How to Catch and Evolve Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

This guide will tell you how to catch and evolve the new Ghost-type Pokémon Gimmighoul. Based on the classic idea of a chest Mimic, Gimmighoul can be pretty hard to track down and figure out how to evolve, so this guide will tell you everything from where to catch Gimmighoul, how exactly to evolve it and what Gholdengo is actually like as a Pokémon.

How to Catch and Evolve Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have arrived with plenty of new Pokémon for players to encounter, battle and catch. That includes the near-mythical status of the 1000th Pokémon: Gholdengo. 

Gholdengo is the evolution of Gimmighoul the Coin Chest Pokémon, an interesting new addition based on the classic fantasy Mimic. Gimmighoul is pretty easy to find, but to evolve one you need to dig a bit deeper and be ready to line your pockets with many coins. You’ll be going on quite the adventure.

Here’s how to catch and evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Where to Catch Gimmighoul

First, how do you get your hands on a Gimmighoul? 

Gimmighoul has two forms: Chest Form and Roaming Form. The Chest Form is the only one you can catch in the wild, but the Roaming Form can be spotted all around Paldea.

 

Like a classic, iconic Mimic, Gimmighoul pose as chests in various places around the world (similar to how Amoongus or Voltorb have pretended to be Pokeballs in past games). You simply need to interact with the chest and you will enter a battle with Gimmighoul where you can catch it.

The earliest place that you can get your hands on a Gimmighoul is by the Poco Path Lighthouse. It isn’t at the top of the Lighthouse, but it is on the cliff right next to the Lighthouse. A little red chest will be resting peacefully, and you can start the fight by interacting with it. 

Lighthouse Chest

Lighthouse Chest

Another easy place you can get your hands on a Gimmighoul is to head East after being let loose from Mesagoza. Once you’re in South Province Area 3, keep an eye out for the Watchtowers – there’s one to the South and one further East – but you’ll likely run past the South Province (Area Three) Watchtower on your way to the Stone Titan or Grass Gym. When you reach the base of the Watchtower, climb up until you reach the top. 

Once you make it to the top, you’ll an inconspicuous red chest sitting against one of the walls. Interact with it and you can catch your Gimmighoul. 

A Hidden Mimic

A Hidden Mimic

How to Evolve Gimmighoul

Now that you have caught your Gimmighoul, how do you evolve it into Gholdengo? Unfortunately, you’ll have to do a lot of legwork to get there.

Specifically, Gimmighoul needs 999 Gimmighoul Coins before it can evolve. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, captured or defeated Pokémon will drop a unique material from that evolutionary line that can be used to create new TMs at the Pokémon Centre. When you defeat a Gimmighoul, it will drop Gimmighoul Coins.

999

999

Usually, most Pokémon only drop 1 or 2 items upon defeat. Gimmighoul always drops 50 Coins from a battle. This means that, to evolve a single Gimmighoul, you will need to fight at least 20 different Chest Form Gimmighoul to gather enough Coins.

Fortunately, there are a few additional ways to get Coins and plenty of areas to find Chest Form Gimmighoul around Paldea. 

Watchtower Gimmighouls

The most common area where you will find Gimmighoul is in the Watchtowers. These are massive reoccurring structures around Paldea that the player can climb to get a better view of the land and usually a TM or two. They often, also, have a Gimmighoul waiting at the top. 

There are a good amount of these Watchtowers spread across the world. The Gimmighoul on these Towers do respawn after a certain length of time, but this can be kind of inconsistent so don’t rely on it. 

Watchtowers

Watchtowers

South Watchtowers

There are 3 Watchtowers in the Southern parts of Paldea. Warning, one of these asks you to head to a high-level area near the Psychic Gym where Pokémon are around level 40. 

South Province (Area Three) Watchtower is on the main route from Mesagoza to Artazon, the city with the Grass Gym. Simply take the main road from the nearby Pokémon Centre and take a detour up the nearby hill when you approach the Tower.

South Area 3 Watchtower

South Area 3 Watchtower

Meanwhile, the South Province (Area Five) Watchtower is in a nearby area South of the previous Watchtower. The easiest way to get there is to head to Artazon and then leave for the South. You’ll find an alternative route back into the rocky cliffs of South Province (Area Five) which will take you straight to the Watchtower. 

South Area 5 Watchtower

South Area 5 Watchtower

The last Southern Watchtower is near the Psychic Gym in South Province (Area Six). This Watchtower is a bit unique in that it has a unique name: the Leaking Tower of Paldea. Unlike other Watchtowers, it is partially submerged in water and you’ll need to scale the nearby cliffs to reach the top of the Tower. 

Leaking Tower of Paldea

Leaking Tower of Paldea

East Watchtowers

There are 2 Watchtowers in the Eastern area of Paldea. 

The East Province (Area One) Watchtower is on top of a large hill in East Province (Area One). Head to the Pokémon Centre in East Province (Area One) and then book it directly East. The Watchtower will be very easy to see from there.

East Area 1 Watchtower

East Area 1 Watchtower

The other Watchtower is the East Province (Area Three) Watchtower in the area where you fight the Steel Titan. This place is just East of the town of Zapapico and you’ll have to explore a few of the slopes and winding paths to get there.

