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Do you prefer trading evolutions, evolutions by level, or evolutions by stone? :o

Or perhaps you prefer evolutions through happiness? Share your opinions on your favourite and least favourite methods of evolving your Pokemon!
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To be honest, I do really love when Pokemon level up from friendship/happiness. It's adorable, and makes the game more realistic in a sense because you actually have to put more effort in to ensure they evolve when you want them to.

My least favorite is probably trading, especially trading while holding a certain item. I don't know why, just really annoying in my opinion.
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I know that sounds lazy but I can never be motivated to train a Pokemon up that requires maximum happiness to evolve. Even worse when it has to be at a specific time of the day. I have done this on a couple of occasions for those Pokemon that I reaaally want such as Crobat or Espeon.
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I think my favourite way is the easiest way (to me, at least): by level. :P Not a hassle, just simple grinding to get to a certain level to evolve your Pokemon, simple as that, really!

I dislike trade evolutions, mostly because I don't really have a lot of people I can trade with. It really puts me in a weird predicament whenever I really like a Pokemon and I want to have it on my team, but in order to evolve, it needs to be traded. It's just really annoying.

Evolving by stone is also something that's... off to me. Mostly because my timing has to be right whenever I evolve the Pokemon; this is because after you evolve a Pokemon by stone; they usually don't learn many (if any) moves afterwards, so you have to pick and choose what movesets you want and you're essentially locked in with stone evos and iirc normally your Pokemon wouldn't be able to learn the moves they normally would prior to evolution with a heart scale.
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I dislike trade evolution because you can't trust a stranger on trading back your traded evolved pokemon and need a trusty fried who you can trust to do your trading, also level can be tendious and happiness at certain time can be twice as leveling. my favorite on how you tilt your 3DS screen
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My least favorite evolution is definitely trade evolution. It's such a hassle. My favorite is probably just vanilla level up. I like it when my Pokemon is easy to evolve.
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I hate trade evolutions as well. Way too much work to for little reward. Thankfully not many Pokémon level up by trading and I don't like many of the ones who do, but that evolutions method is still something I'd like to see phased out in future generations for sure.

As for the rest, they're all fine and I like them all pretty equally I suppose. Vanilla levelup is obviously the simplest and probably the best just because of that fact.
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My favorite form of evolution is through Friendship and Closeness(Aime), I have always enjoyed the overall idea of evolving a pokemon by bonding with it.

My least favorite form of evolution is probably Shelmet and Karrablast's trade evolution. It's annoyingly specific. Normal trade evolution is hard enough, but restricting it further to being a trade evolution that is specific to only working when traded with only one other specific pokemon. That to me is pretty obnoxious.
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My favourite has to be either evolving by level or stone, obviously level is simple and the evolution stones are all pretty accessible. I hate trade evolutions though they're my least favourite, they're just so annoying and some of the super cool Pokemon require one. Happiness is pretty annoying too but it's not quite my least favourite because it's worth it for the Espeon/Umbreon
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My favorite evolution method is the simple "level-up" method that has been used from the beginning. It's kind of rewarding that your Pokémon will evolve into a stronger form when you've trained it to a certain point.

My least favorite: Trading-it's hard for me to find anybody to trade with for an evolution, let alone one willing to do a "round trip" (trade my Pokémon over only to have the other player trade it back immediately afterward). Back when I had my Game Boy games from Generations I and II, I would have a few opportunities to trade with my cousin, and then once I got Pokémon Stadium, I did a few 'round-trips' to evolve some of the Pokémon that evolved by trade between the two Generation I games I had at that time (Blue and Yellow).
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I most prefer evolution through level-up with stones and happiness at a close second and third. The only issue I have with stone evolution is in G/S/C and HG/SS because obtaining stones in those games is one of the most annoying tasks and if I remember right, only the Sun Stone is accessible prior to Kanto and even that can only be obtained by winning first place in the Bug Catching Contest. Super annoying.

Like most others have already said, trade evolution is the bane of my existence and even more so when it requires a hold item (particularly the hold items that are found quite late in the story) or some other specific detail. I get why Game Freak created trade evolutions and the sentiment is nice, but the execution stinks and it's really quite a downer for those of us who don't have a lot of close friends that play the games as well. I remember using Stadium to get trade evolutions back in Gens I and II. The only means of trade evolution I've ever had since then are buying multiple consoles which enable me to trade with myself. It's just such a hassle. Tbh I don't even bother with lines that require trade evolution anymore. Which sucks because some of those Pokémon are ones I really love.
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Levelling up and happiness, for sure! They've always been the easiest ones for me to achieve and I agree that it's cute when your Pokemon evolves from friendship.

I've always disliked trading but that's because I've never really had anyone who could trade with me regularly. It's also quite a pain having to go through the whole process of trading. It's a shame since there are a few Pokemon I've wanted to use but have been unable to because they require trading.
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My favourite method of evolution is by levelling up, and my least favourite method is by trading, because it makes it hard to get a Golem/Gengar ect.
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I hate having to trade Pokemon to evolve them, whether with a held item or not.
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I hate trade evolutions, but since I found this site earlier in the year, with the trading section, I'll probably change my tune and use that to do any of those.
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like a lot of other posters in this thread I hate trade evolutions. I do like level up evolutions so easy to do.
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    Well, my favorite method is the use of evolution stones, it's whenever you want as long as you have them As for the least methode, trading because I can't, and hapiness because it's terribly annoying to get to the needed amount of hapiness, especially when you want it...
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For me, definitely trading.

I don't have any friends near me who play Pokemon, plus I can't get access to the GTS due to somehow incompatible connection (trust me, I know it because I once tried to download a Mystery Gift event and failed) so for me, Pokemon who evolve by trade are doomed to always stay in the PC and never be used.

I also don't like Tyrogue's unique evolution method, since it's hard to tell if your Attack and Defense are equal enough if you want Hitmontop.
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I understand why they added trading evolutions to the game, but they really are a hassle, especially since you'll have to do a tradeback if you want your original Pokemon. Sure, wireless capabilities mean that you don't have to hunt someone down and break out the link cables, but it'd be so much more convenient if Pokemon evolving this way had an alternate evolution method.

As for my favorite, I'd go with the evolutionary stones. They give you the option of training your Pokemon for as long as you'd like, meaning you can go for a more powerful Pokemon early on, or you can wait and get moves it may not learn in its final form.
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