Initially featuring in Pokémon X and Y, Sun and Moon have largely moved Mega Evolution - the practice of 'over-evolving' certain Pokémon into more powerful forms - to the side this time around, but that doesn't mean it's gone altogether.
Far from it, in fact, as many Mega Stones are available in-game once the main story is completed, whilst the remainder are avaialble via download code now that the distributions have all begun.
Here, we've put together a table showing you how and where to find Mega Stones, which Pokémon can Mega Evolve in Sun and Moon without transferring them from Pokémon Bank, and where you can find the Key Stone to make it all possible, too.
Pokémon Sun and Moon Mega Stone locations list and how to get every Mega Stone
As we alluded to above, not all Mega Evolutions and their corresponding Mega Stones were initially available in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Now though, the distributions have finally opened up for every Mega Stone that wasn't already obtainable in the base game, so below we've compiled one unified list for all Mega Stones and how to get them in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
List of Sun and Moon Mega Stone Locations
|Mega Evolution||Mega Stone||Mega Stone Location|
|Mega Venusaur||Venusaurite||Defeat Red in the Battle Tree|
|Mega Charizard X||Charizardite X||Defeat Red in the Battle Tree|
|Mega Charizard Y||Charizardite Y||Defeat Red in the Battle Tree|
|Mega Blastoise||Blastoisinite||Defeat Red in the Battle Tree|
|Mega Beedrill||Beedrillite||Bedrillite download code|
|Mega Pidgeotte||Pidgeotite||Pidgeotite download code|
|Mega Alazkazam||Alakazite||Defeat Dexio on Ancient Poni Path; or |
Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree
|Mega Slowbro||Slowbronite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Gengar||Gengarite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Kangaskhan||Kangaskhanite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Pinsir||Pinsirite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Gyarados||Gyaradosite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Aerodactyl||Aerodactylite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Mewtwo X||Mewtwonite X||Mewtwonite X download code|
|Mega Mewtwo Y||Mewtwonite Y||Mewtwonite Y download code|
|Mega Ampharos||Ampharosite||Ampharosite download code|
|Mega Steelix||Steelixite||Steelixite download code|
|Mega Scizor||Scizorite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Heracross||Heracronite||Heracronite download code|
|Mega Houndoom||Houndoominite||Houndoominite download code|
|Mega Tyranitar||Tyranitarite||Tyranitarite download code|
|Mega Sceptile||Sceptilite||Sceptilite download code|
|Mega Blaziken||Blazikenite||Blazikenite download code|
|Mega Swampert||Swampertite||Swampertite download code|
|Mega Gardevoire||Gardevoirite||Gardevoirite download code|
|Mega Sabeleye||Sablenite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Mawile||Mawilite||Mawilite download code|
|Mega Aggron||Aggronite||Aggronite download code|
|Mega Medicham||Medichamite||Medicham download code|
|Mega Sharpedo||Sharpedonite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Camerupt||Cameruptite||Cameruptite download code|
|Mega Manectric||Manectite||Manectite download code|
|Mega Altaria||Altarianite||Altarianite download code|
|Mega Banette||Banettite||Banettite download code|
|Mega Absol||Absolite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Glalie||Glalilite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Salamence||Salamencite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Metagross||Metagrossite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Latias||Latiasite||Latiasite download code|
|Mega Latios||Latiosite||Latiosite download code|
|Mega Garchomp||Garchompite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Lucario||Lucarionite||Purchase with 64 BP at Battle Tree|
|Mega Audino||Audinite||Audinite download code|
|Primal Kyogre||Red Orb||Purchase in Hau'oli City|
|Primal Groudon||Blue Orb||Purchase in Hau'oli City|
|Mega Rayquaza||Dragon Ascent (move)||From Move Tutor in Seafolk Village|
|Mega Lopunny||Lopunnite||Lopunnite download code|
|Mega Abomasnow||Abomasite||Abomasite download code|
|Mega Gallade||Galladite||Galladite download code|
|Mega Diancie||Diancite||Diancite download code|
As you can see from the table, the Mega Stones are split between those available in-game, and those available via download code. Interestingly, the distribution ends on October 31st 2017, not long before Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are released, and it's unclear if and how these Mega Stones could be transferred to those games, or if they'll be available in them from the off, instead.
As for how the stones were first distributed, those not available in-game were given to participants of online tournamints a month after it took place, and than become available to non-participants a month after that via download code.
Unforuntately however, after the above codes expire, there's no other way to get them, as they won't transfer from X and Y or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to Sun and Moon. That means we'll need to grab them while we can before the distribution ends!
Need more tips? Use our Pokémon Sun and Moon Walkthrough and guide for the main story, our competitive training guide for info on IVs, EV training, Hyper Training and bottle cap farming, and breeding explained, our choice of the best Pokémon Sun and Moon starter from Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, as well as an in-progress list of where to find Zygarde Cells and Cores and our guide to the Battle Tree and both Battling and Trading in the Festival Plaza. We also have a list of QR codes list, Z Crystal locations, Mega Stone locations, Eevium Z Eevee User locations for Extreme Evoboost, evolutions for Alolan Forms and other new Sun and Moon Pokémon and fast way to increase a Pokémon's Happiness, plus how to transfer across Ash-Greninja from the Sun and Moon Demo, where to catch the Tapu Guardians, how to catch the Ultra Beasts, and how to download the Munchlax Mystery Gift.
How and where to find the Key Stone in Pokémon Sun and Moon
Finally, you'll need to get your hands on the Mega Ring and its Key Stone before you can use any Mega Stones at all - regardless of whether you imported them from Pokémon Bank or not. Below are their locations:
- Key Stone - for defeating Dexio on Ancient Poni Path, after defeating the Elite Four.
Once the Elite Four's been taken down, head back over to Ancient Poni Path, where you'll be stopped out of the blue by Dexio. He battles you on the spot, with a fairly strong Psychic-based team, before awarding you both the Key Stone and Alakazite for your victory. From then on, if you have the relevant Mega Stone, you can finally Mega Evolve your Pokémon in battle.
We'll update this page as the Mega Stones become more available, but for now we recommend making sure you've acquired every Z Crystal too, and get started on grinding those Battle Royals and Battle Tree for Battle Points!