Evolution item

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.

Ash's Gligar reaching for the Razor Fang Ash tossed. Gligar evolve into Gliscor while holding the Razor Fang and leveling up at night.

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

List of Evolution items

Directly used

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.

Name Debut
Pre-evolved form Evolved form
  Auspicious Armor IX   Charcadet   Armarouge
  Black Augurite VIII   Scyther   Kleavor
  Chipped Pot VIII   Sinistea
Antique Form
Antique Form
  Cracked Pot VIII   Sinistea
Phony Form
Phony Form
  Galarica Cuff VIII   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
Galarian Form
  Galarica Wreath VIII   Slowking
Galarian Form
  Malicious Armor IX   Charcadet   Ceruledge
  Masterpiece Teacup IX   Poltchageist
Artisan Form
Masterpiece Form
  Metal Alloy IX   Duraludon   Archaludon
  Peat Block VIII   Ursaring   Ursaluna
  Scroll of Darkness IX   Kubfu   Urshifu
Single Strike Style
  Scroll of Waters IX   Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
  Sweet Apple VIII   Applin   Appletun
  Syrupy Apple IX   Dipplin
  Tart Apple VIII   Flapple
  Unremarkable Teacup IX   Poltchageist
Counterfeit Form
Unremarkable Form

Evolution stones

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.

Name Debut
Pre-evolved form Evolved form Trigger for evolution Effects in battle
  Deep Sea Scale III   Clamperl   Gorebyss Trade If held by Clamperl, doubles its Special Defense.
  Deep Sea Tooth   Huntail Trade If held by Clamperl, doubles its Special Attack.
  Dragon Scale II   Seadra   Kingdra Trade Boosts the power of Dragon-type moves by 10% when held (due to an oversight).GSC
  Dubious Disc IV   Porygon2   Porygon-Z Trade
  Electirizer IV   Electabuzz   Electivire Trade
  King's Rock II   Poliwhirl   Politoed Trade Grants certain damaging moves used by the holder a 10% chance of causing hit Pokémon to flinch.
  Slowpoke   Slowking Trade
  Magmarizer IV   Magmar   Magmortar Trade
  Metal Coat II   Onix   Steelix Trade Boosts the power of Steel-type moves used by the holder by 20% (10% prior to Generation IV) when held.
  Scyther   Scizor Trade
  Oval Stone IV   Happiny   Chansey Level up during the day
  Prism Scale V   Feebas*   Milotic Trade
  Protector IV   Rhydon   Rhyperior Trade
  Razor Claw IV   Sneasel   Weavile Level up during the night Raises the critical hit ratio of the holder.
Hisuian Form
  Sneasler Level up during the day
  Razor Fang IV   Gligar   Gliscor Level up during the night Grants certain damaging moves used by the holder a 10% chance of causing hit Pokémon to flinch.
  Reaper Cloth IV   Dusclops   Dusknoir Trade
  Sachet VI   Spritzee   Aromatisse Trade
  Upgrade II   Porygon   Porygon2 Trade
  Whipped Dream VI   Swirlix   Slurpuff Trade
  Strawberry Sweet VIII   Milcery   Alcremie Spinning
  Love Sweet
  Berry Sweet
  Clover Sweet
  Flower Sweet
  Star Sweet
  Ribbon Sweet


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.

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 that 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.


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 The Cuteness Quotient!, a Prism Scale formed on the body of Jinny's Feebas, which allowed it to evolve into a Milotic.

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 first 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.

Four Strawberry Sweets appeared in a flashback in The Bittersweet Truth. Murdock's Milcery grabbed one of them and spun around with it, triggering her evolution into Alcremie.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Various Evolution items in Pokémon Adventures


Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

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 arc

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 arc

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.


In the TCG

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Some evolution items appear in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

The Moon Stone and Dusk Stone are featured as Trainer cards.

The Moon Stone, the Dusk Stone, and the Reaper Cloth appear on certain Pokémon cards as held items. These held items work in the same fashion as Poké-Bodies, in that the effect the item provides is active whenever the Pokémon is in play. All of them allow their Pokémon to evolve on the same turn they enter play, which is normally not allowed.

In the HeartGold and SoulSilver Series, the art for Pokémon that have evolved in the core series by either using an item, leveling up while holding an item, or being traded while holding an item included their respective evolution item. [1]

The following is a list of cards named after or including an evolution item.

Evolution item cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Moon Stone T       Expansion Sheet 1    
Dusk Stone I Unbroken Bonds   167/214 Double Blaze   084/095
Pokémon cards with Evolution items as held items
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Clefairy*   Secret Wonders   83/132 Shining Darkness    
Murkrow*   Secret Wonders   95/132 Shining Darkness    
Duskull*   Secret Wonders   86/132 Shining Darkness    
Pokémon cards with Evolution items in their artwork
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #


  • 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

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)

Types of items
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Medicine Status condition healing itemsVitaminsFeathers
MintsMochiDrinksHerbal medicine
Berry and Apricorn Poké BallsApricornsBerriesMulch
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Other MailKey ItemsEvent items
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