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Pokemon Go evolution items explained

Pokemon Go evolution items are items that can be obtained through various means within the game.

Without these special items, certain Pokémon aren’t able to be evolved. As the Pokedex grows and the game is updated, more are being added. There are now more Pokémon needing these special items to evolve.

To make your Pokémon Go journey easier, we have decided to go over each special item. You’ll find out where to get them and what Pokémon they evolve. So in no particular order, here they are:

Use the links below to jump straight to an item.

Glacial Lure:

Glacial Lures are one of the newer types of special evolution items, in a set of three recent additions. Furthermore, the Glacial Lure also attracts Pokémon as well as being used for evolution.

How to obtain a Glacial Lure

At the moment there are only two ways to get a Glacial Lure in Pokemon Go:

  • Paying 200 coins in the store to purchase a lure
  • A Thousand-Year Slumber 1/7 Reward (Special Research)

What Pokemon is the Glacial Lure used to Evolve

Glacial Lures are used to evolve Eevee into Glaceon.

The Glacial Lure is attached to a Pokestop module in the same way as normal lures and if within it’s area of effect. Evolving an Eevee will ensure a Glaceon as the evolution.

The Lure will also attract wild Pokémon, as would a normal lure. However, the Glacial lure particularly attracts water and ice type Pokémon.

Glacial Lure

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Dragon Scale:

At the time of writing, Dragon scale is only able to be used with one Pokémon to help them evolve.

How to obtain a Dragon Scale

There are a few places you can get Dragon stone in Pokemon Go. They are a rare chance from Pokestops and Gyms, as a special research item and also as a 7th day streak reward.

What Pokemon is the Dragon Scale used to Evolve

Dragon Scale is used with 100 Horsea candies to evolve Seadra into Kingdra.

This particular item and evolution gave us very little trouble. It shouldn’t be too hard for you to achieve.

Dragon Scale Pokemon go

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King’s Rock:

The King’s Rock is a crown shaped special evolution item required to evolve two different Pokemon. Thankfully I have found these particularly easy to obtain.

How to Obtain King’s Rock

As I previously mentioned this is, in my opinion, one of the easier evolution items to obtain.

  • 1% chance to obtain a King’s Rock on spinning a Pokéstop
  • Very high chance to obtain one on 7th day streak bonus
  • A Ripple in time 3/8 Reward (Special Research)

What Pokemon is the King’s Rock used to Evolve

A King’s Rock and 100 Poliwag candy will evolve a Poliwhirl into Politoed.

Using 50 Slowpoke candy and a King’s Rock will evolve a Slowpoke into a Slow King.

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Metal Coat:

The Metal Coat is another item that is able to be used on more than one Pokémon and as you can probably guess from the name, creates pretty awesome steel evolution.

How to obtain Metal Coat

Similar to other special items the Metal Coat can be obtained via:

  • 1% Chance on spinning stops or gyms
  • High chance to obtain on 7 day bonus streak

What Pokemon is the Metal Coat used to Evolve

Scyther evolves into Scizor: Requires 50 Scyther candy
Onix evolves into Steelix: Requires 50 Onix candy

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Sun Stone:

Sun Stones are used to evolve two different Pokémon and can also be obtained via special research.

How to obtain a Sun Stone

  • 1% Chance on spinning a stop or gym
  • 7th day streak bonus gives a high drop chance
  • A Ripple in time step 2 reward

What Pokemon is the Sun Stone used to Evolve

Gloom: Requires 100 Oddish candy

Sunkern: Requires 50 Sunkern candy

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Up-Grade:

Up-Grade’s only currently evolve one Pokémon, which makes them one of the better ones in my opinions, once you have it, no need to worry about getting any more!

How to obtain a Up-Grade

  • 1% Chance on spinning a stop or gym
  • 7th day streak bonus gives a high drop chance
  • A Ripple in time step 5 reward

What Pokemon is the Up-Grade used to Evolve

 Porygon evolves into Porygon2 with Up-Grade and 50 Porygon candy 

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Sinnoh Stone:

Sinnoh Stones are a breath of fresh air in the fact that they are obtained in other ways to many of the other items.

However there are a lot more Pokémon that can be evolved using the Sinnoh Stone, so you will need more of them… A lot more.

How to obtain the Sinnoh Stone

  • On the completion of the final day of your 7 day Research Task
  • During PvP
  • Battling against the three team leaders on Community Day

It’s worth noting, unlike many other items, you wont get Sinnoh Stones from spinning Pokéstops.

What Pokemon is the Sinnoh Stone used to Evolve

  • Sneasel evolves into Weavile
  • Electabuzz evolves into Electivire
  • Roselia evolves into Roserade
  • Rhydon evolves into Rhyperior
  • Murkrow evolves into Honchkrow
  • Porygon2 evolves into Porygon-Z
  • Togetic evolves into Togekiss
  • Magmar evolves into Magmortar
  • Misdreavus evolves into Mismagius
  • Gligar evolves into Gliscor
  • Dusclops evolves into Dusknoir
  • Swinub evolves into Mamoswine
  • Aipom evolves into Ambipom
  • Yanma evolves into Yanmega
  • Tangela evoles into Tangrowth
  • Lickitung evolves into Lickilicky
  • Kirlia evolves into Gallade
  • Snorunt evolves into Froslass

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Magnetic Lure:

The Magnetic Lure is the second of the three new lures shown on this list. As with the other lures, this can be used to attract electric, steel, and rock Pokémon.

How to obtain the Magnetic Lure

  • Paying 200 coins in the store to purchase a lure
  • A Thousand-Year Slumber 1/7 Reward (Special Research)

What Pokemon is the Magnetic Lure used to Evolve

Apply the Magnetic Lure to a Pokéstop then evolve Magneton and Nosepass into Magnezone and Probopass.

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Mossy Lure:

The third and final lure special item on the list that this time attracts Bug, Grass and Poison Pokémon for 30 minutes.

How to obtain the Mossy Lure

  • Paying 200 coins in the store to purchase a lure
  • A Thousand-Year Slumber 1/7 Reward (Special Research)

What Pokemon is the Magnetic Lure used to Evolve

Apply a Mossy Lure and evolve an Eevee into Leafeon 

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