Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Evolution Guide: How To Evolve Pokémon

A Pokémon Trainer with Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig, Pikachu, and Clefairy in Amity Square in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, a key component of the game is watching your Pokémon grow and evolve. Many evolutions can happen naturally over time with that specific Pokémon, but numerous require you to trade with others or locate various special items.

In this guide, we explain how to evolve every Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as well as which Pokémon simply don't evolve.

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Pokémon That Don’t Evolve

Pokémon Mew, who doesn't evolve, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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Some Pokémon will be found in their final and only form, without any need to evolve. They are as follows:

  • Pachirisu
  • Heracross
  • Chatot
  • Spiritomb
  • Unown
  • Carnivine
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Manaphy
  • Absol
  • Pinsir
  • Mew
  • Jirachi
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Natural Evolutions

Turtwig battling Geodude in the mines, two Pokémon that naturally evolve at least once, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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Natural evolutions, in this guide, consist of evolutions that come about due to levelling, friendship levels, or other unique scenarios that don't involve trading or special items. They are as follows:

  • Turtwig → Grotle → Torterra
  • Chimchar → Monferno → Empoleon
  • Piplup → Prinplup → Empoleon
  • Shinx → Luxio → Luxray
  • Zubat → Golbat → Crobat (high friendship required for final form)
  • Bidoof → Bibarel
  • Kricketot → Kricketune
  • Magikarp → Gyarados
  • Cranidos → Rampardos
  • Shieldon → Bastiodon
  • Psyduck → Golduck
  • Burmy → Mothim (must be male)
  • Combee → Vespiquen (must be female)
  • Wurmple → Silcoon → Beautifly (personality-based)
  • Wurmple → Cascoon → Dustox (personality-based)
  • Buizel → Floatzel
  • Cherubi → Cherrim
  • Shellos → Gastrodon
  • Aipom → Ambipom (after learning Double Hit)
  • Drifloon → Drifblim
  • Buneary → Lopunny (high friendship required)
  • Glameow → Purugly
  • Goldeen → Seaking
  • Barboach → Whiscash
  • Chingling → Chimecho (high friendship required, and at nighttime)
  • Stunky → Skuntank
  • Meditite → Medicham
  • Bronzor → Bronzong
  • Ponyta → Rapidash
  • Bonsly → Sudowoodo (after learning Mimic)
  • Mime Jr → Mr Mime (after learning Mimic)
  • Hoothoot → Noctowl
  • Gible → Gabite → Garchomp
  • Munchlax → Snorlax (high friendship required)
  • Riolu → Lucario (high friendship required, and at daytime)
  • Wooper → Quagsire
  • Wingull → Pelipper
  • Hippopotas → Hippowdon
  • Azurill → Marill → Azumarill (high friendship required)
  • Skorupi → Drapion
  • Croagunk → Toxicroak
  • Remoraid → Octillery
  • Finneon → Lumineon
  • Tentacool → Tentacruel
  • Mantyke → Mantine (with Remoraid in your party)
  • Snover → Abomasnow
  • Sneasel → Weavile (while holding Razor Claw at nighttime)
  • Gligar → Gliscor (while holding Razor Fang at nighttime)
  • Ralts → Kirlia → Gardevoir
  • Lickitung → Lickilicky (after learning Rollout)
  • Swablu → Altaria
  • Hondour → Houndoom
  • Swinub → Piloswine → Mamoswine (after learning Ancient Power)
  • Snorunt → Glalie
  • Slowpoke → Slowbro
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Trade Evolutions

The multiplayer area downstairs in the Pokémon Centre, where Pokémon Trainers can battle and trade online in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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Some Pokémon must be traded, either alone or with special items, in order to evolve. They are as follows:

