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"Pokémon Go" Evolution Item Guide

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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Item Evolution Guide


Evolution Items

In Pokémon Go, there are a lot of Pokémon evolutions. A few final evolutions require specific items in addition to the normal Candy cost. In total, there are 6 items creating 19 different evolutions. They can be quite rare to find, especially if you don't know what to do to increase your odds of finding them. Knowing how to get them and which Pokémon they apply to is essential to make some of these key evolutions for gym combat and raiding as well as filling out your Pokédex. Even some Research Tasks, such as a Ripple in Time for Celebi (check this guide out) require using evolution items. Currently, the items are:

  • Sun Stone
  • King's Rock
  • Metal Coat
  • Dragon Scale
  • Up-Grade
  • Sinnoh Stone

Sun Stone

Sun Stone can be used on two different Pokemon.

  • Gloom + 100 Candy for Bellossom
  • Sunkern + 50 Candy for Sunflora

King's Rock

King's Rock can be used to create two different Pokémon.

  • Poliwhirl + 100 Candy for Politoed
  • Slowpoke + 50 Candy for Slowking

Metal Coat

Metal Coat can be used to create two different Pokémon.

  • Onix + 50 Candy for Steelix
  • Scyther + 50 Candy for Scizor

Dragon Scale

Dragon Scale can be used to create one Pokémon.

  • Seadra + 100 Candy for Kingdra


Up-grade can be used to create one Pokémon.

  • Porygon + 50 Candy into Porygon 2

Evolution Item Chart


Sinnoh Stone

Sinnoh Stone is the most desirable evolution item, creating 11 different Pokémon, many of which are incredibly powerful. They include:

  • Electabuzz +100 Candy for Electivire
  • Roselia +100 Candy for Roserade
  • Sneasel +100 Candy for Weavile
  • Rhydon +100 Candy for Rhyperior
  • Murkrow +100 Candy for Honchkrow
  • Togetic +100 Candy for Togekiss
  • Magmar +100 Candy for Magmortar
  • Misdreavus +100 Candy for Mismagius
  • Porygon2 +100 Candy for Porygon-Z
  • Gligar +100 Candy for Gliscor
  • Disclops +100 Candy for Dusknoir

For more complete information on Sinnoh Stones, check out my guide.

Sinnoh Stone Evolution Chart


How to Get Evolution Items

There are three primary ways to land yourself a rare evolution item, with an additional fourth way just for Sinnoh Stones.

  1. Spin Pokestops/gyms
    With less than a 1% chance (as low as 0.1%), it's very rare to get an evolution item from spinning stops. However, you're going to do it anyways, so why not.
  2. Friends gifts
    Managing friends is already the best way to level up, but you can actually get evolution items from friend gifts as well. If you haven't already, you should get as many active friends as you can. Ideally at least 20.
  3. 7-Day Pokestop Streak (The Best Option)
    The only reliable way, and ultimately the best method, is to reach your 7-day Pokestop streak. If you spin Pokestops every day for 7 days straight, you are guaranteed to receive a rare item on your 7th day. It could be any of the evolution items, but you will get one. The spinning is based on midnight your local time, so be sure not to miss a day!
  4. Trainer Battles (Sinnoh Stone Only)
    Given Sinnoh Stone has 11 evolutions associated with it, it only makes sense it has its own bonus drop method. You have a chance of getting a Sinnoh Stone every time you complete a PvP trainer battle, win or lose. You can earn rewards from Trainer Battles three times a day. Most of the time you get Stardust, but a Sinnoh Stone is overall not too rare. Don't forget, you can challenge Ultra/Best Friends from any distance, so find a friend to play with any get your three rewards every day to earn the most Sinnoh Stones.

Final Thoughts

Given that most evolution items only create one to three unique Pokémon, you can easily end up having more of those items than you need. However, it will take months, even playing every day, to get to that spot in the first place. Additionally, Sinnoh Stones are both a recent addition and create 11 evolutions so even playing Trainer Battles regularly will still make it takes a long time to complete. If your goal is to fill your Pokédex, you should be looking for people willing to trade. Many of these evolutions, while rare, aren't necessarily very useful in the combat meta, so trading them around is a good way to fill your Pokédex without losing something that is useful for raiding or fighting in gyms.

If you want to keep them all and not trade them, good luck! Spin a stop every day and do your Trainer Battles and you'll soon find you'll have an excess of items.

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