Not every Pokémon evolves simply because it has reached a certain level. Instead, some Pokémon require specific conditions to evolve, such as friendship levels and other steps, while others require evolution stones. Unfortunately, every evolution stone can not simply be purchased in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, making it difficult to evolve all Pokémon if one cannot find the necessary stones.
The introduction of generation nine changed many things in Pokémon. For the first time, an actual open-world Pokémon game was released, allowing trainers to go where they want when they want. While this can create confusion, such as what order to tackle gyms or defeat Team Star, it is also a very freeing experience. However, this change has also affected things that, in other iterations of the franchise, would be almost given to trainers, such as evolution stones. Trainers are now on their own to find necessary tools and resources to either craft, discover, or purchase.
Fire Stones Can Be Found Near Levincia
The Fire Stone is one of the few evolution stones that can be purchased from Delibird Presents. Players will want to pick up the stones if they wish to evolve Pokémon like Capsakid or Growlithe. If a trainer follows the recommended order for battling gyms, after defeating the third gym, this stone should be available for purchase. Outside purchase, Fire Stones have static spawns near the south Levincia river bank and north of the quarry near the same city. There are also random spawns around Levincia if the static locations have already been searched.
Thunder Stones Can Be Accumulated in a Variety of Ways
Like the Fire Stone, trainers can purchase Thunder Stones from Delibird Presents for 3,000 Poké Dollars after defeating three gyms. If players are short on funds or wish to spend their hard-earned money elsewhere, they can head to the man-made island near Levincia City to find a static spawn stone. There is another one on a wind turbine in West Province Area One. Trainers can also be awarded this stone by participating in the auction at Porto Marinada or completing 30 entries in the Pokédex. The Thunder stone can be used to evolve Pokémon like Eevee or Eelektrik.
Water Stones Are Precious Commodities to Come By
Necessary to evolve Eevee to Vaporeon or Shellder to Cloyster, the Water Stone can be purchased from Delibird Presents for 3,000 Poké Dollars. Unlike many other stones, the Water Stone does not have static spawn locations found in Paldea and can only be found randomly around Area Zero. Unfortunately, this location is locked until close to the end of the game, so trainers will want to be cautious that they do not waste any Water Stones they may purchase.
Leaf Stones Can Be Found in the Tagtree Thicket Area
The last of the purchasable stones from Delibird Presents, Leaf Stones do not have a reliable static spawn location like the Fire or Thunder Stones. Instead, if a player needs a Leaf Stone to evolve Eevee to Leafeon, they can wander around the Tagtree Thicket in the hopes of a randomly spawned stone.
Ice Stones Are Located in the Glaseado Mountain Region
Ice Stones are available around Glaseado Mountain and have a couple of static spawn locations. The first can be found at Glaseado’s Grasp and the second at Dalizapa Passage. Outside those options, trainers can wander around Glaseado Mountain in the hopes of a random spawn. Trainers will want to focus their searches northeast of Montenevera Gym if they wish to find a stone to evolve Cetoddle or Crawbrawler.
Moon Stones Are Reliably Obtained in Only One Area
The Moon Stone has one fixed spawn location. Trainers will want to go to South Province Area Three and head east of the Pokémon Center. If a trainer is searching for the stone to evolve a Jigglypuff to Wigglytuff, they will want to be careful that they evolve the Jigglypuff they plan to use, because, outside the static spawn, Moon Stones only have random spawns around Area Zero on the southeastern edge of the Great Crater.
Sun Stones Are Drops in Scarlet and Violet
The Sun Stone has a static spawn north of the Pokémon Center in West Province Area One. Outside the one static spawn, trainers can find the stone to evolve a Petili to Lilligant in West Province Area One. This stone cannot be purchased and is a drop found in the open world of Paldea.
Shiny Stones Are Needed to Evolve Floette
Shiny Stones have a static spawn in South Province Area Six in the region next to the lake northeast of Alfornada or the northernmost tip of the continent, by Casseroya Lake. The stones can also be found randomly around Soccarat Trail north of Casseroya Lake. The Shiny Stone will be needed to evolve Floette to Florges.
Dawn Stones Can Be Located in Rocky Terrain
Near Medali in the ruins and near the quarry by Levincia, trainers can find the static spawns of the Dawn Stone. This item will also randomly spawn in East Province Area Three. If trainers attempt to evolve a Kirlia to Gallade or a Snorunt to Froslass, they will want to find a few of these stones.
Dusk Stones Are Hard to Find Outside of Static Spawn Sites
The first Dusk Stone can be found near Montenevera Gym. The second static spawn is east of Cascarrafa by the river. If players attempt to evolve a Misdreavus or Murkrow and want multiple, they can also find random spawns of this stone in Area Zero, though they appear to be extremely rare.
If trainers have no luck finding the stones they need to evolve their Pokémon, they can also try their luck at the Auction House found in Port Marinada. The various vendors will change their stock every day in real-time. Despite the apparently random merchandise, at least one vendor will typically offer an evolution stone for sale. However, these stones can cost a small fortune, so trainers will want to use this as a last resort.