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How to Evolve Haunter into Gengar in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

How to Evolve Haunter into Gengar in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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Gengar was the original spectral spook. It hides in your shadow, screams in your ear, and curses you with misfortune with its very presence. Though, in spite of all that, I still think Gengar is cute. Look at it, it’s spiky and chubby and has a big smile. Who doesn’t want a cute little buddy who can curse your enemies? I know I do! Here’s how to evolve Haunter into Gengar in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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Since the Gengar line is from the first generation of Pokémon, its evolutionary procedure isn’t especially complicated. Gastly initially evolves into Haunter when it reaches level 25. In order to evolve Haunter into Gengar, though, you’ll need to trade it with another player. Hopefully you know at least one other person with a copy of Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl.

How to Evolve Haunter into Gengar in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

To evolve Haunter into Gengar in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  1. Visit the Local or Global online room either from a Pokémon Center or the overworld
  2. Interact with another player to initiate a trade and offer up your Haunter
  3. Once the trade completes, Haunter will immediately evolve into Gengar

Assuming you have a friend with the game, or at least an acquaintance you trust won’t steal your Pokémon, setting up this process is simple. Just visit the online Local or Global rooms, depending on your proximity to one another, setting up a private room with a link code to keep things simple. 

When both of you are in the room, get a trade started and offer up your Haunter. Your trade partner can offer anything they want, it doesn’t affect what you’re trying to do. When you both make your offers, commence the trade. When the trade finishes, Haunter will immediately evolve into Gengar, after which you can trade back and enjoy your little curse machine.

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Since the first time he picked up a controller as a child, Daniel has been a dyed-in-the-wool gaming fanatic, with a Steam library numbering over 600 games. His favorite pastime, aside from playing games, is doing deep dives on game wikis to learn more about their lore and characters.