|Fire Stone Acquisition Methods|
|1||Solaceon Ruins—On a rock at one of the cave’s dead ends (hidden)||No|
|2||Fuego Ironworks—Inside a Poké Ball in the northeast corner of the interior (requires Surf)||No|
|3||Stark Mountain—On a large boulder in the northwest corner of the main cavern (hidden)||No|
|4||The Underground—Potential treasure found in the mining minigame||Yes|
The easiest way to get a Fire Stone in Pokémon Platinum is to pick up the one in the Solaceon Ruins. This can be done early in the game and requires no HMs.
Alternatively you can get Fire Stones even earlier by digging in the Underground. However, this is an unreliable method that takes a lot of time and patience.
Acquiring Fire Stones
Method 1: Solaceon Ruins (Step-by-Step)
You’ll find an easy Fire Stone early in Platinum if you check inside the Solaceon Ruins.
These complex ruins are located to the east of Solaceon Town, which you’ll have access to after defeating Gym Leader Fantina in Hearthome City.
To reach the Solaceon Ruins, start by heading north from Solaceon Town’s Pokémon Center.
Just before you reach Solaceon Town’s northern exit, turn right and pass into the gap in the woods.
Travel as far east as you can, then turn southward to hop down the ledges furthest to the east.
After dropping down the third ledge, turn eastward to enter the Solaceon Ruins.
The Solaceon Ruins make up a sort of maze, with several staircases on every floor – most leading to dead ends.
Luckily, you’ll find the Fire Stone by simply taking the first staircase to the left.
The stairs lead to a tiny chamber with a single rock in the middle of the floor – and on top of the rock is a hidden item.
Just face the rock and press A to add a Fire Stone to your Bag.
Method 2: Fuego Ironworks (Step-by-Step)
The next Fire Stone available in the overworld is found inside the Fuego Ironworks facility, which lies north of Floaroma Town.
You will need a Pokémon that can use Surf in order to reach this Fire Stone.
Because of this, you won’t have access to it until after you’ve defeated Crasher Wake in Pastoria City.
Finding Fuego Ironworks
To find the Fuego Ironworks, begin by Flying to Floaroma Town and heading east on the main road.
Leave Floaroma Town through the eastern entrance, and continue east on Route 205.
When you arrive at the bridge leading north to Eterna City, use Surf at the western edge and head west up the river.
Stay on course as the river curves to the north.
Ignore the clearing to the east as you continue traveling north.
Turn westward with the river.
When you reach the grassy field, step ashore on the northern side and head north to cross the grass.
Enter the giant Fuego Ironworks building to the north.
Finding the Fire Stone in Fuego Ironworks
The Fuego Ironworks building is a big puzzle.
On the facility’s floor are innumerable yellow Spin Tiles with red arrows on them; stepping on one will send you spinning out of control in the direction of the arrow, leaving you unable to change direction until something breaks your momentum.
To see the puzzle’s mechanism in action, head left and step on the first Spin Tile.
When you come to a stop, walk around the nearby tile & head left (stepping just on the regular gray tiles).
Ignore all the other Spin Tiles until you get to the southwestern corner of the Ironworks, then turn up and step on either of the Spin Tiles pointing northward.
When you come to a stop, head southeast.
Then step on the southernmost Spin Tile that you can reach, and let it send you from Tile to Tile.
Wait for the Spin Tiles to lead you to a stopping point against the red barrels.
From the barrels, step on the Spin Tile to the north of your stopping point.
Then step on the next Spin Tile to be sent down the narrow winding corridor.
When you stop spinning, backtrack up a bit and turn eastward just before reaching the last Spin Tile you touched. This will bring you into a tiny little enclosure area.
Step on the Spin Tile here in the small square enclosure.
From the red barrel that breaks your momentum, head to the Poké Ball item to the northeast – you’ll find it behind a group of four red barrels.
Pick this up to add another Fire Stone to your Bag.
Method 3: Stark Mountain (Step-by-Step)
The third and final overworld Fire Stone is located inside Stark Mountain, which you will only have access to after you receive the National Pokédex upgrade from Professor Oak.
To get this specific Fire Stone you will need Pokémon that can use the following Hidden Moves:
- Rock Climb
- Rock Smash
Reaching Stark Mountain
When you’re ready to explore Stark Mountain, Fly to the Survival Area and head eastward onto Route 226.
Move southeast to get in front of the mountains.
Use Rock Climb on the first rocky wall you encounter.
After Rock Climbing onto the terrace, climb down the rocky wall to the immediate east.
Move to the other side of the new terrace, where there are two more rocky walls.
Use Rock Climb on the climbing spot that leads higher up.
Then go up the nearby stairs and climb down the next rock wall you come to (the left-most one).
Then turn eastward and move through the grassy strip.
When you reach the ocean, use Surf and continue northeast.
When you reach the island with the Meister’s house on it, step ashore.
Walk across the island and continue Surfing on the water to the east.
