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Originally Posted by .TheDon. View Post
Guys is always convenient to evolve pokemon the sooner possible? Both for ingame and competitive purposes. For example pokemon that evolves through items
Sometimes it's not a good idea to evolve Pokemon as soon as possible, particularly most Pokemon that evolve through evolutionary stones. This is because those Pokemon won't be able to learn new moves by level-up (like Eelektross, Arcanine and Togekiss), they may have a different level-up move set altogehter (like the Eeveelutions) or a bit of both (like Whimsicott, Lilligant and Honchkrow).

This also applies to Pokemon that evolve by level-up. When a Pokemon evolves into another, its new form learns its moves slower than its previous stage. For example, Cranidos learns Head Smash at level 46, but Rampardos learns it at level 58. Some evolved Pokemon also learn moves that are different from their pre-evolved forms; for instance, Shroomish learns Spore at level 45, but Breloom learns DynamicPunch at that level instead.

However, there are a few exceptions. Pokemon that evolve through trade (like Kadabra into Alakazam and Gurdurr into Conkeldurr) tend to learn the same moves at the same levels. Some unevolved Pokemon (like Magikarp and Tynamo) have bad level-up move sets, so they must be evolved as soon as possible to make them better in battle. A few Pokemon that evolve by holding an item then leveling up (Sneasel into Weavile, Gligar into Gliscor) have similar move sets to their evolved forms, though a few (like Happiny into Chansey) are completely different. The same applies to Pokemon that evolve by leveling up in certain places (like Magneton into Magnezone).