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How to get special items in Pokmon Go

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The popular augmented reality game Pokmon Go continues to add more creatures and objects for us to find in the real world and collect. You may notice that, as you capture these Pokmon, many of them will evolve into new ways: some only need a lot of candy to evolve, while others require a little more. If you want them to evolve to their highest form, you will need to know how to obtain special objects. The good thing is that there are several ways to obtain them and, in addition, there is a good amount of new elements in the game, and the developer Niantic constantly adds more. Needless to say, there are many items to choose from, and you'll need them if you plan to fill the growing Pokedex. Below we explain how to get special items in Pokmon Go.

What are special items in Pokmon Go?

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They are basically elements that coaches can use to evolve your Pokmon. Special items are much rarer and harder to find than your typical potion or Ultra Ball. While the games of the first generation have creatures that can evolve from stones, such as Eevee, initially it was not the case in Pokmon Go, as special items were not introduced until the launch of the second generation. Since then, Niantic has continued to add even more special items for players.

List of all special items in Pokmon Go

Below you will find the complete list of all currently available special items, and what they can do.

Dragon Scale: evolves to Seadra in Kingdra

King’s Rock: evolves to Poliwhirl in Politoed and Slowpoke in Slowking

Metal Coat: Onix evolves in Steelix and Scyther in Scizor

Sun Stone: Gloom evolves in Bellossum and Sunkern in Sunflora

Up Grade: Evolve to Porygon in Porygon 2

Sinnoh Stone: evolves Pokmon Gen 1 and 2 and turns them into Gen 4.

Where to get special items in Pokmon Go

There are some different ways in which you can get special elements of evolution in Pokmon Go. These are the best options to more easily obtain these rare items.

Poke stops

To get special items in Pokmon Go, the best place to start is your normal Poke Stops. This is the standard method for obtaining special elements in the game, but it can also be one of the most difficult. For those who don't know, Poke Stops are places that are scattered all over the world that you can physically visit to find free items. Poke Stops are usually common places such as monuments, parks, historic sites, certain stores or companies, and similar ones. All you need to do is reach a certain distance from the location and, literally, you can rotate the location circle to easily receive different items.

What is not so easy, however, is the possibility of obtaining special objects. They are the rarest elements you can get in the Poke Stops and, therefore, they are really hard to find. You have a very small fraction of the percentage of probability of finding one of these special objects in Poke Stops, so it can take you hundreds of attempts using this method. It is difficult, but not impossible.


Another way to get special items in Pokmon Go is through gifts. Gifts are items that players can send or exchange with their friends. You can receive gifts through Poke Stops and you can send them to your friends in the game. The gift is like a free Poke Stop, which offers rewards as special items. If you have one of these, be sure to send them to your friends and maybe send you one in return.

Weekly rewards

Another way to get special items is through weekly rewards. For example, if you make sure to spin at least one Poke Stop per day for seven days in a row, you would receive a weekly reward, which is a special evolution item. This is by far one of the easiest methods, as it is guaranteed that you will receive something, but it requires patience and you can only get one at a time per week.


Occasionally there will be new investigations or, essentially, missions, for you to complete. These could be to battle a certain number of gyms, walk 10 kilometers, or anything else that occurs to creators. Completing the mission can sometimes reward you with special items, so be sure to check your reward list.

Coaches Battles

Coach battles are one of the best ways to get special items in Pokmon Go, and there are several ways to do it. As you know, it is finally possible to fight one of your friends online, and you can also fight against the NPC (non-player character) leaders. You can receive rewards from these battles up to three times a day when you face real players, and once a day for NPC.

Research Breakthroughs

Currently, the only way to obtain the new Unova Stone object is through what is known as Research Breakthroughs. These are the seven slots of seals at the top of the research tab, and you earn one of these per day by submitting a Field Research task. Once you deliver your seventh (not necessarily in a row), you can open the Research Breakthrough box, which gives you the opportunity to obtain a Unova Stone, a Sinnoh Stone or some non-evolutionary elements such as Rare Candies and Pokeballs .

* Updated on October 21, 2019 by Daniel Matus.

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