Pokémon Go Eevee evolution: How to evolve Eevee into Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, 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 continues to be one of the bigger talking points in Pokémon Go.

In the classic Pokémon games, Eevee can evolve into different typing varieties - known as Eeveelutions by names - based on the use of special items, its happiness level, moves it has available and even the time of day.

With 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.

Once you have caught enough Eevees to evolve one - our pages on finding Pokemon by location, finding which Pokemon hatch from which eggs and locating Pokémon nests near you can help - a neat trick will get you the evolution you need by using a special Eevee name.

Pokémon Go Eeveelutions: How to evolve Eevee into evolutions Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon with these Eevee names

Here's how Eevee evolutions work. If you choose to evolve Eevee without any meddling - by feeding it 25 Eevee candy - then it'll turn to one of the below seven types at random.

However, players have discovered a trick that allows you to target any of Leafeon, Glaceon, Espeon, Umbreon, Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon by using one of the following Eevee names:

  • Rename Eevee as Linnea to evolve into leaf-type Leafeon
  • Rename Eevee as Rea to evolve into ice-type Glaceon
  • Rename Eevee as Sakura to evolve into psychic-type Espeon
  • Rename Eevee as Tamao to evolve into dark-type Umbreon
  • Rename Eevee as Rainer to evolve into water-type Vaporeon
  • Rename Eevee as Sparky to evolve into lightning-type Jolteon
  • Rename Eevee as Pyro to evolve into fire-type Flareon

Important note - the trick only works once per evolution type, so make sure you choose Eevees with the best CP values before you evolve them into the type you want.

Thanks to McLovin1019 on reddit for confirming the new Leafeon and Glaceon evolution names.

That said, for select Eevee evolutions, its possible to get the specific types you want through a second method...

Alternate Eevee evolution methods for Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon and Espeon

Gen 4's Leafeon and Glaceon have a second Eevee evolution method, by using the Mossy Lure or Glacial Lure respectively. When you're in range of that PokéStop with the Lure enabled, go to your Eevee and choose the Evolution.

Meanwhile, Gen 2's Umbreon and Espeon also have a second Eevee evolution method. Walk your Eevee as a Buddy for 10km, then evolve it either during the night (Umbreon) or day (Espeon) and it'll turn into the desired evolution.

Note you specifically need to walk 10k and earn two Candies in the process, then keep Eevee as your Buddy when evolving, and be either day or night during the game itself for it to work (thanks to Daviebruce72 on reddit for clarifying).

Since the naming trick only works once per evolution type, this appears to be a useful way to get a second Espeon or Umbreon with some reliability.

What you need to know about Eevee Evolution names in Pokémon Go

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Why Sakura, Tamao, Sparky, Rainer and Pyro? The original three 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, with Sakura and Tamao appearing later on in the series.

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.

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All Eevee evolutions - bar Sylveon - are available in Pokémon Go.

The first Gen 5 Pokémon have arrived! These include new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Elsewhere this year we've also seen a Jirachi quest, Team Rocket Invasions and freeingShadow Pokémon, as well as monthly Field Research rewards.


How do you evolve Eevee into Sylveon in Pokémon Go?

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Eevee evolution Sylveon

If you want to get your hands on the final Eevee evolution in Pokémon Go, then you're out of luck - you can't just yet.

So far, Pokémon Go has added Eevee evolutions for the first four Generations of creatures, which means Eevee can only evolve into Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon for now.

That leaves just Sylveon to go. Since it's from Gen 6, it'll be a good while yet, but you can be sure there'll be a Eevee evolution name to go with it.

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Matthew edits guides and other helpful things at Eurogamer.net. When not doing that, he's out and about playing Pokémon Go or continuing to amass his amiibo collection.

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