Pokemon Legends Arceus: How to Evolve Qwilfish to Overqwil

Pokemon Legends Arceus has many intersting tweaks and additions to the series formula, and one curious change is found in the evolution of two Pokemon - one of whom is Qwilfish, which has a new Hisuian exclusive evolution known as Overqwil.

As well as being a vitally important component of the side quest The Sea's Legend, which lets you catch Manaphy, Overquil is one of two Pokemon that introduces an all-new evolution method that's based around the usage of Pokemon moves. The other is Stantler - we cover how to evolve Stantler to Wyrdeer on a separate page. On this page, we explain where to catch Hisuian Qwilfish, and How to evolve Qwilfish into Overqwil, step-by-step. 

An Overqwil, post-evolution, which is evolved from Qwilfish in a way new in Pokemon Legends Arceus.

Where to catch Hisuian Qwilfish

It goes without saying that to evolve a Qwilfish, you'll first need to find one. Obviously. To catch a Qwilfish head to the Cobalt Coastlands - particularly, the Lunker's Lair. You'll be able to find the Puffer Fish-inspired Pokemon around these waters, and it'll simply be a matter of catching one. 

It's an aggressive Pokemon that's difficult to sneak up on when you're swimming - there's no grass to hide in out here. Consider bringing Pokemon that'll stand up to weakening it in battle for an easier catch.

Hisuian Qwilfish's spawn location for the Cobalt Coastlands, as marked on the in-game map.
A Hisuian Qwilfish, found in its natural habitat.

How to Evolve Hisuian Qwilfish into Overqwil

Once you've caught your Qwilfish and are ready to evolve Qwilfish into Overqwil things turn into a slightly prickly situation - and not just because of those spikes all over it.

You see, you won't be able to evolve your Qwilfish until it has learned, and mastered, Barb Barrage. In all likelihood, your Qwilfish will already come ready to go - as it masters the move at Level 25, below the usual level range for Pokemon caught in the Cobalt Coastlands.

All that will be left is to have it use the Barb Barrage move 20 times in Strong Style. Once completed, you'll have the option to evolve your Qwilfish - leaving you with your new Overqwil. Good work!

If you're trying to fill out your Pokedex, we've got plenty of help. Check out our guides on Wisp Locations so you can catch Spiritomb, how to get Ursaluna, Basculegion, and Kleavor, plus our pages on where to find rare Pokemon including the baby Pokemon Munchlax and Bonsly. If all else fails, check out Pokemon Legends Arceus guide hub, as it contains links to all sorts of walkthrough content.