East Area 3 Watchtower

East Area 3 Watchtower

West Watchtower

There’s only 1 Watchtower in the Western part of Paldea.

You can find the West Province (Area One) Watchtower surrounded by ruins up on the top of a hill. The easiest way to get here is to travel to the West Province (Area One) – North Pokémon Centre and then take the side road up the mountain to get to the Watchtower. 

West Area 1 Watchtower

West Area 1 Watchtower

North Watchtowers

The Northern half of Paldea has a fair few Watchtowers to visit. There are a total of 5 Watchtowers in the North. 

The first one to note is the Glaseado Mountain Watchtower. You will run across this one while making your way to fight either the Ghost or Ice-type Gym Leaders. The Watchtower is just off the beaten path that takes you up the Mountain. 

Glaseado Mountain Watchtower

Glaseado Mountain Watchtower

The next Watchtower is the Northern Province (Area One) Watchtower, located at the North-Eastern tip of the map. This Watchtower is surrounded by water and some other smaller Watchtowers. While these can have some Roaming Gimmighouls around them, only the largest Watchtower will have a chest Gimmighoul to fight and capture.

North Area 1 Watchtower

North Area 1 Watchtower

The next three Watchtowers can all be found circling the Casseroya Lake portion of the map. This is a massive lake with a lot of small islands and hidden things to find. 

Casseroya Watchtower No. 1 is found on the border between the West Province and the Lake. It is right next to the river that runs throughout Western Paldea on a tall cliff. Climb up the nearby slopes and you’ll find the Watchtower at the top. 

Casseroya Watchtower 1

Casseroya Watchtower 1

The next Casseroya Watchtower is Watchtower No. 2. This one is relatively close to Watchtower No. 1 with it being just down the road on the main path. You can spot either Watchtower from their respective twin. 

To get here, simply follow the main road from Watchtower No.1 but continue straight on when the road bends. Keep going through the field and (if you have helped Koraidon or Miraidon regain most of their former power) you can easily scale the walls to reach the Tower.

Casseroya Watchtower 2

Casseroya Watchtower 2

The final major Watchtower is on the Eastern side of Casseroya Lake. Casseroya Watchtower No. 3 is located on a tall stretch of rock that either has to be scaled using your Legendary Pokémon or by being approached from the West after circling the entirety of the Lake. 

Casseroya Watchtower 3

Casseroya Watchtower 3

Free Gimmighouls

While the Chest Form Gimmighouls are most often found in the Watchtowers, there are a few others around the world. Most often, these will appear in select Ruins around Paldea or just on remote cliffsides and hills. 

The first Gimmighoul to mention is the one which appears earliest in the game. Right next to the Poco Path Lighthouse, on the cliff, will be a red chest waiting for you. This one will be around level 5.

Another early appearance of a Chest Form Gimmighoul in the wild is between East Province (Area One) and East Province (Area Two). On a hillside outlooking at a variety of flags marking the Fire Squad of Team Star, you will find yet another Chest Form Gimmighoul. 

Next up is the Asado Desert. In the Northern part of the Desert is the remnants of a series of stone builds and structures. Hidden behind one of these ruins is another Gimmighoul, patiently waiting for you to encounter it. 

Lastly, nearby the Northern Province (Area One) Watchtower, you will find another broken-down set of ruins. Similar to the Gimmighoul above, a red chest is sitting abandoned by a wrecked stone wall. 

Free Roaming Gimmighouls

Aside from the Chest Form Gimmighouls, there is another way to get Gimmighoul Coins in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. That is through the Roaming Gimmighoul.

This version of Gimmighoul cannot be battled or caught but can be interacted with. There are hundreds of these little guys all over the world, their presence denoted by a sound similar to the clinking of coins. When you hear that noise, be sure to look around the immediate area for a small Gimmighoul somewhere nearby. 

When you do find and interact with these Gimmighoul, they will scamper off. Not before they give you a Gimmighoul Coin, though. While this may be a much slower way of gaining Coins compared to battling the Chest Form Gimmighoul, they are relatively easy to find and are plentiful around the map. They’re worth encountering as you go from Watchtower to Watchtower, just to make the process go a bit quicker. 

You will likely find Roaming Gimmighoul in the following places:

  • In Ruins either atop boxes, hidden in cracks or just hiding behind stone walls
  • Out in the wild next to bushes and trees
  • Underneath bridges
  • Hanging around Pokémon Centres

Getting Gholdengo

Once you have (finally) gathered enough Gimmighoul Coins, stick Chest Form Gimmighoul in your party. When it next levels up, it will evolve into Gholdengo – the Coin Entity Pokémon.

Gholdengo is a Steel/Ghost Type Pokémon. It has relatively high stats, with especially high Special Attack and a respectable amount of Defence and Special Defence. Its typing gives it a lot of Resistance and only a handful of Weaknesses, with complete immunity to Normal, Fighting and Poison types. 

Fortunately, Gholdengo is a pretty good Pokémon to have on your team. Especially considering the work you did to get it.

That is how to catch and evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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