Gen 2 is finally here and with it come not just new Pokmon like Bellossom and Sunflora, but new items like the Sun Stone, too.
That, in turn, means new methods for evolution: the Sun Stone was used for evolving Bellossom and Sunflora in the main Pokmon games by simply ‘using’ the evolution stones on them – a mechanic that’s not been featured in Pokmon Go before now.
So with that in mind, how do you evolve Gloom into Bellossom, and evolve Sunkern into Sunflora, and likewise how do you get the Sun Stone in Pokmon Go? The answers to all that can be found below.
How to evolve Gloom into Bellossom in Pokmon Go
Over in the main series of Pokmon games, Gloom evolves into Bellossom – as opposed to Vileplume – in a kind of branching evolution chain. To get Vileplume, you’d need to use a Grass Stone on Gloom, whilst to get Bellossom you’d need to use a Sun Stone.
Evolution stones themselves haven’t been in the game until the current update – in fact the originals, like the Grass Stone, still aren’t in the game – and so the mechanic itself is new, too.
To evolve Gloom into Bellossom, then, you’ll need to get yourself a Sun Stone, along with the required amount of Candy, and simply head to the normal section of the menu where you’d go for evolving the Pokmon and carry on with the usual steps from there.
How to evolve Sunkern into Sunflora in Pokmon Go
This one’s still up for contention. At the time of writing, Sunkern and Sunflora aren’t available in the game just yet, so we don’t have the details on their evolution process, at least definitive ones.
There’s reason to speculate, however, that Sunkern evolves into Sunflora in one of two ways, for a couple of reasons:
- Via the Sun Stone + Candy method – like Gloom and several others, this would make sense given the fact that Sun Stones are definitely being introduced to the game, and a Sun Stone was of course required for Sunkern to evolve into Sunflora in the main series of Pokmon games.
- Via Candy alone – why just Candy? Well, plenty of Gen 1 Pokmon, like Raichu, or Vileplume, required elemental stones like Thunder or Grass Stones to evolve in the main Pokmon series, but just required Candy in Pokmon Go. The introduction of these new evolutionary items like the Up-Grade, Dragon Scale, King’s Rock and Metal Coat all relate to Pokmon which evolved using different methods for Gen 2 (such as trading with a held item, or branching evolutions like for Bellossom or Politoed). Sunflora, meanwhile, is a standard evolution more like that of Raichu, and so we could see the more basic evolutionary method happen here.
When we know the proper answer here, we’ll update this guide with the full details!
Want more help with Pokmon Go? Read our Pokmon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, including triggering the Eevee evolution with names for Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon, distances for both hatching Eggs at 2km, 5km and 10km and for the Buddy system, where to find Pokmon Go nests in London and beyond, as well as recent updates including new baby Pokmon, finding Ditto and the the seasonal Valentine’s Day event update. Finally, Finally, there are pages on Gen 2 additions like the new Pinap and Nanab Berries and how to use them, all of the new evolution items: the Metal Coat for Steelix and Scizor, the King’s Rock for Politoed and Slowking, the Dragon Scale for Kingdra, and the Up-Grade for Porygon2.
How to get the Sun Stone in Pokmon Go
Regardless of Sunflora’s evolutionary method, you’ll be needing the Sun Stone for Bellossom. To get it, you’ll simply need to get spinning those Pokstop wheels, because so far that’s the only way of acquring one for now.
Our only advice for that – seeing as there’s no way to increase your chances of getting a certain random drop from Pokstops – is to head to a built-up, densely-populated area like a city, seeing as Pokstops are far more common in those areas. Time to dig out those walking boots!