Hunting for a Sun Stone in 'Pokémon GO'? Here’s How to Find Them

Trying to figure out how to get a Sun Stone in 'Pokémon GO'? Here's what you need to know in order to stumble upon the uncommon item.

Jon Bitner - Author

Jan. 31 2023, Published 6:31 p.m. ET

Sun Stone
Source: Niantic via Twiter

There’s no shortage of useful items in Pokémon GO. From candies and Star Pieces to stardust and incense, there are dozens of resources to collect during your AR adventures. Some of the most elusive items in Pokémon GO are Sun Stones, which can only be found after performing a very specific task.

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They also serve a very specific purpose – and if you’re looking to complete your PokéDex, it’s in your best interest to hunt them down.

Here's how to get Sun Stones in Pokémon GO, along with a closer look at why this specific item is so important.

How to get Sun Stones in ‘Pokémon GO.’

To get a Sun Stone in Pokémon GO, you simply need to spin PokéStops or Gyms. Unfortunately, they have a ridiculously low drop rate of about one percent, so be prepared to spin a lot of signs before laying your eyes on one. You also might be able to find them as rewards for completing Field Research. Still, your best bet is to head over to a high-traffic area that’s loaded with PokéStops and spin everything in sight.

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PokéStops in Pokémon GO
Source: Niantic via Twitter

If you’re not excited about the prospect of spinning different PokéStops hundreds of times to find a Sun Stone, there’s a bit of good news. If you manage to keep your PokéStop streak going for seven days, you’ll automatically earn an Evolution Item. The bad news? Sun Stones are one of many Evolution Items, so there’s no guarantee you’ll find one after keeping your streak going. Other evolution items that can be dropped instead of a Sun Stone include a Metal Coat or Sinnoh Stone.

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But if you’re actively looking for Sun Stones, you'll probably hit the seven day streak anyway (so consider it a nice bonus).

Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Community Events that boost the drop rate for Sun Stones. These events don’t come around to often, but it never hurts to be on the lookout.

What are Sun Stones used for in ‘Pokémon GO’?

Sun Stones are incredibly rare and have a very specific purpose in Pokémon GO. That’s because the only way to use them is as an evolution catalyst for a handful of Pokémon. This includes:

  • Sunkern to Sunflora
  • Cottonee to Whimsicott
  • Petilil to Lilligant
  • Gloom to Bellossom
  • Helioptile to Heliolisk
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Pokémon GO Petilil
Source: Niantic

Keep in mind that you’ll also need to have accrued enough candy for each evolution (50 for each, excect Gloom, which requires 100), and performing the evolution will consume your Sun Stone. In other words, you’ll need to find five Sun Stones to carry out all the evolutions listed above if you want to complete your PokéDex – so slip on your tennis shoes, grab your smartphone, and get to spinning.

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