Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to Get Arcanine (How to Evolve Growlithe)

Originating from the very first generation, Arcanine is one of the very popular Pokemon, reintroduced into Pokemon Scarlet and Violet after its last appearance in the sixth generation games.

Arcanine can be added to your Pokedex in two different ways. You can either look for it in the wild and catch it, or evolve Growlithe into Arcanine!

It’s easier to catch and evolve Growlithe rather than searching for Arcanine in the wild, since it’s so rare! So, for this article, I’ll focus on that and help you get Arcanine in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet by evolving Growlithe!

How to Get Arcanine in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

In order to evolve Growlithe into Arcanine in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll need the Fire Stone item, which is available in the Delibird Presents shop. The Fire Stone will cost you 3,000 Pokedollars.

Fire Stone description Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The Fire Stone won’t be readily available in the shop, though! To be able to purchase the Fire Stone, you’ll need to own three Gym badges or more.

These Gym badges are earned by battling and triumphing against the Gym leaders in the game. Once you have defeated three of them, you should be able to find Fire Stone in Delibird Presents.

Delibird Presents Shop Entrance in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Delibird Presents shop entrance

Delibird Presents is the best shop for Pokemon goods, featuring Battle Items like the Choice Band, Pokeballs, and many other useful materials. This shop has various branches around Paldea.

You can find it in Mesagoza and it’s located near the West Gate of the city. Mesagoza also has Artisan Bakery, where you can purchase various sandwich ingredients like the peanut butter, jam, cream cheese, and more.

Delibird Presents is also found in Levincia, near the Pokemon Center. Levincia houses the Electric Type gym and also has the Aquiesta Supermarket, which is similar to the Artisan Bakery and features items like the Klawf Stick and Avocado.

Lastly, Cascarrafa also houses the Delibird Presents shop. The city is also known for having various shops for clothing accessories in the game.

When you enter the shop, the interface will ask you for the type of goods you’re looking for.

General Goods option in Delibird Presents in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Click on “General Goods” and you’ll be presented with a long list of options. If the requirements are fulfilled, Fire Stone should be right there at the top. The item will help you evolve Growlithe into Arcanine.

Delibird Presents shop inventory in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The best thing about this method is that the level of Growlithe doesn’t matter at all! Whether your Growlithe is Level 1 or Level 10, it’ll evolve into Arcanine regardless.

With the item purchased, navigate to the Rare Candy tab in your Bag. Select Fire Stone from the long list of items and then click on the resulting “Use this Item” option.

Fire Stone in Bag Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The game will ask you to choose the Pokemon on which you want to use the Fire Stone on. Select Growlithe from the options available and that should automatically evolve your Growlithe into an Arcanine!

You can own Arcanine very easily in the game. It’s not as complicated as evolving Bisharp to Kingambit.

As long as you have Growlithe and the gym badges to unlock Fire Stone, it shouldn’t be an issue. But, if you don’t have Growlithe already, where do you get it? I got your back!

Where to get Growlithe in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Growlithe can be caught in the South Province (Area Three), which is located towards the western side of the Pokemon Center in Artazon.

Catching Growlithe in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The area has a lot of hills around and Growlithe can be found roaming around in one of these hills or below. You don’t need to eat any kind of shiny sandwiches or fulfill any requirements.

A simple interaction with Growlithe will help you catch the Pokemon directly using a normal Pokeball or a Quick Ball.

Wrapping Up

Arcanine takes it back to the Pokemon X and Y days, and will forever be a legendary Pokemon in the hearts of the OG Pokemon gamers. Bringing it back in this new edition of the Pokemon game series was definitely a great decision!

Finding and catching Arcanine can be quite time-consuming because of how rare it can be. Therefore, I’ve discussed a much easier method of obtaining the Pokemon – evolving Growlithe.

If you face any sort of issues regarding Arcanine or Growlithe, do leave a comment below!

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