Changing How Evolution Items Work – Pokemon Go

Since February 2017, we saw the introduction of evolution items, where previously they were not used. In the main games, Pokemon such as Eevee, Pikachu and Exeggcute require evolution items to evolve. However, when Pokemon Go was released, stones and items were omitted in favour of a simple candy evolution. However, when the Johto wave of Pokemon came out, five evolution items were released – Up Grade, King’s Rock, Sun Stone, Dragon Scale and Metal Coat. Altogether, these items evolved a total of eight Pokemon – Porygon, Poliwhirl (into Politoed), Slowpoke (into Slowking), Gloom (into Bellossom), Sunkern, Seadra, Onix and Scyther.

I originally wanted to make this into a post about changing the way that the items were used and distributed, but then I decided to try and draft some designs of any other stones for the other regions. Because my things are packed away (I’m moving soon), I can’t upload the designs that I made, so I’ll talk a little bit about them.

I have to state that the best solution is to get rid of them, but I had to think about different regions and how their evolution stones would function.

Kanto Stone

The Kanto Stone would be beneficial in replacing the needed evolution items – however, none of the Pokemon in Pokemon Go can evolve using items. However, the Pokemon that would be more suited to a Kanto Stone would be as follows:

  • Eevee – Flareon
  • Eevee – Vaporeon
  • Eevee – Jolteon

I feel that perhaps if given a chance, we could choose the Eeveelution that we wanted (remember the nickname trick is a one-time-only). Perhaps if you wanted to randomise which Eeveelution you evolve into, use the normal button. However, the use of the Kanto Stone will allow you to choose which Eeveelution to evolve into.

Johto Stone

The Johto Stone was designed with the silver in the middle, with the gold colouring on the outside. The Johto Stone would replace the need for five different evolution items as I mentioned earlier.

  • Porygon – Porygon2
  • Onix – Steelix
  • Scyther – Scizor
  • Seadra – Kingdra
  • Slowpoke – Slowking
  • Poliwhirl – Politoed
  • Sunkern – Sunflora
  • Gloom – Bellossom

Hoenn Stone

The Hoenn Stone has a ruby, sapphire and emerald to represent the games. Feebas and Milotic are on this list because despite having the walk to evolve, from Generation 5 onwards, Feebas can be evolved when traded holding a Prism Scale. This was due to the Beauty and competition functionality being made redundant. So I feel that there could be a choice to what evolution method you choose.

In terms of Clamperl, I’ve seen a lot of posts regarding people only getting one of the evolutions – Huntail and Gorebyss. I think the function will be the same with Eevee and the Kanto Stone, where the stone would allow you to choose the evolution you want.

  • Clamperl – Huntail
  • Clamperl – Gorebyss
  • Feebas – Milotic

Kalos Stone

My idea for the Kalos Stone is to incorporate the letters and Y. Since Sinnoh, the requirement for stones to be used to evolve has become more necessary with the Sinnoh Stone, and the Unova Stone carries on that trend, so from now on, every Pokemon with an item-induced evolution will be featured on this list. The Kalos Stone would be the item for the following Pokemon:

  • Spritzee – Aromatisse
  • Swirlix – Slurpuff
  • Helioptile – Heliolisk
  • Floette – Florges
  • Doublade – Aegislash

Alola Stone

I thought that the Alola Stone would have the sun and moon aspect, encompassing them together to create a neat circular stone. As only three families in Alola evolve through an item, the Alola Stone will serve a purpose for evolving certain Pokemon into their Alolan counterparts. The remaining available Alolan variants aren’t included, as they are already in the game:

  • Pikachu – Alolan Raichu
  • Cubone – Alolan Marowak
  • Exeggcute – Alolan Exeggutor

Galar Stone

The Galar Stone, while currently not released, I can see it being used to turn a normal Koffing into Galarian Weezing – this is down to speculation because we have not seen a Galarian Koffing announced. The stone resembles Aegislash, due to its design.

How To Obtain These Stones

Currently, there are four ways to obtain evolution items – the Johto items can be obtained via Gifts and Pokestops (with a guaranteed item on a 7-day streak), while the Sinnoh and Unova Stones can be obtained via the Research Breakthrough box. The Sinnoh Stone can be obtained via PvP and team leader battles.

Instead of having different prerequisites, each Stone should be obtainable by all of these means – Gifts, Pokestops, Research Breakthrough boxes, PvP and team leader battles. A way to incentivise Rocket battles would be to introduce the stones as rewards.

Simple, right? I feel that things would be a lot simpler with regional stones as opposed to a mass of different items as well as the regional stones.

Do you have any other ideas (removing the need for items aside)? Let me know what you think!

2 thoughts on “Changing How Evolution Items Work – Pokemon Go

  1. Tim

    I’d even be okay if they did one method per stone. Give Unova stones via Rocket battles only. Make Johto only via Pokestops. Make Sinnoh PvP only. Just pick a method and stick with it, Niantic. You’ve already broken my heart with an unexpected nest change this week.


    1. poketravellerlola

      I feel like having a pot luck with all of them having a chance of dropping from all methods feels better for me, but I can see why you would suggest this – it incentivises those methods (I rarely battle Rocket stops, or PvP, I have no reason to).

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