Pokemon Sword and Shield evolution stone guide – Locations, combinations, more

Published: 5/Dec/2019 18:31

by David Purcell


Evolving Pokemon in Sword and Shield is just like many others in the series, with different species requiring particular methods to start the process. If you’re wondering what stones work for which Pokemon, this guide should help you out. 

The Galar Region has introduced a number of new Pokemon that we’ve never seen before, let alone got them to evolve!

Many species found inside the area, such as Galarian Farfetch’d, Galarian Yamask and others evolve in strange ways and we have guides for those, but a more traditional way of applying a stone is just as prevalent as ever. First of all, let’s take a look at where you can find the stones easily.


Best place to find stones in Pokemon Sword and Shield

There’s a really good spot that players have identified as a stone haven in Pokemon Sword and Shield, featuring all different types as well. To find it, you’re going to need to head over to a huge rock formation in the Wild Area.

It can be seen from a fair distance away, but if you start at Hammerlocke Hills and bike over towards the right side, you will eventually see the Lake of Outrage. Cross that, approach the rocks and behind every huge stone will be an evolution stone.

The Lake of Outrage is marked by the red arrow, just under Hammerlocke Hills...

These can be quick tricky to collect as they’re hidden on the floor, but there will be a noticeable shining animation near the back of each of them. Simply click around each spot to grab yourself a handful of stones.

Here, you can come across anything from a Leaf Stone to Shiny Stone, as they randomly spawn.

Pokemon / NintendoHead over to each of the rocks and locate the shining stones on the ground. Click them to harvest.

What stone does your Pokemon need to evolve?

Now that you’re armed with your evolution stones, you’re probably going to need some guidance on which stone each Pokemon needs to evolve. So, we’ve put together a list for you to make things a little easier.

As you will be able to tell pretty early on in the list, there are a lot of Eeveelutions included, but if you didn’t know that already then are you really a Pokemon fan?

Just kidding, here’s all possible stone evolutions in Sword and Shield:

  • Dawn Stone evolves Kirlia into Gallade and Snorunt into Froslass
  • Dusk Stone evolves Lampent into Chandelure
  • Fire Stone evolves Eevee into Flareon, Vuplix into Ninetales and Growlithe into Arcanine
  • Ice Stone evolves Eevee into Glaceon and Galarian Darumaka into Galarian Darmanitan
  • Leaf Stone evolves Eevee into Leafeon, Nuzleaf into Shiftry and Gloom into Vileplume
  • Moon Stone evolves Clefairy into Clefable and Munna into Musharna
  • Shiny Stone evolves Minccino into Cinccino, Roselia into Roserade and Togetic into Togekiss
  • Sun Stone evolves Cottonee into Whimsicott, Helioptile into Heliolisk and Gloom into Bellossom
  • Thunder Stone evolves Charjabug into Vikavolt, Pikachu into Raichu and Eevee into Jolteon
  • Water Stone evolves Eevee into Vaporeon, Lombre into Ludicolo and Shellder into Cloyster
NintendoIf you want Togepi’s final evolution, you’ll need to grab yourself one of the stones.

These combinations will be useful for all different types of players, whether you’re looking to check off all of the Pokemon in the Galar Region Pokedex, or perhaps even looking to get ahold of one of the new evolutions for the very first time.

We also have a complete fossil guide for Pokemon Sword and Shield which is really useful for learning the combinations, fossil locations and more useful tips.

Either way, we wish you luck on your travels throughout the new region and hopefully, with some of these Pokemon included in your team, you will make easy work of each gym leader you face!


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.