Pokemon Sword & Shield Evolutionary Items: where to find every evolution item and which Pokemon they work on

By Alex Donaldson, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:07 GMT

Most of the time, Pokemon evolve into new, more powerful forms simply by leveling up. Some creatures require specific methods, however – and that’s often where special evolutionary items like evolution stones come into play. These items have different locations in every game, of course – and they all have new homes in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Evolution items have changed a little in Pokemon Sword & Shield. For one, this is the first game in the series that doesn’t feature the full Pokedex of every Pokemon creature added to the series so far, which means that some evolution stones are less useful and less commonly used than before. In other instances, evolution methods have been juggled around – so for instance there were once different, unique items to evolve evolution poster child Eevee into Glaceon and Leafeon, but they’ve been shuffled over to similar utility evolution stones that are shared with other Pokemon this time around.

Like the move-teaching TMs and TRs in Sword & Shield, the evolution items are hidden across the world. Some are for sale, some are only available as loot or a reward for certain tasks. Some, of course, are both.

On this page, we list every evolution item and stone in the game, plus what Pokemon it serves to evolve. Finally, we list the item. Keep in mind that in the cases of items that appear in certain zones of the Wild Area, they very often respawn after time – and as we know from how to manipulate and change the weather, Pokemon Sword & Shield does pay attention to the real world clock, which might help to govern respawning items. Anyway – here’s the list…

Pokemon Sword & Shield Evolution Items List

Certain special items in Pokemon Sword & Shield will help specific species of Pokemon to evolve - but to make that happen, you'll need both the item and the Pokemon. So here's a full list of them all, what they evolve and where to get them.
Evolution ItemEvolvesLocation
Sweets: Berry, Clover, Flower, Ribbon, Star, StrawberryMilcery to AlcremieAll are a potential reward from the daily Cafe Master Battle in Hammerlocke, Motostoke or Wyndon.
The Alcremie form depends slightly on the sweet used.
Evolving involves spinning your character by spinning the stick when Alcremie is holding the item.
Chipped Pot
Cracked Pot
Sinistea to PolteageistCan be available from the Stow-on-Side bargain shop (which has a random inventory)
A Cracked Pot can be found as loot up a ladder in town
Dawn StoneKirlia (male) to Gallade
Snorunt (female) to Froslass
As Loot: Giant's Cap & Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo
Dusk StoneLampent to Chandelure
Doublade to Aegislash
As Loot: Behind the Stow-on-Side Pokemon Center & the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Fire StoneVulpix to Ninetales
Growlithe to Arcanine
Eevee to Flareon
As Loot: Motostoke Riverbank & Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Ice StoneEevee to Glaceon
Galarian Darumaka to Galarian Darmanitan
As Loot: Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo
Leaf StoneEevee to Leafeon
Gloom to Vileplume
Nuzleaf to Shiftry

As Loot: Hidden on the West side of Turffield Town, or from the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Metal CoatOnix to Steelix (trade Onix while it is holding this item)As Loot: Hidden in Stow-on-Side
Can be available from the Stow-on-Side bargain shop (which has a random inventory)
Can also be found by the Digging Duo
Moon StoneMunna to Musharna
Clefairy to Clefable

As Loot: Dusty Bowl in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Prism ScaleFeebas to Milotic (trade Feebas while it is holding this item)As Loot: Hidden on Route 2 and in the South Lake Miloch zone of the Wild Area
ProtectorRhydon to RhyperiorAs Loot: On an island across water on Route 9
Can be available from the Stow-on-Side bargain shop (which has a random inventory)
Razor ClawSneasel to Weavile (hold, then level up at night)Available from the Hammerlocke Pokemon Center BP Shop
Can be available from the Stow-on-Side bargain shop (which has a random inventory)
Reaper ClothDusclops to Dusknoir (trade while holding)Available from the Hammerlocke Pokemon Center BP Shop
Can be available from the Stow-on-Side bargain shop (which has a random inventory)
SachetSpritzee to Aromatisse (trade while holding)Potential reward from the daily Cafe Master Battle in Hammerlocke, Motostoke or Wyndon
Available from the Hammerlocke Pokemon Center BP Shop
Shiny StoneTogetic to Togekiss
Minccino to Cinccino
Roselia to Roserade

As Loot: Hidden on Route 8 and also found at the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Sun StoneGloom to Bellossom
Cottonee to Whimsicott
Helioptile to Heliolisk
As Loot: Dusty Bowl & Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Sweet Apple
Tart Apple
Applin to Appletun (Sweet, Shield)
Applin to Flapple (Tart, Sword)
Give an NPC in Hammerlocke City an Applin to get one as a reward (Sweet Apple in Shield, Tart Apple in Sword)
Sometimes found hidden at the base of trees in Axew's Eye in the Wild Area
Thunder StonePikachu to Raichu
Eevee to Jolteon
Charjabug to Vikavolt

As Loot: North Lake Miloch & Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo
Water StoneShellder to Cloyster
Eevee to Vaporeon
Lombre to Ludicolo
As Loot: Hidden on Route 2 and also found in Bridge Field or Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area
Can also be found by the Digging Duo or by a Pokemon on a PokeJob
Whipped DreamSwirlix to SlurpuffPotential reward from the daily Cafe Master Battle in Hammerlocke, Motostoke or Wyndon
Available from the Hammerlocke Pokemon Center BP Shop

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