Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions and how to get all the Eevee-lutions

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There are eight Eevee evolutions in Pokemon Go, with a variety of tricks to getting the one you want. Depending on the names you give them, when you evolve them, and how friendly you are, the simple Eevee can evolve into a range of variations. It makes Eevee one of the most interesting creatures in the game and a simple way to vary your roster's types. Eevee’s evolutions, or Eeveelutions, are plentiful and offer a range of types across Water, Electric, Fire, Psychic, Dark, Grass, Ice and Fairy in Pokemon Go.

We'll explain how to trigger all the different ways you can evolve Eevee into its evolutions in this article. As well as pick apart which one might be the strongest. According to numbers at least. 

Pokemon Go Eevee evolution nicknames

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions

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The easiest way to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go is to use a specific nickname. Trainers can guarantee any of Eevee’s evolutions once, each using a specific nickname. Simply nicknaming your Eevee one of the special names below will grant you the Eeveelution of your choice - use 25 Eevee candy and your Eevee will evolve to the evolution with the corresponding nickname. 

Eevee Evolution nicknames

  • Vaporeon: Rainer
  • Jolteon: Sparky
  • Flareon: Pyro
  • Espeon: Sakura
  • Umbreon: Tamao
  • Leafeon: Linnea
  • Glaceon: Rea
  • Sylveon: Kira

You can only do this once per evolution remember, so choose carefully. After that you're down to luck, certain conditions, and maybe special event to have any control over what you get.

The Strongest Eevee Evolution in Pokemon Go

Espeon and Umbreon are considered the strongest Eevee evolutions overall from stats alone. The psychic type Espeon has almost the highest possible CP, beaten only by Sylveon, and the highest possible attack overall. Umbreon, a dark type, wins on second highest defense and the best Stamina. Just behind those two the already mentioned Sylveon, and Glaceon, also place decent stats overall without having anything that's class leading. 

How to get Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions - Jolteon

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Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon are the first Eeveelutions in Pokemon Go - the classics. These are relatively easy to obtain simply feeding your Eevee 25 candy after using one of the nicknames we mentioned above: Vaporeon/Rainer, Jolteon/Sparky, Flareon/Pyro. Once that's done however, the evolutions become random and there's no way to tell what Eevee will evolve into. That said, as it costs so little to trigger an evolution and Eevees are easy to find you can just grind to get what you want again.

How to get Espeon and Umbreon in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions - Umbreon

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Espeon and Umbreon add some Gen 2 Eeveelutions and can be obtained by simply having Eevee as your buddy and walking with it for 10km. Once that's done evolve your Eevee during the day for Espeon, and at night for Umbreon. Just always check the color of the sky in-game to make sure what time of day Pokemon Go thinks it is, just in case it doesn't match up with the real world.

How to get Leafeon and Glaceon in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions - Glaceon

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Leafeon and Glaceon are a little more complicated to get as you'll need two in-game items when you evolve your Eevee at a Pokestop. Using a Mossy Lure will give you a Leafeon, while a Glacial Lure will give you Glaceon. These can be purchased from the in-game store, and work like normal lures except they attract Pokemon of specific types.

How to get Sylveon in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions - Sylveon

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Sylveon has the most lengthy method for obtaining it but it's worth it. We have a full Pokemon Go Sylveon guide for in-depth details, but getting Sylveon involves making friends with it - make Eevee your buddy and earn 70 hearts with it. This will take a while, but as long as trainers can maximize the amount of hearts earned each day you can speed things up. When the silhouette in the evolution area of Eevee’s in-game information screen shows Sylveon you've got enough hearts. 

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