  • Geodude → Graveler (through levelling) → Golem
  • Ghastly → Haunter (through levelling)→ Gengar
  • Abra → Kadabra (through levelling) → Alakazam
  • Machop → Machoke (through levelling)→ Machamp
  • Clamperl → Huntail (trade while holding Deep Sea Tooth)
  • Clamperl → Gorebyss (trade while holding Deep Sea Scale)
  • Dusclops → Dusknoir (trade while holding Reaper Cloth)
  • Elekid → Electabuzz (through levelling) → Electivire (trade while holding Electrizer)
  • Magby → Magmar (through levelling) → Magmortar (trade while holding Magmarizer)
  • Onix → Steelix (trade while holding Metal Coat)
  • Poliwhag → Poliwhirl (through levelling) → Poliwrath (trade while holding King's Rock)
  • Porygon → Porygon2 (trade while holding Upgrade) → PorygonZ (trade while holding Dubious Disc)
  • Rhyhorn → Rhydon (through levelling) → Rhyperior (trade while holding Protector)
  • Scyther → Scizor (trade while holding Metal Coat)
  • Horsea → Seadra (through levelling) → Kingdra (trade while holding Dragon Scale)
  • Slowpoke → Slowking (trade while holding King's Rock)
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Stone Evolutions

Pokémon Trainers in the corridors of the Grand Underground, where special items and Stones can be found by chance, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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A dozen Pokémon can only be evolved using specific Stones. These can be encountered by chance in the mines, the Grand Underground, or might be gifted to you if you're lucky enough. The Stones are as follows, and here's what Pokémon they can be used to evolve:

Leaf Stone

The Leaf Stone evolves the following:

  • Eevee → Leafeon
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The Leaf Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Floaramo Meadow, accessed via Fuego Ironworks
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground

Fire Stone

The Fire Stone evolves the following:

  • Eevee → Flareon
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The Fire Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Fuego Ironworks
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground

Sun Stone

The Sun Stone evolves the following:

  • No Pokémon from the Sinnoh Pokédex are evolved using the Sun Stone, but two National Pokédex Pokémon are (Gloom and Sunkern).
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The Sun Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Sphere trading in the Grand Underground
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground

Water Stone

The Water Stone evolves the following:

  • Eevee → Vaporeon
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The Water Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Route 213
  • Route 230
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground
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Thunder Stone

The Thunder Stone evolves the following:

  • Eevee → Jolteon
  • Pikachu → Raichu
  • Magneton → Magnezone
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The Thunder Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Route 229, after beating Elite Four
  • Sunyshore City, behind the lighthouse
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground
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Moon Stone

The Moon Stone evolves the following:

  • Clefairy → Clefable

The Moon Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Clefairy's encountered in the wild have a chance of already holding the Stone
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground
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Oval Stone

The Oval Stone evolves the following:

  • Happiny → Chansey

The Oval Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Lost Tower
  • Happiny's encountered in the wild have a chance of already holding the Stone
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Shiny Stone

The Shiny Stone evolves the following:

  • Togetic → Togekiss
  • Roselia → Roserade
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The Shiny Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Route 228, after defeating the Elite Four
  • Iron Islands, accessed from Canalave City by using a boat
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground
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Dusk Stone

The Dusk Stone evolves the following:

  • Murkrow → Honchkrow
  • Misdreavus → Mismagius
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The Dusk Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Victory Road, after beating the Elite Four
  • Galactic Warehouse in Veilstone City
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground
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Dawn Stone

The Dawn Stone evolves the following:

  • Kirlia → Gallade (must be male)
  • Snorunt → Froslass (must be female)
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The Dawn Stone can be found in the following locations:

  • Route 225, after beating the Elite Four
  • Mount Coronet, after learning Surf and surfing to the south of the area
  • Randomly in the Grand Underground
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Eevee Evolutions

Eevee shown in the Pokédex of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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Eevee has multiple evolutions that can be acquired in different ways. Here's how to unlock each of them:

  • Eevee → Vaporeon (using Water Stone)
  • Eevee → Jolteon (using Thunder Stone)
  • Eevee → Flareon (using Fire Stone)
  • Eevee → Espeon (happiness value must be 220, during daytime)
  • Eevee → Umbreon (happinss value must be 220, during nighttime)
  • Eevee → Leafeon (level up near a Mossy Rock in Eterna Forest)
  • Eevee → Glaceon (level up near an Icy Rock in Snowpoint City)
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That's all there is to know about evolving Pokémon across the Sinnoh Region in Brilliant Diamond and Pearl. For some further guidance, check out our guide on all eight gym leaders and their weaknesses, as well as our type chart for a reminder on which Pokémon are best to take into each battle with you!

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