Evolution item

Ash's Gligar reaching for the Razor Fang Ash tossed

An Evolution item (Japanese: 進化アイテム Evolution item) is an item that allows certain Pokémon to evolve. Depending on the Pokémon and the item, the Pokémon may need to hold the item, or the item may be able to be used directly.

Regardless of method, if a Pokémon evolves using one of these items, it consumes the item.

List of Evolution items

Name Debut
Pre-evolved form Evolved form Usage Trigger for evolution Notes
  Chipped Pot VIII   Sinistea
Antique Form
Antique Form
Use from Bag Use from Bag
  Cracked Pot VIII   Sinistea
Phony Form
Phony Form
Use from Bag Use from Bag
  Deep Sea Scale III   Clamperl   Gorebyss Held item Trade If held by Clamperl, doubles its Special Defense.
  Deep Sea Tooth III   Clamperl   Huntail Held item Trade If held by Clamperl, doubles its Special Attack.
  Dragon Scale II   Seadra   Kingdra Held item Trade Boosts the power of Dragon-type moves by 10% when held (due to an oversight).GSC
  Dubious Disc IV   Porygon2   Porygon-Z Held item Trade
  Electirizer IV   Electabuzz   Electivire Held item Trade
  Galarica Cuff VIII   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
Galarian Form
Use from Bag Use from Bag
  Galarica Wreath VIII   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
Galarian Form
Use from Bag Use from Bag
  King's Rock II   Poliwhirl   Politoed Held item Trade Grants certain damaging moves used by the holder a 10% chance of causing hit Pokémon to flinch.
  Slowpoke   Slowking Held item Trade
  Magmarizer IV   Magmar   Magmortar Held item Trade
  Metal Coat II   Onix   Steelix Held item Trade Boosts the power of Steel-type moves used by the holder by 20% (10% prior to Generation IV) when held.
  Scyther   Scizor Held item Trade
  Moon Shard III   Eevee   Umbreon Have in Bag Level up with high friendship Exclusive to Pokémon XD
  Oval Stone IV   Happiny   Chansey Held item Level up during the day
  Prism Scale V   Feebas   Milotic Held item Trade Feebas can alternatively evolve by leveling up with high Beauty.
  Protector IV   Rhydon   Rhyperior Held item Trade
  Razor Claw IV   Sneasel   Weavile Held item Level up at night Raises the critical hit ratio of the holder.
  Razor Fang IV   Gligar   Gliscor Held item Level up at night Grants certain damaging moves used by the holder a 10% chance of causing hit Pokémon to flinch.
  Reaper Cloth IV   Dusclops   Dusknoir Held item Trade
  Sachet VI   Spritzee   Aromatisse Held item Trade
  Sun Shard III   Eevee   Espeon Have in Bag Level up with high friendship Exclusive to Pokémon XD
  Sweet Apple VIII   Applin   Appletun Use from Bag Use from Bag
  Tart Apple VIII   Applin   Flapple Use from Bag Use from Bag
  Upgrade II   Porygon   Porygon2 Held item Trade
  Whipped Dream VI   Swirlix   Slurpuff Held item Trade
  Strawberry Sweet VIII   Milcery   Alcremie Held item Spinning
  Love Sweet
  Berry Sweet
  Clover Sweet
  Flower Sweet
  Star Sweet
  Ribbon Sweet

Evolution stones

Main article: Evolution stone

In the core series games


The way to use an Evolution item to evolve a Pokémon depends on the item. There are three distinct ways to use an Evolution item:

  • Evolution-inducing held items: These Evolution items cause a Pokémon to evolve when it meets certain conditions while holding the item, such as leveling up or being traded.
  • Directly-used Evolution items: These Evolution items cause a Pokémon to evolve when used on it from the Bag. They cannot be used in battle. Evolution stones are the most common example.
  • The Sun Shard and Moon Shard: These Evolution items cause a Pokémon to evolve when it levels up while one of these items is in the Bag. They are the only Evolution items to be Key Items.

Regardless of the method by which it is used, if an Evolution item causes a Pokémon to evolve, that item is consumed.


Evolution items are normally found in a variety of locations. However, there are some methods that can yield a large number of them.

In spin-off games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Mystery Dungeon evolutionary items

Pokémon Pinball series

Main article: Evolution Item (Pinball)

Pokémon GO

Main article: Evolution stone#Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Evolution items can be spent along with Candy to evolve certain Pokémon. There are seven Evolution items: the Sun Stone, King's Rock, Metal Coat, Dragon Scale, Upgrade, Sinnoh Stone, and Unova Stone.

