|All Everstone Locations
|Snowpoint City—A held item on Mindy’s Haunter. You’ll receive her Haunter if you trade her a Medicham.
|Held item (5% chance) found on the following wild Pokémon:
|The Underground—Potential treasure found in the mining minigame
The easiest way to obtain an Everstone is by trading a Medicham to Mindy in Snowpoint City. She will trade you a Haunter that’s holding an Everstone, which means it won’t evolve into Gengar, but you will be able to keep the Everstone after the trade.
You can also find Everstones much earlier by farming wild Geodudes or by visiting the Underground. But these can both take a massive amount of time – especially for an item you’re not likely to need until later in the game anyway.
Method 1: Snowpoint City (Step-by-Step)
The simplest way to obtain an Everstone fast is to trade a Medicham for Mindy’s Haunter in Snowpoint City.
Wild Medicham can be found everywhere in Mt. Coronet except the main chamber of the first floor (the entrance).
Alternatively, you can also catch a Meditite and raise it until it evolves at level 37.
When you have a Medicham you’re fine with trading, Fly to Snowpoint City and head northwest from the Pokémon Center.
Walk westward past the Gym, then head north.
Enter the house in the northwestern corner of town.
You’ll find Mindy at the table inside her home.
Speak to her and she will ask if you’d like to trade a Medicham for her Haunter.
Select Yes, then choose the Medicham from your party and agree to trade.
This trade is bittersweet, because Mindy actually makes Haunter hold the Everstone before she sends it over.
Trading a Haunter to another player will normally cause it to evolve into Gengar. But the Everstone prevents Haunter from evolving, depriving you one of the game’s best Pokémon.
Still, at least now you have a Haunter and an Everstone for your troubles.
Method 2: The Underground (Repeatable)
You can get Everstones much sooner in Platinum if you commit to searching in the Underground for one.
However, this is a highly unreliable method and can take several hours of playing the mining minigame to produce results.
But if you need one earlier in the game, this is the way to go.
To start searching for Everstones this way, just dig down to the Underground by using the Explorer Kit. You will receive the Explorer Kit from the Underground Man in Eterna City.
When you have control of your character, head for one of the glittering areas shown on the map.
Tap the touch screen to sense hidden treasures lodged inside building walls. These spots will sparkle when your sensor passes over them.
Walk up to one of these spots and Press A.
Digging into bulging walls will begin a minigame. You’ll alternate between your hammer and your pickaxe to dig as many treasures out of the wall as possible before the wall comes crashing down from the repeated banging.
- The hammer breaks more rocks and dirt per hit, but causes the minigame to end more quickly.
- The pickaxe is weaker, but more precise and less damaging to the wall.
Every time you mine a new spot in the Underground, there is only a 20% chance that a non-sphere item will be hidden beneath the rocks and dirt.
And there are close to 50 different non-sphere item types that can be uncovered.
Because the odds of finding an Everstone in a single minigame are pretty low, you can expect to spend a while searching for one.
Remember to send your items aboveground by selecting them in the Treasures sub-menu.
Method 3: Wild Geodude/Graveler (Repeatable)
Everstones are sometimes found as held items on wild Geodude and Graveler.
Geodude are the most common of the two, so they’re the best choice for farming Everstones.
You’ll find wild Geodude in the following locations:
- Routes 206, 207, 210, and 214
- Oreburgh Gate
- Ruin Maniac Cave
- Oreburgh Mine
- Iron Island
- Mt. Coronet
- Maniac Tunnel
- Wayward Cave
One of the best places to find a steady stream of wild Geodude is the Ruin Maniac Cave (later Maniac Tunnel), located south of Veilstone City.
Depending on how many types of Unown you’ve caught, Geodude has an encounter rate of 80%-95% here.
Each wild Geodude has only a 5% chance of carrying an Everstone.
However, you can greatly speed up the process of acquiring Everstones by bringing a designated item farming team with you.
These special teams use Pokémon with the Abilities Frisk and Compoundeyes to both increase the odds of finding items on wild Pokémon, and to identify any items being held in each encounter.
If you’re using an item-farming team, the Compoundeyes Ability will raise the odds of a Geodude having an Everstone from 5% to 20%.
Frisk will also alert you to any items the foe is holding, saving you from wasting time on guesswork.
After discovering a Geodude with an Everstone, either use a stealing move (like Thief or Trick) or catch the Geodude to obtain the item.
Then just end the battle however you wish—you will keep the Everstone even if you flee.
Everstone Details and Uses
The Everstone is a held item with two functions.
- Preventing a Pokémon from evolving upon trade or level increase when they’re holding an Everstone.
- Passing down a female Pokémon’s Nature to their offspring if they’re holding an Everstone in the Daycare.
There are a couple of reasons why you would prevent a Pokémon from evolving: unevolved Pokémon tend to learn moves more quickly than their higher-form counterparts, and some moves cannot be learned by certain evolutionary forms and must be passed down from previous incarnations.
However, since evolutions can be canceled just by pressing B on the evolution screen, this function of the stone is almost entirely pointless.
A much better use of the Everstone is in Pokémon breeding.
By giving a female Pokémon (or a Ditto) an Everstone to hold while in the Day Care, any offspring it produces will have a 50% chance of having the same Nature as the holder.
Natures factor into the inherent strengths and weaknesses of a Pokémon, as well as what their favorite and least favorite flavors are.
A Pokémon with a Relaxed Nature will have a 10% increased Defense stat and a 10% decreased Speed stat. And its most and least favorite flavors will be sour and sweet, respectively.
Since there are 25 possible Natures for Pokémon to have, Everstones are a must if you’re trying to create as strong a team as possible.