Evolution generally follows the same rules, mechanics, and paths as in the Digital Monster Ver. 1–4 virtual pets, from which Ver. S is adapted. All evolutions are one-way, and occur as in-game time elapses depending on how the Digimon is raised.
Unlike the original virtual pets, training has no influence at all on how a Digimon evolves. Instead, the Digimon's affection for the player — i.e. how much the player has interacted with the Digimon on the home screen, and how the Digimon reacts to the player's interactions — affects what the Digimon will evolve into in the same way that the number of times the Digimon undertakes training does in the original virtual pets.
As in the original virtual pets, evolution to the Perfect generation is not guaranteed. Once a Digimon has fought the required minimum of 15 battles to qualify to evolve to Perfect, this is marked on its stat screen by the "Win Rate" label turning red instead of blue.
The game introduces fourteen "Ver. S" Digimon who are created by using the NEW Digitama item to fuse two other Digimon. Unlike the Adult Digimon from the pre-existing virtual pets, each "Ver. S" Adult Digimon (except Gokimon) is able to evolve into two different Perfect Digimon, depending on how it is raised.
Additionally, all Adult and Perfect Digimon from Ver. 1–4 are associated with a "Digimon Fragment" 「デジモンのかけら」 item. Using a Fragment on a compatible Digimon guarantees that when the time comes for the Digimon to evolve, it will evolve into the species corresponding to the Fragment, regardless of any evolution requirements. There are no Digimon Fragments for any of the "Ver. S" Digimon.
|Digimon Fragments in Digital Monster Ver. S|
|Greymon||Current species: Agumon||Search address: D-5 "DREAM–34" (random chance)|
|Tyranomon||Current species: Agumon or Betamon||Search address: A-4 "STONE" (random chance)|
|Devimon||Current species: Agumon or Betamon||Search address: E-4 "ICE;4" (random chance)|
|Meramon||Current species: Agumon or Betamon||Search address: B-8 "ORANGE" (random chance)|
|Airdramon||Current species: Betamon||Search address: B-3 "HEAVEN" (random chance)|
|Offering of Sake
|Seadramon||Current species: Betamon||Search address: D-6 "LIGHT 11" (random chance)|
|Numemon||Current species: Agumon or Betamon||Search address: B-4 "RIVER" (random chance)|
|Metal Greymon||Current species: Greymon, Devimon or Airdramon||Search address: A-1 "QUEEN" (random chance)|
|Mamemon||Current species: Tyranomon, Meramon or Seadramon||Search address: C-1 "DESERT" (random chance)|
|Bandaid of Love
|Monzaemon||Current species: Numemon||Search address: A-5 "GRAY/400" (random chance)|
|Kabuterimon||Current species: Gabumon||Search address: C-2 "SAND 001" (random chance)|
|Garurumon||Current species: Gabumon||Search address: C-4 "RAINBOW" (random chance)|
|Angemon||Current species: Gabumon or Elecmon||Search address: C-3 "CLOUD" (random chance)|
|Yukidarumon||Current species: Gabumon or Elecmon||Search address: E-7 "SNOW" (random chance)|
|Birdramon||Current species: Elecmon||Search address: B-1 "WIND" (random chance)|
|Sign of the North Star
|Whamon||Current species: Elecmon||Search address: B-6 "HOT,8" (random chance)|
|Vegimon||Current species: Gabumon or Elecmon||Search address: D-8 "FOREST" (random chance)|
|Skull Greymon||Current species: Kabuterimon, Angemon or Birdramon||Search address: E-1 "AURORA" (random chance)|
|Metal Mamemon||Current species: Garurumon, Yukidarumon or Whamon||Search address: B-2 "TOWER" (random chance)|
|Vademon||Current species: Vegimon||Search address: 8-8 "STAR;7" (random chance)|
|Unimon||Current species: Patamon||Search address: A-9 "GREEN" (random chance)|
|Centalmon||Current species: Patamon||Search address: E-6 "SHADOW" (random chance)|
|Orgemon||Current species: Patamon or Kunemon||Search address: C-8 "FINE@" (random chance)|
|Bakemon||Current species: Patamon or Kunemon||Search address: A-2 "MOUNTAIN" (random chance)|
|Shellmon||Current species: Kunemon||Search address: D-3 "OCEAN" (random chance)|
|Drimogemon||Current species: Kunemon||Search address: C-5 "PARADISE" (random chance)|
|Scumon||Current species: Patamon or Kunemon||Search address: C-6 "SEA/20" (random chance)|
|Andromon||Current species: Unimon, Orgemon or Shellmon||Search address: B-9 "FREEDOM" (random chance)|
|Giromon||Current species: Centalmon, Bakemon or Drimogemon||Search address: A-3 "MOON.9" (random chance)|
|Etemon||Current species: Scumon||Search address: D-7 "WATER" (random chance)|
|Monochromon||Current species: Piyomon||Search address: C-7 "YELLOW" (random chance)|
|Cockatrimon||Current species: Piyomon||Search address: D-4 "BLUE" (random chance)|
|Leomon||Current species: Piyomon or Palmon||Search address: A-7 "BLACK" (random chance)|
|Kuwagamon||Current species: Piyomon or Palmon||Search address: D-1 "RED~31" (random chance)|
|Coelamon||Current species: Palmon||Search address: D-2 "SAVANNA" (random chance)|
|Hair Growth Medicine
|Mojyamon||Current species: Palmon||Search address: E-9 "SHERBET" (random chance)|
|Nanimon||Current species: Piyomon or Palmon||Search address: E-5 "ROCK" (random chance)|
|Megadramon||Current species: Monochromon, Leomon or Coelamon||Search address: E-8 "NIGHT" (random chance)|
|Piccolomon||Current species: Cockatrimon, Kuwagamon or Mojyamon||Search address: D-9 "SKY,6" (random chance)|
|Digitamamon||Current species: Nanimon||Search address: E-3 "WHITE" (random chance)|
Digimon evolve after reaching a certain lifespan. Baby I Digimon can only evolve into a single Baby II Digimon, but afterwards, Digimon will have several possibilities for their evolutions. Which Digimon they will evolve into, if any, depends on specific conditions they meet, such as their stats, how many moves they have, how many care mistakes they have, how many attacks they've learned, how many battles they've had, etc.
Beyond the normal evolution lines, some evolutions can be obtained through special means.
- If a Baby II-level Digimon sleeps in Kunemon's Bed, it'll evolve into Kunemon.
- If a Digimon poops too much outside of the toilet, they'll evolve into Scumon.
- If a Child-level Digimon fails to meet any evolution conditions when the evolution time comes, they'll evolve into Numemon.
- If an Adult-level Digimon is at least 15 days old, has a Discipline below 50%, and is then scolded, it may evolve into Vademon.
- If the player interacts with the Monzaemon plush in Toy Town with a Numemon as their partner, said Numemon will evolve into Monzaemon. Unlike the previous examples, Numemon can also naturally evolve into Monzaemon.
Furthermore, most Adult and Perfect Digimon are associated with a matching evolution item. Using one of these items on a compatible Digimon will automatically evolve it into the item's matching Digimon with no further evolution requirements.
