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Pokémon Go guide: Eevee evolutions

Who doesn’t want a hoard of cute fox-like Pokémon?

Leafeon in Pokemon Go Photo: Michael McWhertor/Polygon

To get one of the many Eevee evolutions (or Eeveelutions if you’re into the whole brevity thing) in Pokémon Go, you have to evolve Eevee. However, the methods for getting the right Eeveelution vary, including using certain names (or nicknames for the Eevee evolutions name trick).

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.

Eevee evolutions names, nicknames, and name trick

To get a specific evolution, you can name your Eevee one of the following names, and it will evolve into the corresponding variant, guaranteed.

Note: This naming trick only works once per evolution. If you already used “Sparky” to get a Jolteon, it will not guarantee a Jolteon next time.

Pokémon Go Eevee evolution names

Eevee Evolution Name/Nickname
Eevee Evolution Name/Nickname
Jolteon Sparky
Flareon Pyro
Vaporeon Rainer
Espeon Sakura
Umbreon Tamao
Leafeon Linnea
Glaceon Rea
Sylveon Kira

How to evolve Eevee 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.

Sylveon will evolve after being set as your buddy Pokémon and earning 70 hearts with it. This will take several days of play, but you can speed up the process by using Poffins.