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Changing this question so it applies to the many "Why didn't my [Pokemon] evolve?" questions we've had over the years. The below answer should list all of the reasons a Pokemon's evolution didn't happen. If you notice that anything is missing, please either add it in an answer of your own or comment on the full answer and I'll edit it in.

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Doesn't the pokemon not evolve when u lose?
very odd... it seems you doesn't pressed B during the evolution try to level up again it should evolve

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In my experience, I've had Pokemon reach the level that they evolve and faint in battle (in diamond) and they didn't evolve. way back then, I thought of it being a game mechanic; that Pokemon don't evolve when they've fainted, which makes sense, because if they did evolve, their hp would increase and they'd be revived.

Pokémon that get knocked out during a battle will evolve at the end of that battle if its requirements have been met. However, before Generation VI, losing a battle would make Pokémon not evolve even if the conditions have been met.

In Gen 4 and previous generations, this was a game mechanic.
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It was a game mechanic in generation 5 as well, seeing as that does say before generation 6
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Listed below should be all reasons why a Pokemon didn't evolve. If you don't see the reason why your Pokemon didn't evolve on this list, make sure you double check that you have met the requirements necessary to evolve the Pokemon in question.

  • Your Pokemon is holding an Everstone. This is probably the most common issue. Your Pokemon will not evolve by leveling up or trading when holding an Everstone. Everstones don't prevent Evolution by stones.
  • Your Pokemon is has not been leveled up to or past the level it needs to be on to evolve. Make sure that your Pokemon has been leveled up to or past the level it needs to be on to evolve. Yes, even if your Pokemon has been leveled up past the level listed on websites such as Serebii, Bulbapedia, and this one, it can still evolve if you just level it up again.
  • You're not using the item your Pokemon needs to evolve properly. If the Pokemon that isn't evolving requires an item to evolve, make sure that you're using the item properly.
  • If the Pokemon needs to have a Fire, Water, Thunder, Leaf, Moon, Sun
    Shiny, Dusk, Dawn, or Ice Stone used on it in order to evolve, make
    sure that you're selecting the correct stone in the bag, pressing
    "use" and selecting the Pokemon you want to use it on. Evolutionary
    stones don't work when you just give the Pokemon the stone as a held
    item.
  • If the Pokemon requires a Deep Sea Scale, Deep Sea Tooth, Dragon Scale, Dubious Disc, Electirizer, KIng's Rock, Magmarizer, Metal Coat, Prism Scale, Protector, Reaper Cloth, Sachet, Up-Grade, or Whipped Dream in order to evolve, make sure that you're giving it to the Pokemon (not trying to use it on the Pokemon in the same fashion that you would use an evolutionary stone) as a held item and trading the Pokemon.
  • If the Pokemon requires an Oval Stone, Razor Claw, or Razor Fang, make sure that the Pokemon is holding it as a held item and you're leveling it up during the right time of day. I
  • You're not leveling up your Pokemon at the right time of day. Some Pokemon will only evolve if leveled up to a certain level or higher during a certain time of the day. (list) Make sure that your Pokemon is both being leveled up at the right time of the day and being leveled up to or past the correct level. A list of what times are considered day and what times are considered night can be found here.
  • Your Pokemon is in the Daycare. Pokemon will not evolve if they are leveled up to or past the level they require to evolve if they are in the Daycare.
  • Your Pokemon does not have the correct amount of friendship required to evolve. Some Pokemon require a certain amount of friendship to evolve. (list) Make sure that your Pokemon has 220 friendship or higher. Methods of raising friendship and things that the friendship rater will say about your Pokemon when it is at certain levels of friendship with you can be found in this Bulbapedia article.
  • Your Pokemon is knocked out. In Gen 1 - Gen 5 games, (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, and White 2) a Pokemon will not evolve if the battle ends and it is knocked out, even if it did hit the level that it can start evolving on.
  • You pressed the B button. This is unlikely, but if you've met all of the requirements for a Pokemon to evolve and it starts evolving, you, out of pure excitement, start mashing your face into the system so hard that your teeth come out and one happens to hit the B button, (it happened to my cousin Mikey, he said so) your Pokemon will stop evolving. Your Pokemon will evolve again if you just do whatever you need to do to evolve it again, so it's not that big of a deal.
  • Your Pokemon does not have the correct move to evolve. Some Pokemon require having a certain move in their moveset and being leveled up in order to evolve. (list) Make sure that the Pokemon has the correct move, then level it up.
  • Your Pokemon isn't in the right location to evolve. Some Pokemon require being in a certain location, then being leveled up in that location. (list) The most common of these locations are areas with a magnetic field. (list) The other locations are the Moss Rock, Ice Rock, and Mount Lanakila.
  • Your Pokemon isn't the correct gender. Combee and Salandit both must be female in order to evolve.

Other reasons are listed below:

Eevee evolves into Sylveon when it levels up if it knows a Fairy-type move and has at least two levels of Affection.
Mantyke evolves into Mantine when it levels up if there is a Remoraid in the player's party.
Feebas evolves into Milotic when it levels up if its Beauty condition is 170 or above. From Generation V onward, it can also evolve when traded holding a Prism Scale.
When Nincada evolves into Ninjask at level 20, if there is an empty slot in the party, a Shedinja will appear. From Generation IV onward, the player must also have a spare standard Poké Ball in their Bag.
Pancham evolves into Pangoro starting at level 32 if there is a Dark-type Pokémon in the user's party.
Inkay evolves into Malamar starting at level 30 while the Nintendo 3DS system is held upside-down.
Sliggoo evolves into Goodra starting at level 50 if it is raining in the overworld. Rain caused by Rain Dance or Drizzle will not trigger the evolution.

Pokémon whose evolved forms are known in-game but not in its regional Pokédex will fail to evolve, even if the conditions have been met. For example, in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Chansey will fail to evolve into Blissey, a Pokémon that was already known, unless the National Pokédex is obtained.

  • Rockruff will not evolve into Dawn Lycanroc in Pokemon Moon and will not evolve into Midnight Lycanroc in Pokemon Sun. Only an Own Tempo Rockruff can evolve into Dusk Lycanroc.

Sources: This, this, this, this, this, and this.

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Whats whipped dream?
Slurpuff's evolutionary item.