|Evolution items in Digimon World|
(Dub: Grey Claws)
|Greymon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Dino Cup at the Arena|
|Meramon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Fire Cup at the Arena|
|Birdramon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Treasure Hunt, either course (random prize)|
(Dub: Iron Hoof)
|Centalmon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Version 3 Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Mono Stone)
|Monochromon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Version 4 Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Steel drill)
|Drimogemon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Animal Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: White Fang)
|Tyranomon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Version 1 Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Black Wing)
|Devimon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Human Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Spike Club)
|Orgemon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Grapple Cup at the Arena|
|Leomon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Grade A tournament at the Arena|
(Dub: White Wing)
|Angemon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Wing Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Torn tatter)
|Bakemon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Treasure Hunt, either course (random prize)|
(Dub: Electo ring)
|No restrictions||Never appears in regular gameplay; can only be accessed via memory editing (e.g. by using a cheat device)|
|Airdramon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Purchase from Tonosama Gekomon for 500 Merit Points|
|Cockatrimon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Defeat Penmon at Curling|
|Unimon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Thunderwind Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Horn helmet)
|Kabuterimon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 2nd in the Beetle Cup at the Beetle Land Colosseum (random drop)|
(Dub: Scissor jaw)
|Kuwagamon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 2nd in the Beetle Cup at the Beetle Land Colosseum (random drop)|
|Vegimon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Nature Cup at the Arena|
|Book of Iga-ryū Secrets
(Dub: Koga laws)
|Igamon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Treasure Hunt, either course (random prize)|
|Offering of Sake
|Seadramon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Purchase from Tonosama Gekomon for 500 Merit Points|
|Sign of the North Star
(Dub: North Star)
|Whamon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Cool Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Red Shell)
|Shellmon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Purchase from Tonosama Gekomon for 500 Merit Points|
(Dub: Hard Scale)
|Coelamon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Purchase from Tonosama Gekomon for 500 Merit Points|
|Garurumon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Version 2 Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Ice crystal)
|Yukidarumon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Purchase from Tonosama Gekomon for 500 Merit Points|
|Hair Growth Medicine
(Dub: Hair grower)
|Mojyamon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Trade a Test-of-Luck Mushroom to the southeastern Mojyamon in Freezeland|
|Nanimon||Current Evolution Stage: Child||Place 1st in the Dirty Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Metal part)
|Metal Greymon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Place 1st in the Grade S tournament at the Arena (random drop)|
(Dub: Fatal Bone)
|Skull Greymon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Place 1st in the Grade S tournament at the Arena (random drop)|
(Dub: Cyber part)
|Andromon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Place 1st in the Metallic Cup at the Arena|
(Dub: Mega Hand)
|Megadramon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Place 1st in the Grade S tournament at the Arena (random drop)|
(Dub: Silver ball)
|Mamemon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Defeat Metal Mamemon at Curling (random chance)|
(Dub: Metal armor)
|Metal Mamemon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Defeat Metal Mamemon at Curling (random chance)|
|Giromon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Defeat Metal Mamemon at Curling (random chance)|
(Dub: Small spear)
|Piccolomon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Defeat Metal Mamemon at Curling (random chance)|
|Bandaid of Love
(Dub: X Bandage)
|Monzaemon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Trade 3 cards to a Toy Agumon in Toy Town, after defeating Waru Monzaemon|
(Dub: Ray Gun)
|Vademon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Treasure chest in the Back Dimension|
(Dub: Gold banana)
|Etemon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Purchase from Etemon at the Digi Bridge for 50,000 Bits.|
(Dub: Mysty Egg)
|Digitamamon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Computer in the Secret Beach Cave|
(Dub: Red Ruby)
|Hououmon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Place 1st in the Version 0 Cup at the Arena|
|Herakle Kabuterimon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Place 1st in the Beetle Cup at the Beetle Land Colosseum|
(Dub: Coral charm)
|Mega Seadramon||Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Fishing in Dragon Eye Lake|
(Dub: Moon mirror)
|No restrictions||Never appears in regular gameplay; can only be accessed via memory editing (e.g. by using a cheat device)|
(Dub: Giga Hand)
|Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Never appears in regular gameplay; can only be accessed via memory editing (e.g. by using a cheat device)|
(Dub: Noble Mane)
|Current Evolution Stage: Child||Obtained via event giveaway, or via save data from the Comic Bom Bom Digimon World Premium Disc|
Never appears in regular gameplay; can otherwise only be accessed via memory editing (e.g. by using a cheat device)
|Current Evolution Stage: Adult||Obtained via event giveaway|
Never appears in regular gameplay; can otherwise only be accessed via memory editing (e.g. by using a cheat device)
For the most part, evolution is not a mechanic in and of itself. However, there are two related mechanics:
- Digimon can learn Variable Moves which, according to a Nanimon, temporarily evolve them into the target Digimon long enough to perform one of its attack techniques.
- Three Digimon—Numemon, Otamamon and Bakemon—evolve into, respectively, Scumon, Gekomon and Soulmon when they are traded between players.
Additionally, the main antagonist Millenniumon is the result of a fusion between Mugendramon of the Dark Masters and a Chimairamon. In the final dungeon, Millenniumon is fought first in the form of either Chimairamon or Mugendramon, before returning to its true Milleniumon form to be fought again.
In the second phase of each player's turn, the Evolution Phase, players are given a chance to evolve their current Digimon card in play. The standard way of performing an evolution is spend a specified amount of Evolution POW 「進化ＰＯＷ」 points, which are accumulated in the Evolution Phase by selecting one card per turn to send to the POW Box 「ＰＯＷ置き場」, to evolve the Digimon card in play into one selected Digimon card of the next Level up. There are many Option Cards that can be played instead to bypass the usual requirements.
Any Digimon card is capable of evolving into any Digimon card that a) is of the next Level up, and b) shares the same Attribute/color.
Evolution cannot usually be undone. The only way of doing so is to use the Option card Devolution 「退化」, which discards the top card of your Digimon and returns it to its previous stage, with doubled HP.
Digimon can be evolved by talking to the Evolution Operators. A Child Digimon may evolve to Adult Digimon at LV 11, an Adult Digimon may evolve to Perfect Digimon at LV 21, and a Perfect Digimon may evolve to Ultimate Digimon at LV 31. One level after evolving, the Digimon will learn every technique of their level that their current form, as well as the Digimon that were Jogressed into them, can learn. What Digimon will be born from an evolution is decided by both the previous Digimon and their current EP (Evolution Points).
Jogress Evolution is also in the game, and can also be done by talking to the Evolution Operators. Child-level Digimon cannot be Jogressed. Upon Jogress, a new Digimon will be created. The newly-created Digimon will be one evolution level lower than the lowest evolved Digimon that created it (for example, if two Adults are Jogressed, a Child will be born, as well as if an Adult and a Perfect are Jogressed). The newly created Digimon will have a higher max level than its parents, based on their own levels, as well as 1 more EP than the highest EP of both of them. Furthermore, the newly born Digimon will be able to learn every move of its parents once it hits certain levels.
Evolution is completely one-way in Digimon World 2.
Fundamentally, once a Digimon gains enough experience points, it will automatically evolve into the next available Digimon in its evolution line. A Digimon's evolution line is pre-set based on which of the 70 distinct Digitamas, identified by both a name provided by Digitamamon and an unseen number, to which it belongs.
Gaining access to new evolutions revolves around Jogressing Digimon at Digitamamon's Jogress Room. Any two Digimon who are at Child level or higher may be Jogressed together to produce a Digitama, which immediately hatches into a Baby I Digimon. The resulting Digitama is based on which Digitamas the two parents belonged to or, in certain special cases, their Digimon species at the time of Jogressing, and Jogressing certain combinations of Digitamas will yield particular Digitamas.
Digitamas are sorted by a rank system from 1 to 9, and Jogressing will often result in a Digitama of a higher rank than the parents. In addition to having increased stats, higher-ranked Digitamas generally have greater access to more powerful Digimon and/or Digimon of higher Evolution Stages. This also includes better variants of the same evolution lines, which add Digimon of higher Evolution Stages.
- For example: There are two Digitamas that yield V-mon. The first that they player can encounter is Digitama #1 (rank 2), the "V-mon" Digitama. The furthest that a V-mon of this Digitama line can evolve, assuming it meets all other requirements, is to its Adult form, XV-mon, and the evolution line ends there.
The second is Digitama #22 (rank 4), the "Imperialdramon" Digitama, which is formed by Jogressing an XV-mon from Digitama #1 with a Stingmon from Digitama #2 (rank 2), the "Wormmon" Digitama. This line adds Paildramon and Imperialdramon as, respectively, Perfect and Ultimate forms, so a Digimon belonging to the Digitama #22 line (assuming it meets all other requirements) can evolve all the way to Imperialdramon.
Every time that a Jogress is performed, the resulting Digimon will gain Jogress Points (JP). In addition to the EXP requirement, Adult, Perfect and Ultimate Digimon may only be evolved into if the Digimon also meets a minimum JP requirement for each; both EXP and JP requirements get progressively higher for higher-ranked Digitamas.
