How to evolve Pancham into Pangoro in Pokemon X and Y

Several Pokemon in the Pokemon X and Y Pokedex have unique, interesting evolution styles, but none are as adorable as Pancham’s. Well, that's not true--maybe Sylveon's evolution method is close. Even so, the cute, cuddly panda turns into the big, angry Pangoro, and you’re going to have a bear of a time (joke of the year) getting that to happen without knowing a trick. See, Pancham’s evolution only happens if it happens to have a someone in your party pushing it towards the dark side.

No, you don’t need to hold the microphone up to the TV while watching Star Wars (we would have mentioned that in our Pokemon X and Y review, if it were the case). Instead, you need to get Pancham to level 32 and then level him when you have a Dark-type Pokemon in your party. This will give him the mean streak he needs to become Pangoro, a Fighting/Dark type Pokemon. Talk about a bad influence.

Elsewhere, you might have noticed that there are two Pokemon X and Y places that just won't let you in: the Boutique Couture in Lumiose City, and the Lost Hotel off of Route 15. If you're dying to get in there, or just really hate hearing the word 'no' tje we can totally help you with this irritatingly odd predicament. So, with that in mind here's how to get into Boutique Couture and Lost Hotel in Pokemon X and Y so you can tick that odd and be done with it. 

Hollander Cooper

Hollander Cooper was the Lead Features Editor of GamesRadar+ between 2011 and 2014. After that lengthy stint managing GR's editorial calendar he moved behind the curtain and into the video game industry itself, working as social media manager for EA and as a communications lead at Riot Games. Hollander is currently stationed at Apple as an organic social lead for the App Store and Apple Arcade.