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Okay, so the Steam Sale has started and I decided to look for something I feel I enjoyed always, but found it hard to piece into words. I am looking for a game with visual and mechanical transformations. For example, in Disciples your units with proper buildings could evolve, and in example a necromancer could become a lich that hits hard or a life-draining vampire, or in Battle for Wesnoth you could evolve your units in combat and they got new/different attacks. For a newer/more popular example, Nobody Saves the World has you swapping forms and the forms have different properties and combat abilities. This may be a tactics game, but an RPG where you evolve/specialize your party or similar is fine too (like changing from a general magician adept to a exclusively fire mage, for a banal example). No giveaway this time, sorry!
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Ni No Kuni 2?
You run and grow a kingdom and get in skirmishes where you control an army that you can upgrade. Upgrading buildings gets a you visual difference as well and new gameplay mechanics and skills.
Divinity: Dragon Commander - Title speaks for itself.
You must have misunderstood, I want to evolve units, not buildings. Neither of the games seem to fit for me - and I remember trying Divinity DC a long time ago
In the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series, you can choose your whole party of 6 adventurers, and give each adventurer a different build (Ranger/Rogue/Paladin, etc.).
Does that fit the bill?
can respec in Conan: Exiles, new sorceries coming in 3.0, Thralls and Pets can be trained to specialise
I am not sure if you want units that evolve over time, or also units that transform back and forth during specific times.
For the latter, I can cite some nice JRPGs (anime warning! :D):
Tales of Zestiria has mechanics where during battle two characters can merge to form a new, more powerful, character (I would imagine many of the "Tales" RPGs have this mechanics, maybe?).
Similarly, each party member in the Neptunia games I played can transform mid-battle after accumulating enough "energy" of some sort.
These transformations are visible in the trailers, so see if any of these rocks your boat.
You should check out Symphony of War, definitely seems to hit most of the checklist that you want, tons of units that can you promote(they do change their looks etc)/equip items and the like.
Maybe not exactly what you are looking for, but Wildermyth might be worth a look. In addition to classes and upgrading skills and gear, your characters can pick up various transformations that let them evolve into powerful beings over time (like a werewolf, spirit bear, fire elemental, etc). It's even possible get aspects from multiple transformations on the same character. Transformations are persistent across playthroughs, too, so you can continue developing a character across stories. It's kinda rng dependent, though, so it can take a bit of luck if you are aiming for a specific build.
Try valkyria chronicles( 1 and 4 are for pc),tales of series or legend of heroes series
Heroes of Might & Magic III