clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Pokémon Go guide: How to get Unova Stones

The rare black and white stone is the key to powering up some of the new Pokémon

A Chandelure floats in the sky from the Pokémon anime The Pokémon Company via Bulbapedia
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Go finally has added Pokémon from the Unova region, which means that a handful of them will need a special Unova Stone to evolve. Our Pokémon Go guide explains how to get Unova Stones, which need Unova Stones to evolve, and which Pokémon are the best to evolve.

Unova Stones work like other evolution items. A handful of evolutions will require them, in addition to candy, to evolve specific ‘mons.

How do you get Unova Stones?

Currently, the only way to get Unova Stones are through completing weekly Field Research Breakthroughs. After turning in seven Field Research Tasks on different days, you can claim the stamps for a Research Breakthrough. In addition to the special Pokémon that will spawn, there is a chance to get an Unova Stone.

Note that it’s not a high chance to drop, so it might be awhile before you get an Unova Stone.

Unova Stones also sometimes appear as rewards for Timed Research from events, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

What uses Unova Stones to evolve?

Currently these are the only Pokémon that uses the Unova Stone:

  • Litwick → Lampent → Chandelure
  • Pansear → Simisear
  • Pansage → Simisage
  • Panpour → Simipour
  • Eelektrik → Eelektross
  • Minccino → Cinccino
  • Munna → Musharna

Chandelure and Eelektross require 100 Candy in addition to the Unova Stone to evolve. Everything else only needs 50 Candy and the Unova Stone.

More Unova Pokémon will likely need this stone to evolve as they get released.

What’s the best Pokémon to use Unova Stones on?

Out of the options above, Chandelure is the strongest. The fire- and ghost-type Pokémon is quite a good ghost-type attacker, if you set it up with Hex and Shadow Ball.

The next level of puzzles.

Take a break from your day by playing a puzzle or two! We’ve got SpellTower, Typeshift, crosswords, and more.