Where To Get Dusk Stones in Pokémon Platinum (All Methods)

Near the hidden entrance to Wayward Cave (Pokémon Platinum)
Dusk Stone Acquisition Methods
# Location Repeatable?
1 Wayward Cave—On a rock in Wayward Cave’s secret entrance (requires Cut) (hidden) No
2 Galactic Warehouse—In a Poké Ball just behind the security door. Available after defeating Leader Candice in Snowpoint City. No
3 Victory Road—In the main chamber that opens up after you receive the National Pokédex No
4 Using the Pickup Ability:

  • Level 31-50 (4% chance per battle)
  • Level 51-100 (10% chance per battle)
Yes

There are four total methods of acquiring Dusk Stones in Pokémon Platinum. Three Dusk Stones can be found in various spots in the overworld, and the other method is to get Dusk Stones with the Pickup ability.

The easiest Dusk Stone you can obtain is inside the hidden entrance to Wayward Cave, which is underneath the Cycling Road on Route 206.

But in this guide we’ll cover every possible way to get Dusk Stones in Platinum.

Acquiring Dusk Stones

Method 1: Wayward Cave (Step-by-Step)

The easiest Dusk Stone to find is hidden inside Wayward Cave on Route 206.

You will need two things to be able to reach this Dusk Stone:

To find Wayward Cave, start at Oreburgh City and head toward the northern entrance from the Pokémon Center.

Heading north on the main street from Oreburgh City’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Heading north on the main street from Oreburgh City’s Pokémon Center.

Take the stairs to leave the city for Route 207.

Leaving Oreburgh through the northern entrance and entering Route 207 / Pokémon Platinum
Leaving Oreburgh through the northern entrance and entering Route 207.

Go down the small staircase leading to a pit, where there is a muddy slope in the middle of the north wall.

Ride your Bicycle in fourth gear to make it up the slope.

Riding the Bicycle in fourth gear to climb the muddy slope / Pokémon Platinum
Riding the Bicycle in fourth gear to climb the muddy slope.

At the top, continue heading northward.

Heading north after riding up the muddy slope / Pokémon Platinum
Heading north after riding up the muddy slope.

When you’re almost at the gate to Cycling Road, veer right turn onto the side path.

Use Cut on one of the small trees and head north.

Using Cut on a tree to the east to pass through / Pokémon Platinum
Using Cut on a tree to the east to pass through.

Continue north down the stairs and up the side path.

Continuing north past the stairs / Pokémon Platinum
Continuing north past the stairs.

Keep going north, crossing the bridge when you come to it.

Crossing the bridge to the north / Pokémon Platinum
Crossing the bridge to the north.

Make your way straight north past the Honey Tree.

Moving straight north / Pokémon Platinum
Moving straight north.

Pass the Hiker and turn left to cross under Cycling Road.

Moving under the Cycling Road / Pokémon Platinum
Moving under the Cycling Road.

Pass all the way under the overpass, then head north as far as you can go.

Position yourself as close to the Cycling Road as possible while still remaining visible on screen (check our screenshot below for a reference).

Heading north and standing one tile to the left of the overpass / Pokémon Platinum
Heading north and standing one tile to the left of the overpass.

There is a hidden second entrance to the Wayward Cave hidden under the Cycling Road.

From your position to the immediate left of the road, take two steps east, then take five steps north to enter Wayward Cave’s hidden chambers.

Taking two steps to the east and five to the north / Pokémon Platinum
Taking two steps to the east and five to the north.

The cave is completely dark, limiting your visibility to a small circle around you.

You can use Flash if you want, but the darkness really only affects this one small chamber, so it’s not totally necessary.

Using Flash to light up the cave / Pokémon Platinum
Using Flash to light up the cave.

Either way, just turn left and head downstairs.

Heading downstairs in the newly illuminated cave / Pokémon Platinum
Heading downstairs in the newly illuminated cave.

Then on this next floor you can descend the two staircases going down.

Straight west of you are three rocks, and the rock in the northwestern corner has a hidden Dusk Stone on it.

Heading for the stones on the next floor / Pokémon Platinum
Heading for the stones on the next floor.

Just face the stone and press A to add the Dusk Stone to your Bag.

Obtaining the hidden Dusk Stone inside Wayward Cave / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the hidden Dusk Stone inside Wayward Cave.

Method 2: The Galactic Warehouse (Step-by-Step)

The next Dusk Stone you can get is inside the Galactic Warehouse in Veilstone City.

No Hidden Moves are required to reach it, but you will first need to have defeated Leader Candice in Snowpoint City and talked to Looker outside the front of the Galactic HQ.

After defeating Leader Candice, head to Mt. Acuity for a short chat with Commander Jupiter about some diabolical plans in Veilstone City.

Commander Jupiter revealing a nefarious plot unfolding in Veilstone City / Pokémon Platinum
Commander Jupiter revealing a nefarious plot unfolding in Veilstone City.

