Pokemon Go Evolution Items: How to Get & What to do?

Pokemon Go evolution items are essential if you want to complete the Pokedex and collect some of the strongest Pokemon. Pokemon Go offers a lot of items and methods for evolving Pokemon, which is why this guide is so helpful. You’ll find all of the Pokemon Go evolution items listed here for you to peruse and learn exactly what they mean, so you know which ones to search for.

How to get evolution items in Pokemon Go

I don’t want to sound like a nagging Poke-parent – ironic considering how lax parents are in the main games – but it’s time you upped your game and started playing Pokemon Go every day. Yep, on your feet soldier. Taking this small step will ensure you get a Pokemon Go evolution item every seven days from your Pokestop streak, increasing your chances of finding a Sinnoh Stone.

Some special items, such as Up-Grades and King’s Rocks, can even drop from regular Poke Stops. However, by spinning a Poke Stop every day and working towards your streak, you will be assured to get at least one of these items every week. It’s impossible to predict what you’ll get, so you might have to see a few Metal Coats before finding the Sun Stone you desire.

Sinnoh Stones, introduced in Gen 4, are significantly trickier to find, but not impossible. A Sinnoh Stone can be found in two ways. The first is to complete your seven-day research breakthrough tasks. It essentially means earning one stamp each day until you encounter a legendary Pokemon. If you’re lucky, you’ll earn a Sinnoh Stone at the same time, but this is not guaranteed. Taking part in PvP trainer battles is the second way to find one. Sinnoh Stones are known to drop for both winners and losers. Good luck!

how to get evolution items in pokemon go
how to get evolution items in pokemon go

What do evolution items do in Pokemon Go? 

Once you’ve spun a Pokestop for the seventh time in a row or completed your weekly research breakthrough task and found a shiny object you’ve never seen before, you can unlock your first Pokemon Go evolution item. You might even discover a few you didn’t know you had, so check your items list.

In 2017, the Gen 2 update introduced evolution items, resulting in a whole bunch of new ‘mon if you hoard your candy just right. Currently, we only have one fourth-generation item: the Sinnoh Stone, but you’ll need it for a stack of 4th generation Pokemon evolutions. Currently, we have the following evolution items:

  • Dragon Scale
  • King’s Rock
  • Metal Coat
  • Sun Stone
  • Up-Grade
  • Sinnoh Stone
  • Magnetic Lure
  • Mossy Lure
  • Glacial Lure

You can use each one to evolve one of your existing Pokemon. Here are the different ways you can use evolution items.

How to use the Dragon Scale 

Dragon Scales can only be used on one Pokemon, but you’ll need to go to the seaside or a river to use them. To evolve Seadra into Kingdra, combine the Dragon Scale with 100 Horsea candies.

How to use the King’s Rock

Now here’s where the choices come in. There are two ways you can use King’s Rock, so you might already have the candies you need for at least one Pokemon evolution.

Kings’ Rock can not only transform Poliwhirl into Politoed, but it can also turn Slowpoke into Slow King. Obviously, you’ll need lots of candies for both Pokemon.

How to use the Metal Coat

As you might expect, both Pokemon become Steel types when equipped with the Metal Coat. When you evolve Scyther, you will get the snappy Scizor, and when you evolve Onix the rock snake, you will get Steelix.

How to use the Sun Stone

What’s with all these choices? Are Niantic trying to make this as difficult as possible? You decide. With Sun Stone, you can not only evolve Gloom into Bellossom, but also the cute Sunkern into the equally delightful Sunflora. This is the easier of the two if you have a local garden or even a golf course nearby.

How to use the Up-Grade in Pokemon Go  

Another one-shot special item. With Pokemon Go’s Up-Grade, the oddly cute Porygon can be evolved into Porygon2, provided you have enough candy.

How to use the Sinnoh Stone

Since Sinnoh Stones are more complicated than the other special items, we’ve prepared a Pokemon Go Sinnoh Stones guide that goes into detail about how to obtain Sinnoh Stones, and how they evolve.

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