How to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go: All Eevee evolutions and names

Eevee and its evolutions Umbreon and Leafeon with the Pokemon Go logoThe Pokemon Company / Niantic

All of the different Eevee evolutions are now available in Pokemon Go, so if you’re wondering how to evolve Eevee into a specific ‘mon then our guide has you covered. 

To many Pokemon fans’ joy, all of the Eeveelutions are now available in Pokemon Go, something that the community had been asking developers Niantic for since the game first launched in 2016.

Each one of the Eevee evolutions is obtained in a unique way and these methods have varying difficulties. From random evolution to utilizing Buddy Status or the names trick, there are plenty of routes to take to get each Eevee evolution in Pokemon Go.

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If there’s a particular Eevee evolution you’ve got your eye on, here’s a full rundown on how to obtain every Eeveelution in Pokemon Go.


An image of Eevee with some of its evolutionsThe Pokemon Company
Eevee has multiple evolutions that can be triggered with the names trick in Pokemon Go.

How to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go

You’ll only need 25 Candy to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go, which makes this a relatively cheap evolution process. However, you’ll need to utilize some extra tricks to make sure you get the Eeveelution you want.

The easiest way to evolve Eevee into your desired evolution is to use the names trick, which involves renaming an Eevee with a specific codename. We’ve detailed all of those in the section below.

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Pokemon Go Eevee evolution names trick

The nicknames you’ll need to rename your Eevee to for each evolution are as follows:

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

Using the nickname trick is by far the easiest way to get the evolution you want, but you can only do it once per Eeveelution, meaning every following evolution will require a slightly different approach.

To rename your Eevee, simply tap the pencil icon next to its name while in the ‘Pokemon’ menu. Make sure you enter the right codename and double-check the silhouette before pressing the ‘Evolve’ button.

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How to evolve Eevee into Flareon, Jolteon & Vaporeon in Pokemon Go

Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon, Eevee's evolutions in PokemonThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
The Gen 1 evolutions for Eevee are the easiest ones to get.

There’s no surefire way to get Flareon, Jolteon, or Vaporeon as it’s completely random when you hit the evolve button. You’ll definitely get one of these Eeveelutions – you just can’t choose which one it will be.

This means that you’ll either need to be very lucky to get the one you want on your first try, or you’ll need to catch multiple Eevee and stock up on lots of Candy, as the evolution costs 25 Candy every time.

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How to evolve Eevee into Umbreon & Espeon in Pokemon Go

Espeon and Umbreon, Eevee's evolutions in PokemonThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Espeon and Umbreon can only be evolved at different times of the day.

Unlike the previous evolutions, Umbreon and Espeon don’t evolve from Eevee at random, as they require specific actions to get them:

  • Espeon: For the Psychic-type, you’ll need to make Eevee your Buddy and walk 10km with them. After this, the ‘Evolve’ button should show the silhouette of Espeon during the day.
  • Umbreon: The method is almost identical for Umbreon, except you need to evolve the Pokemon at night instead. You can tell if it’s considered nighttime because the in-game sky will be dark.

How to evolve Eevee into Leafeon & Glaceon in Pokemon Go

Leafeon and Glaceon in Pokemon Go.The Pokemon Company / Niantic
You need to buy certain Lures to get Leafeon and Glaceon.

To evolve the Gen 4 Eeveelutions – Leafeon and Glaceon – you’ll need specific Lure Modules that can be bought in the in-game shop for 200 PokeCoins or earned through Research tasks.

Here are the steps you need to follow to get these Eeveelutions:

  • Leafeon: Go to a nearby PokeStop and place a Mossy Lure Module on it. Make sure you’re in range, then hit the Evolve button on your favorite Eevee.
  • Glaceon: Find a nearby PokeStop and place a Glacial Lure Module on it. Make sure you’re in range, then hit the Evolve button on your favorite Eevee.

How to evolve Eevee into Sylveon in Pokemon Go

Sylveon on a Pokemon Go backgroundThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sylveon’s evolution method requires you to earn lots of hearts.

To get Sylveon, you’ll need to make Eevee your Buddy again, just like with Espeon and Umbreon. Though this time, it’s not about walking a specific distance, it’s about how many Hearts you’ve earned.

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After making the Normal-type Eevee your Buddy and earning 70 Hearts, you should be able to evolve it into the Fairy-type Sylveon. This is no easy feat, though, so prepare to spend some time on it.

You can earn Hearts with your Buddy by feeding them treats, playing with them, walking long distances together, battling together, taking snapshots with them, and spinning new PokeStops or Gyms.

So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about Eevee’s evolution and how to evolve it in Pokemon Go using the names trick!

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