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

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...

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 PotSinistea 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 FroslassAs 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 AegislashAs 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 FlareonAs 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 DarmanitanAs 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 HelioliskAs 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 AppleApplin 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 LudicoloAs 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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Alex started out his career in the games media as an over-eager kid working on fan sites, and now has decades of experience. He's the resident expert on esoteric matters such as Pokemon Go, gaming hardware, and genres like RPGs, fighters, and strategy games. Outside of VG247 he's the co-founder of genre-dedicated website RPG Site. He also collects original arcade machines, Lego, and considers himself a whisky buff.

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