Pangoro’s design, with its coat-like fur and leafy sprig in its mouth, is reminiscent of a “bancho,” a Japanese term for a stereotypical delinquent gang leader. Some have theorized that Pancham’s evolution into Pangoro is meant to represent the impressionable little Pokémon falling in with a bad crowd. Well, if it’s a crowd of Pangoros, sign me up. Here’s how to evolve Pancham in Pokémon GO.
In the mainline Pokémon games, all you had to do to evolve a Pancham into Pangoro was get it up to a particular level, then level it up one more time with at least one Dark-type Pokémon in your party. The problem with that is that Pokémon GO doesn’t really do parties in the traditional sense, so if you want to expose your Pancham to bad influences, you’re gonna have to take a different approach.
How to Evolve Pancham in Pokémon GO
First of all, you’re gonna need 50 Pancham Candy. Since Pancham can’t be found in the wild just yet, that means you’re gonna need to beat a lot of Panchams in 1-Star Raids as well as catch them. You can also hatch lots of them from Strange Eggs dropped by the Team Rocket admins starting next week, if you’re good enough to beat them on a consistent basis.
Once you’ve got the candy, the next order of business is exposing Pancham to Dark-type Pokémon. To do this, you’ll need to make Pancham your walking buddy (which you should do anyway, ‘cause it can get you some extra candy) and catch at least 32 Dark-type Pokémon while it’s walking with you. Normally, this would be a bit of a problem, as there’s no surefire to make Dark-type Pokémon show up aside from looking at night, but you’re in luck: when the Luminous Legends Y event starts next week on May 18th, spawns of Dark-types like Carvanah and Houndour will be boosted, likely in theme with Yveltal’s own Dark/Flying typing.
Once you catch 32 Dark types in Pancham’s presence, you can evolve it from its status page. Congratulations, you’ve got a big, hairy bancho of a Pangoro to call your own.