Pokemon Duel doesn’t treat evolved Pokemon like other Pokemon games. In this figurine-based strategy game, as long as you have the Pokemon Figure, you can include it in your deck regardless of whether or not you own its pre-evolution.
There is a way to evolve a Pokemon Figure in the middle of a match in Pokemon Duel, but you must set it up to do so in your Deck beforehand. You also must decide whether you prefer to evolve your Pokemon, or prefer the immediate gratification of having an evolved Pokemon already in your deck and ready to go.
As you can see below, you can have a deck in Pokemon Duel with standalone Evolutions, whether or not its pre-evolution is in your deck. (Bronzong on the left, below the arrow, evolves from Bronzor.)
The red arrow is pointing to a blue dot below Pikachu. A highlighted blue dot means an Evolution has been set for this Pokemon Figure. A dim blue dot means the Pokemon is capable of evolving, but nothing is set.
In Pokemon Duel’s Decks screen, choose Edit Figures, then tap this dot to pull up the Edit Evolution screen. Here, you will be able to see every figure you own that your chosen Pokemon can evolve into. Choose one as its Evolution. Now, when you go into a duel and Knock Out another Pokemon, you can choose for your Pokemon to evolve into the set figure. Note that this is not a permanent change–you will have to repeat this process in each duel to evolve in Pokemon Duel.
So, what’s the point of evolving in Pokemon Duel if you can start out with a Charmeleon–or even a Charizard–in the first place? There is one immediate benefit. Take a look at these Raichu’s Damage output.
The Raichu on the right, which is what Pikachu will evolve into in a match, does 10 more damage than the Raichu that doesn’t evolve.
That’s right, Pokemon that evolve in Pokemon Duel get a 10 damage bonus for all attacks and an extra star for Purple attacks. This stacks with each evolution in Pokemon Duel.
There are a few strategic reasons you may want to set your Pokemon to evolve as well.
For example, Raichu has attacks that do more raw damage than Pikachu, but Pikachu has Gold and Purple attacks, so Pikachu would be better to keep if you’re up against many Purple-move users.
In another situation, Charmander’s MP (Move Points) is 3, whereas Charmeleon’s is only 2. You could use Charmander’s superior mobility at the start of the match and evolve into Charmeleon once you need the extra power.
There are plenty of other scenarios where each Pokemon down the evolution chain are different, so having the flexibility to change what you need in the middle of battle can be handy. At the same time, it can be difficult to secure a Knock Out with a basic Pokemon, so just know it’s a balance between risk and reward.