Additionally, some evolution lines feature two Adult, Perfect and/or Ultimate forms. In these cases, one Digimon of a given level (the "higher" Digimon) can only be evolved into if the Digimon has any Digimental equipped, and otherwise, it will evolve into the other Digimon of that level (the "lower" Digimon). Likewise, in some cases where there is only one Ultimate form in the line, a Digimon cannot evolve into that Ultimate form unless it has a Digimental equipped.
Evolution is one-way and cannot manually be reversed, but once the Digimon reaches the end of its lifespan—i.e. once their lifespan ("Y") stat gets high enough, signified by a cross appearing next to them in menus—it will revert to its Baby I form and lose all EXP and learned techniques, starting its evolution from the very beginning.
Five Digimon species—V-mon, Hawkmon, Armadimon, Patamon, Tailmon—may also use Armor Evolution, which works as a special type of attack technique. Having a matching Digimental equipped allows the Digimon to learn the resulting Armor Digimon's attack technique; using this technique in battle will cause it temporarily evolve into that Armor Digimon long enough to perform that attack techniques, before returning to its original form.
For natural evolution:
- There are now a total of 79 Digitamas. Some Digitama evolution lines from Tag Tamers have been altered or moved to a different identifying number.
- A new rare item, the JogPlus 「ジョグプラス」, is introduced. Using it gives the chosen Digimon 5 JP, helping to speed up gaining enough JP to meet evolution requirements. Although it is rare, it can still be infinitely farmed by repeatedly playing through the dungeons in which it can spawn (Plush Tower, Angel Tower, Undead Box, any of the Four Holy Beasts' dungeons).
- A tenth Digitama rank is added, exclusive to new Digitama evolution lines that yield two bonus Digimon: Archnemon (#21) and Mummymon (#79).
- In the Jogress Room, Digitamamon now directly tells the player the identifying number of the Digitama of any Digimon in their party.
- The mechanic of certain Jogresses requiring that parents be of particular species within a given Digitama line has been removed entirely. Results are now consistent regardless of parents' current form.
- A Digimon's lifespan coming to an end may be delayed by equipping a Digimental of Life.
For Armor Evolution:
- Armor Evolution techniques do not need to be learned by winning a battle like before. Instead, as long as the appropriate Digimental is equipped, the Armor Evolution technique is automatically available in the Digimon's sixth technique slot (reserved for techniques bestowed by equippped Digimentals).
Natural evolution works identically to how it works in Digimon World: Digital Card Battle.
Digital Card Arena adds a new mechanic, Armor Evolution, as an alternative to natural evolution. Armor Evolution is available to the six Partner Cards—V-mon, Hawkmon, Armadimon, Patamon, Tailmon and Wormmon—but requires that the player obtain the corresponding Digimentals for each Partner Card by progressing through the game. If the player has at least one Digimental for a given Partner Card, then as soon as they play that Partner Card on the field, they are given the option to use the Digimental to evolve the Partner Card into the corresponding Armor Digimon with no further cost. However, Armor Digimon cannot evolve any further, unless they are devolved back to Level III (Child) using certain Option Cards and are re-evolved into Level IV (Adult) or Perfect from there.
NPC Digimon who originate from Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 will evolve over the course of the game. Upon evolving, they will have different, stronger decks, and are counted as different characters for wins/losses. The Digimon Adventure 02 partner Digimon specifically have Extra Arenas in which they battle the player using all their evolution stages. Wormmon does not have an Extra Arena, but he can still be fought in all of his stages except Gran Kuwagamon in Dark City's Battle Arena.
Playable Digimon can temporarily evolve by touching Culumon, who appears halfway through each match. As long as they are evolved, they are entirely invincible and are able to use much more powerful attacks. Culumon only appears once per battle, thus only one evolution can happen per match.
Ten playable Digimon are able to evolve during matches: Agumon, Gabumon, Patamon, Tailmon, V-mon, Wormmon, Guilmon, Renamon, Terriermon, and Impmon. Each of these Digimon has one evolved form, which gives them a new, stronger set of moves. Their evolved forms can also be unlocked as separate playable characters by clearing the 1P Mode with the respective base Digimon.
All playable Digimon possess an Evolution Gauge that fills as they deal damage in a match. Once the gauge is full, Digimon who can evolve undergo evolution. The Evolution Gauge slowly depletes over time while they are evolved. Once the Evolution Gauge empties, the Digimon devolves to its previous form. The evolved Digimon can also expend the gauge at any time to use their most powerful attack technique, but devolve immediately upon the technique's completion or interruption. Digimon who do not evolve can use their most powerful attack technique only when their Evolution gauge is full. This expends their entire Evolution Gauge, but does not devolve them.
Digimon have two different kinds of evolutions in Digimon World 3: their natural evolutions, and optional evolutions. Natural evolutions are obtained by hitting certain levels: LV 5 for Adult, LV 20 for Perfect, and LV 40 for Ultimate. Optional evolutions are obtained by levelling up certain evolutions (for example, levelling up Greymon would give you Metal Greymon if your partner isn't Agumon, who obtains them naturally) or by increasing a Digimon's nature resistances or stats (for example, Agumon will obtain Skull Greymon by increasing its darkness resistance).
A Digimon can equip up to three evolutions that they have learned at a time. They can switch between these and their base form at any time in-battle by using a turn, and one form can be assigned as their "Battle Evolution" so that they will start all battle encounters in that form. Evolutions can be equipped and unequipped by talking to Dr. Kadomatsu in the Asuka City Digimon Lab, or to Piccolomon in other locations.
Certain compatible pairs of Digimon can Jogress Evolve, which in this game just acts as a powerful attack that requires an MP cost from both participating Digimon. It can be activated in the Tag menu, as an alternative to just tagging out, and any Digimon that can be Jogressed with are marked with a red orb icon in that menu. When activated, a cutscene will show the two Digimon Jogressing and performing one technique in their Jogressed form, before switching to the Digimon that was part of the pair that was not in-battle when the Jogress was activated. The majority of Digimon that can be Jogressed are also available as regular evolution options, but there are three who only appear by Jogressing, all of whom are from Digimon Frontier.
|Jogress Evolutions in Digimon World 3|
|Component Digimon||Jogressed Digimon||MP||Effect|
|Hookmon + Greymon
Dinohumon + Kyubimon
|Agnimon||80||Agnimon attacks with Burning Salamander.|
160 Power / Magic / Fire Element (64) / No extra effects.
|Gryzmon + Growmon||Garummon||80||Garummon attacks with Solar Laser.|
160 Power / Magic / Machine Element (64) / No extra effects.
|XV-mon + Stingmon||Paildramon||100||Paildramon attacks with Desperado Blaster.|
600 Power / Magic / Fire Element (72) / No extra effects.
|Taomon + Holy Angemon||Hououmon||200||Hououmon releases a healing wave of light.|
Revives and fully heals all Digimon in the party.
|Megalo Growmon + Digitamamon||Saint Galgomon||160||Saint Galgomon attacks with Burst Shot.|
850 Power / Physical / Machine Element (48) / No extra effects.
|Imperialdramon: Paladin Mode + Diablomon||Ancient Greymon||480||Ancient Greymon attacks with Omega Burst.|
800 Power / Magic / Fire Element (127) / Reduces foe's Power by 127.
|Dukemon + Belial Vamdemon||Beelzebumon: Blast Mode||320||Beelzebumon: Blast Mode attacks with Death Slinger.|
850 Power / Physical / No Element / No extra effects.
|Black War Greymon + Gran Kuwagamon||Diablomon||260||Diablomon attacks with Paradise Lost.|
999 Power / Physical / No Element / No extra effects.
|Imperialdramon: Dragon Mode + Seraphimon||Imperialdramon: Paladin Mode||250||Imperialdramon: Paladin Mode attacks with Omega Blade.|
580 Power / Physical / No Element / Effective against Dark Digimon.
|War Greymon + Metal Garurumon||Omegamon||240||Omegamon attacks with both Grey Sword and Garuru Cannon.|
850 Power / Physical / No Element / No extra effects.
In battle, Digimon have a Blast Gauge that fills up as they take damage. Once it is full, they will immediately undergo Blast Evolution: a temporary evolution into a more powerful form that lasts for several turns. While Blast Evolved, they will have automatic access to that form's Special Move, and all techniques (both Special and loaded) can be used without any MP cost. If a Blast Evolved Digimon is switched out or evolved into another form, the Blast Evolution state ends. Most of the time, a Digimon will Blast Evolve into their next natural evolution that they have not yet unlocked until Level 39, when they unlock their Ultimate form; after Level 39, they will Blast Evolve into other Ultimate Digimon.
