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Gloom's branched evolution family as demonstrated in the anime: both of Gloom's potential evolutions require an evolutionary stone.

An evolutionary stone (Japanese: 進化の石 Evolution stone) is a stone-like item that radiates a mysterious energy that causes some species of Pokémon to evolve. In English, the name has changed several times: in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, it is referred to as an element Stone, in the Diamond & Pearl series as an evolutionary stone, and in Pokémon X, Y, Sun, and Moon, and the Best Wishes and XY series as an Evolution stone.

Evolutionary stones may be used at any time, and cause instant Evolution in the Pokémon they are used on, which cannot be canceled. All evolutionary stones are applied directly to a Pokémon and are consumed upon the Pokémon's Evolution.

Many Pokémon that result from a stone-based evolution have vastly different level-up learnsets than their pre-evolutionary forms, with several learning no moves after Evolution at all.

List of stones

In the anime

A giant Moon Stone

In Clefairy and the Moon Stone, a giant Moon Stone appeared deep within Mt. Moon, being worshipped by a group of Clefairy who lived there. It was soon stolen by Team Rocket, and ultimately ended up being blown up; the shards from the shattered giant Moon Stone rained down on the Clefairy and caused some of them to evolve into Clefable. In this episode, the characters speculated that the Moon Stone was how various Pokémon—Clefairy in particular—arrived in the Pokémon world.

In Electric Shock Showdown, Nurse Joy gives Ash a Thunderstone so that he could evolve his Pikachu in order to defeat Lt. Surge's Raichu. Pikachu, however, refused the offer. Ash kept the Thunderstone in case Pikachu ever wanted to evolve; however, in Pika and Goliath!, a similar scenario occurred and Pikachu still refused to evolve. Seeing his determination to not evolve, Team Rocket stole it, planning to sell it.

The remaining Generation I evolutionary stones made their debut in The Battling Eevee Brothers, as part of a collection held by the Eevee brothers. Additionally, two of the Eevee brothers offered a Fire Stone and Thunderstone to Brock and Ash to evolve their respective Vulpix and Pikachu, though both refused.

The Leaf Forest appeared in The March of the Exeggutor Squad, which is a reported hotbed of Leaf Stones. The radiation from these stones in the forest is so strong that it caused Melvin's Exeggcute to evolve.

A fake Leaf Stone, made by Team Rocket, appeared in Make Room for Gloom, where the discovery of its nature as a fake was central to the episode.

A real Leaf Stone first appeared at the very end of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure. With it, the Exeggcute that had been following Misty's Togepi evolved into an Exeggutor.

Ash won a Sun Stone in the Bug-Catching Contest during The Bug Stops Here, later using it to evolve a Sunkern in Moving Pictures.

Fire Stones played an important role in The Stolen Stones!, where they were intended to be delivered to a stadium as a prize for competitors.

Both a Leaf Stone and a Sun Stone appeared in Whichever Way the Wind Blows during an explanation of the branch in Gloom's evolutionary line.

In Once in a Mawile, a Water Stone belonging to Samantha appeared, which Brock's Lombre used to evolve into Ludicolo. This is the first time that a main character's Pokémon evolves via an evolutionary stone on-screen, although it is likely that James's Weepinbell was evolved using a Leaf Stone prior to The Breeding Center Secret.

A Moon Stone appeared in a flashback in Delcatty Got Your Tongue?, evolving Dr. Abby's Skitty into a Delcatty.

Professor Oak gave a Water Stone to a wild Lombre in A Faux Oak Finish!, while a Dusk Stone was central to the plot of Try for the Family Stone!.

Ursula used a Fire Stone and a Water Stone to evolve her two Eevee in Last Call, First Round!, making them a Flareon and Vaporeon, for use in the Grand Festival.

Ash had to find a Thunder Stone as part of a scavenger hunt in Climbing the Tower of Success!. He came across a young man in possession of one who tried to toss it to him from a long distance. The Thunder Stone nearly came in contact with Pikachu but he jumped out of the way just in time leaving Ash to catch it.

Mystery on a Deserted Island! featured all evolutionary stones available as of Generation V.

A Thunder Stone appeared in To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler! as a part of Clemont's explanation of how Pokémon Evolution works, Pikachu's evolution into Raichu working as an example of stone-induced Evolution.

A full set of evolutionary stones was seen on display in a stone shop in Geosenge Town in The Cave of Trials!. In addition, an unnamed Trainer used a Sun Stone purchased from the shop to evolve his Helioptile into Heliolisk. Clemont then revealed that he had also used a Sun Stone to evolve his own Helioptile into Heliolisk.

