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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Guide: Where to find Evolution Stones

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While most Pokémon evolve by reaching a certain level, some species rely on items called evolution stones. With the release of Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, searching for these powerful items all over Sinnoh can prove a challenge, so we’ve put together a guide covering where to find all the evolution stones you need to unlock your Pokémon’s final forms.

In total, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl has 9 evolution stones that you can obtain. No Ice Stone in these titles—you’ll have to level up Eevee near an Ice Rock in Snowpoint City to get Glaceon or near a Moss Rock in Eterna Forest to get Leafeon. (And here’s a guide on how to get Eevee in BDSP).

Trainers can only use each evolution stone once, and cannot cancel the evolution process once you’ve started it. That said, if you need multiple stones of the same type, another way to get these items is via Pokémon with the Pickup ability. Aipom, Ambipom, Munchlax, and Pachirisu all have this ability, wherein they will occasionally find a random held item, including Dusk Stones, Dawn Stones, Shiny Stones, and Oval Stones.

Besides the locations we mention below, you can also dig up stones in the Grand Underground location, but it will need some time and effort on your part. Players just have to approach the dig sites marked by yellow diamonds on the mini-map. Notably, this is the only way for you to get your hands on a Sun Stone or a Moon Stone as they can’t be found on the overworld.

Where to find Evolution stones in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Fire Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Eevee to Flareon
  • Growlithe to Arcanine
  • Vulpix to Ninetales

How to get it:

  • On Route 205, which is next to Valley Windworks, go to the bridge and surf westward until you reach Fuego Ironworks. Two fire stones are available in this location.
  • Navigate through the maze of booster pads and go speak with Fuego to obtain one fire stone.
  • You can find another fire stone on the far right side of the maze, near the blue-colored freight box. To reach this area, you’ll need to solve the tile puzzle on the floor of Ironworks.

Leaf Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Exeggcute to Exeggcutor
  • Gloom to Vileplume
  • Nuzleaf to Shiftry
  • Weepinbell to Victreebel

How to get it:

  • From Fuego Ironworks, you can surf across the water southward to reach the north entrance of Floaroma Meadows. You can also access the meadows by traveling to Floaroma Town, then heading north.
  • If you enter through the north side and see a set of stairs, keep following the path downward.
  • Amid the yellow and purple flowers, players will find a Pokéball containing the Leaf Stone.

Water Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Eevee to Vaporeon
  • Lombre to Ludicolo
  • Poliwhirl to Poliwrath
  • Shellder to Cloyster
  • Staryu to Starmie

How to get it:

You can get one Water Stone during the main game, and another one after you expand your Pokédex to the National Dex in the post-game.

  • [Main game] Head to Route 213, which is in between Pastoria City and the Valor Lakefront. To the south of this route, go to the beach and surf into the water.
  • Continue southward by going past a line of rocks. You’ll find a shallow island with a labyrinth-like pathway and on the east side, you can battle a sailor.
  • After defeating the sailor NPC, surf north briefly until you see two trainers in the middle of the water path. Behind the trainers, you’ll see Pokéball containing the Water Stone.
  • [Post-game / After National Dex] Visit the Battle Tower in the Fight Area then go to Route 230.
  • On the right side, take the set of stairs and keep going until you reach a rock that you can destroy with Rock Smash.
  • Follow this path to the end until you find another Pokéball with a Water Stone.

Thunder Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Eevee to Jolteon
  • Pikachu to Raichu

How to get it:

  • Head to Sunyshore City and look for the Lighthouse.
  • You can follow the solar panel pathway and go down the stairs to access the area right behind the Lighthouse.
  • The Thunder Stone is hidden right at the bottom of the stairs beside the huge rock on the left side near the waters.

Dawn Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Kirlia (male) to Gallade
  • Snorunt (female) to Froslass

How to get it:

You can get two Dawn Stones during the main game, at Mt. Coronet and the Grand Underground, and another one after you expand your Pokédex to the National Dex in the post-game.

  • [Main game] Go to Route 207 then enter Mt. Coronet.
  • In the first cave, the south end of the room contains a set of stairs near a small pool of water.
  • Surf across this pool and in the patch of land on the other side, you will find a Pokéball containing a Dawn Stone.
  • [Main game] Besides trying to dig up the Moon Stone, the Grand Underground area at Snowpoint City also contains the item directly on the overworld.
  • Enter the Hideaway called the Whiteout Cave and go to the bottom-left most corner of the map.
  • Find a hidden Dawn Stone in between the wall and the edge of the snow-covered area.
  • [Post-game / After National Dex] You can now access Route 225 inside the Battle Zone.
  • Head towards the northern end of the route, cross through a grassy patch then find a wall with a rocky slope.
  • Use Rock Climb to scale up this ledge, where you will then encounter a Dragon Tamer NPC.
  • Defeat the trainer so you can get the Dawn Stone behind him.

Dusk Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Clefairy to Clefable
  • Jigglypuff to Wigglytuff
  • Nidorina to Nidoqueen
  • Nidorino to Nidoking
  • Skitty to Delcatty

How to get it:

  • [Main Game] Follow the story arc of the game by battling and defeating Team Galactic’s Commander Jupiter at Lake Acuity. She’ll drop the Storage Key.
  • Travel to Veilstone City and enter the Galactic Warehouse using the Storage Key.
  • Head to a tiny room or nook with stairs in the upper right part. You can find the Dusk Stone right next to the laptop on the table.
  • [Post-game / After beating Cynthia] After you defeat Cynthia and become the Sinnoh Champion, you’ll enter the Hall of Fame and gain access to Victory Road.
  • On the first floor, go towards the back where there are boulders blocking the path. Use Strength to push the boulders aside.
  • Then, in the top left part of the frame, you’ll find a Pokéball containing a Dusk Stone.

Sun Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Gloom to Bellossom
  • Sunkern to Sunflora

How to get it:

One way to get the Sun Stone is by digging as described earlier. You can also hope to get one if you luckily catch a wild Pokémon—particularly Solrock—that’s holding the stone. You can encounter Solrock in the Dazzling Caves, Riverbank Caves, Stargleam Caverns, and Still-Water Caverns of the Grand Underground, but only after you have upgraded to the National Dex.

Moon Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Exeggcute to Exeggcutor
  • Gloom to Vileplume
  • Nuzleaf to Shiftry
  • Weepinbell to Victreebel

How to get it:

One way to get the Moon Stone is by digging as described earlier. You can also hope to get one if you luckily catch a wild Pokémon—particularly Clefairy—that’s holding the stone. You can encounter Clefairy at Mt Coronet and in the Trophy Garden situated behind the Pokémon Mansion.

Shiny Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Roselia to Roserade
  • Togetic to Togekiss

How to get it:

  • Together with Riley, navigate through the mines of Iron Island.
  • You need to find three elevators to get yourself to the top of the caverns, right before you get to exit the mines.
  • On the right side of the room, you will see a Pokéball containing a Shiny Stone.
  • Alternatively, go to Route 228 and access the narrow bridge.
  • On the left side of the bridge, you’ll be able to find another Shiny Stone right before two Pokémon Rangers.

Oval Stone location in Pokémon BDSP

Use for evolving:

  • Happiny to Chansey (give to Happiny as held item then level up)

How to get it:

  • Visit the Lost Tower (this is to the south of Solaceon Town and to the right of Route 209).
  • Head up to the second floor where you will find a Youngster NPC whom you have to battle.
  • After defeating the trainer, pick up the Pokéball on the ground to get your Oval Stone.