There are two types of evolution that Digimon can undergo in battle. When their Evolution Gauge is filled, they can enter a state where, whenever they attack, they will temporarily Slide Evolve into their Beast Form Hybrid form and perform a stronger attack. The Evolution Gauge slowly decreases over time, and Slide Evolution ceases once it is empty.
When a Digimon collects five gold crystals, they are able to perform an Ancient Spirit Evolution. If they make contact with the enemy while initiating the evolution, they will evolve into one of the Warrior Ten (or Susanoomon for the Extra Agnimon and Wolfmon) and unleash one immensely powerful attack, at the cost of emptying the crystal gauge.
Fourteen playable Digimon are able to evolve during matches: Agumon, Gabumon, Piyomon, Tentomon, Patamon, Tailmon, Gomamon, Palmon, V-mon, Guilmon, Flamon, Black Agumon, Black Gabumon, and Black Guilmon. Each of these Digimon has two evolved forms, which each give them a new, stronger set of moves.
All playable Digimon have an Evolution Gauge that fills as they collect orbs of energy, that are dropped by all fighters in a match when they are hit. Each time it fills, they are able to evolve to their next form. Their evolution lasts until they are KO'd, at which point they will respawn in their previous form.
When the Evolution Gauge is filled while a Digimon is fully evolved, or if the Digimon cannot evolve (like the rest of the playable fighters), they become able to use an "Ultra" finishing move.
Digimon can evolve by filling their evolution gauge, which can be done by driving over data patches. Evolution is automatic whenever the gauge reaches particular thresholds. All Digimon begin races in their Child forms (or as Agnimon), with their evolution gauge half-full (1 1/2 bars). If the gauge reaches 2 bars full, they evolve into their Adult forms (or Vritramon, in Agnimon's case); if it reaches a full state (3 bars), they can spend part of their gauge to use their Special Move. Every time a Digimon takes damage, their evolution gauge is depleted. If it falls below one full bar, they devolve to their Baby II form (or Flamon, in Agnimon's case).
Evolution can be managed from a Digimon's stats profile, under the Evolution Route option. Because of this, Digimon in the player's party may be evolved or devolved at any time the player chooses outside of battles. Evolution in Digimon Story is based around pre-set evolution lines, where each individual Digimon species has a short list of Digimon that it can evolve into (usually one, occasionally two or three). To evolve into a particular Digimon, a Digimon must first meet that Digimon's minimum evolution requirements such as level, attribute EXP, stats, Friendship, and Stress all meeting certain thresholds (in the case of Stress and, in some rare cases like Devimon, Friendship, it must not exceed a maximum threshold).
In some special cases (like Dot Agumon), the Digimon may only be evolved into if the player has previously owned a Digimon of the same species, or if they presently have 100% scan data for it.
Some Digimon, such as Armor Digimon, also require that the player obtain a matching item (e.g. a Digimental for Armor Digimon) before they can evolve any Digimon into them. These items are not consumed by the evolution process, so once they have been obtained, the Digimon can be evolved into as many times as the player wants.
Every time a Digimon devolves, its Aptitude stat increases. This increases the Digimon's maximum level cap.
Each of the six playable partner Digimon's evolutions are sorted into unique series of branching paths called Galaxies 「銀河」. To unlock an evolution, the player and Digimon must meet its evolution requirements (usually listed in the Evolution Map menu), which can include:
- minimum stat thresholds, like Digimon Story
- the Digimon's current emotional state
- gameplay performance statistics/records, both in general and for the Digimon specifically
- amounts of currency owned
- story events
Additionally, every other evolution that precedes a given evolution on its branch of the Galaxy must also have already been unlocked.
Once the criteria are met, a cutscene plays in battle in which the Digimon's Tamer performs a Digisoul Charge and evolves the Digimon into the unlocked form for the first time; in Agumon's case, Daimon Masaru will also punch an enemy Digimon to invoke his Digisoul, inflicting some damage on it. Once said battle ends, the new evolution becomes available to be freely equipped and unequipped as the Digimon's form in battle in the Evolution Map menu.
The mechanics of evolution in Sunburst and Moonlight are mostly identical to those of Digimon Story. While evolving can still be accessed from Digimon's stat screens, the DigiLab PC at the player's Tamer Home also allows for easy access to managing evolution for all Digimon in the player's possession (in the party, bank, or Farm Islands alike). Evolution options are also somewhat expanded, and it is more common for Digimon to not only have more evolution options, but for those evolution options to have multiple evolution options themselves.
Sunburst and Moonlight also introduce Jogress Evolution, which is available under the "Special Evolution" menu of the DigiLab PC. There are many Digimon, including Digimon who are available through natural evolution, who can be formed by Jogress using specific combinations of Digimon (often, there are multiple viable combinations for Jogressing into the same Digimon). Like natural evolution, however, Jogress Evolution also requires that the new Digimon's minimum evolution requirements be met by the first Digimon selected to be used for the Jogress.
Unlike Digimon Story, Armor Evolution is now managed separately under the "Special Evolution" menu. Otherwise, it functions the same, with both the Digimental item requirement and the minimum evolution requirements.
Digimon can evolve by reaching certain levels: level 11 for Adult, level 25 for Perfect and level 41 for Ultimate. Evolution is temporary, and consumes the player's Digisoul. Some Digimon have stronger stages known as Burst Modes, these need specific items to be unlocked. Other Digimon have alternate Ultimate levels that also require specific items to be unlocked. Jogress Evolution is also possible between specific Digimon.
Evolution in Lost Evolution is similar to how it was in Sunburst/Moonlight. The main difference is the introduction of Evolution Trees, which group Digimon in them and show what they can evolve into, with some Digimon being able to move into other trees. Furthermore, not all evolutions are usable at first, with several of them being locked until the player finds and revives their Evolution Plates, which either drop from random encounters or are found as part of the story. Successfully reviving them and reinserting them into their corresponding evolution trees will allow the player to evolve into that Digimon, as well as unlocking other Digimon that may require that specific evolution (such as Geo Greymon requiring Greymon to be revived).
Digimon other than the playable ones are shown evolving during the story:
- A Pico Devimon Shū/Kizuna and Asuka met while looking for the Black Box evolved into Devimon off-screen after Shū/Kizuna revived the Devimon Evolution Plate.
Evolution in Re:Digitize is similar to how it is in the original Digimon World, but the Ultimate level has been added.
Evolutions are unlocked as the player proceeds through the game and reaches the points in which they were obtained in the Digimon Adventure anime. During the first appearance of each evolution (including Skull Greymon), a cutscene will play, adapting their evolution sequence from the anime with in-game graphics, and afterwards, they'll remain evolved for free for the battle. Afterwards, the Digimon can evolve in-battle by paying an SP cost (except Skull Greymon, which is fully unplayable), which is 5 SP for the Adult level and 15 SP for the Perfect level, and will remain evolved for the rest of the battle afterwards, triggering a short scene where they spin around before changing to the next stage and chanting its name. If a Digimon is already at a higher level, the cost of that evolution is removed from the overall cost of their next evolution. Evolving increases stats, resets lowered stats, removes status effects, and changes the Digimon's moves for stronger ones with a higher SP cost. Digimon may also begin fights evolved by equipping the EVO Boost DigiPiece line, which let them start battles in higher levels depending on the level of the DigiPiece itself.
Digimon start at the Child level. While the Baby II to Child evolution of the first episode of Adventure, "Adrift? Island of Adventure!" does happen in the game, it is purely a cutscene, and the Baby II-level Partner Digimon are not playable. Other moments when the Chosen Children's Digimon dip below Child also do happen in the game as they do in the anime, but they just become non-playable during these segments.
