|All Dusk Stone Locations|
|1||Buy for 3,000 points at the Pokéathlon Dome on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after unlocking the National Pokédex||Repeatable|
|2||A possible first place prize for winning the Bug-Catching Contest in Johto’s National Park, after unlocking the National Pokédex||Repeatable|
|3||A phone call gift from Biker Reese on Route 17||Repeatable|
|4||On the ground deep within Cerulean Cave||Once-only|
There are four ways to get your hands on Dusk Stones in HG/SS, but only as late-game items. The soonest you can get a Dusk Stone is from the Pokéathlon Dome’s Athlete Shop after you get the National Pokédex.
In the table above we’ve organized all four methods of getting Dusk Stones, listed in order of distance through the game (from earliest to latest).
You’ll need a Dusk Stone to evolve Murkrow into Honchkrow and Misdreavus into Mismagius.
Neither of these evolved forms appear in the wild, so you’ll need at least two Dusk Stones to fill your Pokédex. Finding them can be tricky, so this guide will break down the methods for getting each one.
Method 1: Buying Dusk Stones at the Pokéathlon Dome
Once you’ve defeated the Elite Four for the first time and received the National Pokédex upgrade from Professor Oak in Olivine City’s port, the Pokéathlon Dome will begin to stock new and exciting items.
Amongst these items is the elusive Dusk Stone.
To get to the Pokéathlon Dome, head to the top of Route 35, to the north of Goldenrod City.
Enter the building shown above and go through the exit to the left. A path will take you to the Pokéathlon Dome.
You can play minigames with your Pokémon here to earn points. You’ll need 3,000 to buy a Dusk Stone.
There’s no set quickest-earning game. It will depend on your skills, preferences, and which Pokémon you use. Try them all to find your best match.
Once you’ve won 3,000 points, come back on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. The Athlete Shop in the top-right corner of the building sells Dusk Stones on these days.
There’s no limit to the number of Dusk Stones you can purchase this way.
If you enjoy playing the regular Pokéathlon minigames then this is the most reliable way to farm for Dusk Stones. The rest of the methods are much further into the game and/or require much more luck.
Method 2: Winning The Bug-Catching Contest After Unlocking The National Pokédex
The second-easiest way to farm Dusk Stones also becomes available immediately after beating the Elite Four for the first time and picking up your National Pokédex from Professor Oak in Olivine City.
Once your Pokédex has been upgraded, the Bug-Catching Contest will award a random evolution stone to the highest-scoring contestant. Dusk Stones are among the possible prizes.
To compete, head to the National Park at the top of Route 35 on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. The entrance is the same building as the Pokéathlon Dome, pictured in Method 1.
Once inside, speak to the attendant to the left of the door.
Accept his invitation to join the contest. You now have 20 minutes to catch the most impressive Bug-type Pokémon and earn the most points to win.
Points are calculated by looking at:
- The rarity of the Pokémon
- The Pokémon’s level
- The percentage of HP the Pokémon has left when caught (the higher, the better)
- The Pokémon’s hidden IV stats
Scyther and Pinsir are the rarest Pokémon, worth the most points. To stand the best chance of winning, aim to catch one of the two at Level 28 while dealing the lowest possible amount of damage to it first.
Bring a Pokémon that can inflict a non-damaging status condition (Paralysis or Sleep) to make things easier.
Once you’ve caught an impressive specimen, talk to the attendant again. The judging will now begin.
If you succeeded in coming 1st, you’ll receive a random evolution stone as your reward.
The possible rewards include:
- Dusk Stones
- Dawn Stones
- Leaf Stones
- Water Stones
- Fire Stones
- Sun Stones
- Moon Stones
- Shiny Stones
- Oval Stones
So, you may have to win a few contests before getting the prize you seek.
Luckily, you can play three times each week.
Method 3: As a Gift From Biker Reese
Your next chance to get a Dusk Stone may require a lot of waiting/good fortune.
First, you need to battle Biker Reese on Route 17 and register his phone number in your Pokégear.
To find Reese, start at Celadon City’s west gate.
Pass through the gate and follow the one-way route through Route 16.
Before long, you’ll come to Route 17. Cycle south until you come to the bridge, then cycle down the left side.
You’ll see Biker Reese on the left side of the bridge.
Battle and defeat him. He shouldn’t even register as a challenge at this point.
Once you’ve beaten him, register his number in your Pokégear.
Now it’s just a matter of waiting.
Keep an eye on your Pokégear and accept whenever he calls you. Sometimes he’ll just call to shoot the breeze – but eventually he’ll summon you to pick up a Dusk Stone he’s found.
You can receive multiple Dusk Stones this way, so keep an eye on that Pokégear!
Method 4: The Dusk Stone Within Cerulean Cave
The final Dusk Stone is hidden deep within the toughest location in the game – the foreboding Cerulean Cave.
To gain access, you’ll first need to collect all 16 Gym Badges.
Once you’ve done this, the guard blocking the entrance will move and allow you to pass.
To reach the Dusk Stone, you’ll need to bring Pokémon with Surf and Rock Climb – you’ll also need to bring a Pokémon with Flash if you want to see inside the cave.
It’s probably a good idea to bring a Pokémon with Dig too, or an Escape Rope, as it takes a while to leave the cave once you’re in deep.
And Cerulean Cave is home to the strongest wild Pokémon in the game –including Mewtwo in the furthest depths. Bring your toughest team or a good amount of Repels.
Start your journey by flying to Cerulean City, then making your way to the north exit onto Route 24.
Cross the golden bridge onto Route 25.
Once you’re over the bridge, take an immediate left and climb down the stairs.
Once you’ve descended the stairs, Surf on the water at the point shown in the picture below.
Surf directly down south as far as you can go from this point. Follow the river as it curves round to the left.
Soon you’ll reach the entrance of Cerulean Cave. If you’ve got all 16 Gym Badges, you’ll be able to enter.
Once you’re inside, use Flash to light up your surroundings.
Then, walk straight forward to the first body of water and use Surf.
Follow this waterway up north as far as it’ll take you, then take the left turn at the top.
Now you need to head left as far as you can.
Once you can go no further, Surf to the south until you see some dry land with ladders on it, as pictured below. Disembark here.
From here, head south and follow the one-way path until you reach a steep staircase with a ladder at the top, pictured below.
Climb up the ladder into an elaborate crystal maze.
Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks to navigate. Just head east and take the north path at the first fork.
You’ll need to take the right turn at the second fork in the maze, pictured below.
After that, just follow the one-way path.
Sooner or later until you’ll reach a ladder going down. Climb down it.
You’ll descend into a small room with another ladder. Climb down this one too.
On the next floor, you’ll see two Rock Climb spots. Take the second one of these, as pictured below.
Once you’ve slid down the rocks, take an immediate right.
At the end of that thin passageway, you’ll see a Pokéball on the floor. It contains a Dusk Stone.