Pokémon Go Deerling and Sawsbuck forms: How to get Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Deerling and Sawsbuck

Everything you need to know about Deerling and Sawsbuck in Pokémon Go.

Deerling and Sawsbuck debuted in Pokémon Go as part of the Autumn event in October 2020.

The normal and grass-type Pokémon from Gen 5 are known for having a collection of different forms that you can collect, much like Burmy, Castform and Cherrim.

Below you'll learn everything you need to know about the different Deerling and Sawsbuck forms, along with how to evolve a Deerling into a Sawsbuck.

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Deerling and Sawsbuck forms in Pokémon Go explained

Deerling and Sawsbuck are unique in the Pokémon universe as being the only Pokémon to have an appearance that changes along with the seasons. This means that both Pokémon have four unique forms - spring, summer, autumn and winter.

This design choice originates from how the games both Pokémon debuted in - Pokémon Black and White - had a seasonal mechanic; every month would cycle through a new season, allowing players to experience different weather conditions and catch different Pokémon.


The appearance of Deerling and Sawsbuck would alter along with this seasonal change both in the wild and within your party. This change, however, is purely cosmetic, with both Pokémon retaining their moveset and typing - normal and grass-type.

With the arrival of Gen 6, Deerling and Sawsbuck would become permanently stuck in their spring forms, as the seasonal mechanic was abandoned.

Thanks to Pokémon Go being tied to the real world seasons, we will, however, be able to catch all four forms for both Pokémon throughout the year.

Below you can find each of the seasonal forms for both Deerling and Sawsbuck:

SeasonDeerling FormSawsbuck Form

How to get Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Deerling in Pokémon Go

Since Deerling's various forms are tied to the seasons, you must wait till that season occurs in Pokémon Go to catch it.

In the northern hemisphere, this means that you catch each Deerling form during the following times:

  • Spring Deerling - March, April and May
  • Summer Deerling - June, July and August
  • Autumn Deerling - September, October and November
  • Winter Deerling - December, January and February
Deerling's appearance changes throughout the year.

Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, you can catch the various Deerling forms during the following months:

  • Spring Deerling - September, October and November
  • Summer Deerling - December, January and February
  • Autumn Deerling - March, April and May
  • Winter Deerling - June, July and August

October has seen the return of the monthly Rocket quest with An Inter-egg-sting Development, as well as the release of new 'Strange' red eggs, new Arlo, Cliff, Sierra and Giovanni line-ups. 2020 has seen several new features in Pokémon Go - Mega Evolutions, the A Mega Discovery Special Research, the arrival of Rocket Balloons, the Go Battle League, Remote Raids and the trade evolution feature. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day.

How to evolve a Deerling into a Sawsbuck in Pokémon Go

Winter Sawsbuck.

Once you've caught a Deerling in Pokémon Go, your next goal is most likely going to be evolving it into a Sawsbuck.

It costs 50 Deerling candy to evolve any Deerling into a Sawsbuck.

You can collect this candy by walking with a Deerling as your Buddy, transferring any spare Deerling, catching more Deerling and using Pinap Berries when you do to increase the amount of catch candy you receive.

Good luck completing your Deerling and Sawsbuck collection!

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