During Episode 23, "The Fairy! Piccolomon", Agumon is incapable of evolving, due to Yagami Taichi's worries that Agumon would evolve into Skull Greymon again. As such, the Evolution command is unusable and the EVO Boost I DigiPiece will have no effects. This is solved by the end of the chapter, allowing Agumon to evolve normally again. Also, even after Tokomon evolves back into Patamon and becomes playable again in Episode 26, "The Whispering Imp, Pico Devimon", he is unable to become Angemon again until Episode 44, "Pump and Gottsu are Shibuya-type Digimon", much like in the anime.
Digimon other than the playable ones are shown evolving during the story:
- A Piyomon, envolved in a dark aura, serves as the final boss of Sub-Episode 2, "Piyomon Runs Amok!". This Piyomon evolved from a Pyocomon of the Pyocomon Village due to eating a DigiTomato, and returns to its previous form after being beaten in battle and exhausting its energy.
Every playable Digimon has two evolutions. Obtaining enough EP will allow a Digimon to evolve into their next stage. While the first and second stage are unique for each character, some of the thirds are shared between two characters (for example, Agumon and Gabumon both evolve into Omegamon).
Evolutions are managed at Mikagura Mirei's DigiLab. The mechanics of evolution in the Cyber Sleuth games are similar to those of the earlier Digimon Story games. Almost every Digimon has a list of Digimon that it can evolve from and evolve into. To evolve into a particular Digimon, a Digimon must first meet that Digimon's minimum evolution requirements such as level, stats, Ability, and Camaraderie all meeting certain thresholds. The only requirement to devolve is that the player has previously encountered the Digimon to be devolved into. Every time a Digimon evolves or devolves, its Ability stat increases, which makes it easier to evolve into forms that require higher minimum Ability.
Jogress Evolution can be performed between certain pairs of Digimon. This works the same way as regular evolution, except that the the player must also have the other component Digimon for the Jogress and both Digimon must have maximum Camaraderie. Once the Jogress has been performed, the Jogressed Digimon is treated like any other Digimon in terms of further evolution or devolution: that is, the Jogress cannot be "undone" to get both component Digimon back, and instead, the Jogressed Digimon can only be devolved into either one of the component Digimon forms.
Some Digimon, specifically Armor Digimon and Hybrid Digimon (although the latter are treated as regular levels in this game) also require that the player obtain a matching Digimental or Legendary Spirit item before they can evolve any Digimon into them. These items are not consumed by the evolution process, so once they have been obtained, the Digimon can be evolved into as many times as the player wants.
In the original version of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Digimon can only evolve into members of the Royal Knights after completing specific late-game quests that each unlock the ability to evolve into one to three of these Digimon. Additionally, in both the regular release of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory and the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition release, there are some Digimon who can only be evolved into once Hacker's Memory has been completed.
Several NPC Digimon characters evolve during the course of the stories.
- Shiramine Nokia's Agumon and Gabumon become capable of temporarily evolving as Nokia's adventures with them continue. They are depicted as evolving into Greymon and Garurumon (depicted only in Hacker's Memory), then War Greymon and Metal Garurumon. In Cyber Sleuth Chapter 10, during the fight at Under Zero, Nokia gains the ability to fuse them into their original form: Omegamon of the Royal Knights.
- When Sanada Arata accompanies Aiba Takumi/Ami or Amazawa Keisuke as a partner, his Keramon is seen in higher evolved forms as the games progress: Chrysalimon, Infermon, and Diablomon.
- In Cyber Sleuth Chapter 14, a Numemon successfully tricks Takumi/Ami into defeating multiple Shakomon for their shells. It then absorbs them, causing it to evolve to Karatuki Numemon. Now that the Tamer had done their job, it attempts to kill them as they had supposedly outlived their usefulness but this instead resulted in its death via self defence.
- In Cyber Sleuth Chapter 15, Kamishiro Yuuko's Rize Greymon evolves into Gaioumon when she asks it whether it will stay with her, even though she is no longer using the Kamishiro Yuugo avatar. In the same chapter, Mikagura Mirei has her Angewomon & Lady Devimon fuse together to become Mastemon.
- In Cyber Sleuth Chapter 19, Lucemon of the Seven Great Demon Lords evolves to Lucemon: Falldown Mode then Lucemon: Satan Mode but is defeated in all three battles with its third defeat resulting in its death. Belphemon: Sleep Mode evolves to Belphemon: Rage Mode with its second defeat also resulting in its death. In the same chapter, Etemon angrily evolves to Metal Etemon and tries to save his best friend Tawa Reiko after she was kidnapped by Jimmy KEN. It teams up with Keisuke and is able to defeat the Hacker, only for Reiko to appear and state that she hadn't been kidnapped and was friends with Jimmy and had been invited to the concert - not kidnapped.
- In Hacker's Memory Chapter 7, Sistermon Blanc and Sistermon Noir (Sistermon Ciel in some versions) evolve to their Awakened forms to fight Nokia and Amasawa Keisuke.
- In Hacker's Memory Chapter 11, a Togemon evolves to Lilimon after drinking Nanomon's potion that was intended to cure its illness. It had a side effect however, causing Togemon to go on a rampage. After Keisuke defeats it, it comes back to its senses then evolves to Lilimon with Nanomon figuring that must've been a side effect of the medicine it had created. Whether that is actually the case is unknown. Regardless, it decides it will create more of it and give it to other Digimon so they become super powerful for its own amusement.
- In Hacker's Memory Chapter 13, Douguchi Lily's Kyubimon evolves to Taomon to fight Dagomon. In the same chapter, Yasu's Gaomon evolves to Gaogamon as a result of his happiness at being praised by Shiramine Nokia (who he had a crush on) after he and Amasawa Keisuke defeat a group of evil hackers.
- Mishima Ryuji's Arkadimon evolves multiple times by absorbing other Digimon.
- In Hacker's Memory Chapter 16, Date Makiko's Lopmon evolves into Andiramon when she confronts Mysterious Digital Face.
- In Hacker's Memory Chapter 17, Imai Chitose's Ankylomon fuses with the Angemon that Yuri left with him to form Shakkoumon. In the same chapter, a Megalo Growmon angrily evolves to Megidramon due to a powerful desire to get revenge against Ryuji and Arkadimon who had killed and absorbed its friends with the exception of Leomon. It was unable to control the power though, and after being defeated by Leomon and Keisuke was able to revert back to Megalo Growmon...though it had to be talked down and told that its now deceased friends wouldn't want to see it in its current state first.
- In Hacker's Memory Chapter 18, Mishima Ryuji's Cyberdramon evolves into Justimon in response to Ryuji's determination to make amends. In the same chapter, Mishima Erika and Wormmon fuse together to become Hudiemon.
- In Hacker's Memory, after Keisuke defeats Volcamon in the Master Cup it evolves to Pile Volcamon. Keisuke then defeats it again.
- In Hacker's Memory, the Matadrmon that trolled Nogi Yuu by pretending to be a mask for years is defeated by Keisuke and reverts back to its mask form, which Yu throws away. At some point after that it evolved to Grand Dracumon and tries to take over the World via the Abyss Server but is killed by Keisuke and his friends. As it was a vampire though it was quickly reborn and tries again. This happens infinitely, though after the first time is just the game allowing the player to fight it as much as they want.
- Most characters evolve their Digimon offscreen as part of Domination Battles.
Evolution in -next 0rder- is similar to how it is in Re:Digitize, but streamlined. Less time is required for each stage, and it is easier to evolve. Furthermore, Paildramon's dojo allows the player to block certain evolution paths, which helps to evolve a Digimon to the specific one the player wants, and can allow a Digimon to evolve into forms it does not properly fulfill the requirements of. Furthermore, Jogress Evolution is possible in Paildramon's dojo, which will evolve one of Takuto/Shiki's Digimon to the Jogressed stage while devolving the other one one stage.
A new form of evolution added to the game is ExE, short for Extra Cross Evolution. ExE allows the player's Digimon to fuse together in-battle, getting them a major power boost. ExE can be triggered by the player by spending 150 Order Points from both Digimon when they have max friendship with each other, or after both of their Digimon fall in battle randomly. However, ExE can only be used once per day.
Several NPC Digimon characters evolve during the course of the story.
