How to catch and evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
Out of all the Pokemon that's the most trouble to evolve in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, Gimmighoul would have to be near the top of the list. After all, even finding one you can even capture might be tricky if you don't know where to look - and then there's the obtuse requirement to get the little weakling to evolve. Thankfully, we've gone through the trouble of catching and evolving one for you to get all the details you'd need to know.
Where to catch Gimmighoul
Chances are you've run across plenty of Gimmighoul already; they're practically everywhere in Paldea, but the ones you see with a coin wrapped around their back are impossible to catch outside of Pokemon Go. Thankfully, that doesn't mean that you're incapable of catching any Gimmighoul without access to a smartphone. Instead, the process is a little bit different, and you'll be searching for the Chest form of Gimmighoul specifically - the only version you'll actually be able to battle in Paldea.
While there are limited numbers of these Gimmighoul scattered across the map, there's a pattern that begins to emerge that makes pinpointing where to find one surprisingly easy. While you might spot a chest or two in locations of the beaten path, Watchtowers are almost always guaranteed to hold one at their tops. If you see a Watch Tower in the distance, chances are very high that a Gimmighoul will similarly be close by.
How to evolve Gimmighoul
Once you've caught a Gimmighoul of your own, you'll quickly realize just how many Gimmighoul Coins you were showered with upon capturing or fainting a Gimmighoul in battle. While interacting with Roaming Gimmighoul will net players anywhere between 1 and 5 Gimmighoul Coins; defeating a Gimmighoul in battle nets you at least 50, and sometimes even more. To evolve your own Gimmighoul, you'll need to amass 999 Gimmighoul Coins before you can have any hope of recording its evolution.
Once you've gathered the requisite number of coins, simply level up your Gimmighoul. The coins in question will leave your inventory, and you'll have access to Gimmighoul's powerful evolution, Gholdengo. Not only does it sport some decent stats, but its special ability also prevents it from taking any status ailments. Eventually, players can even have one learn the Metal attack Make it Rain, that in exchange for lowering your Gholdengo's Special Attack in battle after using it, will award extra money following the battle's conclusion.