Everything You Need To Know About Pokemon GO’s New Evolutionary Items

Everything You Need To Know About Pokemon GO’s New Evolutionary Items
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Earlier today, Niantic added 80 new Johto-region Pokemon to the Pokemon GO lineup — and if the proliferation of lures in my local area is any indication, a lot of players are back in the game. Along with the new Pokemon, Niantic has also added a handful of evolutionary items. Here’s everything you need to know.

The new update adds five new evolutionary items and eight new Pokemon that can only be evolved with them. The items can be picked up like any other by spinning Pokestops, and you’ll still need a certain amount of candy (along with the items) to evolve these Pokemon. Here’s the full list:

Metal Coat

The Metal Coat item gives you access to new Steel-type evolutions for two classic Generation 1 Pokemon. It will let you evolve Scyther into Scizor at a cost of 50 candies, and you’ll also be able to turn your Onix into a Steelix, again costing 50 candies.

King’s Rock

The King’s Rock also facilitates two new evolutions for a couple of Gen 1 Pokemon you probably already own: it’ll give you the option of evolving Poliwhirl into Politoed, instead of Poliwrath, at a cost of 100 candies. You’ll also be able to evolve your Slowpoke once more into Slowking with 50 candies.

Sun Stone

The Sun Stone gives you a couple of new grass-type evolutions, with Gloom evolving into Bellossom at a cost of 100 candies, and Gen 2 Pokemon Sunkern evolving into Sunflora, costing 50 candies.

Dragon Scale

The Dragon Scale opens up another evolution for Seadra, allowing you to evolve it into a Kingdra with an additional 100 candies.


Finally, the Upgrade item will let you ‘upgrade’ Porygon into Porygon 2 with 50 candies. You won’t be able to get Porygon’s final form, Porygon Z yet, but it’ll likely come with future generations.

The addition of evolutionary items — as well as a few other new items like the banana-like Nanab berry — adds a new, interesting element to a game that has long been sorely lacking in them. You might be inclined to ask ‘why now’, however. After all, evolutionary items weren’t added in Gen 2, they were a part of the games from the very beginning. Most likely it was just a feature that the devs didn’t have time to implement in time for the initial release of the game, though.

Do you think the new items are a good addition to the game? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Bonus: How To Get Umbreon And Espeon

Remember how there was a special trick that let you choose what Eeveelution you wanted in Generation 1? As it turns out, you can use this trick again to make sure you get either an Umbreon or an Espeon — again, it’s based on characters from the Pokemon anime, though this time they’re the Eevee-owning Kimono Sisters.

So if you want an Umbreon, name your Eevee ‘Tamao’ before you evolve it, and for an Espeon, name the Eevee ‘Sakura’. This trick has already been tested and confirmed by the Pokemon GO community.


  • Where is mew and mewtwo and the lengedary birds ? I got a few of my boys playing and my woman playing this game is addictive ? but no arguments here am damn well pleased lol

  • Can you please re-confirm that in Pokemon Go, Slowbro evolves into Slowking? Because if it does that’s a strange decision… in every other instance of Pokemon, Slowpoke has evolved into Slowking. It’s a split tree like Poliwhirl into Poliwrath or Politoed; or Gloom into Vileplume or Bellossom.

    • No, it’s like the games, for example: when you go to evolve Slowpoke you have an option to evolve it with 50 candies to become Slowbro or 50 candies and Kings Rock to become Slowking. It’s the same with Gloom and Poliwhirl

    • Yes slowpoke evolves into slow king but you need a kings rock from a pokestop you just have to be lucky to get one

  • The additional Nanab berry is definitely a great addition. It is annoying to miss throws on fully evolved wild Pokemon, since they are so far away and they can decide to start jumping all over the place while your ball hasn’t reached them yet.

    Pinap berry is also nice for those wild Magikarps in the wild.

    Something that bugs me about this update are the candies required to evolve certain Pokemon. Before the update, you needed 50 to get Golbat or Seadra. Now you only need 25. Feels bad if you evolved a bunch of them prior to the update.

    Finally, I would have liked the evolution items more if getting them wasn’t so chance based. I’ve spun 50 pokestops today and I’ve yet to see a single one.

  • Is it possible that the special event stops (at Starbucks and Sprint Mobile Stores) will have increased rates for evolutionary to drop?

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