Pokémon Go Eevee evolution: How to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon with new names

A hidden reference to the TV show allows you choose the way Eevee evolves.


How to evolve Eevee has proven to be one of the bigger talking points in Pokémon Go so far.

In the classic Pokémon games, Eevee can evolve into different elemental varieties based on the use of special items, its happiness level, moves it has available and even the time of day.

With the addition of Candy in Pokémon Go, the way you evolve Pokémon is much simpler, and as such, you cannot use the tried-and-tested method of using one of three elemental stones to turn Eevee into Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon. (Some are better than others depending on the situation - find out which you should get first with our Best Pokémon in Pokémon Go page, and our Pokémon Go Type Chart for their relative strengths and weaknesses.)

Once you have caught enough Eevees to evolve one - our pages on finding Pokemon Type by location, finding which Pokemon hatch from which eggs and locating Pokémon nests near you can help - a neat trick discovered by fans of the game on Reddit will get you the evolution you need.

How to evolve Eevee into evolutions Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon

If you choose to evolve Eevee without any meddling - by feeding it 25 Eevee candy - then it'll turn to one of the above three types at random. However, users have discovered a trick that allows you to target Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon, by renaming it in one of the following ways:

  • Rename as Rainer to evolve into water type Vaporeon
  • Rename as Sparky to evolve into lightning type Jolteon
  • Rename as Pyro to evolve into fire type Flareon

Why Sparky, Rainer and Pyro? These are the names of the Eevee brothers from the Pokémon television show, who meet with Ash and the gang in episode 40 to show off their respective Eevee evolutions:

Once you have called your Eevee into one of the above names, you should quit and reload the app to double check the name change has taken place, which is important considering the servers can lean to be on the unreliable side.

Once you've double checked the new name is indeed in place, then evolve the Eevee as you would any other Pokémon by feeding it Candy, and it should take the form of your chosen type.

You can see the trick in action below - and once you're done, you might be interested in reading about other secrets and Easter eggs in Pokemon Go too:

Note that while plenty of users have had success with this method - and that it's been confirmed by developer Niantic itself at this year's San Diego Comic Con - there are a handful of cases where it hasn't worked every time. Some say the trick will only work on the first time you evolve the creature, while others might have caught fowl of server issues not renaming their successfully first time, so be sure to check before you try.

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Want more help with Pokémon Go? Read our Pokémon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, how to choose your Eevee evolution, and how CP works. Plus details of Pokémon Go's secrets and Easter Eggs, how to get the new baby Pokémon, a guide to Egg groups, charts, and Egg hatching, details on the Daily Bonuses, finding Ditto, and even which team to join from Team Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.

How do you evolve Eevee into Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon and Sylveon in Pokémon Go?

If you want to get your hands on one of Eevee's many other evolution in Pokémon Go, you can't just yet.


Unfortunately you can't get all of these evolutions in Pokémon Go right now.

Pokémon Go only features Pokédex entries from the Kanto region - in other words, the original 151 creatures from Red, Blue and Yellow - which means Eevee can only evolve into Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon for now.

It'll be interesting to see how game expands to cover more creatures in time, and if so, if there are any tricks required to access these other elemental types.

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