When she leaves, Fly to Veilstone City to investigate her claim.

If you try walking into the main Galactic HQ building in the northeastern sector of town, you will be denied entry.

Instead, speak with the Galactic Grunt standing in front of the building.

Speaking with the Grunt in front of Galactic Headquarters / Pokémon Platinum
Speaking with the Grunt in front of Galactic Headquarters.

This will prompt the Grunt to run away. Afterward, Looker from the International Police will show up with a Storage Key the Grunt dropped while escaping.

Looker showing up with the Storage Key / Pokémon Platinum
Looker showing up with the Storage Key.

He will then offer to open the HQ’s back door, which is found in the Galactic Warehouse on the other side of town.

There are quite a few level 40+ Grunt battles ahead, so heal your team at the Pokémon Center if needed, then start heading to the west edge of town.

Heading west from Veilstone City’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Heading west from Veilstone City’s Pokémon Center.

Turn north at the street corner by the Department Store.

Making a north turn at the Department Store / Pokémon Platinum
Making a north turn at the Department Store.

Head up and then turn eastward to move behind the Department Store. You can then head up the stairs to the north to enter the Galactic Warehouse.

Entering the Galactic Warehouse / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the Galactic Warehouse.

Once you’re inside the warehouse you’ll see a Poké Ball item containing the Dusk Stone just past the security door.

The Dusk Stone inside the Galactic Warehouse / Pokémon Platinum
The Dusk Stone inside the Galactic Warehouse.

The door is also easy to get past:

Soon after you enter the Warehouse, Looker will show up and use the Storage Key to open the door.

So after he leaves you can go and pick up the Dusk Stone.

Obtaining the Dusk Stone inside the Galactic Warehouse / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the Dusk Stone inside the Galactic Warehouse.

Method 3: Victory Road (Step-by-Step)

You can find the third Dusk Stone in Victory Road. But this is only available after you receive the National Pokédex in the post-game. This will cause a new section of cave to open up and grant you access to the stone.

You’ll also need Pokémon that can use the following HMs:

  • Defog
  • Rock Climb
  • Strength
  • Surf
  • Waterfall

When you’re fully prepared, Fly to the Pokémon League.

Then use Surf at the lake and ride down the waterfall.

Riding down the waterfall to the south / Pokémon Platinum
Riding down the waterfall to the south.

Step ashore to the south, then turn eastward to enter Victory Road.

Entering Victory Road / Pokémon Platinum
Entering Victory Road.

Once you’re inside, head southward down the wide corridor at the entrance.

Moving south down the corridor / Pokémon Platinum
Moving south down the corridor.

Cross the bridge to the south and use Rock Climb to slide down the rocky wall.

Using Rock Climb at the rock wall / Pokémon Platinum
Using Rock Climb at the rock wall.

Head to the west, then turn going up to pass under the bridge.

Passing under the bridge to the northwest / Pokémon Platinum
Passing under the bridge to the northwest.

Make a left turn at the Veteran trainer, head up the stairs behind him, and cross the bridge to the southeast.

Then move eastward along the elevated pathway that you’re on.

Looping around up the stairs to cross the bridge / Pokémon Platinum
Looping around up the stairs to cross the bridge.

Pass under the next bridge and go through the newly-accessible entrance to the next cave chamber.

Note: If you haven’t yet received the National Pokédex, this cavern entrance will be closed off.

Entering the new cave to the east / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the new cave to the east.

In this new area, climb down the staircase and head northeast.

Heading northeast in the new room / Pokémon Platinum
Heading northeast in the new room.

Descend the next staircase and head through the next doorway.

Entering the next chamber / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the next chamber.

The cavern you enter will be choked with fog—use Defog to clear it.

Using Defog to blow the fog away / Pokémon Platinum
Using Defog to blow the fog away.

Then head north and use Strength to push the rounded boulder up and out of the way.

Using Strength on the boulder to the north / Pokémon Platinum
Using Strength on the boulder to the north.

You’ll have to deal with the two Ace Trainers along the way. But after that you can proceed northward, ignoring the staircase to your right.

Heading north past the Ace Trainers / Pokémon Platinum
Heading north past the Ace Trainers.

Push each of the next three boulders to the right or left – doesn’t matter as long as you clear the pathway.

Moving all the boulders out of the way with Strength / Pokémon Platinum
Moving all the boulders out of the way with Strength.

Keep heading north and then you’ll need to battle the two Psychic trainers as you continue.

Continuing north past the Psychics / Pokémon Platinum
Continuing north past the Psychics.

You’ll then come across a section with lots of rocks and a few boulders.

Push the initial boulder two tiles to the north.

Moving the next boulder / Pokémon Platinum
Moving the next boulder.

Then stand to the left of the same boulder and push it to the right.

Finagling the boulder into a space to the east / Pokémon Platinum
Finagling the boulder into a space to the east.

