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How to get Unova Stones & evolve Gen 5 Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Learn how to get the new Unova Stones and evolve Gen 5 Pokemon in the latest Pokemon Go update.

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Earlier this week we covered the release of Gen 5 Pokemon in Pokemon Go, Niantic’s hit mobile game. Now, though, players have discovered that not all of the Gen 5 Pokemon who made the jump to Go can evolve naturally. Instead, you’ll need to find Unova Stones and use them to trigger certain Pokemon’s evolutions. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get Unova Stones, as well as discuss which Pokemon from Gen 5 require this new stone to evolve.

How to get Unova Stones

Like the Sinnoh Stones introduced earlier this year, Unova Stones are an item that players will need to acquire if they are wanting to evolve certain Gen 5 Pokemon from the Unova region. While these items are extremely important to evolving specific Gen 5 Pokemon, it isn't the easiest item to acquire.

Pansear - Pokemon
Pansear, one of the Gen 5 Pokemon that made the jump to Pokemon Go.

To get your hands on a Unova Stone, you’re going to need to complete Research Breakthroughs. These can be earned by completed Field Research tasks from Poke Stops. The first Field Research task that you complete each day will reward you with a stamp, and once you have collected seven of those stamps, you’ll be able to achieve a Research Breakthrough. The tricky thing here, though, is that the Unova stone is not a guaranteed drop from completing these breakthroughs, which means you might need to complete a few Research Breakthroughs before you can acquire one of these important items.

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Gen 5 Pokemon that require Unova Stone

But which of the Gen 5 Pokemon require the Unova Stone to complete their evolution? That’s a fantastic question and it is one that we have the answer to. While there is only a handful of Gen 5 Pokemon that made the jump to Pokemon Go, there are four of them that will require the Unova Stone to evolve. These Pokemon include:

  • Lampent
  • Pansage
  • Pansear
  • Panpour

When you use the Unova Stone with the Pokemon above, they will evolve to the following respectively:

  • Chandelure
  • Simisage
  • Simisear
  • Simipour

Now that you know how to get Unova Stones, you can start working towards evolving your Gen 5 Pokemon. For more help, head back over to our Pokemon Go hub.

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