- Yukimura and Rikka, the partner Digimon of Takuto/Shiki's friends Hirose Kouta and Oofuchi Himari, evolve from their Child-levels to their further levels, all the way to Ultimate. Yukimura also evolves incorrectly into Skull Greymon at one point, due to Kouta forcing the evolution, expecting him to become Mugendramon instead and thinking he could control said Digimon, only for Yukimura to lose control and having to be taken down instead.
- Several other Digimon also undergo alterations to become Mugendramon during the story, much like how it happened in the postgame of the original Digimon World.
- During the final part of the story, Analogman possessing Tsuzuki Shoma evolves Omegamon Zwart D into Omegamon Alter-B, a process he calls Altered Super Evolution (変性超進化 Hensei chō shinka; Dub: Ultimate Altered Digivolution). As he explains, he accomplished this by breaking Omegamon Zwart D's mind, as he realized such a process could bring forth altered forms of Digimon other than Mugendramon by watching Kouta's Yukimura evolve into Skull Greymon.
- Meicoomon evolves to Meicrackmon: Vicious Mode after the White Fang uses a machine to evolve her into said form, then banishes her back to the Next Order universe (having already been there once before). Takuto/Shiki helps her to return to her original World for the second time, where Meicrackmon defeats White Fang.
- After being defeated by Takuto/Shiki, Imperialdramon: Dragon Mode evolves to Imperialdramon: Fighter Mode. After being defeated again, it evolves once again to Imperialdramon: Paladin Mode. It is then defeated a third time.
- Lucemon of the Seven Great Demon Lords evolves to Lucemon: Falldown Mode and Lucemon: Satan Mode to fight Takuto/Shiki.
- A Keramon evolves multiple times all the way to Armagemon in an attempt to destroy the World but is defeated. It then hangs out in the City and frequently switches between all of its forms whilst there.
- In the International Edition only, Kurorin and Kurocchi evolve throughout the game. In MOD Ship Cave, they fight as Gabumon (Black) and Agumon (Black). In Great Fault Ex Machina, they've evolved to Garurumon (Black) and Greymon (Blue), and then they evolve even further into Were Garurumon (Black) and Metal Greymon (Virus). Their final encounter is in Infinity Cauldron, where they've become Metal Garurumon (Black) and Black War Greymon. After losing, they Jogress into Omegamon Zwart for a moment, only for them to immediately separate.
- In the International Edition only, Rosemon angrily evolves to Rosemon: Burst Mode after returning to her Palace and seeing that her former minions had pooped everywhere. Takuto/Shiki have to defeat her to calm her down.
- In the International Edition only, Shine Greymon evolves to Shine Greymon: Burst Mode to help defeat Chaosmon.
- In the International Edition only, Piemon and Vamdemon are forced to Jogress into Voltobautamon by the Grudgeful Hand who then possesses it so it could try and destroy the World. After it is defeated, it clones the body, reverts the duo back to their prior forms, and then has friendly rematches with Takuto/Shiki.
Natural evolution seems to be unheard of in the Digimon Survive setting. Evolution is only attainable through the power of human children, which makes them desirable to enemies. However, negative feelings in a human can lead to a Dark Evolution instead, where the Digimon goes berserk, magnifying said human's negative side.
In gameplay, how evolution works differs depending on whether a Digimon is a Partner or Free.
- For Partner Digimon, evolutions are unlocked at certain points in the story. Afterwards, they can evolve through the Evolution menu in-battle. While Digimon normally regain SP once a round is over, an evolved Digimon will instead lose SP (5 SP per turn for an Adult evolution, 10 SP for a Perfect one, 15 SP for an Ultimate one), and they need to pay the same amount to evolve. Evolution can also be undone through the Evolution menu. Partner Digimon will always start a battle in the Child level, which they also have throughout the story. Most Partner Digimon have specific evolution paths with very few deviations, though Agumon has three different choices for every level but Super Ultimate, which instead has two. Which he gets depends on which emotion is highest on Momotsuka Takuma's Karma meter: Harmony will make Agumon evolve into Data-type Digimon, Moral will make him evolve into Vaccine-type Digimon, and Wrathful will make him evolve into Virus-type Digimon.
- Agumon's evolution into Omegamon works in a slightly different way than the rest, as it is a Fusion with Gabumon. It costs 20 SP to evolve and maintain, and requires Gabumon (in any of his forms) to be deployed as well. Despite being a fusion of both Agumon and Gabumon, only Agumon can initiate it, it causes Gabumon to vanish from the field upon evolving, and Omegamon is considered to only be Agumon in-game. If Agumon then reverts to any previous form, Gabumon will reappear on the field in the exact same place and state he was in before the evolution.
- For Free Digimon, evolution requires the use of specific items (Mature Enlightenment Slabs for Adult-level evolutions, Perfect Enlightenment Slabs for Perfect-level ones, Ultimate Enlightenment Slabs for Ultimate-level ones), must be triggered from the Status menu outside of combat, and is permanent. Unlike Partner Digimon, Free Digimon have complex evolution trees, although they can only ever get one evolution per level as their evolutions cannot be undone. The DLC Digimon, Guilmon, only has one choice for each level.
In either case, evolution increases stats and changes both the normal and special attacks of the evolved Digimon.
Story-wise, evolutions occur as follows:
|Story evolutions in Digimon Survive|
|Human/Digimon Pair||Part||Route||New Evolution||Description|
|Momotsuka Takuma & Koromon||Prologue||N/A||Agumon||After meeting Koromon for the first time, Takuma is attacked by a Gottsumon. Koromon tries to protect him, which makes Takuma protect Koromon in turn. Realizing they were allies, Koromon evolves into Agumon.|
|Momotsuka Takuma & Agumon||Part 1||N/A||Greymon, Tyranomon or Tuskmon||During the fight against, Takuma wishes to run away in fear as they're overpowered by the powered-up Digimon, who had also called allies to the fight. However, Agumon convinces him not to give up, which gives Takuma the courage to continue. Agumon is then filled with power, evolving into his Adult form (Greymon, Tyranomon or Tuskmon, depending on Takuma's Karma Meter).|
|Hinata Minoru & Falcomon||Part 2||N/A||Diatrymon||After the party meets back with the Professor, Hinata Minoru wants to be a hero and protect him, but is too scared to do so. Falcomon convinces him that he can, which gives Minoru the courage to pursue his dream. This allows Falcomon to evolve into Diatrymon.|
|Shibuya Aoi & Labramon||Part 2||N/A||Dobermon||During the fight against Fangmon, Shibuya Aoi's underconfidence makes her scared. Labramon convinces her she is far more courageous than she realized, since she had not ran away yet. Aoi regains her courage thanks to that, whichs let Labramon evolve into Dobermon.|
|Kimishima Saki & Floramon||Part 3||N/A||Vegimon||During the fight against Cyclomon, it calls out Kimishima Saki for not doing her best in combat and not genuinely caring about rescuing Tominaga Ryo, who he had hurt before. Saki is affected heavily by this, as she realizes he is right, and she only did what she did because she wanted to be seen as a good girl who did the right thing. Floramon tells her that she had an amazing heart and just needed to listen to it, which makes Saki realize that she truly did want to save Ryo. This allows Floramon to evolve into Vegimon.|
|Tominaga Ryo & Kunemon||Part 4||Truth||Flymon||When Kunemon is wounded protecting Ryo from Palmon, Piyomon and Patamon, Ryo wonders why Kunemon cares so much about protecting him, and why the other three were so stubborn since they didn't look serious; he realizes that made them like himself, never giving up even if it was pitiful. He acknowledges Kunemon's determination, and shows his own, emulating Takuma. This allows Kunemon to evolve into Flymon.|
|Shinonome Miu & Shakomon||Part 4||N/A||Shellmon||After Shinonome Kaito, Piyomon and Patamon are hurt protecting Shinonome Miu from Garurumon, in tears, she asks Shakomon what she should do, to which Shakomon asks her what she wanted to do. Realizing she does not want Kaito to die after fighting with him, nor Piyomon and Patamon after lying to them about being a sorceress, and she wants to protect them instead, she asks Shakomon to protect Kaito. Shakomon starts glowing, proclaiming how happy she is that Miu has been honest with her feelings, because her whole-hearted wish will make Shakomon as strong as Miu needs her to be. Shakomon then evolves into Shellmon.|
|Kayama Shuuji & Lopmon||Part 5||All routes except Truth||Wendimon
