Where To Get Dawn Stones in Pokémon HGSS

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There are 5 ways to get your hands on a Dawn Stone in HeartGold/SoulSilver, although only as a late-game item. In order of distance through the game, you can find Dawn Stones from any of these methods:

  • On sale for 3,000 points at the Pokéathlon Dome on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after unlocking the National Pokédex (Repeatable)
  • As a prize for winning the Bug-Catching Contest in Johto’s National Park, after unlocking the National Pokédex (Repeatable)
  • As phone call gift from Biker Aiden on Route 17 (Repeatable)
  • Held by the Beldum traded for a Forretress from Steven in Saffron City’s Silph Co. building (Once only)
  • On the ground high up on Mt. Silver (Once only)

You’ll need a Dawn Stone to evolve a male Kirlia into Gallade and Snorunt into Froslass.

Neither of these evolved forms appear in the wild, so you’ll need at least two Dawn 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 Dawn 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 Dawn Stone.

To get to the Pokéathlon Dome, head to the top of Route 35, to the north of Goldenrod City.

 
The entrance to the Pokéathlon Dome on Route 35 / Pokémon HGSS
The entrance to the Pokéathlon Dome on Route 35
 

Enter the building shown above and go through the exit to the left. A path will take you to the Pokéathlon Dome.

 
The player standing outside the majestic Pokéathlon Dome / Pokémon HGSS
The player standing outside the majestic Pokéathlon Dome
 

You can play minigames with your Pokémon here to earn points. You’ll need 3,000 to buy a Dawn 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday. The Athlete Shop in the top-right corner of the building sells Dawn Stones on these days.

 
The Athlete Shop, found in the top-right corner of the Pokéathlon Dome / Pokémon HGSS
The Athlete Shop, found in the top-right corner of the Pokéathlon Dome
 

There’s no limit to the number of Dawn Stones you can purchase this way.

If you enjoy the Pokéathlon minigames, this is the most reliable way to farm them. 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 Dawn 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.

Dawn 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.

 
The Bug-Catching Contest attendant / Pokémon HGSS
The Bug-Catching Contest attendant
 

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.

 
A wild Pinsir in the Bug-Catching Contest / Pokémon HGSS
A wild Pinsir in the Bug-Catching Contest
 

Once you’ve caught an impressive specimen, talk to the attendant again. The judging will now begin.

 
The Bug-Catching Contest contestants gathered for the judging ceremony / Pokémon HGSS
The Bug-Catching Contest contestants gathered for the judging ceremony
 

If you succeeded in coming 1st, you’ll receive a random evolution stone as your reward.

The possible rewards include:

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 Aiden

Your next chance to get a Dawn Stone may require a lot of waiting/good fortune.

First, you need to battle Biker Aiden on Route 17 and register his phone number in your Pokégear.

To find Aiden, start at Celadon City’s west gate.

 
The west gate of Celadon City, leading out onto Route 16 / Pokémon HGSS
The west gate of Celadon City, leading out onto Route 16
 

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.

 
Preparing to cycle down the left side of the cycle bridge on Route 17 / Pokémon HGSS
Preparing to cycle down the left side of the cycle bridge on Route 17
 

You’ll see Biker Aiden on the left side of the bridge.

Battle and defeat him. His Tentacruel shouldn’t even register as a challenge at this point.

Once you’ve beaten him, register his number in your Pokégear.

 
Biker Aiden offering to swap numbers with the player after being defeated in battle / Pokémon HGSS
Biker Aiden offering to swap numbers with the player after being defeated in battle
 

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 Dawn Stone he’s found.

You can receive multiple Dawn Stones this way, so keep an eye on that Pokégear!

 

Method 4: Trading a Forretress For Steven’s Beldum

The next method for getting a Dawn Stone is very elaborate.

First, you need to turn the power back on in Kanto’s Powerplant. Here’s how to do that:

Begin in Cerulean City, with a Pokémon that knows Surf in your party.

Take the exit heading east to Route 9.

 
The road out of Cerulean City to the east that takes you to Route 9 / Pokémon HGSS
The road out of Cerulean City to the east that takes you to Route 9
 

Keep heading all the way to the east along Route 9 until you come to a place with Cut-able trees and steps leading down to a river.

 
The surf-able river at the end of Route 9 / Pokémon HGSS
The surf-able river at the end of Route 9
 

Surf on the river and head south down Route 10.

Before long, you’ll see the Power Plant to your left.

 
The Kanto Power Plant at the end of Route 10 / Pokémon HGSS
The Kanto Power Plant at the end of Route 10
 

Enter the Power Plant and find the manager toward the back of the room.

