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.
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.
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:
Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, you can catch the various Deerling forms during the following months:
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.
Once you’ve caught a Deerling in Pokémon Go, your next goal is most likely going to be evolving it 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.
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Lottie Lynn is Eurogamer’s guides writer. She likes exploring new games and still has nightmares about the moon from Majora’s Mask.
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