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How to Evolve Misdreavus in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Key Takeaway

To evolve Misdreavus, you’ll need to use a Dusk Stone on them. You can buy Dusk Stones from Simona in Jubilife Village for 1,200 Merit Points each.

Like many other Pokémon games, you’ll need a specific item to evolve your Misdreavus in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Thankfully, this item is pretty easy to find. You can do so from the comfort of Jubilife Village or use other methods.

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    Evolving Misdreavus With a Dusk Stone

    A player hovering over a Dusk Stone in their satchel and seeing that it's compatible with Misdreavus.

    To evolve Misdreavus with a Dusk Stone, you’ll need to have the former in your party and the latter in your satchel. When you do, you’ll just need to select the Dusk Stone and use it on the Misdreavus in your party.

    You can use your Dusk Stone on Misdreavus in any area and at any time of day to evolve the small Ghost-type Pokémon. Furthermore, it does not matter what level your Misdreavus is at, just like with many other item evolutions. As such, evolving Misdreavus into Mismagius is pretty straightforward.

    Where to Get Dusk Stones

    The easiest method for obtaining Dusk Stones is to buy them from Simona. Simona is the vendor located about halfway between the entrance to Galaxy Hall and the Training Grounds. Each Dusk Stone will cost you 1,200 Merit Points.

    Alternatively, you can also find Dusk Stones by picking them up from within space-time distortions. However, Dusk Stones spawn fairly rarely, so this isn’t an efficient method of acquiring them.

    Furthermore, you’ll get one Dusk Stone by talking to Vessa after collecting at least 30 Wisps. This is the cheapest method of obtaining a Dusk Stone, although it will require you to do a fair bit of exploring. Your best bet of finding Wisps is to adventure around Hisui at night, as Wisps become visible from much farther away after dusk.

    How to Get Merit Points

    If you need more Merit Points, you’ll have to explore any area besides Jubilife Village. On the maps of these other areas, you’ll find lost satchels marked with obvious icons. Each lost satchel you retrieve and send back to its owner will net you somewhere between 50 to 100 Merit Points.

    To send lost satchels back to their owners, you’ll need to head to the Lost & Found menu. This can be located in the second tab from the right after you press up on the directional pad. This tab will be marked with a wifi symbol.

    Conveniently, lost satchels respawn infinitely (albeit always in different places). This means that you can farm Merit Points consistently—as long as you don’t mind lots of exploring. If the area you’re in runs out of lost satchels, just go to another area to find more. Rinse and repeat until your pockets are brimming with Merit Points.

    Reasons to Use Mismagius on Your Team

    A Mismagius floating near a rocky hill.

    If you need a Ghost-type Pokémon in your party, Mismagius is a solid choice. While its HP, Attack, and Defense stats are pretty low, it has decent Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.

    With that said, even its best stats will pale in comparison to more offensive Ghost-types like Gengar and defensive ones like Dusknoir. Therefore, Mismagius can be seen as a more balanced option as opposed to a specialist.

    However, what Mismagius lacks in stats it makes up for by having an excellent move pool. With the right setup, your Mismagius will be able to deal with a large number of potential threats. Ironically, however, it won’t likely ever be able to go toe-to-toe with more specialized Ghost-types like the aforementioned species.

    The Best Offensive Moves for Mismagius in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    Due to Mismagius having a much better Special Attack than Attack, you should only choose special damage-dealing moves for an offense. Thankfully, Mismagius is not lacking for great moves of this variety.

    It can learn special damage-dealing moves from a total of 10 different types. This means that, regardless of your opponent, Mismagius will always have access to at least 1 move that will be super effective against them.

    Through leveling up, Mismagius will learn Extrasensory at level 25, Power Gem at level 34, and Shadow Ball at level 43. All of these are nice options for Mismagius’ moveset. Furthermore, it should also be mentioned that you can get Mismagius to learn Shadow Ball early via the move tutor.

    Speaking of which, Mismagius can learn a wealth of additional special moves that have great potential. Here’s a list of the best special damage-dealing moves Mismagius can learn from the move tutor:

    • Icy Wind [Ice-type] (60 base power)
    • Mystical Fire [Fire-type] (70 base power)
    • Dazzling Gleam [Fairy-type] (75 base power)
    • Energy Ball [Grass-type] (80 base power)
    • Thunderbolt [Electric-type] (80 base power)
    • Psychic [Psychic-type] (80 base power)
    • Dark Pulse [Dark-type] (80 base power)
    • Hyper Beam [Normal-type] (120 base power)

    How to Make the Best Use of Mismagius on Your Team

    Furthermore, you should also not forget about status moves. Sadly, Mismagius can only learn three of these, though only one is viable in battle. Calm Mind in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is arguably the best status move for increasing stats.

    This is because it boosts both offensive stats (Attack and Special Attack) and both defensive stats (Defense and Special Defense). This is a fair deal more powerful than in other Pokémon games where it only affects the Special Attack and Special Defense stats.

    The other two moves, Hypnosis and Rest, aren’t bad moves, but Mismagius can’t make great use of them. Hypnosis is unreliable for inflicting status conditions, as it has relatively low accuracy and lacks potency due to the fact that the sleep status does not prevent Pokémon from moving in Pokémon Legends: Arceus—it just makes them less likely to move. As for Rest, Mismagius simply doesn’t have the bulk to take more than a few hits, meaning stall and HP recovery tactics are not ideal.

    Put simply, teaching your Mismagius Calm Mind and three special damage-dealing moves will give you the ideal moveset. Which offensive moves you select should depend on your other party members. However, it’s recommended to always teach Mismagius Shadow Ball, due to them getting a Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) from it.