Pokémon Go's Sinnoh Stone is a special evolution item that allows you to transform many of the game's existing creatures into Gen 4 versions.

Not only is it is exciting to see many fan favourites - such as Togetic and Magmar - be granted new forms, but it makes many of the game's best Pokemon even more powerful - including Rhydon.

There are many other special evolution items too - such as the Metal Coat for Steelix and Scizor, the Dragon Scale for Kingdra, the King's Rock for Slowking and Politoed, and the Up-Grade for Porygon2.

How to get the Sinnoh Stone in Pokémon Go

We learned of the Sinnoh Stone through early in-game leaks (Chrales), which told us how it can "make certain species of Pokemon evolve" in the description.

A look at the Sinnoh Stone (credit: Chrales)

Regardless of which creature you use the Sinnoh Stone on - the full list is mentioned later in the article - the methods in how to get the Sinnoh Stone remains the same:

This is different to other special evolution items so far - which require either the seventh day of your PokéStop Daily Bonus streak, or a rare drop from spinning standard Poké Stops and opening Gifts.

For now, it means it'll take some time for players to get every creature - right now, 11 weeks to be exact! (Unless, of course, you can trade some from others...)

Which Pokémon can use Sinnoh Stone in Pokémon Go?

There are a staggering 22 Gen 4 creatures that evolve from previous generations.

However, only half - 11 - can use the Sinnoh Stone to evolve right now.

They are as follows - with their previous evolution listed, and the Gen 4 creature they become with the use of the Sinnoh Stone at that point. You'll also need to use 100 Candy to do so:

...evolves into Rhyperior using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Electivire using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Magmortar using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Togekiss using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Mismagius using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Honchkrow using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Gliscor using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Weavile using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
Porygon 2
...evolves into Porygon-Z using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Roserade using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy
...evolves into Dusknoir using a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Candy

Pokémon Go Battles have arrived! Now's a good time to refresh yourself with our Best Pokémon lists and pick up some Sinnoh Stones. Elsewhere this month, the big Pokémon Go Christmas Holiday event 2018 is here, introducing new Baby Pokémon, as well as the usual new January Field Research and additional Shinies. Meanwhile, new Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon continue to be slowly released, along with the return of Legendary Kyogre and Groudon and their counters, and the latest EX Raid Deoxys form, and there's been an update to the Type Chart and type effectiveness multipliers, details of the latest Community Day Pokémon Totodile, and finally what we know about the new Limited Research and Feebas Day and Hoenn event, too.

Other Pokémon expected to use Sinnoh Stone in the near future

What about the remaining 11, including Eevee evolutions Leafeon and Glaceon? It was previously assumed the Sinnoh Stone would also be used to evolve them, but that's not the case - at least right now.

We're still waiting on Tangela evolution Tangrowth.

Either developer Niantic is holding back these evolutions for another wave - the most likely cause - or there's an additional or even completely different mechanic in the wings to make them evolve.

What makes the list of Sinnoh Stone creatures different those that don't evolve yet are their methods from the main games - which require either having a set move or being in a set location before they can evolve.

Some already live require Stones in the main games - such as the Dusk Stone for Honchcrow and Mismagius, Shiny Stone for Togekiss, or holding a special item at night for Gliscor and Weavile - so the game isn't above making the process simple with a Sinnoh Stone.

Perhaps the rest will be the same too - it's just a case of waiting for them to be active.

Remaining Gen 4 evolutions we are waiting on are:

Gen 1:

  • Magneton (evolves into Magnezone)
  • Lickitung (evolves into Lickilicky)
  • Tangela (evolves into Tangrowth)
  • Eevee (evolves into Leafeon and Glaceon)

Gen 2:

  • Aipom (evolves into Ambipom)
  • Yanma (evolves into Yanmega)
  • Piloswine (evolves into Mamoswine)

Gen 3:

  • Kirlia (evolves into Gallade)
  • Nosepass (evolves into Probopass)
  • Snorunt (evolves into Froslass)

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