|Leaf Stone Acquisition Methods
|The Great Marsh—Toward the middle of the swamp in Area 3 (hidden)
|Floaroma Meadow—Inside a Poké Ball directly south of the entrance
|Route 225—In a patch of grass to the south of the house (requires the National Pokédex) (hidden)
|The Underground—Potential treasure found in the mining minigame
The easiest way to get Leaf Stones is to pick up the ones in the Great Marsh and Floaroma Meadow. Both of these Leaf Stones are accessible as soon as you reach these areas in your playthrough.
You can also grab some Leaf Stones much sooner in the game by digging for them in the Underground. However, this method is highly unpredictable and can take a massive amount of time.
Acquiring Leaf Stones
Method 1: The Great Marsh (Step-by-Step)
The first Leaf Stone in the game’s overworld is found in the Great Marsh. This is located to the northeast of the Pokémon Center in Pastoria City.
Just speak to the clerk at the counter and she will ask if you want to play the Great Marsh’s Safari Game for 500 Poké Dollars. Agree to pay the fee and you’ll be allowed inside.
Once you’re inside the Great Marsh, head straight north toward the train car’s control panel.
Press A to bring up a list of the Great Marsh’s different Areas, then select “Area 3.”
When you disembark on the left side of the train, head for the marshy area to the west.
Stay in the shallow part of the muck as you head for the middle of the swamp.
There will be a hidden Leaf Stone on the ground just a short distance to the northwest of the log. You can find this item just by pressing “A” around the spot, or you can use the Dowsing Machine Pokétch app.
The exact spot is marked below:
Just face the tile indicated above and press A to pick up a Leaf Stone.
Method 2: Floaroma Meadow (Step-by-Step)
The second finite Leaf Stone in Platinum is located in Floaroma Meadow above Floaroma Town. You can find this stone at around the same time as the first stone from the Great Marsh.
With a Pokémon that knows Surf in your party, Fly to Floaroma Town and head east from the Pokémon Center.
Leave Floaroma Town through the eastern entrance and continue on Route 205.
When you arrive at the bridge leading north to Eterna City, use Surf at the western edge of the bridge. Then just surf 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.
Then turn westward as the river bends.
Turn southward and step ashore (opposite from the tall grass).
Head south from the Floaroma Meadow’s entrance until you come to a Poké Ball item on the ground.
Pick this up to add another Leaf Stone to your Bag.
Method 3: Route 225 (Step-by-Step)
Another Leaf Stone is found on Route 225 in the Battle Zone, which is just a short distance north of the Fight Area.
To access this area you must first have received the National Pokédex upgrade from Professor Rowan after seeing all 210 Sinnoh-region Pokémon.
It also helps to bring a Pokémon that knows Surf to make the journey a little quicker.
Once you’re prepared, travel to the Fight Area and head west from the Pokémon Center.
Turn north to pass through the space between shipping containers with the small signpost.
Go up through the gate leading to Route 225.
On the other side, keep going north.
When you reach the intersection, battle the trainers and continue northward.
Pass under the northern bridge and use Surf to cross the pond to the northeast.
At the northern wall, turn west to step back on land.
You’ll want to pass under the bridge and then circle around to climb the stairs and cross over the same bridge you just passed under.
At the end of this bridge, turn left and cross the other bridge.
Continue crossing bridges as you make your way south.
Turn west to cross the last of the short bridges, then head down the stairs to the south.
Travel along the path as it curves back north.
Pass or battle the Ace Trainer and head down the northern staircase.
You’ll climb another staircase to the north. Here you’ll have to pass or battle an Ace Trainer on the hill, then just descend the next staircase.
Directly to the left of the stairs will be a small patch of tall grass.
Head for the southwestern-most tile in the patch of grass to find a Leaf Stone.
Just face the tile outlined above and press A to acquire yet another Leaf Stone.
Method 4: The Underground (Repeatable)
You can get Leaf Stones much sooner in the game if you commit to searching in the Underground.
However, this is a highly unreliable method and can take several hours of playing the mining minigame to produce results.
But if you don’t feel like waiting until mid-game to obtain a Leaf Stone, this is the way to go.
To start searching for Leaf Stones, dig down to the Underground by using the Explorer Kit. You’ll receive this 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 bulging 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 want to 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.
And there are close to 50 different non-sphere item types that can be uncovered.
Because the odds of finding a Leaf Stone in a single minigame are pretty low, you can expect to spend a while searching for one.
But this is the only repeatable way to obtain more Leaf Stones in Pokémon Platinum.
Tip: Remember to send your items aboveground by selecting them in the Treasures sub-menu.
Leaf Stone Details and Uses
In Pokémon Platinum, the Leaf Stone is used to evolve the following four Pokémon species:
|All Leaf Stone Evolutions
To use a Leaf Stone, simply select “Use” from the Bag and choose a Pokémon to use it on.
Vileplume is one of two Pokémon Gloom can evolve into, the other being Bellossom (via a Sun Stone).
Vileplume has fairly high Special Attack and Special Defense stats, but is largely outclassed by other Grass-type Pokémon.
To help make Vileplume viable in battle, putting its Chlorophyll Ability to good use is a must.
Chlorophyll will double Vileplume’s miserable Speed to a base stat of 100 in harsh sunlight, which still isn’t astounding, but at least allows it to be competitive.
If you can factor Sunny Day into Vileplume’s strategy, Vileplume can be a hard hitter that’s quick on its feet; otherwise, Venusaur or Roserade would be a better option.
You can use a Leaf Stone on Weepinbell to make it evolve into Victreebel.
Victreebel has high Attack and Special Attack stats, while the rest of its stats are mediocre.
However, it uses the Chlorophyll Ability to an even greater effect than Vileplume, giving Victreebel an awesome base Speed stat of 140.
If you can find a reliable way to use Sunny Day (Victreebel lacks the bulk to excel at weather/status moves naturally), Victreebel can make a ferocious sweeper.
You can use a Leaf Stone on Exeggcute to make it evolve into Exeggutor.
Exeggutor has awesome offensive capabilities—including a base Special Attack stat of 125—and respectable HP.
Its slow Speed and relative fragility make it an easy target for a lot of other Pokémon.
But as with Vileplume and Victreebel, Exeggutor’s Chlorophyll Ability is here to even the odds.
Sending Exeggutor out in harsh sunlight will raise its base Speed stat to 110, making it much more formidable in serious battles.
You can use a Leaf Stone on Nuzleaf to have it evolve into Shiftry.
Shiftry is a pretty well-rounded Pokémon, although it sorely lacks defensive bulk.
It has an interesting Grass/Dark typing, giving it valuable STAB-boosted access to moves like Knock Off and Sucker Punch on top of the usual powerful Grass-type moves.
Of Shiftry’s two possible Abilities, Chlorophyll and Early Bird, Chlorophyll is the more useful one. With doubled Speed, there is much less of a chance that Shiftry will be knocked out before it can put its high offenses to work.