When and How to Evolve Growlithe

Do you want to know when and how to evolve Growlithe? Your fire-type puppy Pokemon Growlithe might have grown to a higher level and looking strong, but staying its Growlithe form is not satisfying at all.

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I suppose you are ready to own an Arcanine, yet the problem is that you are clueless when is the best time to evolve, what moves to keep, moves to forget, and how to do it. Keep reading to learn.

In this article, we will cover the strategies to make the most of your future Arcanine so you can have the best partner who can help you achieve the best Pokemon gaming journey.

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When is Best Time To Evolve Growlithe and How It is Done?

First of all, Growlithe is a good fire type Pokemon, and when evolved to Arcanine, this means you can have a Pokemon with great potential. But the problem with Arcanine is that he can’t learn new moves after reaching level 34 and learned the last attack extreme speed.

When To Evolve: Strategy

Flare Blitz and Extreme Speed are two mighty moves that can make Arcanine a competitive Pokemon. You’ll be able to teach Arcanine with Flare Blitz and Extreme Speed using the following strategies;

Strategy 1: Using Move Reminder/Move Relearner: Level up Growlithe to level 45 and teach Flare Blitz. Evolve Growlithe to Arcanine and go to Move Reminder/Move Relearner to get Extreme Speed for the price of a heart scale.

Strategy 2: Breeding: After hatching, use the Move Relearner on Growlithe and get Flare Blitz. Now, evolve to Arcanine and get the Extreme Speed later. In this strategy, the move relearner allows you to learn any of the Pokemon moves regardless of the level.

The answer to the question when is the best time to evolve Growlithe is when he learned the move, Flare Blitz.

How to Evolve Growlithe

Growlithe evolves into Arcanine using a Fire Stone. You can either buy Fire Stone or find its location.

Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow

In the Generation I games, the Fire Stone can be easily bought from the Celadon Department Store for 2,100.

Gold, Silver, and Crystal

In Crystal and Gold, you can get a Fire Stone by showing Bill’s grandfather a Growlithe. In Silver, you can also get it from Bill’s grandfather by showing him a Vulpix. Bill’s grandfather is located in the Sea Cottage. You can also get repeat Fire Stones if you’re lucky enough to open Mystery Gifts or receive it from Schoolboy Alan from Route 36

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

You can get the Fire Stone in the Fiery Path located in the southwest corner, but you need Strength to get to it. If you go to Route 24, you can trade a Red Shard to the Treasure Hunter for more Fire Stones.

Fire Red and Leaf Green

The Celadon Department Store still sells an unlimited amount for 2,100. You could also get two Fire Stones from Mt. Ember. One is located in the southeast entrance of the summit where you need Strength. The other one is in a rock southeast of the Ultra Ball.

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

You can get two Fire Stones from the Fuego Ironworks. The first one can be obtained by talking to Mr. Fuego. The other one is located in the upper right corner of the map. Platinum has more Fire Stones to get and another one is located in the first top left stairwell in a rock in the Solaceon Ruins.

Another one is located in Stark Mountain particularly in the northwest area on a large rock where you need Rock Smash to get it.

Heart Gold and Soul Silver

The method is the same as Gold, Silver, and Crystal where you show Bill’s grandfather a Growlithe for Heart Gold and a Vulpix in Soul Silver.

Black and White

You can find one in the Desert Resort. Go northwest and find Psychic Gaven to get the Fire Stone. There is another one in Castelia City when you go to the Thumb Pier from the scientist. You can choose a Fire Stone, Leaf Stone, or Water Stone. You can only get one from the other, but a Fire Stone is one of them.

Black 2 and White 2

You can find one in the same location in Black and White from the Desert Resort from Psychic Gaven. Another Fire Stone is located in the north area outside of the Pokemon Center in Lentimas Town.

Pokemon X & Y

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In Pokemon X & Y, you can purchase the Fire Stone in the Stone Emporium in Lumiose City and also in Route 9.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Fire Stone is located at Route 114, Route 124 and Fiery Path Super Training From Secret Pal in Secret Base.

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Diglett tunnel fire stone

In Pokemon Sun/Moon you can get Fire Stone in Diglett’s Tunnel on Akala Island, or you can acquire the stone in Konikoni City.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon


In these games, the Fire Stone can be found in the Paniola Ranch and Diglett’s Tunnel. In the Paniola Ranch, you simply need to show a Pokemon Breeder an Eevee that was hatched from an egg. However, you can choose from a Water and Thunder Stone aside from the Fire Stone.

Choosing one from the other loses your chance to get the other. In Diglett’s Tunnel, you need to head down the west branch using a Tauros Charge.

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The easiest way to get a Fire Stone in these games is to buy them from the Celadon Department Store. You can buy an unlimited amount of 5,000. You can also find one in the Kanto Region Route 8 in the grassy area with a fence where you need to have Chop Down. Finally, there is also one in the Pokemon Mansion in the southwest area of the 1F location near the stairs.

Sword and Shield


A Fire Stone can be found in the Motostoke Riverbark particularly in the southwest area near the corner of the wall. There is also another one located in the Lake of Outrage. You need to have the Water Bike and go to the area where there is a Stone Circle. You can get a Fire Stone as well as the other Evolution Stones there.


Flare Blitz and Extreme Speed are great moves that Arcanine can learn. Having enough knowledge and solid strategy play an important role in playing any Pokemon game. The more information you have, the better gamer you become. Use this strategy to achieve stronger Arcanine.

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