Where To Get Shiny Stones in Pokémon HGSS

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The quickest way to get a Shiny Stone if you already have all 16 Gym Badges is to pop over to the National Park. The Rock Climb location is very easily accessible. But there are 4 ways to get Shiny Stones in HeartGold/SoulSilver, and we’ve listed all of these methods in order of distance through the game:

  • On sale for 3,000 points at the Pokéathlon Dome on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 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 Bird Keeper Josh on Route 14 (Repeatable)
  • At the top of a Rock Climb spot in Johto’s National Park (Once only)

You’ll need a Shiny Stone to evolve a Togetic into Togekiss, and Roselia into Roserade.

Neither of these evolved forms appear in the wild, so you’ll need at least two Shiny 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 Shiny 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 Shiny 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 / Pokemon 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 / Pokemon 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 Shiny 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 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday. The Athlete Shop in the top-right corner of the building sells Shiny Stones on these days.

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

There’s no limit to the number of Shiny 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 Shiny Stones also becomes available immediately after beating the Elite Four for the first time, and after 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.

Shiny 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 / Pokemon 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 / Pokemon 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 / Pokemon 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: Getting A Gift From Bird Keeper Josh

Your next opportunity to get a Shiny Stone comes a little further into Kanto, just before you reach Fuchsia City.

However, it may require quite a lot of waiting/good luck.

First, you’ll need to battle Bird Keeper Josh and get his phone number.

We’ll show you how to get to him from Lavender Town, as this is the earliest point he’s accessible. However, if you’ve already reached Fuchsia City, simply head east through Route 15 to reach Bird Keeper Josh instead.

First, Fly to Lavender Town and take the south exit onto Route 12. If you’ve not been this way before, you’re going to have to battle a lot of trainers – so bring a strong team and plenty of healing items.

 
The south exit of Lavender Town onto Route 12 / Pokemon HGSS
The south exit of Lavender Town onto Route 12
 

From here, follow the boardwalks and bridges down as far south as possible.

Eventually, you’ll reach the spot pictured below.

 
The beginning of Route 13 / Pokemon HGSS
The beginning of Route 13
 

From here, head directly west until you reach the spot pictured below.

 
The beginning of Route 14 / Pokemon HGSS
The beginning of Route 14
 

It’s not much further from here.

Just keep heading south until you see Bird Keeper Josh, pictured below.

Defeat him in battle and register his phone number in your Pokégear.

 
Bird Keeper Josh on Route 14 / Pokemon HGSS
Bird Keeper Josh on Route 14
 

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 Shiny Stone he’s found.

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

 

Method 4: The Shiny Stone On The Ground In The National Park

The final Shiny Stone is super easy to reach.

The only problem is, you’ll need to have earned all 16 Gym Badges and have Rock Climb to access it.

Once you’ve reached this point, head to the National Park using the same directions as Method 2.

Inside the National Park, head to the most northern point.

You should see a gap in the fence, pictured below.

 
The gap in the fence in the National Park / Pokemon HGSS
The gap in the fence in the National Park
 

Squeeze through the gap and head to the right.

You’ll see a small passageway through the trees with a Rock Climb point at the end. Climb up here.

 
The Rock Climb point in the National Park / Pokemon HGSS
The Rock Climb point in the National Park
 

At the top, you’ll see a Pokéball on the ground. Grab it, it contains the final Shiny Stone.

 
The location of the Shiny Stone in the National Park / Pokemon HGSS
The location of the Shiny Stone in the National Park
 
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