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How to evolve Bramblin into Brambleghast in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Here’s how to grow your tumbleweed

An image looking directly at Brambleghast in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

As you walk around the Paldea region in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you might notice what appear to be inanimate tumbleweed being blown across the paths. They are actually a grass/ghost Pokémon named Bramblin that evolve into the big bushy critter named Brambleghast. If you’re trying to evolve it into Brambleghast, here’s how to do it.

To evolve your Bramblin, take 1,000 steps with it following behind in Let’s Go mode. It’s actually a bit annoying because Bramlin struggles to keep up with your character. What I would suggest is running around in a circle in a safe place where no other Pokémon will interrupt your walk, and then level it up afterwards.

There is no system counting your character’s steps, but I ran around for over five minutes to be safe. I picked Porto Marinada, a safer town, because there is a lot of open space and then a beach with water Pokémon nearby who I could battle afterwards. Then my Bramblin was ready to level up and evolve to Brambleghast.

If you’re still looking to catch a Bramblin, the below map shows where to find them. They are all over the Asado Desert which is where I caught mine.

A habitat map showing the locations for the Pokémon Bramblin. The map indicates that you can catch them in Asado Desert and the East Province (Area Three). Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon