"Pokemon Go" Sinnoh Stone Evolution Guide
Sinnoh Stone Guide
What is a Sinnoh Stone
The Sinnoh Stone is the latest addition to Pokemon Go's evolution items. Similar to the others such as the Metal Coat, King's Rock, Sun Stone, etc. It can be used to evolve specific Pokemon into their generation 4 evolutions. Unlike the other evolution items, the Sinnoh Stone can be used on quite a few different Pokemon. While the others only work on 1 or 2, the Sinnoh Stone can create 18 new evolutions.
The first round of Sinnoh Stone evolutions came in November 2018 and added 11 evolutions, and on January 31st, 2019, another 5 evolutions were added with 1 additional one announced to be released in February, 2019.
Sinnoh Stone Evolution List
It takes one Sinnoh Stone to make an evolution and there are quite a few good options. Many of the evolutions are pretty powerful and could be useful in the meta. It's particularly great to see several Pokemon that used to not have evolutions now have one in generation 4 thanks to the Sinnoh Stone. For those of you who grabbed a shiny Murkrow you can now create a shiny Honchkrow, which is overall not that bad of a Pokemon! Same story with a shiny Roselia. Many of the options on this list are also incredibly powerful. For example, Electabuzz goes from a mediocre option to suddenly one of the best electric types in the game.
- Electabuzz into Electivire
- Roselia into Roserade
- Sneasel into Weavile
- Rhydon into Rhyperior
- Piloswine into Mamoswine
- Murkrow into Honchkrow
- Togetic into Togekiss
- Magmar into Magmortar
- Misdreavus into Mismagius
- Porygon2 into Porygon-Z
- Gligar into Gliscor
- Dusclops into Dusknoir
- Tangela into Tangrowth
- Lickitung into Lickilicky
- Aipom into Ambipom
- Kirlia (M) into Gallade
- Yanma into Yanmega
- Snorunt (F) into Froslass
Note: They all take 100 candy in addition to the Sinnoh Stone to evolve.
The bolded ones have been identified as the best options given their stats and performance. (Credit to: https://pokemongo.gamepress.gg/sinnoh-stone-tier-list for the tier list, it covers these Pokemon's performance in combat in significant detail, I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking to build teams.)
Sinnoh Stone Chart
Sinnoh Stone Chart Round 2
How to Get a Sinnoh Stone
A Sinnoh Stone can be tricky to find, much like any other rare item. A good way is to reach your 7 day Pokestop reward. The streak rewards you get for catching Pokemon or spinning Pokestops at least once in a day max out at 7 days. At 7 days of spinning Pokestops you are guaranteed a rare item. Of course it may not be a Sinnoh Stone, but that is the only way to guarantee a rare item. It also only takes consistency in that you can't miss a day, otherwise it's easy to do.
Another way is to play Trainer Battles. The drop rate of a Sinnoh Stone roughly seems to be 1 in every 8 battles. While that may not be the exact rate, it's safe to say they aren't completely rare. You can earn rewards for pvp battles 3 times in a day, so to maximize your chances at a Sinnoh Stone be sure to do that. Remember you can pvp with Ultra and Best Friends from any distance! For more details on Trainer Battles, check out my full guide.
While friends are the best way to earn experience, you can now also earn rare items from friend gifts, making them that more valuable. Make sure to keep up on your gifting to maximize your chances. Remember, you can open up to 20 gifts per day, so be sure to have enough friends to keep that number going. If you don't have enough friends, check out local Pokemon groups on discord, facebook, reddit, etc. so you can find a list of IDs to add and start gifting.
Otherwise, keep spinning Pokestops and gyms as much as you can to keep rolling the dice. Unfortunately, the drop rate for rare items in general is less than 1%, so finding a Sinnoh stone may be a 1 in 1,000 or less event.
Community Day February 2019
Community day in February 2019 will offer something new Niantic has not done in other community days. During the community day on February 16th, 2019 Pilowsine can be evolved into Mamoswine with sufficient candy and a Sinnoh Stone. It is unclear if this evolution is exclusive to the 3 hour period or if Mamoswine will be available after community day but without the exclusive new move.
Also, during this time you can get extra Sinnoh Stones (up to 5!) from trainer pvp so be sure to grab them.
Sinnoh Stone EvolutionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Sinnoh Stone introduces 18 more awesome evolutions into Pokemon Go, but the item is incredibly rare. It will takes months or maybe even years for individuals to get all of them without trading. The best advice is to keep doing your daily Pokestop, and trade what you don't have.
That being said, Niantic has put special items into research rewards on a handful of occasions. It's entirely possible they may decide to add a Sinnoh Stone to an upcoming special research.
And on a final note, given how rare Sinnoh Stones are, it's generally wise to evolve Pokemon with the best individual values. For more details, check out my guide on appraisals and IVs.
Other Useful Links
- "Pokemon Go" Evolution Item Guide
Many Pokemon evolutions require exclusive items, this guide will cover what they are, what they can evolve, and how to get them.
- "Pokemon Go" Type Strengths & Weaknesses Guide
Each type of Pokemon will have their own strengths and weaknesses. This guide will cover what they are as well as the best current Pokemon for each type.
- "Pokemon Go" Trading Guide
After a long wait, trading with friends is now in Pokemon Go. This guide covers what you can expect and how you can benefit.