Gimmighoul and Gholdengo were the first Gen 9 Pokémon released in Pokémon Go.
While Gimmighoul Roaming Form made its first appearance in Pokémon Go during November 2022, you can only catch this Pokémon in the game if you connect Pokémon Go with Pokémon Scarlet or Violet.
After catching a Gimmighoul, you will need to collect a large amount of Gimmighoul Coins to turn it into Gholdengo.
Below you will discover how to connect Pokémon Go with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, how to send Postcards and, finally, how to get Gimmighoul and Gholdengo in Pokémon Go.
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How to connect Pokémon Go to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
The first step to getting Gimmighoul and Gholdengo in Pokémon Go is to connect your Pokémon Go account to a copy of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
This means that, as of this writing, you need a copy of Pokémon Scarlet or Violet to get Gimmighoul in Pokémon Go. Fortunately, connecting to Scarlet and Violet doesn’t tie you to a specific copy of the games, so if you don’t own any of the games, you can connect to a friend’s copy and then, if you buy it, connect to your own. later.
We’ll have to wait and see if this changes in the future.
One last thing before you get started properly: you must play version 1.2.0 of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to access this feature.
If you don’t know which version you’re playing, scroll down to Pokémon Scarlet/Violet on the home screen of your Nintendo Switch. Then press the plus (+) button and in the window that opens, you will be able to see the version number below the game name. You can also update your copy of the game by selecting “Over the Internet” or, if you are with a friend who has the correct version, “Merge version with local users” in the “Software Update” section of this window.
Once you’ve downloaded version 1.2.0 of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, it’s time to connect it to Pokémon Go for the first time.
First, you must start Pokémon Scarlet/Violet and, once in the game, open the Poké Portal. From there, you must select Mystery Gift.
If version 1.2.0 downloaded successfully, you will now see the “Connect to Pokémon Go” option.
Now you’ll want to jump into Pokémon Go on your mobile device and visit the game’s Settings, which can be accessed from the main menu.
Next, you need to select “Connected devices and services” followed by “Nintendo Switch.” Now all you have to do is press ‘Connect to Nintendo Switch’.
Back on your Nintendo Switch, it’s time to select “Pair with a Pokémon Go account.”
If you have followed the instructions above correctly, an option to connect with a Pokémon Go account will appear shortly. Make sure the username provided matches the Pokémon Go account you’re trying to connect with, and if so, choose “Yes.”
These connection attempts may time out, so be sure to press “Yes” quickly.
In our experience, you need to link your Pokémon Go account with Scarlet or Violet every time you want to send a postcard.
How to send postcards to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in Pokémon Go
Now that you’ve linked your Pokémon Go account to Pokémon Scarlet or Violet, it’s time to send a postcard!
First, you must select ‘Connect to Pokémon Go’ on your Nintendo Switch, which can be found in the Mystery Gift options accessed through the Poké Portal. Once this is done, it’s time to return to your mobile device.
In Pokémon Go, you must open your Postcard Book found in your Item Bag.
Next, select the postcard you want to send to Scarlet or Violet before pressing the button in the bottom right corner. This will ask you if you want to send this postcard to and you will need to press “Send” followed by “Yes” to do so.
It’s important to note that you can only send one postcard per day and the timer resets at midnight. The postcard you send will remain in your postcard book, but you can only send each postcard to a Nintendo Switch once.
The postcard will now be delivered to Scarlet or Violet!
In Scarlet or Violet, you will earn some Gimmighoul coins, items, and Vivillon with a different one will start appearing in Paldea.
The pattern in question will be the same one related to the region where the postcard comes from. We, for example, sent a postcard from the United Kingdom that caused Garden Pattern Vivillon to appear in Paldea, because, in Pokémon Go, pinning postcards from the United Kingdom will eventually get you an encounter with a Scatterbug that can evolve into a Vivillon with the Garden . Pattern.
To find out which Vivillon patterns are connected to which regions, visit our Vivillon maps and patterns guide.
You can change the Vivillon patterns that appear in Paldea by sending Postcards from Pokémon Go.
