - 1 Metal Coat and 50 Onix Candy
The Season of Heritage continues in 2022, along with the XP Challenge and a refreshed Go Battle League. Ongoing are Arlo, Cliff, Sierra counters and Giovanni counters. The major updates in the previous year include a level cap increase, the introduction of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.
How to get the Metal Coat in Pokémon Go
The Metal Coat in Pokémon Go can be found from Pokéstops, the same way you'd acquire the occasional Egg. You'll find more concentrated clusters of Pokéstops in urban areas, but thankfully that's not the only strategy we have.
A special evolution item will drop on the seventh day of your PokéStop Daily Bonus streak. There's no guaranteeing which evolution item you'll get, but with only five in the game at least you hopefully shouldn't have to wait too long to get a hold of all the items you need.