Evolutionary stones do not seem to be required for evolution in the anime as they are in the games. James's second Weepinbell evolved without a Leaf Stone in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid. In addition, Pokémon that evolve via proximity of evolutionary stones apparently seem to control their evolutionary urges and physically touch the stone without evolving, as evidenced by Pikachu whacking away the Thunder Stone when refusing to evolve the first time, as well as a Clefairy holding onto a Moon Stone for prolonged periods of time before delivering it to the larger Moon Stone without evolving.

Pokédex entries

Episode Subject Source Entry
EP187 Sun Stone Ash's Pokédex The Sun Stone enables evolution in several Pokémon, changing Gloom into Vileplume and changing Sunkern into Sunflora.
This concludes the entries from the original series.


Mystery on a Deserted Island!

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Evolutionary stones in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Clefairy Tale, Ash, Professor Oak, and Bill witnessed a Clefairy evolution ceremony involving a large Moon Stone.

The focus of the chapter To Evolve or Not to Evolve, That Is the Question! was evolutionary stones. Misty hoped to buy a Water Stone for her Poliwhirl in Stone Town, a town on Dream Island where all the evolutionary stones in the Pokémon world come from. However, she couldn't afford one, remarking that an inexpensive one might make the evolution go bad.

Misty was later given a Water Stone by Mikey, who was being pressured to join the "Knights of the E Stone", a club which requires members to own a Pokémon evolved by an evolutionary stone. By battling club members, Ash and Mikey proved to the club leaders that Pokémon which have evolved by evolutionary stone are not necessarily superior to their unevolved counterparts.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A Moon Stone was first mentioned by Professor Oak in Gyarados Splashes In! as a rock with a crescent moon-shaped indentation that boosts a Pokémon's power immensely. In the next round, Raging Rhydon, Team Rocket searched for one in Mt. Moon, however, it was Red who eventually found it. Later on, Red used this Moon Stone to evolve Green's Clefairy during the Silph Co. showdown with Team Rocket.

In Buzz Off, Electabuzz!, Red's Poliwhirl was able to evolve into a Poliwrath with the help of a Water Stone when they were thrown into the water in Vermilion Harbor, although the cause of his evolution wasn't revealed until the Yellow chapter.

In The Kindest Tentacruel, the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman told Yellow about a legend of an underwater dome at the bottom of Vermilion Harbor, housing a set of evolutionary stones which, unlike normal stones, did not disappear after making a Pokémon evolve, allowing them to be used repeatedly. The cause of Red's Poliwhirl's evolution had been one of these said stones, proving the legend to be true. Yellow was later led to the dome by a wild Tentacruel, finding a Leaf Stone in it, but the Fire, Thunder, and Water Stones were missing. Later, it was revealed that Giovanni had given them to Red so he could freely evolve and devolve his Eevee.

In The Last Battle VI, Gold's Sunkern evolved into a Sunflora because the sun's energy reflected off of the rocks near Ilex Forest replicated the Sun Stone's effects.

In Guile from Mawile, Ruby's Skitty evolved into a Delcatty due to being exposed to one of Steven's Moon Stones.

In Give It Your Best, Blastoise, during the battle against the Deoxys Duplicates, Green evolved her Jiggly and Nido into Wigglytuff and Nidoqueen, respectively, using two Moon Stones.

In Leaping Past Lopunny, a Shiny Stone and Dawn Stone were seen amongst the rare stones that Steven had found during his stay in Sinnoh.

In Dealing With A Koffing Fit, Silver's Murkrow evolved into a Honchkrow due to gaining experience while holding a Dusk Stone, which had been given to Silver by Green.

In All About Arceus VIII, Gold's Togetic evolved into a Togekiss shortly after evolving from a Togepi using the Shiny Stone that had been given to him by Lance.

In Triple Threat, Cilan, Chili, and Cress used a Leaf Stone, Fire Stone, and Water Stone to evolve their Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour into Simisage, Simisear, and Simipour, respectively, during their battle against the Shadow Triad.

In Homecoming, it was revealed that Black's Musha evolved into a Musharna using a Moon Stone received from Caitlin.

In Omega Alpha Adventure 0, Sapphire's Kirly evolved into a Gallade due to a Dawn Stone hitting him while training with Rara, who had evolved into a Gardevoir. Later, Steven found another Dawn Stone on the ground.


In the Pokémon Zensho manga

In Indigo Plateau, Satoshi's Pikachu used a Thunder Stone to evolve itself into a Raichu before Satoshi left to challenge the Elite Four.

In the TCG

The Moon Stone and Dusk Stone are featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game on a Trainer card and on 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. The following is a list of cards named or including Moon Stone or Dusk Stone.