Meanwhile, in Pokémon Go, you will receive the bag of coins if it is the first time you send a postcard to Scarlet or Violet. Once you have the bag of coins, sending a postcard will recharge this bag and allow you to use it a lot, much like how the Mystery Box used to work.
How to catch Gimmighoul in Pokémon Go
To catch Gimmighoul in Pokémon Go, you must use the Coin Bag, which will cause Gimmighoul in roaming form to appear in the wild for 30 minutes.
You can use the coin bag once a day and refill it by sending a postcard from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Scarlet or Violet by following the steps described above.
While the Coin Bag is active, Gimmighoul will periodically appear at your location. We recommend using the coin bag while walking rather than sitting down to play Pokémon Go, as that seems to increase the number of Gimmighoul you find.
The Gimmighoul Roaming Form are also very small and for this reason we recommend keeping a good eye on the screen – just make sure to look where you’re going from time to time!
If Gimmighoul does not appear when you use the Coin Bag, we recommend updating your game data, which you can do by visiting Pokémon Go’s Advanced Settings. We found that the coin bag will work properly once your setup has the same layout as shown in the screenshots below.
As you catch Gimmighouls, you may find yourself collecting Gimmighoul Coins, which are very vital to getting Gholdengo in Pokémon Go…
How to evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokémon Go
To turn Gimmighoul into Gholdengo in Pokémon Go, you need to collect 999 Gimmighoul Coins. While this is less than the 9,999 coins needed in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, it will still be a challenge to collect these coins in Pokémon Go.
Gholdengo is a steel and ghost type Pokémon. (Image credit: pokemon.com)
Gimmighoul Coins can be collected by spinning the Golden PokéStop, capturing Gimmighoul’s roaming form in the wild, and having a Gimmighoul as your Pokémon partner. However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll earn a Gimmighoul Coin by completing one of these activities, so be prepared for the road to Gholdengo to be long.
Chances are, the amount of coins you receive will also be quite small. As of this writing, we have only received one Gimmighoul Coin for spinning a Golden PokéStop and catching a Roaming Gimmighoul. For this reason, our advice for collecting coins is to use a combination of Coin Bag, having Gimmighoul as a friend, and patience. Gimmighoul’s evolution seems to have been designed to take a considerable amount of time!
It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for any future events that could cause PokéStops to turn gold. There is a decoy module that turns PokéStops into gold, which you can learn about below.
You can easily keep track of how many coins you still need to evolve Gimmighoul by pressing the “Evolve” option when looking at the stats for one of these Pokémon.
At the time of writing, there is a free box available for a limited time in the in-game store that will give you nine Gimmighoul Coins. We highly recommend picking up this box as it will slightly reduce the amount of coins you have to collect.
Remember: Pinap Berries do not increase the amount of coins you receive from catching Gimmighoul, but they do increase the amount of candy you earn.
The Season of Adventure Abundance is here! Its first event is A Paldean Adventure, which sees the true launch of Gen 9 and the special research mission A Paldean Adventure. You can also work on the Timed Investigation: Master Ball mission and compete in Go Battle League. Be sure to compete in Shadow Raids, complete routes, use Daily Adventure Incense for a chance to encounter Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres. This incense can also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Golden Lure Modules in Pokémon Go Explained
The more Postcards you send to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the more likely you are to receive a Golden Lure Module.
If you use a Golden Lure Module on a PokéStop, this stop will transform into a Golden PokéStop, and when you spin this special stop, there’s a chance you’ll earn some Gimmighoul Coins. Please note, however, that this is not a guarantee.
You’ll also earn more items by spinning a Golden PokéStop than with a normal one, and if you’re really lucky, you may even encounter a roaming Gimmighoul. Although that’s incredibly rare.
If you already have a Golden Lure Module in your Pokémon Go inventory and it’s time to receive another one by connecting with Scarlet/Violet, then you will receive Gimminghoul Coins instead.
Good luck adding Gimminghoul and Gholdengo to your Pokédex!
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