Pokemon Go players can evolve their Eevee into one of five creatures of their choosing using a particular nickname for each. Here’s how to do it with ease.

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Eevee is without a doubt one of the coolest Pokemon, and that’s not just because it’s one of the cutest of the original Generation 1 (Red, Blue) Pokemon – it’s also because of the way it evolves. Eevee can evolve into more different Pokemon than any other across all of the generations to this day – and that has carried across to Pokemon Go, too.

In Pokemon Go Eevee costs 25 Eevee Candy to evolve and Eevee can be found relatively regularly in the wild and can also be fairly easily hatched from eggs, so candy is easy to grind. Once you’ve got enough Candy, a caught Eevee can be made to evolve into one of five forms currently: Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon or Umbreon. The latter two were added to the game in the big Gen 2 Pokemon Go update.

The frist time you evolve an Eevee into a particular evolution you can actually influence it – but this only works once for each evolution of Eevee, so be careful. Once you’ve evolved each type once you’ll then have to rely on the random chance for which eeveelution (see what I did there?) you get.

Here’s how to force each of the five Eevee evolutions.

Pokemon Go Eevee Evolutions: how to get each one

How to get Jolteon from Eevee

In order to get yourself a Lightning-type Jolteon, nickname your Eevee to Sparky. Once you’ve renamed consider restarting the app to double-check the change was registered server-side. Once your Eevee is called Sparky, evolve it to get Jolteon. Jolteon is a fairly strong lightning-type and looks damn cool.

How to get Vaporeon from Eevee

Water-type Vaporeon also requires the renaming trick – this time, you’ll want to name the Eevee Rainer. Again, we recommend you restart the app to check the name has saved to the cloud. Once the name is in place, evolve to get a Vaporeon. Early on in Pokemon Go Vaporeon was regarded as one of the very best Pokemon for gym battles.

How to get Flareon from Eevee

Pure fire-type Pokemon are actually pretty few and far between compared to most other types and so that makes Flareon all the more special. To get Flareon, nickname your Eevee Pyro. Don’t forget to restart the app and check the name change has processed on Niantic’s servers. Evolve Pyro and it’ll become a Flareon, a strong choice if you’re in need of a fire-type heavy hitter.

How to get Espeon from Eevee

Added in the generation 2 update, Espeon is a psychic-type Pokemon that has a particularly cat-like look about it. Rename your Eevee to Sakura and it’ll evolve into Espeon. Fans also claim that if you walk 10km with your Eevee and then evolve it in the day there’s a higher chance it’ll come out as Espeon without using the rename trick, too.

How to get Umbreon from Eevee

The last of the current available Eeveelutions, Umbreon is a fan-favourite mainly because it looks cool as heck. This dark-type Pokemon can be obtained by naming your Eevee Tamao and then spending the candy to evolve it. Fans conjecture also suggests that if you walk 10km with the Eevee as your buddy and then evolve at night it also has a much higher chance to evolve into Umbreon without the rename trick – and this certainly matches up to the methods of evolution in the traditional Pokemon games.

If you’re wondering where the names come from, they have history. A few of these nicknames should sound familiar to Pokemon fans: the Eevee Brothers in the original anime were named Sparky, Rainer and Pyro. Naming your Eevee after one of these brothers causes it to evolve into their Eevee of choice. An easter egg and a great trick in one!


Evolving into Glaceon, Leafeon and Sylveon

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If you need more tips for Pokemon Go including more information on how to catch and evolve a variety of the beasts, be sure to check out the rest of our Pokemon Go guides.

There are three more types of Eevee Evolution – ice-type Glaceon, grass-type Leafeon and Fairy-type Slyveon. These were introduced in later Pokemon generations, and so they’re not yet available in Pokemon Go. Keep your eyes peeled in future updates, however – as future generations come to the game so too will more Eevee evolutions and evolution tricks.

You can see the Pokemon Go Gen 1 Eevee changes in action in the YouTube video above from skinzfan602, and the Gen 2 Eevee evolutions in the tweet below from Allissa.

Rename your Eevee to “Sakura” to get an Espeon and “Tamao” to get an Umbreon. #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/r2172jj9m6

— Allissa (@AllissaByGrace) February 17, 2017

Pokemon Go launched in July 2016 and immediately became one of the most successful apps of all time. The February 2017 Gen 2 update, which added two new Eevee evolutions among 80 Gen 2 Pokemon, is the first major roster expansion since day one.

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