Evolutionary stone cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Moon Stone T       Extended Sheet 1    
Pokémon cards with evolutionary stones as held items
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Clefairy* Colorless Secret Wonders Common 83/132 Shining Darkness Common  
Murkrow* Darkness Secret Wonders Common 95/132 Shining Darkness Common  


RG Moon Stone.png
Moon Stone


This is artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground

Mine Fire Stone.png Mine Water Stone.png Mine Thunder Stone.png
Fire Stone Water Stone Thunder Stone
Mine Leaf Stone 1.pngMine Leaf Stone 2.png Mine Moon Stone 1.pngMine Moon Stone 2.png Mine Sun Stone.png
Leaf Stone Moon Stone Sun Stone

Global Link

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Fire Stone Sprite.png Dream Water Stone Sprite.png Dream Thunder Stone Sprite.png Dream Leaf Stone Sprite.png Dream Moon Stone Sprite.png
Fire Stone Water Stone Thunder Stone Leaf Stone Moon Stone
Dream Sun Stone Sprite.png Dream Shiny Stone Sprite.png Dream Dusk Stone Sprite.png Dream Dawn Stone Sprite.png Dream Ice Stone Sprite.png
Sun Stone Shiny Stone Dusk Stone Dawn Stone Ice Stone


  • The Leaf Stone is the only evolutionary stone that cannot be sold to the ore maniac in Black and White. This was corrected in Black 2 and White 2.
  • All Pokémon that evolve with the Fire Stone and the Ice Stone are in the Field Egg Group.
  • The Dawn Stone is the only stone which can only evolve a Pokémon if it is a specific gender, with this requirement applying to both of the Pokémon it can evolve.
  • Through a glitch in the Generation I games, Pokémon that would normally require an evolutionary stone to evolve can be evolved without it, provided that the Pokémon levels up in the battle and the player has sent out a specific Pokémon in the same battle.
  • The Oval Stone is the only evolution-inducing item with "Stone" in its English name which is not an evolutionary stone.
  • The Sun Stone and Moon Stone share their names with actual gemstones.
  • The Ice Stone was first revealed by a picture on the official Spanish Pokémon website on October 4, 2016. The picture was quickly removed due to the stone not having been previously announced.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 進化之石 Jeunfa-jī Sehk *
進化石 Jeunfa Sehk *
Mandarin 進化之石 / 进化之石 Jìnhuà-zhī Shí *
進化石 / 进化石 Jìnhuà Shí *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Udviklingssten
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Evolutionaire steen (DP139)
Evolutiesteen (BW135, XY031)
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kehityskivi
France Flag.png French Pierre d’Évolution
Germany Flag.png German Element-Stein (I, III)
Evolutionsstein (IV)
Entwicklungsstein (VI, VII)
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Batu evolusi
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietre elemento (I, III)
Pietre evolutive (IV, V)
Pietre per l'evoluzione (VI, VII)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 진화에 필요한 돌 Jinhwa-e Piryohan Dol
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Evolusjonsstein (DP139, XY012, XY031)
Utviklingsstein (BW135)
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamień ewolucyjny
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pedra evolucionária (DP139, XY031)
Pedra de Evolução (BW135)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Piatră evoluție
Russia Flag.png Russian Эволюционные камень Evolyutsionnyye kamen' (DP139, XY031)
Камень эволюция Kamen' evolyutsiya (BW135)
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Piedra evolutiva (DP139)
Roca evolutiva (BW135, XY031)
Spain Flag.png Spain Piedra elemental (I, III)
Piedras de evolución (IV)
Piedra Evolutiva (VI, VII)
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Utvecklingssten (DP139, XY031)
Utvecklings-sten (BW135)
Thailand Flag.png Thai หินวิวัฒนาการ H̄in wiwạtʹhnākār
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Evrim taş
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá tiến hóa

Fire Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ほのおのいし Flame Stone
Chinese Cantonese 火之石 Fó-jī Sehk
Mandarin 火之石 Huǒ-zhī Shí *
炎之石 Yán-zhī Shí *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Ildsten
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tulikivi
France Flag.png French Pierre Feu
Germany Flag.png German Feuerstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietrafocaia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 불꽃의돌 Bulkkoch-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Ognisty Kamień *
Kamień Ognia *
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pedra do Fogo*
Pedra de Fogo*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra Fogo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Fuego
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Ateş Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá lửa

Water Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese みずのいし Water Stone
Chinese Cantonese 水之石 Séui-jī Sehk
Mandarin 水之石 Shuǐ-zhī Shí
Denmark Flag.png Danish Vandsten
Finland Flag.png Finnish Vesikivi
France Flag.png French Pierre Eau
Germany Flag.png German Wasserstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietraidrica
South Korea Flag.png Korean 물의돌 Mur-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Wodny Kamień *
Kamień Wody *
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pedra da Água*
Pedra de Água*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra Água
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Agua
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Su Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá nước

