'Pokémon Go' Unova Stone: How to Obtain New Evolution Item

Among the many new additions to Pokémon Go with the Unova Region update, the one players will want to know most about are the Unova Stones.

Unova Stones are similar to the Sinnoh Stone, in that they are used to evolve certain Pokémon from a particular region. The Sinnoh Stone was used to evolve certain Pokémon from the Sinnoh region that, in the mainline games, needed needed to be traded while holding a special item. To eliminate that step, Niantic introduced this new evolutionary stone to make it easier to obtain evolutions.

While there are more new Pokémon to catch and new Shiny Pokémon to collect, trainers will want to try and add the Unova Stones into their inventory as much as possible.

If you're looking to obtain this special item and achieve evolution with some Unova region Pokémon, here's everything you need to know about the Unova Stone.

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The Unova Stone is a new evolutionary item in 'Pokemon Go.' Niantic/NewsGeek


There is currently only one way to obtain Unova Stones in Pokémon Go, and that's through the Research Breakthrough.

Research Breakthroughs are when trainers receive seven stamps for completing at least one research task each day. Trainers don't need to complete one research task for seven straight days to obtain a Research Breakthrough.

Pokémon Go players have discovered that Unova Stones are not guaranteed through the Research Breakthrough, so at this point it's up to luck.

Niantic did make it easier to obtain Sinnoh Stones in a future update and the same can happen with the Unova Stone. We'll update this section if more ways to obtain this evolutionary item are implemented.


The Unova region added over 100 new Pokémon in the main games. However, in typical Pokémon Go fashion, the new Pokémon will slowly be added to the game, including Pokémon that can evolve using the Unova Stone.

Here is the current list of Pokémon that can evolve using the Unova Stone:

  • Panpour
  • Pansage
  • Pansear
  • Minccino
  • Munna
  • Eelektrik
  • Lampent

As of the first Unova update, Munna, Eelektrik and Minccino are unavailable in Pokémon Go. Lampent can only be obtained by evolving Litwick, which can be found in 10km Eggs.

Panpour, Pansage and Pansear are region-exclusive Pokémon. Panpour can be caught in the wild in the Americas and Greenland, Pansear can be caught in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, and Pansage can be found in the Asia-Pacific region.

Have you had any luck obtaining a Unova Stone in Pokémon Go yet? Let us your know your favorite Unova Pokémon in the comments section.