To get one of the many Eevee evolutions (or Eeveelutions if you’re into the whole brevity thing), you have to evolve Eevee. However, the methods for getting the right Eeveeolution vary.
Eevee evolves using 25 Eevee candy, but if you don’t use any special tricks, the evolution you get will be random. For those looking for specific Pokémon, there are several things you can do. Players who are just looking for one of each evolution can use a simple naming trick.
Names for Guarenteed Eevee Evolutions
To get a specific evolution, you can name your Eevee one of the following names and it will evolve into the corresponding varient, guaranteed.
Note: This naming trick only works once per evolution. If you used “Sparky” to already get a Jolteon, it will not guarantee a Jolteon next time.
- Jolteon: Sparky
- Flareon: Pyro
- Vaporeon: Rainer
- Espeon: Sakura
- Umbreon: Tamao
- Leafeon: Linnea
- Glaceon: Rea
How to Guarantee Eevee Evolutions Without the Name Trick
Unfortunately Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon all evolve randomly from Eevee. However, Umbreon, Espeon, Glaceon, and Leafeon have alternative methods.
Umbreon and Espeon both evolve after walking with the Eevee as your buddy Pokémon for 10 kilometers. Once that’s done, the buddy Eevee evolved during the night will yield Umbreon while the day will yield Espeon. Note that when you evolve Eevee, it still needs to be your buddy Pokémon for this trick to work.
Leafeon and Glaceon can both be reliably evolved from spinning a Mossy Lure or a Glacial Lure, respectively. After spinning a Pokéstop with these Lure Modules active, the next Eevee you will evolve will become its leaf or ice form. Note that you need to be in range of the Lure Module. You will see the chosen Eevee evolution icon change once you’ve spun one of these lured Pokéstops.
How do the Eeveelutions fare in battle?
Vaporeon, Flareon, and Espeon are pretty good back-up attackers if you’re not filled up with Community Day Pokémon or Legendaries. Vaporeon does best with Water Gun and Hydro Pump, Flareon excels with Fire Spin and Overheat, and Espeon does pretty well with Confusion and Future Sight.
Jolteon isn’t as strong as its siblings, but can be a decent electric-type attacker with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt. Leafeon and Glaceon are both also pretty good attack-wise. Leafeon does best with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade and Glaceon puts in work with Frost Breath and Avalanche.
Unfortunately, Umbreon is the worst out of the bunch, with a weak attack stat. If you’re insistent on using one in your party, set it up with Feint Attack or Snarl and Foul Play for damage optimization.