Pokemon Go: how to choose your Eevee evolution – Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon or Umbreon

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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.

Pokemon Go players can force a captured Eeevee to evolve into one of five forms: Jolteon, Vaporeon and Flareon, and as of the big Gen 2 Pokemon Go update, Espeon and Umbreon, too.

It’s really easy to do, too. Firstly, if you feed an Eevee 25 Eevee Candy it will turn into one of the five Pokemon at random. But if you want to have more control over it you need to do the following. Catch yourself an Eevee in Pokemon Go – preferably five of them so you can get them all – and give each one a different nickname.

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

  • Jolteon – evolve into lightning type by giving it the nickname Sparky
  • Vaporeon – give the nickname Rainer to evolve into a water type pokemon
  • Flareon – give the nickname Pyro to evolve it into a fire type
  • Espeon – evolve it into a psychic type by giving the nickname Sakura
  • Umbreon – give the nickname Tamao to create a dark type pokemon

Once you’ve done this you should quit out of the the app and reload it to make sure the change has saved. Pokemon Go’s servers are notoriously dodgy, so always double check big changes like this.

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. It’s said that this will only work for your first Eevee, but if that’s the case or not isn’t entirely clear. Either way, it’s a great trick for levelling up.

Need more Pokemon Go help?

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.

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.