How to Evolve Petilil in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Lilligant standing in front of a yellow and blue background with congratulatory text beneath her.

Key Takeaway

You'll need to use a Sun Stone on Petilil to evolve it into (Hisuian) Lilligant. You can buy Sun Stones from Simona in Jubilife Village with Merit Points, however, you can also potentially find these elemental stones while exploring or doing a specific request.

While Petilil is adorable, its evolution is both elegant and strong. If you want to obtain a Hisuian Lilligant as a partner, you’ll need to evolve Petilil. Thankfully, this can be easily done with the correct item.

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    Evolving Petilil With a Sun Stone

    A player selecting a Sun Stone in their satchel to use on the Petilil in their party.

    After you obtain a Sun Stone, move it to your satchel, and then be sure to put your Petilil into your party. When you’ve got both, you can select the Sun Stone to see with which party Pokémon it is compatible. All you need to do is hover over Petilil with the Sun Stone and then use it on the little green plant pocket monster.

    This will result in Petilil evolving into Hisuian Lilligant. After the evolution animation, you’ll be able to check out your new Hisuian Lilligant’s stats and moves. It should be mentioned that there is no way to get a regular Lilligant in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

    How to Get Sun Stones

    There are 3 different ways to get Sun Stones in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, although only 1 of these options is easily repeatable. This relatively easy option is to buy Sun Stones from Simona in Jubilife Village. Each Sun Stone will cost 1,000 Merit Points. You can find Simona between the Training Grounds and Galaxy Hall.

    You’ll also be given a Sun Stone as a reward for completing request #85 (At Home Under the Eaves). Although, this request becomes available pretty late in the game, so you’re better off not waiting for it if you want a Sun Stone early on.

    When you’re exploring space-time distortions, you have a small chance of finding Sun Stones on the ground among the many Red, Green, and Blue Shards. Just keep in mind that the odds of finding Sun Stones this way are pretty low.

    How to Get Merit Points

    You’ll have to explore to stock up on Merit Points. Specifically, you’ll need to find lost satchels out in the wild and return them to their owners. These lost satchels are marked on your map in every location, so they’re pretty easy to find. Furthermore, more and more will spawn over time, giving you an infinite number of chances to build up Merit Points.

    Whenever you use the Lost & Found option in the menu to return the lost satchels to their owners, you’ll get rewarded with Merit Points. Each time you return a lost satchel, you’ll often get somewhere between 50 and 100 Merit Points. For this reason, you’ll have to return a ton of satchels before you can buy evolution items from Simona.

    Reasons to Use Hisuian Lilligant

    A Lilligant standing in a field by some trees in Jubilife Village.

    Unlike regular Lilligant, Hisuian Lilligant is physically-oriented. Instead of having a high Special Attack stat, she’ll have a high Attack stat. Furthermore, Hisuian Lilligant is Grass and Fighting-type as opposed to just Grass-type. These differences mean you should use a Hisuian Lilligant differently from the regular variant found in other Pokémon games.

    While this new typing gives Hisuian Lilligant 5 total elemental weaknesses (compared to regular Lilligant’s 4 elemental weaknesses), it also gives Hisuian Lilligant more resistances.

    Hisuian Lilligant is resistant to 5 types while regular Lilligant is only resistant to 4. This trade-off seems pretty fair—just be wary of Hisuian Lilligant’s x4 weakness to Flying-type damage-dealing moves.

    The Best Moves For Hisuian Lilligant in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    Since Hisuian Lilligant has a higher Attack than Special Attack, you’ll definitely want to give her physical damage-dealing moves. Thankfully, Hisuian Lilligant learns a few good ones while leveling up. What’s more, while there are no TMs or breeding-related moves to learn, you can make great use of the move tutor for an excellent moveset.

    In addition to the handy Drain Punch (learned at level 34) and Leaf Blade (learned at level 37), Hisuian Lilligant can also learn some useful status moves. Sleep Powder (learned at level 29) and Recover (learned at level 37) are tactically sound options.

    However, Victory Dance is arguably the best status move, as it not only increases offensive and defensive stats but also applies a buff to any damage-dealing move unleashed by its user.

    Last, but not least, the last move your dancing plant partner can learn is Close Combat (at level 57). This damage-dealing move should allow Hisuian Lilligant to break through anything weak to Fighting-type moves.

    As for moves learned from the move tutor, Hisuian Lilligant can learn some great ones for coverage. Here’s a list of the best ones that deal damage and are physical:

    • Poison Jab [Poison-type] (80 base power)
    • Aerial Ace [Flying-type] (60 base power)
    • Giga Impact [Normal-type] (120 base power)

    Which of these is the best will vary depending on your current party. Think about what types your team has trouble against. Thankfully, you can change which moves you have equipped at any time. As such, you’ll always be able to arrange your team to be the best it can possibly be.