Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions names guide – Choose your Eeveelution

Published: 29/Jul/2020 16:01

by Paul Cot


Many trainers believe the Pokemon Eevee evolves into is random but it isn’t. In Pokemon Go you can actually choose which ‘eeveelution’ it evolves into.

As of April 2020, Eevee can evolve into Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon and Glaceon. It costs 25 Eevee candies to make it evolve.

The standard evolution method though, will only get you one of the three original evolutions – Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon – and it will be completely random. The others require alternative methods.

Eevee evolutionsEevee and its various evolutions, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon and Umbreon

Nickname trick

Before we look at those other methods, you can guarantee yourself one of each eeveelution using the nickname trick. This can only be done once for each species per account, though.

Change your Eevee into the following names to get these evolutions:

  • Vaporeon – Rainer
  • Jolteon – Sparky
  • Flareon – Pyro
  • Espeon – Sakura
  • Umbreon – Tamao
  • Glaceon – Rea
  • Leafeon – Linnea

Now we know the required names to guarantee your desired Eevee evolution, here are the step by step instructions.

  1. Catch an Eevee (try and make it a good one)
  2. Click your Eevee through the Pokemon screen
  3. Next to the text “Eevee” is a pencil icon, click it.
  4. Change to the relevant nickname
  5. Restart the Pokemon Go app to ensure the name has registered

This trick only works once. Therefore, once you evolve an Eevee using any of these names, using the same nickname again will result in a random evolution.

Umbreon Espeon Pokemon GoUmbreon and Espeon, then Gen 2 Eevee evolutions…

How to get Espeon and Umbreon

While the Gen 1 evolutions are random, you can actually guarantee yourself either Espeon and Umbreon beyond the nickname trick. It isn’t easy, however.

Going all the way back to generation 2, and more specifically Pokemon Gold and Silver, the time of day, rather than evolution stones, determines what Eevee evolves into.

Evolving during the night (6pm to 4am by the game clock) would result in an Umbreon. Conversely, the other 14 hours during the day, would cause an Espeon evolution.

The same methodology applies to Pokemon Go, also. Firstly, make sure the Eevee you’re evolving is your buddy Pokemon and that it has found two berries.

This is achieved by walking 10km. It has been shown that evolving it during the night will get you an Umbreon, and during the day an Espeon – something we have checked ourselves.

A Mossy or Glacial Lure costs 200 PokeCoins in the Pokemon Go Shop…

How to get Glaceon and Leafeon

A further two “eeveelutions” were added to the 4th generation of Pokemon. They were the grass-type Leafeon and ice-type Glaceon.

Like Umbreon and Espeon, you can make your Eevee evolve into either of them not using the nickname trick. Just make sure you have an Eevee with 25 spare candy.

From there buy a Mossy Lure and Glacial Lure. If you want Leafeon then put a Mossy Lure on a PokeStop and then go to evolve Eevee.

If this has worked you’ll see a Glaceon icon as opposed to the question mark on the evolution button. The same can be done with Glaceon while using a Glacial Lure.

What about Sylveon?

The fairy-type eeveelution isn’t yet available in Pokemon Go. It is part of Gen 6 and this generation has yet to be released at all.

It will likely come with its own event as Sylveon is a very popular Pokemon. We can expect it to come some time in 2021.


Pokemon Sword & Shield player loses Master Ball due to Joy-Con drift

Published: 1/Dec/2020 21:07

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player was left fuming after they lost their coveted Master Ball due to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift issue. The hardware error robbed the Trainer of the rare item.

Pokemon Sword & Shield made its eighth generation debut with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region for the very first time.

A player participating in one of the game’s new features, Dynamax Raids, was left stunned when their Joy-Con hardware error made them accidentally use a Master Ball on an incredibly common monster.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Gym Leader Piers.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
A Pokemon player was stunned after wasting their Master Ball.

Joy-Con drift problem causes Pokemon tragedy

A few months after its launch, many Switch owners began to complain about their controller’s joystick getting stuck and moving their character in-game on its own. Notoriously named “Joy-Con drift”, Nintendo’s own president Shuntaro Furukawa even acknowledged the issue in June and apologized for the “trouble caused to our customers.”

The hardware issue tragically struck a Pokemon Sword & Shield player during their Dynamax Raid. Pokemon Trainer ‘ZucchiniBoi12‘ uploaded a video of the nightmare inducing moment to the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit on November 30.

In the clip, the fan goes to select a Pokeball after defeating a Ninjask, when suddenly their controller quickly scrolls up and down before unluckily landing on their Master Ball. Unfortunately, the player wasn’t paying attention and pressed A, wasting their precious Master Ball on the common monster.

Thanks joy con drift 😐 from PokemonSwordAndShield

Despite the tragic circumstances, some in the community didn’t have any sympathy for the Trainer. Various players pointed out that while the Joy-Con drift did freak out during the selection process, it stopped for a few seconds on their Master Ball. Others explained that the fan should have soft-reset their game, which would have given them back their lost item.

Screenshot of Reddit comments reacting to Pokemon Sword & Shield player losing their Master Ball.

Despite the criticism, ZucchiniBoi12 explained that it was a genuine mistake, and stated that they weren’t paying close enough attention before confirming. This isn’t the first time the hardware issue has plagued the game, either. In November, a player went viral after Joy-Con drift ruined their attempt to catch a Shiny Regieleki after spending hundreds of hours to spawn its encounter.

Whether you feel sympathy or not, it always hurts to see a Master Ball go to waste. If nothing else, the tragic story is just another reminder for Trainers to always check before pressing confirm. It becomes far too easy to not pay attention while spending hours grinding, and you never know when Joy-Con drift may happen.