Talk to him, and he’ll angrily threaten whichever thief stole the Power Plant’s essential part.

 
The Power Plant's manager, who you must speak with to begin the quest / Pokémon HGSS
The Power Plant’s manager, who you must speak with to begin the quest
 

Now, as you try to leave, the security guard will get word there’s a shady character hanging around Cerulean Gym. He’ll ask you to investigate.

Fly back to Cerulean City and go inside the gym, which is immediately to the right of the Pokémon Center.

 
The gym in Cerulean City, where a suspicious character awaits / Pokémon HGSS
The gym in Cerulean City, where a suspicious character awaits
 

Immediately after entering, you’ll be confronted by a Team Rocket Grunt who speaks to you in broken English before running away.

 
The Team Rocket Grunt in Cerulean Gym / Pokémon HGSS
The Team Rocket Grunt in Cerulean Gym
 

To find him, take the city’s north exit onto the golden bridge of Route 24. He’ll be in the middle.

Upon confronting him again, he’ll try to hide between a couple gazing out over the water. Talk to him again and he’ll challenge you to a battle.

 
The Team Rocket Grunt attempting to hide between the couple on Route 24’s golden bridge / Pokémon HGSS
The Team Rocket Grunt attempting to hide between the couple on Route 24’s golden bridge
 

After defeating him, he’ll admit that he hid the machine part near some rubber rings inside Cerulean Gym.

Fly back to the city and head back inside the gym. The machine part is hidden in the back left pile of rubber rings. You’ll need Surf to reach it.

 
The location of the hidden machine part in Cerulean Gym / Pokémon HGSS
The location of the hidden machine part in Cerulean Gym
 

Now it’s back to the Power Plant to talk to the manager again. He will thank you for your help and reward you with the TM57 Charge Beam.

Next, you need to head to Saffron City and return a Poké Doll to its owner, Copycat.

Start by flying to Vermilion City and heading to the Pokémon Fan Club. It’s on the left side of town by the sea, on the street below the Pokémon Center.

 
The Pokémon Fan Club in Vermillion City / Pokémon HGSS
The Pokémon Fan Club in Vermillion City
 

Go inside and talk to the man standing next to what appears to be a Clefairy. He’ll reveal that it’s actually a doll.

Now, Fly to Saffron City.

In the top-left corner of the city, there’s a large building housing the Magnet Train. Immediately to the south of this building, there’s a small house.

 
The small house in Saffron City / Pokémon HGSS
The small house in Saffron City
 

Go inside the house and head up to the second floor.

There you’ll find a girl who is an expert impersonator. She’s lost her Poké Doll – luckily, we know where to find it.

Head back to Vermillion City’s Pokémon Fan Club again. Talk to the man with the Clefairy a second time. This time he’ll give it to you to return to its rightful owner.

As you step out of the Pokémon Fan Club, Hoenn’s Champion Steven will appear and tell you about the legendary Pokémon Latias or Latios, depending on your version. This Pokémon will now appear in the wild, roaming and fleeing like the legendary dogs earlier in the game.

Next, you’ll need to find yourself a Forretress.

To find one, you’ll need to catch a Pineco and evolve it at level 31.

You can find Pineco by using Headbutt on trees located in these areas:

  • Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 43, 47, and 48
  • New Bark Town, Cherrygrove City, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Pewter City, and Pallet Town
  • Ilex Forest, the National Park, the Lake of Rage, and the Safari Zone Gate
 
A fully evolved Forretress, ready to trade / Pokémon HGSS
A fully evolved Forretress, ready to trade
 

Once you’ve evolved your Pineco into a Forretress, head back to Saffron City.

This time you’re heading to the Silph Co. building, on the street above the Pokémon Center.

 
The Silph Co. building in Saffron City / Pokémon HGSS
The Silph Co. building in Saffron City
 

On the right-hand side of the lobby, you’ll find Steven again.

He’ll trade your Forretress for a Beldum. Once your new Beldum arrives, it will be holding a Dawn Stone.

 

Method 5: The Dawn Stone High Up On Mt. Silver

The final way to get your hands on a Dawn Stone is maybe the most straightforward.

It involves no convoluted tasks, minigames, or sheer luck.

You just need to make your way through a long cave and mountain climb. However, you’ll need to have collected all 16 Gym Badges first, and have a Pokémon with Rock Climb in your party.

Start by flying to Mt. Silver.

If you’ve not been there before, you can access it by taking the left-hand path in the building before Victory Road’s cave.

