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Pokémon Go guide: How to get Sinnoh Stones

Complete Pokémon Go research tasks daily for a Sinnoh Stone research breakthrough

Artwork of Porygon-Z from the The Pokémon Trading Card Game The Pokémon Company

With the addition of Sinnoh-region Pokémon in Pokémon Go comes new evolutions for 11 existing Pokémon. In order to evolve those Pokémon to their fourth-gen forms, you’ll need a bunch of candy and an item added to Pokémon Go: Sinnoh Stones.

Sinnoh Stones are similar to other Evolution Items found in Pokémon Go, like Metal Coat, Dragon Scale and Sun Stones. Unlike those evolution materials, you can’t just earn Sinnoh Stones by spinning PokéStops.

How do you get Sinnoh Stones?

Sinnoh Stones can be earned from two sources: Research Tasks and PvP battles.

After you complete a full seven days’ worth of research progress stamps, you’ll have a chance to earn a single Sinnoh Stone from a Research Breakthrough. The odds aren’t high so it may take several weeks of Breakthroughs before you’re rewarded one.

Sinnoh Stones also drop rarely from completing in PvP battles. You can battle against an AI trainer once a day for a chance at possible rewards. You can also battle three times a day with another player for a chance at rewards. With four shots per day, you’ll likely have an easier time getting Sinnoh Stones from PvP battles than you will Research Tasks.

Which Pokémon evolve using Sinnoh Stones?

There are many Pokémon from the Kanto, Johto and Hoenn region that have Sinnoh evolutions from Sinnoh Stones. Here’s the current list:

  • Budew → Roselia → Roserade
  • Elekid → Electabuzz → Electivire
  • Duskull → Dusclops → Dusknoir
  • Gligar → Gliscor
  • Magby → Magmar → Magmortar
  • Misdreavus → Mismagius
  • Murkrow → Honchkrow
  • Porygon → Porygon2 → Porygon-Z
  • Ryhorn → Rhydon → Rhyperior
  • Sneasel → Weavile
  • Togepi → Togetic → Togekiss
  • Swinub → Piloswine → Mamoswine
  • Aipom → Ambipom
  • Yanma → Yanmega
  • Tangela → Tangrowth
  • Lickytung → Lickilicky
  • Ralts → Kirlia → Gallade
  • Snorunt → Froslass

Each new Sinnoh evolution also costs 100 candy, but if you’re still catching up on earlier evolutions, the good news is that some basic evolutions now require less candy (down from 50 to 25).

What Pokémon should I evolve?

If you’re prioritizing attackers for raids, Mamoswine is one of the best. It has a mix of extremely high CP, with strong ground and ice-type moves, making it a solid pick for most Legendary raids. Roserade is also one of the best grass-types, and Electivire is one of the best electric-types

However, if you want to evolve a Lickilicky just to have a cute, round friend, that’s a pretty good option, too.