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How to evolve Ponyta in Pokémon BDSP?

Ponyta can be one of the most useful Fire-types in Sinnoh but only if it evolves. Here's how to evolve Ponyta in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
To many players’ relief, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl introduced a plethora of Fire-types.

In the previous Diamond and Pearl games, there were only two Fire-types available throughout the entire main story: Ponyta and Infernape. Essentially, if players didn’t pick Chimchar as their starter, their only other option was Ponyta. 

Luckily, in the Sinnoh remakes, this is no longer the case. There is a myriad of Fire-types available, such as Houndoom and Magmortar. However, there’s also the option of sticking with the norm and using Ponyta. Of course, Ponyta doesn’t truly become strong until it eventually evolves into Rapidash. If you want to make Ponyta the best version of itself, keep reading below in order to learn how to evolve Ponyta into Rapidash.

Evolving Ponyta in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

How to evolve Ponyta in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Ponyta is one of the most well-known Fire-types in Pokémon. (Picture: Game Freak)

Unlike many other evolutions in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Ponyta doesn’t require any complicated levelling method or to be holding an item to evolve. Instead, all you need to do is reach level 40 with Ponyta. At this point, it will evolve into Rapidash, one of the best Fire-types in the entirety of Sinnoh. 

Of course, the first thing you will need to do is to catch Ponyta, and then start levelling it.

In order to catch Ponyta, you can either head into the Grand Underground, in Sandsear, Typhlo or Volcanic Cave, or head to the following routes: 

  • 206

  • 210 South

  • 211 East 

  • 211 West 

  • 214 

  • 215

How to evolve Ponyta in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Rapidash evolves from Ponyta at level 40. (Picture: Game Freak)

Once you have Ponyta, you can start training it to level 40 to get your Rapidash. You can also use Ponyta’s Flame Body hidden ability to hatch eggs faster, which you can read about in a previous article.

And there you have it that's how you evolve Ponyta in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Have fun playing the game and good luck!

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Featured image courtesy of Nintendo / The Pokémon Company.