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, it is possible (but not guaranteed) to receive a 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.
Currently available is the Astral Eclipse event, which brings the A Cosmic Companion special research quest of the Season of Light to a close. You can also finally evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo or Lunala! Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres.
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|
|Minccino||...evolves into Cinccino using a Unova Stone and 50 Candy|
|Lampent||...evolves into Chandelure using a Unova Stone and 100 Candy|
|Munna||...evolves into Musharna using a Unova Stone and 50 Candy|
|Eelektrik||...evolves into Eelektross using a Unova Stone and 100 Candy|
Other Stone-based evolutions - such as Gen 5's Cottonee and Petilil - have been confirmed to use a Sun Stone.