|After Kayama Shuuji completely breaks down due to Archnemon's manipulations and his own weakness and trauma, he physically attacks his own Partner, Lopmon, after emotionally abusing him during their entire partnership. This causes Lopmon to be covered in a black fog, unlike the golden glow of a normal evolution. Shuuji continues to attack him to force him to evolve, despite Lopmon's fear, which ultimately causes Lopmon to Dark Evolve into Wendimon and go berserk as a response to Shuuji's rage.|
|Truth||Turuiemon||After Kayama Shuuji completely breaks down due to Archnemon's manipulations and his own weakness and trauma, he physically attacks his own Partner, Lopmon, after emotionally abusing him during their entire partnership. This causes Lopmon to be covered in a black fog, unlike the golden glow of a normal evolution. Ryo intervenes and punches Shuuji, making him realize how terribly he treated Lopmon, when Lopmon had worked hard for his sake; and how he wasn't alone, everyone was with him, especially Lopmon. Now back to his senses, Shuuji acknowledges that he saw all of his own weaknesses in his partner despite said partner being so much stronger than himself. Lopmon is happy at finally being praised, which Shuuji had wanted to do for a long time, but in this moment, what he most wants is to protect everyone and live up to Lopmon's expectations of him, to be someone who Lopmon could be proud of and who could reward Lopmon's efforts, so he could live without regret. Shuuji's powerful feelings allow Lopmon to evolve into Turuiemon.|
|Momotsuka Takuma & Agumon||Part 5||All routes except Truth||Metal Greymon, Triceramon or Megadramon||After Wendimon starts talking with Shuuji's voice about how he shouldn't exist, the group realizes that they are to blame for Shuuji breaking down, as they put the pressure of being a leader on him due to his age without realizing how it affected him. Agumon and Takuma decide to save Shuuji and Lopmon themselves, and Takuma realizes he wanted power to be able to challenge his feelings and anger. This triggers the evolution of Agumon into his Perfect form (Metal Greymon, Triceramon or Megadramon, depending on Takuma's Karma Meter).|
|Truth||Takuma is motivated by Shuuji's growth and Lopmon's evolution, realizing that the desires to save and protect overlapped and turned into power, and also wants to make Archnemon pay for what she did to Shuuji. This triggers the evolution of Agumon into his Perfect form (depending on Takuma's Karma Meter).|
|Professor & Gabumon||Part 6||N/A||Garurumon||As depicted in a flashback set prior to the game's events, Gabumon evolved into Garurumon on his own as he wished to become stronger and braver to protect Haru. Unlike the other Partner Digimon, he kept this form afterwards.|
|Shibuya Aoi & Labramon||Any time from Part 5 onward||N/A||Cerberumon||
Aoi wants to become more reliable, not for the others but for herself. When the group are attacked by a Kuwagamon, to their surprise as no enemies had come to the woods before, Labramon and Aoi agree they cannot beat that enemy, as they only had the power to protect, not to overpower, which Aoi wants so that she can properly protect everyone. Her resolve flows into Labramon, causing her to evolve into Cerberumon.
|Kimishima Saki & Floramon||Any time from Part 5 onward||N/A||Blossomon||
Saki worries about not being able to properly face Aoi, so she asks Floramon to pretend she was Aoi to practice. However, they are attacked by a Siesamon, who Floramon is unable to defeat. Saki proposes fleeing, but quickly stops herself, as doing so would put the rest in danger. In response, Floramon evolves; although Saki initially fears that she might turn into something creepy or uncool again, she becomes Blossomon.
|Shinonome Miu & Shakomon||Any time from Part 5 onward||N/A||Mermaimon||
When Miu fears that going home again would mean leaving Shakomon behind, Shakomon points out that Kaito would still be with her, but she senses an intruder coming, silences Miu and prepares to fight, despite Miu's skepticism that they could alone. The intruder is a Birdramon, who Shakomon cannot defeat. Miu decide not to always rely on her brother and to come out of her shell, but nonetheless feels frustrated and confused as she does not know what to do. Shakomon stops her panic, and Miu realizes that if she didn't know what to do, that only means that she must struggle even harder, and her intense desire to look ahead even against pain and struggle causes Shakomon to evolve into Mermaimon.
|Tominaga Ryo & Kunemon||Any time from Part 5 onward||Truth||Jewelbeemon||
While training together, Ryo and Kunemon are attacked by an Ikkakumon Despite wanting to run away, Ryo relents and stays to help Kumemon, but Ikkakumon defeats Kunemon. Ryo blames himself, thinking anyone else could take the enemy on but he could only use brute force, not intelligence, so he puts himself between both Digimon to protect Kunemon, who does not want him to sacrifice himself for his sake. Ryo acknowledges Kunemon as his best friend and proclaims he will not let the Ikkakumon hurt him, and in response, Kunemon evolves into Jewelbeemon and gains the ability to speak.
|Kayama Shuuji & Lopmon||Any time from Part 5 onward||Truth||Andiramon (Deva)||
While training together, Shuuji and Lopmon are attacked by a Kabuterimon; since Shuuji is too exhausted from their training to flee, Lopmon, despite also being exhausted, stands his ground, but the Kabuterimon is too strong for him. This causes Shuuji's lack of confidence to resurface, as he accuses himself of being unable to anything and therefore unable to win anyone's approval as he is, despite how he sought his own before. Lopmon points out how, no matter how low he fell, he'd always believe in him. Shuuji puts himself between two to save his friend Lopmon, because he cannot give up in the middle of a fight if he was to make Lopmon proud of him. Shuuji's sense of responsibility and resolve causes Lopmon to evolve into Andiramon (Deva).
|Hinata Minoru & Falcomon||Any time from Part 6 onward||N/A||Yatagaramon||
While practising heroic phrases, Minoru is attacked by a Guardromon. Takuma and Falcomon come to his aid, and when Falcomon asks Minoru to stand back, he refuses as doing so would be unheroic. The Guardromon easily beats Falcomon, for which Minoru blamed himself for not being a hero. Falcomon disputes this, pointing out that he had already started growing, and that his pure feelings would give him strength. Falcomon affirms to Minoru that he believes that Minoru could make him stronger, as Takuma had with Agumon, and he evolves into Yatagaramon.
|Shinonome Kaito & Dracumon||Any time from Part 6 onward||N/A||Vamdemon||
When Dracumon scolded Kaito for angering Miu with his continued efforts to baby her, Kaito insists that he does it to protect her, not to win her over. A Kiwimon attacks them, and Dracumon and Kaito insist to Takuma that he let them handle it, but Kiwimon overpowers Dracumon. Kaito laments his inability to protect himself, much less Miu, but Dracumon asks him if he intends to give up, Kaito refuses and declares that he would take hold of any power at his disposal to protect Miu. This allows Dracumon to evolve into Vamdemon.
|Professor & Garurumon||Part 7||N/A||Were Garurumon||After defending the Professor from an attack from Piemon, the Professor asks Garurumon to rejoin him as his Partner Kemonogami, as he does not want Minase Miyuki, Renamon or Garurumon himself to suffer any longer. The rekindling of their bond allows Garurumon to evolve into Were Garurumon.|
|Momotsuka Takuma & Agumon||Part 9||Moral||War Greymon||When Takuma expresses his determination to save Miyuki and go back to the Real World with the others, Agumon instructs Takuma to roar with him, as he needs to hear Takuma's voice. This causes Takuma's feelings to fill Agumon, giving him an incredible power and Warp Evolving him into War Greymon.|
|Harmony||Dinorexmon||When the Kenzoku drive Takuma, Kaito and Aoi back, Takuma's resolve to not lose any more friends in Agumon causing it to Warp Evolve into Dinorexmon.|
|Wrathful||Mugendramon||When the Kenzoku drive Takuma, Kaito and Aoi back, Takuma's resolve to not lose any more friends incites a strange feeling of pain, yet excitement, in Agumon, who Warp Evolves into Mugendramon.|
|Truth||War Greymon, Dinorexmon or Mugendramon||After Baihumon proves to be too strong of an opponent to beat, Takuma refused to give up and be the one that caused their defeat, since then he couldn't protect Agumon or his world, especially since Baihumon would be the strongest ally if they could convince him to help. The resonance between Takumon and Agumon's feelings then allowed Agumon to evolve into his Ultimate form (War Greymon, Dinorexmon or Mugendramon, depending on which route the player chose in Part 8), in a process Agumon found painful yet exciting.|
|Hinata Minoru & Falcomon||Any time from Part 9 onward||N/A||Valdurmon||
While fighting a Marin Devimon who is too strong for them, Minoru and Falcomon decide to buy Takuma time to get Agumon and the rest. Falcomon asks Minoru to run away, but he refuses to. Minoru tries to think of what Takuma would do, before realizing that Takuma is not around and that he must deal with it himself, as a hero would. Minoru's strong spirit causes Falcomon to evolve into Valdurmon.