Pokémon that evolve into Generation II Pokémon or with a Sun Stone require the same item as in the core series games. Non-Generation IV Pokémon that evolve into Generation IV Pokémon require the Sinnoh Stone to evolve, unless they have a location-based evolution in the core series games. Generation V Pokémon that require an item to evolve (other than the Sun Stone) require a Unova Stone to evolve.

In addition to Evolution items, there are also special Lure Modules which allow Pokémon to evolve that in the core series games can only evolve in certain locations. The special Lure Modules are the Magnetic, Mossy and Glacial Lure Modules.


Global Link

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Global Link.

Deep Sea Scale Deep Sea Tooth Dragon Scale Dubious Disc Electirizer King's Rock
Magmarizer Metal Coat Oval Stone Prism Scale Protector Razor Claw
Razor Fang Reaper Cloth Sachet Upgrade Whipped Dream

Pokémon GO

This is artwork of the items as seen in Pokémon GO.

Dragon Scale King's Rock Metal Coat Upgrade

In the anime

A King's Rock first appeared in Ring Masters, where Ash received it as a prize for winning the Sumo Conference. In Outrageous Fortunes, Misty's Poliwhirl used it to evolve itself into a Politoed by holding it while being transferred between Pokémon Centers.

Another King's Rock appeared in A Crowning Achievement, where it was found on a rock after the water level in the local river dropped dramatically; Alice's Slowpoke used it to evolve into a Slowking as a Shellder bit onto it while it was on Slowpoke's head.

A Deep Sea Scale and Deep Sea Tooth appeared in The Evolutionary War. Nancy and Keith found one of each item and gave them to each other, allowing both of their Clamperl to evolve when they were transferred from a Pokémon Center to another while holding the items.

A King's Rock, two Deep Sea Teeth, and two Deep Sea Scales appeared in Showdown At Linoone as some of the items Tokin had picked up.

In One Big Happiny Family!, Brock carved and made an Oval Stone for his newly hatched Happiny, which later helped her evolve into a Chansey in The Brockster is In.

In Fighting Fear with Fear!, Ash received a Razor Fang from Gary. Later in the episode, he used it to evolve his Gligar into a Gliscor.

In JN056, Wikstrom gave Goh a Metal Coat, allowing him to evolve his Scyther into Scizor when it was transferred through a trade machine while holding it.


King's Rock Deep Sea Scale Deep Sea Tooth
Oval Stone Razor Fang Metal Coat

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Various Evolution items in Pokémon Adventures


Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

In Quilava Quandary, Gold was given a King's Rock by the Day-Care Couple after training with them, which he gave to his Poliwag to hold. In Ampharos Amore, Gold's newly evolved Poliwhirl and Silver's Seadra evolved into a Politoed and a Kingdra, respectively, while holding their respective evolutionary items, King's Rock and Dragon Scale.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Problematic Probopass and Mad Magnezone III, Fantina's Duskull used its Reaper Cloth to save Diamond and Pearl from a fall.

In Yikes, Yanmega! II, Diamond's Lickilicky, Kit, used a Protector to protect itself from Mars's Yanmega swarm's soundwaves. Roseanne later revealed that the Protector was one of the items she used in her research of Pokémon Evolution, the other seen items being a Reaper Cloth, Dragon Scale, Magmarizer, and King's Rock.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

In Dealing With A Koffing Fit, Silver's Sneasel evolved into a Weavile due to having gained experience while holding a Razor Claw, which had been given to Silver by Green.

In Raising the Stakes with Rhyperior, it was revealed that Silver had given Blue a Protector to be held by his Rhydon, allowing it to evolve into a Rhyperior when it was traded between the two Trainers. Afterwards, Blue had let Silver keep Rhyperior as a replacement for his lost Ursaring.



  • Along with being listed among the Evolution stones, the Oval Stone has the "Use" option when selected in the Bag, but if the player tries to use it, it won't say "Able" under any Pokémon.
    • This makes it the only Evolution item with "Stone" in its English name which is not an Evolution stone.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 進化道具 Jeunfa Douhgeuih
Mandarin 進化道具 Jìnhuà Dàojù
  French Objet d'Évolution
  German Entwicklungsitem
  Italian Strumento evolutivo
Oggetti Evoluzione (GO)
  Korean 진화 아이템 Jinhwa Item
  Brazilian Portuguese Item de evolução
  Spanish Objeto evolutivo
Objeto de evolución (GO)

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