Evolution item

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

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.

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 Auspicious Armor IX Charcadet Charcadet Armarouge Armarouge
Black Augurite Black Augurite VIII Scyther Scyther Kleavor Kleavor
Chipped Pot Chipped Pot VIII Sinistea Sinistea
Antique Form
Polteageist Polteageist
Antique Form
Cracked Pot Cracked Pot VIII Sinistea Sinistea
Phony Form
Polteageist Polteageist
Phony Form
Galarica Cuff Galarica Cuff VIII Slowpoke Slowpoke
Galarian Form
Slowbro Slowbro
Galarian Form
Galarica Wreath Galarica Wreath VIII Slowking Slowking
Galarian Form
Malicious Armor Malicious Armor IX Charcadet Charcadet Ceruledge Ceruledge
Masterpiece Teacup Masterpiece Teacup IX Poltchageist Poltchageist
Artisan Form
Sinistcha Sinistcha
Masterpiece Form
Metal Alloy Metal Alloy IX Duraludon Duraludon Archaludon Archaludon
Peat Block Peat Block VIII Ursaring Ursaring Ursaluna Ursaluna
Scroll of Darkness Scroll of Darkness IX Kubfu Kubfu Urshifu Urshifu
Single Strike Style
Scroll of Waters Scroll of Waters IX Urshifu Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
Sweet Apple Sweet Apple VIII Applin Applin Appletun Appletun
Syrupy Apple Syrupy Apple IX Dipplin Dipplin
Tart Apple Tart Apple VIII Flapple Flapple
Unremarkable Teacup Unremarkable Teacup IX Poltchageist Poltchageist
Counterfeit Form
Sinistcha Sinistcha
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
Dream Deep Sea Scale Sprite.png Deep Sea Scale III Clamperl Clamperl Gorebyss Gorebyss Trade If held by Clamperl, doubles its Special Defense.
Dream Deep Sea Tooth Sprite.png Deep Sea Tooth Huntail Huntail Trade If held by Clamperl, doubles its Special Attack.
Dragon Scale Dragon Scale II Seadra Seadra Kingdra Kingdra Trade Boosts the power of Dragon-type moves by 10% when held (due to an oversight).GSC
Dubious Disc Dubious Disc IV Porygon2 Porygon2 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z Trade
Electirizer Electirizer IV Electabuzz Electabuzz Electivire Electivire Trade
King's Rock King's Rock II Poliwhirl Poliwhirl Politoed Politoed Trade Grants certain damaging moves used by the holder a 10% chance of causing hit Pokémon to flinch.
Slowpoke Slowpoke Slowking Slowking Trade
Magmarizer Magmarizer IV Magmar Magmar Magmortar Magmortar Trade
Metal Coat Metal Coat II Onix Onix Steelix Steelix Trade Boosts the power of Steel-type moves used by the holder by 20% (10% prior to Generation IV) when held.
Scyther Scyther Scizor Scizor Trade
Oval Stone Oval Stone IV Happiny Happiny Chansey Chansey Level up during the day
Prism Scale Prism Scale V Feebas Feebas* Milotic Milotic Trade
Protector Protector IV Rhydon Rhydon Rhyperior Rhyperior Trade
Razor Claw Razor Claw IV Sneasel Sneasel Weavile Weavile Level up during the night Raises the critical hit ratio of the holder.
Sneasel Sneasel
Hisuian Form
Sneasler Sneasler Level up during the day
Razor Fang Razor Fang IV Gligar Gligar Gliscor 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 Reaper Cloth IV Dusclops Dusclops Dusknoir Dusknoir Trade
Dream Sachet Sprite.png Sachet VI Spritzee Spritzee Aromatisse Aromatisse Trade
Upgrade Upgrade II Porygon Porygon Porygon2 Porygon2 Trade
Dream Whipped Dream Sprite.png Whipped Dream VI Swirlix Swirlix Slurpuff Slurpuff Trade
Strawberry Sweet Strawberry Sweet VIII Milcery Milcery Alcremie Alcremie Spinning
Love Sweet Love Sweet
Berry Sweet Berry Sweet
Clover Sweet Clover Sweet
Flower Sweet Flower Sweet
Star Sweet Star Sweet
Ribbon 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.

Dream Deep Sea Scale Sprite.png Dream Deep Sea Tooth Sprite.png Dream Dragon Scale Sprite.png Dream Dubious Disc Sprite.png Dream Electirizer Sprite.png Dream King's Rock Sprite.png
Deep Sea Scale Deep Sea Tooth Dragon Scale Dubious Disc Electirizer King's Rock
Dream Magmarizer Sprite.png Dream Metal Coat Sprite.png Dream Oval Stone Sprite.png Dream Prism Scale Sprite.png Dream Protector Sprite.png Dream Razor Claw Sprite.png
Magmarizer Metal Coat Oval Stone Prism Scale Protector Razor Claw
Dream Razor Fang Sprite.png Dream Reaper Cloth Sprite.png Dream Sachet Sprite.png Dream Up-Grade Sprite.png Dream Whipped Dream Sprite.png
Razor Fang Reaper Cloth Sachet Upgrade Whipped Dream

Pokémon GO

This is artwork of the items as seen in Pokémon GO.

GO Dragon Scale.png GO King's Rock.png GO Metal Coat.png GO Upgrade.png
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 Uncommon 167/214 Double Blaze U 084/095
Pokémon cards with Evolution items 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  
Duskull* Psychic Secret Wonders Common 86/132      
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
France Flag.png French Objet d'Évolution
Germany Flag.png German Entwicklungsitem
Italy Flag.png Italian Strumento evolutivo
Oggetti Evoluzione (GO)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 진화 아이템 Jinhwa Item
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Item de evolução
Spain Flag.png Spanish Objeto evolutivo
Objeto de evolución (GO)

Types of items
General Evolution stonesFossilsFlutesShardsHeld items
Evolution itemsEscape itemsExchangeable itemsValuable items
Battle itemsScentsNectarsCandyIngredients
Medicine Status condition healing itemsVitaminsFeathers
MintsMochiDrinksHerbal medicine
Berry and Apricorn Poké BallsApricornsBerriesMulch
Aesthetic DecorationsAccessories (NormalGreatUltraMaster)
Other MailKey ItemsEvent items
Wonder Launcher itemsRotom Powers

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