I’m now level 41, and have completed the azurite halls chapter. So far, I’ve been unable to evolve any equipment. I had one common item that I got up to level 10, but when I tried evolving it, I found I needed 2 level 1 copies of the same item to get it to evolve. Long before that happened, I randomly discovered better equipment.
Between having to level up the equipment and have 2 more of the same equipment (of the same rarity, right?), I have not been able to do what seems like it’s intended to be a fairly common bit of gameplay.
Somewhere around level 5ish, I took on a daily quest to evolve 2 pieces of armor. The complexity of that massively eclipses “collect 500 blue gems”, which has the same payoff.
Am I missing something that makes evolving easier than I think?