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Pokémon Sword and Shield guide: Where to find evolution stones

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There’s no department store, but you will find caches of stones around Sword and Shield

Close-up of Pokemon Leafeon Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

Pokémon Sword and Shield doesn’t have a department store — so where do you get your evolution stones? There are a few places to find individual stones strewn across the Galar region, but there’s one place in particular with a massive cache of different stones.

To get it, you’ll need your bike — and its Rotom upgrade that allows you to ride on water. You’ll find the upgrade on Route 9, from the same NPC who gave you the bike originally. Once you’ve got the water-friendly bike, you’ll be able to glide across water with ease.

Galar region map Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

Start at Hammerlocke Hills, right outside the steps to Hammerlocke. Ride right and follow the ridge until you’re able to cross the small lake. Once you’ve entered the Lake of Outrage, you’ll see a circle of large stones. If it’s your first time here, each large stone will have an evolution stone behind it. There are eight stones total, and each will have an evolution stone. Once you pick up the original evolution stones, they’ll respawn occasionally — meaning you can keep collecting evolution stones for free.

Lake of Outrage evolution stone cache Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

Here are the stones we’ve picked up there:

  • Shiny Stone
  • Water Stone
  • Leaf Stone
  • Fire Stone
  • Moon Stone
  • Ice Stone
  • Thunder Stone
  • Dusk Stone
  • Sun Stone
  • Dawn Stone

Stones are scattered individually across Galar, but this is the quickest way to collect a ton of them at once. Evolution stones are handy for evolving certain Pokémon, like Eevee into Leafeon (Leaf Stone), Glaceon (Ice Stone), or Flareon (Fire Stone).