|Shibuya Aoi & Labramon||Any time from Part 9 onward||All routes except Wrathful||Anubimon||
While she is lost and crying in the foggy woods, Aoi is attacked by an especially Kenzoku who beats both herself and Labramon up. Aoi refuses to run away, as doing so would endanger the rest of the group, and she refuses to lose anyone ever again. She tells Labramon that she does not want brute power, as Labramon initially assumes, but unwavering justice. Her refusal to give in and her desire to wield power with both humility and wisdom causes Labramon to evolve into Anubimon.
|Kimishima Saki & Floramon||Any time from Part 9 onward||All routes except Wrathful||Ceresmon Medium||
While Takuma is bringing Saki back after she experiences a severe coughing fit, the two are attacked by a Holy Angemon. Floramon offers to buy them time so they could run away, but is unable to stop it. Saki refuses to run away as she was sick of doing so, be it from enemies, from her sickness or from herself. She curses her sick body, thinking that she could fight alongside Floramon if she was healthy. However, Floramon wants not the power to fight, but the power to heal Saki, and Saki realizes that what she wants is the power to heal herself and others, to go forward. This desire causes Floramon to evolve into Ceresmon Medium.
|Shinonome Kaito & Dracumon||Any time from Part 9 onward||All routes except Harmony||Beelzebumon||
Kaito and Dracumon attempt to protect a Palmon from a Mega Seadramon, but are incapable of beating it without a plan. Kaito refuses Palmon's request to leave him behind, as as Miu cares about him and he does not want her to suffer again. Kaito wishes for power to protect Miu and what she cared about, and to crush his enemies; Dracumon asks him to believe in him and wish as hard as he could, and said wish causes Dracumon to evolve into Beelzebumon.
|Shinonome Miu & Shakomon||Any time from Part 9 onward||All routes except Harmony||Marin Angemon||
Miu acts as a decoy for a particularly powerful Blue Meramon to prevent it from attacking the others, including some Baby Digimon that they rescued earlier, but Shakomon is unable to defeat it. With her wish to be the one that protects everyone else instead of being the one being protected in mind, she asks Shakomon to give her even more of her power. Her unwavering desire to protect others causes Shakomon to evolve into Marin Angemon.
|Tominaga Ryo & Kunemon||Any time from Part 10 onward||Truth||Bancho Stingmon||
As Ryo and Kunemon talk about Ryo's wish to save the world for Kunemon's sake, they're attacked by a Delumon. While Ryo encouraged Kunemon to keep fighting, Kunemon wanted Ryo to run away, but he refused to leave him behind. In anger, Ryo admits how much Kunemon means to him, and swears to make their enemies pay for hurting both Kunemon and many others, as well as to protect Kunemon's world. As Kunemon started glowing in a red aura, Ryo realized how their hearts were becoming one, and Kunemon evolved into Bancho Stingmon.
|Kayama Shuuji & Lopmon||Any time from Part 10 onward||Truth||Cherubimon (Virtue)||
Takuma found Shuuji and Lopmon fighting a Gigadramon in the woods. Shuuji told Takuma to go back and get the rest, as they wouldn't be able to beat it alone. Seeing how they had no other way to win, Shuuji decided he'd take the Gigadramon down with him, and asked Lopmon to help him in the path he chose for himself, one fitting for his role as the leader, even if he knew it was selfish and self-righteous. His righteousness then allowed Lopmon to evolve into Cherubimon (Virtue).
|Minase Miyuki & Renamon||Part 10||All routes except Truth||Kyubimon||After separating Aoi (in the Wrathful route)/Kaito (in the Harmony route)/both (in the Moral route) from Takuma and the others in order to turn the latter into sacrifices for the Master, Renamon evolves on their own into Kyubimon.|
|Minase Miyuki & Renamon||Part 10||All routes except Truth||Taomon||Renamon evolves on their own into Taomon, once again in order to turn Takuma and the rest into sacrifices for the Master.|
|Truth||Renamon's rage at failing to kill Akiharu, who they viewed as a traitor to Miyuki, and their wish for power no one could match, causes them to evolve on their own into Taomon.|
|Minase Miyuki & Renamon||Part 10||All routes except Truth||Sakuyamon||After Renamon is beaten by Takuma and the others, the Master reappears, possessing Minase Miyuki. Realizing he had no intention of letting Miyuki go, Renamon cries out to Miyuki's heart, temporarily bringing her back. Angry at the Master for treating her like a belonging of his or a toy, Renamon transforms everyone's feelings into power and Warp Evolves into Sakuyamon. Renamon never actually evolves to Sakuyamon on screen in Truth, the player simply has access to it due to having unlocked it in an earlier route.|
|Professor & Garurumon||Part 11||Moral||Metal Garurumon||Garurumon (as Were Garurumon) collapses from his wounds while fighting the remnants of Piemon's gang, led by Pinochimon, and later realizes that his wounds are preventing him from mowing as he wishes. The Professor confesses to him how much it pained him to have left the world without him, and how he would understands being hated for it, but refuses to do so again because Were Garurumon had listened to him back at the altar. This makes Were Garurumon finally accept that the Professor was indeed Minase Akiharu, his partner, and he not only learns that Akiharu had not left him behind willingly, but remembers that their bond made him stronger: something Pinochimon, who does not trust humans, could never understand. Their rekindled bond causes Were Garurumon into Metal Garurumon, but his wounds and tiredness caused him to devolve into Gabumon after the battle.|
|Truth||After the first trial from Qinglongmon, Garurumon was too tired to keep fighting alone for his final trial. While the Professor wanted to stop him, Garurumon asked him to believe in him so they could save Miyuki. Said trust allowed Garurumon to evolve into Metal Garurumon. Since he used too much power in the fight, he devolved to Gabumon afterwards.|
|Shibuya Aoi & Labramon||Part 11||Wrathful||Plutomon
|When both she and Labramon were mortally wounded by Piemon, Aoi's desperate wish to live and her trauma after Saki's death materializes in a black light that emanates from their hands touching each other. Labramon's energy flows into Aoi, and they both Dark Evolve together into Plutomon. As Plutomon, Aoi desires for everything to become one with her so for the sake of peace and harmony.|
|Momotsuka Takuma & Agumon
Minase Akiharu & Garurumon
|Part 11||Moral||Omegamon||After Akiharu and Renamon fail to break Miyuki free from the Master (with whom they were fused together as Miyuki (Kenzoku)) and Renamon dies protecting Akiharu, Saki, Aoi and Miu want to run away, while Minoru and Kaito want to stay and fight, reckless as it may be. Takuma, meanwhile, is unable to decide until Agumon tells him to rely on him, and that he will make sure that Takuma has nothing to worry about or fear. Takuma realizes this meant Agumon thought they could save Miyuki and the world, and Agumon wants to make those wishes come true. Gabumon tells Akiharu likewise. Their resolves restored, Takuma swears to save Miyuki and the world, while Akiharu acknowledges that they have no choice but to do it. Takuma's intense emotions cause Agumon to feel a heat inside himself, and Akiharu's resolve invokes an unfamiliar mix of many feelings within Gabumon. Knowing their current forms are unable to take those emotions and that they must become one, Agumon and Gabumon fuse together into Omegamon, whose strength restores everyone's resolve.|