Unlike the Sinnoh Stone, however, the Unova Stone won't be used to evolve Pokémon from previous generations. Instead, it will be used to complete many of those introduced in Gen 5.
The Unova Stone is one of many special evolution items in Pokémon Go, including the King's Rock for Slowking and Politoed, the Metal Coat for Steelix and Scizor, the Up-Grade for Porygon 2 and the Dragon Scale for Kingdra.
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How to get a Unova Stone in Pokémon Go
Thanks to Chrales from Twitter, we first learned of the Unova Stone through a leak and, from its description, we know that it can "make certain species of Pokémon evolve."
Similar to the Sinnoh Stone, you can receive the Unova Stone by:
It is possible more Unova Stone sources will be rolled out over time - Sinnoh Stone can also be found by defeating fellow trainers in PVP Trainer Battles, for example.
Until then, completing those seven day Field Research rewards is the way to source those Unova Stones.
Which Pokémon can use Unova Stone in Pokémon Go?
Gen 5 has a range of Pokémon that have special conditions to their evolutions, including the use of Stones that aren't available in Pokémon Go, of which are replaced with the Unova Stone in Pokémon Go.
Here are the current available uses of a Unova Stone in Pokémon Go:
|Pansage||...evolves into Simisage a Unova Stone and 100 Candy|
|Pansear||...evolves into Simisear a Unova Stone and 100 Candy|
|Panpour||...evolves into Simipour using a Unova Stone and 100 Candy|
|Lampent||...evolves into Chandelure using a Unova Stone and 100 Candy|
The first Gen 5 Pokémon have arrived! These include new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Elsewhere this year we've also seen new Adventure Sync rewards, a Jirachi quest, Team Rocket Invasions and freeing Shadow Pokémon, as well as monthly Field Research rewards. Complete the Looming in the Shadows special research quest line to fight against the invading Team Go Rocket Leaders! Finally, Niantic Wayfarer has been announced and is coming to players soon.
Which other Pokémon might use Unova Stone in Pokémon Go?
As well as the above, the following Pokémon could use an Unova Stone when they are available in the game.
It should be noted in the core games, some of these evolve when traded or have high friendship in the game - of which Pokémon Go could replicate in other ways. We'll have to wait and see!
Until then, here's a list of other possible Unova Stone candidates in Pokémon Go:
|Boldore||...evolves into Gigalith by being traded|
|Woobat||...evolves into Swoobat from having a high friendship level|
|Gurdurr||...evolves into Conkeldurr by being traded|
|Swadloon||...evolves into Leavanny from having a high friendship level|
|Minccino||...evolves into Cinccino using a Shiny Stone|
|Karrablast||...evolves into Escavalier by being traded for a Shelmet|
|Shelmet||...evolves into Accelgor by being traded for a Karrablast|
|Munna||...evolves into Musharna using a Moon Stone|
|Eelektrik||...evolves into Eelektross using a Moon Stone|
Other Stone-based evolutions - such as Gen 5's Cottonee and Petilil - have been confirmed to use a Sun Stone.