At the dead end, step onto the terrain and head north.
Head north past the sign to enter Route 227.
Ride your Bicycle in fourth gear at full speed to jump the ramp and clear the boulder.
Jump the second ramp, then drop down the nearest ledge (just 1 ledge).
Make sure to avoid the next ledge as you head west.
Then turn northward and approach the white house.
Take a right turn to pass the house, and head up the long staircase to the east.
Turn right at the top of the stairs.
Then ride your Bicycle over the fallen log.
Travel northwest through the tall grass just past the log.
U-turn eastward around the wall here, then hop down the two ledges to the south.
Then move northward up the grassy path to the right of the Black Belt trainer.
Head up the large staircase to the north.
Then move diagonally northwest across the grassy field.
At the end of the filed you’ll want to climb down the two staircases and follow the path to the southwest.
Continue following the path as it skirts around the lava pool.
Enter the cave at the end of the twisting path to enter Stark Mountain.
Finding the Fire Stone in Stark Mountain
Once you’re inside, go down the long staircase in front of you.
Turn right and head for the column of moveable boulders.
Stand to the side of the top boulder and use Strength to push it to the right.
Then push the bottom boulder to the right as well.
Now, push the middle boulder to the north or south to get it out of the way.
Move through the new gap in the boulders and head towards the right.
Then turn to the north, climb the staircase onto the terraced hill, and push the next boulder all the way to the left.
Climb up the staircase that was blocked by the boulder, then head left and climb down the next staircase.
Climb the far western staircase here.
You’ll then need to use Rock Smash on the rock obstacle, head up the next staircase, and turn right on this terrace.
Head eastward to the next moveable boulder and use Strength to shove it to the side.
Head up the now-unblocked staircases and enter the doorway to the north.
In the next room, head as far as you can straight northward.
At the T-split, turn right.
Ascend the first staircase to your north.
Pass the two trainers to your left and head north to get around the pit.
When the path splits, use Rock Smash on the rock to the left.
Then use Rock Climb to scale the rocky wall behind it.
After that, head west along the narrow ridge at the summit.
Pass between the Ace Trainer and Black Belt trainers guarding the staircase to the north. Then take the stairs going down to a small area.
At the bottom of the stairs is an assortment of giant boulders – and on the southeastern boulder is a hidden Fire Stone.
Just face the southeastern corner of this boulder and Press A to obtain another Fire Stone.
Method 4: The Underground (Repeatable)
You can get Fire Stones much sooner than any of the aforementioned methods 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 absolutely need one earlier in the game, this is the way to go.
To start searching for Fire Stones, dig down to the Underground by using the Explorer Kit, which you will receive 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.
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 quicker.
- 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.
There are close to 50 different non-sphere item types that can be uncovered.
Because the odds of finding a Fire Stone in a single minigame are pretty low, you can expect to spend a while searching for one.
Tip: Remember to send your items aboveground by selecting them in the Treasures sub-menu.
Fire Stone Details and Uses
In Pokémon Platinum, the Fire Stone is used to evolve the following three Pokémon:
|Fire Stone Evolutions|
To use a Fire Stone, simply select “Use” from the Bag and choose a Pokémon to evolve.
You can use a Fire Stone on Vulpix to have it evolve into Ninetails.
Ninetails has high base Speed and Special Defense stats, while the rest of its stats are merely average (although none of its stats are bad).
Its special bulk is useful when dealing with Water-type opponents, and access to Nasty Plot—which boosts Ninetails’ Special Attack by two stages—can turn its Fire Blast into a devastating force.
However, other Fire types like Houndoom and Infernape outclass it in most areas.
And its Ability Flash Fire is mostly useless, since it depends on an opponent using a Fire-type move on Ninetails – which even in-game trainers would only use as a last resort.
You can use a Fire Stone on a Growlithe to make it evolve into Arcanine.
Arcanine has good stats all around, especially offensively.
It comes with an Attack stat of 110 and a Special Attack of 100.
Its biggest weaknesses are its defense stats, both of which are 80.
This isn’t a bad number, but it means Arcanine is best trained to be fast and hard-hitting, with less time spent on its defenses.
Flare Blitz, ExtremeSpeed, and Close Combat are a few moves that make extremely potent use of its high Attack. And Thunder Fang can help stave off Water types, which make up some of Arcanine’s most dangerous foes.
You can use a Fire Stone on an Eevee to make it evolve into its Fire-type form, Flareon.
Flareon has great Special Attack and Special Defense stats, and an amazing base Attack of 130.
The tradeoff is its abysmal HP, Defense, and Speed, which make battling physical attackers of any type a struggle.
Its limited movepool also keeps Flareon from having a respectable type coverage.
It can do incredible things with Fire Blast, but you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to non-Fire moves.
Flareon, like all of Eevee’s evolutions, remains a popular Pokémon among fans. But you’d be better off using Houndoom or Infernape in more serious battles in your playthrough of Platinum.