The wild Pokémon in and around Mt. Silver are some of the strongest in the game, and the Dawn Stone is quite a journey away – so you’ll be battling a lot of them.

Bring a strong team and plenty of healing items, or some repels (or both).

 
The Pokémon Center at Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The Pokémon Center at Mt. Silver
 

Once you’ve arrived at the Pokémon Center, enter the cave in the top-left corner of the picture above.

Inside the cave, use Rock Climb on the spot immediately to the right of the entrance.

 
The first Rock Climb opportunity inside Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The first Rock Climb opportunity inside Mt. Silver
 

At the top of the rocks, go to the top-left corner of the room.

You’ll see a cave exit, go through it.

 
The first cave exit inside Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The first cave exit inside Mt. Silver
 

You’ll emerge onto the mountainside.

Immediately to your south, there will be a set of stairs leading upwards, climb them.

 
The first set of stairs on the Mt. Silver mountainside / Pokémon HGSS
The first set of stairs on the Mt. Silver mountainside
 

Climb the next set of stairs going upward you see too.

Then, head north until you reach another set of stairs. Climb these as well.

 
The third set of stairs on Mt. Silver's mountainside / Pokémon HGSS
The third set of stairs on Mt. Silver’s mountainside
 

From here, head north again and then descend the next set of stairs you see.

 
The first set of stairs going downward on Mt. Silver's mountainside / Pokémon HGSS
The first set of stairs going downward on Mt. Silver’s mountainside
 

Keep descending flights of stairs until you reach the side of the mountain and can go no further, to the spot pictured below.

 
The last flight of stairs you need to descend in this part of Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The last flight of stairs you need to descend in this part of Mt. Silver
 

Walk south from this point until you reach yet another set of stairs.

Climb these and head inside the cave entrance in front of you.

 
The next cave entrance on Mt. Silver's mountainside / Pokémon HGSS
The next cave entrance on Mt. Silver’s mountainside
 

Back inside the cave, head along the raised platform to the west.

You’ll soon come to a T junction, keep going west here too.

 
The T junction inside Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The T junction inside Mt. Silver
 

Keep following the path round until you come to a very steep set of stairs, pictured below. Climb them.

 
The very steep staircase inside Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The very steep staircase inside Mt. Silver
 

Once you reach the top of the stairs, keep heading north and eventually you’ll reach an entrance that takes you deeper into the cave.

 
The entrance that takes you deeper into Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The entrance that takes you deeper into Mt. Silver
 

Okay, so this next room is a bit of a nightmare.

You’ll need to keep running around increasingly large squares and climbing stairs to reach the next level. There’s a lot of ground to cover here, so expect your team to get worn down by repeated wild Pokémon battles (unless you packed repels).

 
The increasingly-large-square room inside Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The increasingly-large-square room inside Mt. Silver
 

After a good slog, you’ll finally reach the outer layer and the cave exit pictured below. Leave the cave here.

 
The cave exit at the outer edge of the increasingly-large-square room in Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The cave exit at the outer edge of the increasingly-large-square room in Mt. Silver
 

From here, you’ll emerge into the snowy section of Mt. Silver.

Follow the one-way path round to the right until you reach another cave entrance. That’s right, you’re going back inside the previous frustrating room.

 
The first cave entrance in the snowy section of Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The first cave entrance in the snowy section of Mt. Silver
 

Head south for a short while and before long you’ll see another cave exit. Go through it.

 
The next cave exit inside Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The next cave exit inside Mt. Silver
 

Once you’re outside again, head south and turn left. You’ll see yet another cave entrance. Go back inside here.

 
The next cave entrance in the snowy section of Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The next cave entrance in the snowy section of Mt. Silver
 

Okay, you’re getting closer.

Run to the left and head back outside using the next cave exit you see.

 
The final cave exit in this part of Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The final cave exit in this part of Mt. Silver
 

Now you’re back outside, you should see a Rock Climb spot immediately to the right of the cave entrance. Climb it.

 
The first Rock Climb opportunity in the snowy section of Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The first Rock Climb opportunity in the snowy section of Mt. Silver
 

On the next layer of the mountainside, you’ll see three different Rock Climb opportunities. Climb the one to the far left.

 
The far left Rock Climb spot on the next layer of Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The far left Rock Climb spot on the next layer of Mt. Silver
 

At the top of this one, there’s another Rock Climb spot. Climb it once again.

You’ll see a Pokéball at the top.

Congratulations, it contains your Dawn Stone.

 
The location of the Dawn Stone on Mt. Silver / Pokémon HGSS
The location of the Dawn Stone on Mt. Silver
 
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