Pokemon Sword & Shield Stone Evolutions Guide: Which Pokemon Evolve Using Which Stones?

Pokemon Sword and Shield have arrived on Nintendo Switch. The Gen 8 games feature a variety of new and returning Pokemon, and just as before, many of them can only evolve by using certain elemental stones. On top of the traditional Water, Fire, and Leaf Stones, Game Freak has introduced a number of new evolutionary stones to the series over the years, such as the Dawn Stone and Dusk Stone. If you’re not sure which monsters evolve using these items, we’ve outlined all the evolutionary stones in Sword and Shield and the Pokemon that require them below.

Which Pokemon Evolve With Which Stones?

Evolutionary Stone Pokemon
Water Stone Lombre -> Ludicolo, Shellder -> Cloyster, Eevee -> Vaporeon
Fire Stone Vulpix -> Ninetales, Growlithe -> Arcanine, Eevee -> Flareon
Leaf Stone Nuzleaf -> Shiftry, Gloom -> Vileplume, Eevee -> Leafeon
Thunder Stone Pikachu -> Raichu, Eevee -> Jolteon
Ice Stone Eevee -> Glaceon, Galarian Darumaka -> Galarian Darmanitan
Moon Stone Clefairy -> Clefable, Munna -> Musharna
Sun Stone Gloom -> Bellossom, Cottonee -> Whimsicott, Helioptile -> Heliolisk
Dawn Stone Snorunt (female) -> Froslass, Kirlia (male) -> Gallade
Dusk Stone Lampent -> Chandelure, Doublade -> Aegislash
Shiny Stone Minccino -> Cinccino, Roselia -> Roserade, Togetic -> Togekiss

Where To Find Evolutionary Stones

There are a couple of reliable ways to find evolutionary stones in Sword and Shield. Each day, you can find different stones behind the boulders in the Lake of Outrage, so it’s a good idea to return to the area often to pick them up. You can also give 500 Watts–a new type of currency in Sword and Shield–to the Digging Duo near the Pokemon Nursery in Bridge Field to have them excavate items. The items they can dig up typically include evolutionary stones, so you’ll want to collect as many Watts as you can and visit the duo often to stock up.

There are a lot of other features to dig into in Pokemon Sword and Shield. If you’re just getting started on your Pokemon journey, check out our other Sword and Shield guides below for more helpful tips. For our full thoughts on the new Pokemon games, be sure to read our Pokemon Sword and Shield review.

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