Thunder Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese かみなりのいし Lightning Stone
Chinese Cantonese 雷之石 Lèuih-jī Sehk
Mandarin 雷之石 Léi-zhī Shí *
雷石 Léi Shí *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Tordensten
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ukkoskivi
France Flag.png French Pierrefoudre *
Pierre Foudre *
Germany Flag.png German Donnerstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietratuono
South Korea Flag.png Korean 천둥의돌 Cheondung-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamienny Pioruń *
Piorunujący Kamień *
Kamień Gromu *
Kamień Pioruna *
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pedra do Trovão*
Pedra Trovão*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra Trovoada
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedratrueno *
Piedra Trueno *
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Åsksten
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Fırtına Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá sấm sét

Leaf Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese リーフのいし Leaf Stone
Chinese Cantonese 葉之石 Yihp-jī Sehk
Mandarin 葉之石 / 叶之石 Yè-zhī Shí *
葉子之石 Yèzi-zhī Shí *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Lehtikivi
France Flag.png French Pierreplante *
Pierre Plante *
Germany Flag.png German Blattstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietrafoglia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 리프의돌 Leaf-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Liściasty Kamień *
Kamień Liścia *
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pedra da Folha*
Pedra de Folha*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra Folha
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Hoja
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Yaprak Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá cỏ

Moon Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese つきのいし Moon Stone
Chinese Cantonese 月之石 Yuht-jī Sehk
Mandarin 月之石 Yuè-zhī Shí *
月亮石 Yuèliàng Shí *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Měsíční kámen
Denmark Flag.png Danish Månesten
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kuukivi
France Flag.png French Pierre Lune
Germany Flag.png German Mondstein
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Holdkő
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietralunare
South Korea Flag.png Korean 달의돌 Dar-ui Dol
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Månestein
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamień Księżycowy
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pedra da Lua
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra da Lua *
Pedra Lua
Romania Flag.png Romanian Piatra Lunii
Russia Flag.png Russian Лунный камень Lunniy kamen'
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Lunar
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Månsten
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Ay Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá mặt trăng

Sun Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese たいようのいし Sun Stone
Chinese Cantonese 日之石 Yaht-jī Sehk *
Mandarin 日之石 Rì-zhī Shí *
太陽之石 Tàiyáng-zhī Shí *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Solsten
Finland Flag.png Finnish Aurinkokivi
France Flag.png French Pierresoleil *
Pierre Soleil *
Germany Flag.png German Sonnenstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietrasolare
South Korea Flag.png Korean 태양의돌 Taeyang-ui Dol
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Solstein
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamień Słońca *
Kamień Słoneczny *
Słoneczny Kamień *
Portugal Flag.png European Portuguese Pedra Sol
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Solar
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Solsten
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Güneş Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá mặt trời

Shiny Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ひかりのいし Light Stone
Chinese Cantonese 光之石 Gwōng-jī Sehk
Mandarin 光之石 Guāng-zhī Shí
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kiiltokivi
France Flag.png French Pierre Éclat
Germany Flag.png German Leuchtstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietrabrillo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 빛의돌 Bich-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamień Błyszczący
Portugal Flag.png European Portuguese Pedra Brilhante
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Día
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Parlak Taş
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá ánh sáng

Dusk Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese やみのいし Darkness Stone
Chinese Cantonese 暗之石 Am-jī Sehk
Mandarin 暗之石 Àn-zhī Shí
Finland Flag.png Finnish Iltakivi *
Ruskokivi *
France Flag.png French Pierre Nuit
Germany Flag.png German Finsterstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Neropietra
South Korea Flag.png Korean 어둠의돌 Eodum-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamień Zmierzchu
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Pedra da Penumbra
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra Crepúsculo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Noche
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Alacakaranlık Taşı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đá bóng tối

Dawn Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese めざめいし Awakening Stone
Chinese Cantonese 覺醒之石 Gokséng-jī Sehk
Mandarin 覺醒之石 Juéxǐng-zhī Shí
Finland Flag.png Finnish Aamukivi
France Flag.png French Pierre Aube
Germany Flag.png German Funkelstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietralbore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 각성의돌 Gakseong-ui Dol
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamień Świtu
Portugal Flag.png European Portuguese Pedra Alvorada
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Alba
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Şafak Taşı

Ice Stone

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese こおりのいし Ice Stone
Chinese Cantonese 冰之石 Bīng-jī Sehk
Mandarin 冰之石 Bīng-zhī Shí
France Flag.png French Pierre Glace
Germany Flag.png German Eisstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pietragelo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 얼음의돌 Eoreum-ui Dol
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piedra Hielo

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