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
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.
|Pre-evolved form||Evolved form|
|Scroll of Darkness||IX||Kubfu||Urshifu|
Single Strike Style
|Scroll of Waters||IX||Kubfu||Urshifu|
Rapid Strike Style
- Main article: Evolution stone
These Evolution items cause a Pokémon to evolve when it meets certain conditions while holding the item, such as leveling up or being traded. Some of them also have effects in battle when being held.
The Sun Shard and Moon Shard in Pokémon XD cause an Eevee with high friendship 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.
Evolution items are normally found in a variety of locations. However, there are some methods that can yield a large number of them.
- Many of these items are available as held items of wild Pokémon, particularly Pokémon from the evolutionary families that uses the item to evolve.
- In Pokémon Black and White, many of these items are available from the treasure hunter on Route 13.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, several of these items can be purchased from Black City's market on weekends.
- Many of these items can be obtained from the Join Avenue Antique Shop.
- Many of these items are available from the PokéMileage Club minigame Balloon Popping.
- Many of these items can be purchased from the Battle Maison and Battle Tree with Battle Points.
- In Pokémon Sword and Shield, these items can be purchased at the Stow-on-Side Bargain Shop or at the Pokémon Center in Hammerlocke with Battle Points.
In spin-off games
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- Main article: Mystery Dungeon evolutionary items
Pokémon Pinball series
- Main article: Evolution Item (Pinball)
- 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, Rainy and Glacial Lure Modules.
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|
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 Searching for Chivalry!, 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.
A Strawberry Sweet appeared in The Sweet Taste of Battle!, decorating a cupcake that Goh was eating. When his newly caught Milcery showed interest in it, he placed it on her head and then spun around with her to celebrate making a new friend, inadvertently triggering her evolution into Alcremie in the process.
A Dragon Scale appeared in Looking Out for Number Two!, where Ash and Goh found it from a sunken ancient submersible. Goh subsequently gave it as a gift to a wild Seadra.
In the manga
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.
- Before Generation VIII, there are no directly used Evolution items other than the Evolution stones.
- Generations VII and IX are the only generations to not introduce a held Evolution item (excluding Generation I, in which held items do not exist).
- All held Evolution items that cause a Pokémon to evolve upon leveling up require the Pokémon to level up during a specific time of day.
- 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.
- This is not the case in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, in which all Evolution items have been turned into directly used items.
In other languages
|Items||Evolution stones • Fossils • Flutes • Shards • Held items|
Evolution items • Escape items • Exchangeable items • Valuable items
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Mints • Drinks • Herbal medicine
|Berries and Apricorns||Poké Balls • Berries • Mulch • Apricorns|
|Aesthetic||Decorations • Accessories (Normal • Great • Ultra • Master)|
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|Others||Mail • Key Items • Event items|
Wonder Launcher items • Rotom Powers
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