If you want to get the strongest Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, then you're going to need to get a grasp on evolution. Sadly, some Pokemon won’t just evolve by normal means, so you need to search for the in-game items that will get them to evolve. Diamond and Pearl were notorious for introducing several different evolutions of old Pokemon, and there are a lot of items to keep up with.
Evolution Stone Locations
There are a total of eleven evolution stones to find in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. They are all found in different parts of the map; below is where you can find them:
- Water Stone: Routes 213 and 230
- Fire Stone: Fuego Ironworks
- Thunder Stone: Sunyshore City and Route 229
- Leaf Stone: Floaroma Meadow
- Dusk Stone: Galactic Warehouse and Victory Road
- Dawn Stone: Route 225 and Mt. Coronet
- Sun Stone: Grand Underground
- Moon Stone: Mt.Coronet
- Shiny Stone: Route 228 and Iron Island.
- Oval Stone: Only on the second floor of the lost tower.
Every one of these stones, but the Oval Stone, can be dug up or in the Grand Underground, although that does rely on a bit of luck with the game’s RNG system. The sun and oval stones can also be found on the Pokemon they evolve when caught in the wild.
Quick Tip: Remember that only female Snowrunts will evolve when trying to use the dawn stone.
Evolution Item Locations
In addition to stone, there is a large number of evolution items that are meant to evolve only one certain Pokemon:
- Dubious Disc: Route 225
- Metal Coat: Iron Island
- Razor Claw: Route 224, Battle Park, and Victory Road
- Reaper Cloth: Route 229 and Turnback Cave
- Deep Sea Tooth: Catching Sharpedo or Carvanha
- Up-Grade: Eterna City after Ramanas Park Visit
- Protector: Route 228
- Electirizer: Catching Elekid
- Magmarizer: Catching Magby
- Razor Fang: Battle Park
- King's Rock: Catching Poliwhirl
- Dragon Scale: Catching Dratini, Dragonair, Horsea, or Seadra
- Deep Sea Scale: Catching Chinchou, Lanturn, or Relicanth
Please note that some wild Pokemon won't be carrying the evolution item when you catch them. Items that are only obtained through wild captures are left up to luck and RNG. The items that aren’t obtained by catching Pokemon are one-time use and make it so you can only evolve a single Pokemon once.
Keep in mind that the following Pokemon need to be traded while holding the evolution item to evolve:
Getting Leafeon and Glaceon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
To get Leafeon and Glaceon, you will first need to acquire an Evee and then go for a little trek to find two stones:
- Leafeon: Use the moss-covered stone in Eterna Forest
- Glaceon: Use the snow-covered rock on route 217
All you need to do is have Eevee in your party and press A to interact with the stone for instant evolution. If you want to get both forms and the rest of Eevee’s evolutions, then you will need to use the daycare to get eggs.
Getting Probopass and Magnezone in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Nosepass and Magneton are two more pokemon that have location-based evolutions. In order to get Nosepass to evolve into Probopass and Magneton to evolve into Magnezone, you'll need to level up these pokemon in proximity to Mt. Coronet.