Now you can push the very top boulder all the way up to the very top wall. This will get it out of the way so you can reach the Poké Ball item on the ground.

Pushing the final boulder up to the northern wall / Pokémon Platinum
Pushing the final boulder up to the northern wall.

Pick up the Poké Ball to add another Dusk Stone to your Bag.

Obtaining a Dusk Stone on Victory Road / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining a Dusk Stone on Victory Road.

Method 4: The Pickup Ability (Repeatable)

Pokémon with the Pickup ability can obtain unlimited Dusk Stones for you.

Pickup provides a Pokémon a 10% chance of obtaining a new item after each battle.

Common Pokémon with Pickup include Aipom, Pachirisu, and Munchlax.

A level 91 Ambipom with Pickup / Pokémon Platinum
A level 91 Ambipom with Pickup.

Which item your Pokémon gets depends on both the Pokémon’s level and pure luck.

In the case of Dusk Stones, there are two tiers:

  • A level 51-70 Pokémon has about a 4% chance
  • A level 71+ Pokémon has a 10% chance

But remember that Pickup only has a 10% probability of activating after each battle anyways.

So this places your best odds of grabbing a Dusk Stone at 1% per encounter.

Keep in mind that there are no alerts when a Pokémon successfully picks up an item; you will need to check your party every so often to find out.

Checking the item and discovering a Dusk Stone / Pokémon Platinum
Checking the item and discovering a Dusk Stone.

Note: Pickup will take effect as long as the user is in the party, even if it doesn’t participate in battle or if it has fainted.

This method is endlessly repeatable, but it can take a lot of grinding to get even one Dusk Stone this way.

Dusk Stone Details and Uses

The in-game description of the Dusk Stone / Pokémon Platinum
The in-game description of the Dusk Stone.

In Pokémon Platinum, the Dusk Stone is used to evolve two Pokémon species:

  • Misdreavus (into Mismagius)
  • Murkrow (into Honchkrow)

To use a Dusk Stone, simply select “Use” from the Bag and choose a Pokémon to apply it to.

Using a Dusk Stone to evolve a Pokémon / Pokémon Platinum
Using a Dusk Stone to evolve a Pokémon.

Getting a Mismagius

You can use a Dusk Stone on a Misdreavus to make it evolve into Mismagius.

The newly-evolved Mismagius / Pokémon Platinum
The newly-evolved Mismagius.

Mismagius is a pretty straightforward evolution, gaining nice 20-point boosts to Misdreavus’s best three stats (Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed) and raising each to a base of 105.

Its abysmal HP, Attack, and Defense stats remain poor – but this is common for Ghost Pokémon.

Mismagius’s Pokédex entry / Pokémon Platinum
Mismagius’s Pokédex entry.

Mismagius’s Ghost typing and Levitate Ability give it resistances to Poison- and Bug-type attacks, as well as an impressive three immunities (to Fighting, Normal, and Ground).

Its only weaknesses are to Dark and Ghost moves.

While Mismagius isn’t as popular as Gengar—whose Special Attack stat trounces Mismagius’s—Mismagius has a much higher Special Defense and can play a tank role more effectively than Gengar.

That’s especially true if you equip Mismagius with Substitute and Nasty Plot.

Getting a Honchkrow

You can use a Dusk Stone on a Murkrow to evolve it into Honchkrow.

Using a Dusk Stone on a Murkrow / Pokémon Platinum
Using a Dusk Stone on a Murkrow.
The newly-evolved Honchkrow / Pokémon Platinum
The newly-evolved Honchkrow.

Honchkrow has high HP and Special Attack stats, plus an amazing base Attack of 125.

This makes its offensive capabilities even higher than other heavy-hitters like Staraptor.

It has poor Defense and Special Defense stats, which often comes with the territory of being a Flying type.

But its low Speed—often a high point for Flyers—can be a real liability.

This makes pouring EVs into Speed almost a necessity for Honchkrow to survive and thrive.

Honchkrow’s Pokédex entry / Pokémon Platinum
Honchkrow’s Pokédex entry.

As a Flying/Dark dual-type, Honchkrow enjoys resistances to Ghost, Grass, and Dark attacks, as well as complete immunities to Ground- and Psychic-type moves.

However, it also has the typical Flying-type weaknesses to Rock, Electric and Ice (and Fairy from Generation VI on).

Its susceptibility to the popular hazard trap Stealth Rock can be a particular problem.

Luckily though, Honchkrow is able to unleash some wicked STAB-powered moves like Fly, Brave Bird, Night Slash, Sucker Punch, and Dark Pulse.

But overall, its move pool is somewhat limited. This makes other similar Flying-types like Staraptor and Gyarados easier for many people to use.

Although with some careful EV training and a strategic moveset, Honchkrow is more than capable as a sweeper or wallbreaker in Pokémon Platinum.

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