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Pokemon Sword and Shield Fire Stone evolutions – how to evolve Vulpix, Growlithe, and Eevee

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You need to understand how Pokemon Sword and Shield Fire Stone evolutions work if you want to get some of the best party members in the game. The Pokemon Sword and Shield Fire Stone is a coveted item, allowing you to evolve Pokemon like Growlithe, Vulpix, and Eevee. 

So if you want to expand your Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex, dominate Grass-type Pokemon, or just evolve some of your favorite pocket monsters, you'll want to keep on reading. We get into how you can get the Pokemon Sword and Shield fire stone, how the evolutions work, and what benefits you'll find from doing so. 

How to get a Fire Stone in Pokemon Sword and Shield

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To find the Fire Stone head over to the Lake of Outrage in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area, where there’s a circle of rocks to find across a small body of water next to a Watt Trader. You need the Rotom Bike from Route 9 (six gym badges) to get here. Once you’re able to make it, cross the water and collect the shiny item under every stone, which should give you eight of the possible evolutionary stones. These stones respawn on an intermittent basis, so if you don’t get the one you want, come back later.

There’s also a specific location for the Fire Stone. If you head to the right of Motostoke in the Wild Area and cross the bridge, you can see to your left a few pipes next to the corner of a brick wall, with a Pokeball sitting next to them. Pick it up to grab an easy Fire Stone.

There’s also the Digging Duo in the Bridge Field part of the Wild Area who will conduct a bit of archaeology to summon evolutionary stones for players who have enough Watts. It’s worth a try if you need another one.

How to evolve Growlithe, Vulpix, and Eevee in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Once you’ve found your Fire Stone, head into your bag, select the ‘Other Items’ tab and use the item on any of the Pokemon seen below to transform them into the desired evolution. If you give it to a Pokemon, they will just hold it and the process won’t work.

There's three Pokemon you can evolve with the Fire Stone. First up is Growlithe, exclusive to Pokemon Shield, who will evolve into Arcanine, and can be found exclusively in the Dusty Bowl region of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area, while Vulpix will evolve into Ninetales and can be found on Route 3 and in numerous parts of the Wild Area.

You can also evolve Eevee into Flareon if you've managed to catch one on Route 4. Of course, Eevee has a plethora of evolutions though so make sure Flareon is definitely the one you want!


Need help evolving Pokemon of different types? We've got you covered:

Pokemon Sword and Shield Water Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Leaf Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Ice Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Thunder Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Dawn Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Dusk Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Moon Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Sun Stone | Pokemon Sword and Shield Shiny Stone

Want to know more about Pokemon Sword and Shield Poke Jobs? We've got what you need here! Nintendo recently revealed that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are set to launch in 2022, just months after Pokemon Legends Arceus. Check out the reveal trailer below.

Jordan Oloman


Jordan Oloman has hundreds of bylines across outlets like GamesRadar+, PC Gamer, USA Today, The Guardian, The Verge, The Washington Post, and more. Jordan is an experienced freelance writer who can not only dive deep into the biggest video games out there but explore the way they intersect with culture too. Jordan can also be found working behind-the-scenes here at Future Plc, contributing to the organization and execution of the Future Games Show.  

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