The latest update to Pokemon Go added in the game's first evolution items; new baubles that are required for certain Pokemon evolutions. Collecting these special items won't require any divergence from your usual Pokemon Go activities - they come from spinning PokeStops, just like everything else - but they will require quite a bit of luck. Players are reporting surprisingly low drop rates for evolution items, though it sounds like the rewards for completing a seven-day PokeStop streak are more likely (but not guaranteed) to include one.
Now that the first set of evolution items are here, this is what they all do:
- Sun Stone: Evolves Gloom into Bellossom and Sunkern into Sunflora
- King's Rock: Evolves Poliwhirl into Politoed and Slowpoke into Slowking
- Metal Coat: Evolves Onix into Steelix and Scyther into Scizor
- Dragon Scale: Evolves Seadra into Kingdra
- Up-Grade: Evolves Porygon into Porygon2
The evolution process itself is the same, just pick the option you want from the menu, the necessary items will be consumed, and your Pokemon will emerge in their shiny new form. No, not that Shiny - Niantic is still working on adding in those rare, visually distinct Poke-forms.
Evolution items have been a part of the main Pokemon games ever since the beginning, though Pokemon Go left them out for its first generation of Pokemon - Pikachu doesn't need a Thunderstone to evolve into Raichu, for example, just the usual quantity of candy. But if you want to evolve your very own Scizor or Slowking, you'd better make a habit of checking in to at least one PokeStop daily for the foreseeable future.
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