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If you need a Fire Stone to evolve one of your Pokémon, there are a few ways to get them.
Your options, in order of distance through the game, are:
- Buy one for 2,500 points at the Pokéathlon Dome on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday (Repeatable)
- Receive one as a phone call gift from School Kid Alan on Route 36 (Repeatable)
- Receive one as a possible prize for winning the Bug-Catching Contest in the National Park, but only after unlocking the National Pokédex (Repeatable)
- Receive one as a reward for showing Bill’s Grandfather to the north of Cerulean City a Growlithe (HeartGold) or Vulpix (SoulSilver) (Once only)
The most reliable method of farming Fire Stones is through the Pokéathlon Dome, as long as you don’t mind playing minigames. It’s also likely to be your earliest opportunity to get one, unless you get very lucky with School Kid Alan’s gift timing.
Method 1: Buying Fire Stones At The Pokéathlon Dome
Once you’ve beaten Gym Leader Whitney in Goldenrod City and earned your 3rd gym badge, you’ll unlock the Pokéathlon Dome.
To get there, head to the building at the top of Route 35, accessed through Goldenrod City’s north gate.
The building has two exits.
Take the left-hand one to get to the Pokéathlon Dome.
Once you’re there, you can play minigames to earn points. Which game earns you points the fastest will depend on your preferences, skills, and available Pokémon; so be sure to try a few combinations.
After you’ve accumulated 2,500 points, return on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday to buy your Fire Stone. The Athlete Shop, found in the top right-hand corner of the interior, sells them on these days.
Method 2: Receiving A Gift From School Kid Alan
School Kid Alan is a trainer on Route 36 who will occasionally call you to offer a Fire Stone he found on the ground.
However, you must defeat him in battle first.
Note: While you technically can get a Fire Stone with this method before earning your 3rd gym badge, the chance of getting a gift from him so soon is pretty unlikely.
To find School Kid Alan, leave Goldenrod City through the north gate onto Route 35.
You’ll need to bring a Pokémon with Cut along, too.
Follow the path up to the top of Route 35, where the entrance to the National Park and the Pokéathlon Dome is located.
Instead of going into the building, turn right and walk to the east through the long grass.
After just a short walk, you’ll encounter a Cut-able tree to the north.
Chop it down and carry on northward.
Once you reach the road, follow it up the steps to the east.
A little way east on this road you’ll see School Kid Alan, who will challenge you to a battle.
He’s only got a Tangela, so defeating him shouldn’t be a challenge.
Once you’ve beaten him, accept his offer to trade numbers.
Now all you have to do is wait and accept his phone calls whenever they come through. Sometimes he’ll just want to chat, but sooner or later he’ll offer you a Fire Stone he found on the ground.
There’s no limit to the amount of Fire Stones that can be obtained this way, so always pick up when he calls.
Method 3: Win the Bug-Catching Contest (After Unlocking The National Pokédex)
This is the easiest way to earn Fire Stones without having to play minigames.
However, you’ll have to beat the Elite Four and receive your Pokédex upgrade from Professor Oak in Olivine City first.
You’re also not guaranteed to get a Fire Stone each victory, as the prize is randomly selected out of all the possible evolution stones.
To compete in the Bug-Catching Contest, head once again to the building described in both of our previous methods at the top of Route 35 on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.
Once you’re inside the building, talk to the attendant standing by the doorway in front of you.
Once you’ve accepted his invitation to join the contest, you’ll have 20 minutes to earn the most points by catching the most impressive Bug-Type Pokémon you can.
Your points will be calculated using:
- The rarity of the Pokémon you catch
- The Pokémon’s level
- How much of the caught Pokémon’s health remains (the more, the better)
- The Pokémon’s hidden IV stats
The rarest Pokémon up for grabs are Scyther and Pinsir. To net the most possible points, try to catch one of these at level 28, while dealing as little damage as possible to it.
Non-damaging status conditions like Paralysis and Sleep make things a lot easier, so consider bringing a Pokémon with one of these moves.
Note: You can only take one Pokémon into the contest, and you can’t use healing items, so make sure your chosen Pokémon is tough enough to survive.
Once you’ve caught a suitably impressive Pokémon, speak with the attendant again to start the judging.
If you managed to win, you’ll have a 10% chance of receiving a Fire Stone as your prize.
If you get a different evolution stone, you can always try again next time, as the contest happens three times per week.
Method 4: Showing Bill’s Grandfather a Growlithe/Vulpix
Bill’s Grandfather lives in Sea Cottage to the northeast of Cerulean City.
Before making your way there, make sure you have an Oddish and either a Growlithe (HeartGold) or a Vulpix (SoulSilver) in your party.
Oddish is easy to find, if you haven’t already got one. Simply Fly to Ilex Forest during the night time – Oddish make up 60% of the wild Pokémon encounters.
Growlithe and Vulpix both appear in the same areas. Which one you’ll encounter depends on which version of the game you’re playing.
For the easiest catch, head to the patch of grass on Route 48, to the south of the Safari Zone. Both Growlithe and Vulpix appear at any time of day here, but are twice as common during the night time.
Once you’ve got the two required Pokémon, Fly to Cerulean City.
Leave the city through the north exit onto the golden bridge of Route 24.
Cross the bridge and you’ll come out onto Route 25.
Then take the right turn at the T-junction.
Make your way to the east, through a small maze of trees packed with trainers.
Eventually, you’ll come out the other end and see a quaint little house. This is Sea Cottage, home of Bill’s Grandfather. Head inside.
When you speak to Bill’s Grandfather, he’ll vaguely describe an Oddish and ask you to show him one.
Present him with your Oddish and you’ll be rewarded with a Leaf Stone.
The next Pokémon he describes will either be Growlithe or Vulpix, depending on your version.
Show Bill’s Grandfather your Growlithe/Vulpix, and you’ll receive a Fire Stone as your reward.
If you need other types of evolution stones too, carry on with Bill’s Grandfather’s quest. He offers you:
- An Everstone for showing a Jigglypuff (HeartGold) or a Lickitung (SoulSilver)
- A Thunderstone for showing a Pichu
- A Water Stone for showing a Marill (HeartGold) or a Staryu (SoulSilver)