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Evolution Item (Pinball)

An Evolution Item (Japanese: 進化アイテム Evolution Item) is any of the items required to evolve a Pokémon in Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire. Some of them are items found in the core series such as the Fire Stone. Some additional Evolution Items represent other concepts such as experience and the Game Link Cable. All Evolution Items work the same way; the different items are just cosmetic changes.

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Terminology

The term "Evolution Items" is found in the manuals of both Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire. The Japanese equivalent "進化アイテム" is found in the Japanese version of both manuals.

The in-game text of Pokémon Pinball refers to the evolutionary stones using the word "item" in the text "Get item" and "Item not found".

List of items

In Pokémon Pinball, there are seven Evolution Items, which are related to all methods of evolution found in Generation I:

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, there are ten Evolution Items, which are related to all methods of evolution found in Generation III:

In Pokémon Pinball, it is possible to "evolve" any Pokémon that does not have an evolution, but this does not change its appearance. It evolves using experience.

Pokémon that evolve by being traded while holding an evolution-inducing held item (such as Seadra and Clamperl) only require a Game Link Cable to evolve.

Finding the Evolution Items

Once the player chooses a Pokémon to evolve, three repeated Evolution Items appear in various parts of the pinball table. For instance, the player is required to get three Thunder Stones to evolve a Pikachu into a Raichu in either game.

Pokémon Pinball

In Pokémon Pinball, the player is required to search for Evolution Items by hitting different spots on the table. 3 have items while the others don't have them. When the ball hits any of the correct 3 spots, an Evolution Item appears somewhere on the table, and the player must get this item before trying other spots. If the ball hits any of the incorrect spots, no item appears and the player is required to wait a few seconds before trying again.

During the Evolution Mode, there is one small blue arrow pointing at each spot. The arrows temporarily disappear whenever the spots are not available (either because an Evolution Item is already somewhere on the table, or because the player is required to wait after hitting an incorrect spot). Each arrow permanently disappears (for the duration of the current Evolution Mode) when the respective spot has been hit.

In the Red Field, there are 4 spots: the group of Voltorb, the left Bonus Multiplier Counter (near the left Diglett), the left Diglett, and the right Diglett.

In the Blue Field, there are 5 spots: the group of Shellder, the left Bonus Multiplier Counter (below the Slowpoke), the right Bonus Multiplier Counter (below the Cloyster), the Poliwag, and the Psyduck.

Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, each Evolution Item simply appears somewhere on the table. Once the player gets one item, the next one appears, until all three items have been acquired. One item appears at a time. Once the player gets one item, the next one appears, until all three repeated items have been acquired. (There is no mechanic or need to find spots with items as in the previous game.)

Scores

In Pokémon Pinball, the player gets 10,000,000 points by hitting an Evolution Item. Any upgrades are ignored (so an improved ball such as an Ultra Ball or Master Ball does not award any more points).

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, getting an Evolution Item awards 10,000 points, which is multiplied by the type of Poké Ball as usual. For instance, it would be 20,000 points with a Great Ball.

Gallery

Pokémon Pinball

Pinball Ex.png Pinball Link.png Pinball Fire.png Pinball Leaf.png Pinball Moon.png Pinball Thunder.png Pinball Water.png
Experience Link Cable Fire Stone Leaf Stone Moon Stone Thunder Stone Water Stone
Pinball Counter Ex.png Pinball Counter Link.png Pinball Counter Fire.png Pinball Counter Leaf.png Pinball Counter Moon.png Pinball Counter Thunder.png Pinball Counter Water.png
Experience
counter
Link Cable
counter
Fire Stone
counter
Leaf Stone
counter
Moon Stone
counter
Thunder Stone
counter
Water Stone
counter

Other languages

Pinball Ep.png Pinball Es.png
Experience
(German version)
Experience
(Italian version)
Pinball Counter Ep.png Pinball Counter Es.png
Experience counter
(German version)
Experience counter
(Italian version)

The Japanese, French, and Spanish versions of Pokémon Pinball use the same "Ex" symbol as the English version.

Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

Pinball RS Ex.png Pinball RS Link.png Pinball RS Fire.png Pinball RS Leaf.png Pinball RS Moon.png Pinball RS Thunder.png Pinball RS Water.png
Experience Link Cable Fire Stone Leaf Stone Moon Stone Thunder Stone Water Stone
Pinball RS Sun.png Pinball RS Friendship.png Pinball RS Block.png
Sun Stone Friendship PokéBlock

Other languages

Pinball RS Ep.png Pinball RS Es.png Pinball RS Exp.png
Experience
(German version)
Experience
(Italian version)
Experience
(Spanish version)

The Japanese and French versions of Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire use the same "Ex" symbol as the English version.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 進化アイテム Evolution Item
England Flag.png English Evolution Item
France Flag.png French Objet Evolution
Italy Flag.png Italian Strumento per l'eevoluzione
Spain Flag.png Spanish Objeto de evolución

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