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How to get Helioptile and Heliolisk in the latest Pokémon Go event

How to catch and evolve the generator Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Helioptile and evolution Heliolisk from Gen 6 can now be caught in Pokémon Go.

Both of these electric and normal-type Pokémon were released in January 2022 as part of the Power Plant event.

Below you'll discover how to get a Helioptile during said event and, once it's in your grasp, learn how to evolve it into Heliolisk in Pokémon Go.

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How to get Helioptile in the latest Pokémon Go event

Helioptile and Heliolisk are Gen 6 Pokémon which first appeared in Pokémon Go during January 2022.

Helioptile was released as part of the Power Plant event and can be caught through these methods:

  • In the wild
  • Completing field research tasks:
    • Walk 1km
    • Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon (Can also encounter either Electrike or Joltik)

We recommend hunting Helioptile down in the wild during the Power Plant event if you want to add it to your Pokédex.

If you're having trouble finding one, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your Pokémon radar in case one appears at a nearby PokéStop or using a Magnetic Lure. These lures specifically attract electric, steel or rock Pokémon, so, even if you have to wait, there's a good chance Helioptile will appear.

Heliolisk - Helioptile's evolution.

If, however, you'd prefer to catch Helioptile via one of the two field research tasks, keep in mind the task each PokéStop offers changes every day. This can make it hard to hunt down the right PokéStop, so it's a good idea to check your local Pokémon Go groups on Facebook or Reddit to see if anyone has found the correct one.

It's also important to note that the 'Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon' task has three encounter options - Electrike, Joltik or Helioptile. This means that you may not receive Helioptile as a reward, so you may have to complete it multiple times to get the Pokémon you desire.

At the time of writing, we don't currently know the spawn rate for Helioptile once the Power Plant event ends. We can assume though that, like the majority of Gen 6 Pokémon, Helioptile will be a rare encounter after the event. For this reason, we recommend catching at least one Helioptile before the Power Plant event ends.

It's the the Season of Timeless Travels in Pokémon Go, so make sure you complete the Timeless Travels quest! The Road to Sinnoh is leading us into this weekends Go Tour: Sinnoh Global event, while also bringing the Masterwork Research: Glimmers of Gratitude quest. During it, take the time to try out Routes, Gift Exchange and Party Play while you're hunting down rare Pokémon, fighting in the Go Battle League or competing in PokéStop Showcases.

Helioptile evolution Heliolisk in Pokémon Go explained

To evolve a Helioptile into a Heliolisk in Pokémon Go you need to collect both 50 Helioptile Candy and a Sun Stone.

Helioptile's evolution tree. (Image credit: pokemon.com)

Candy can be easily collected by using any spare Rare Candy you might have on Helioptile, walking with it as your buddy for 3km or using Pinap Berries when attempting to catch one to double the amount of catch candy you'll receive.

Sun Stones, meanwhile, are rare drops from spinning PokéStops. Thankfully, you're guaranteed to receive a special evolution item when you reach the seventh day of your PokéStop Daily Bonus streak. The item you receive, however, is selected randomly, so, if you don't have a Sun Stone already, you may have to wait quite a while.

Sun Stones are also occasionally included as rewards for both special and timed research quests, so, if you're having trouble finding one, it may be worth waiting for such a quest.

Good luck catching and evolving Helioptile in Pokémon Go!

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