Eevee and its various evolutions are fan favorites of Pokemon trainers. Will another Eevee evolution appear in Pokemon Sword and Shield?
Eevee was of course introduced in the very first generation of Pokemon. Its evolutions at that time included Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon.
During the days of Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow the love for Eevee never really took off. Kanto starters Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle (and obviously Pikachu) were the most popular Pokemon from the series.
However, Eevee's popularity has grown over the years, even to the point a mainline Pokemon game was named after it, Pokemon Let's Go Eevee!
Pikachu is unsurprisingly the most searched Pokemon since analytics began. Eevee has briefly overtaken Pikachu twice though, in July 2016 and August 2018. This coincides with the Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee releases.
Observant Pokemon trainers will have noticed that new Eevee evolutions, or as some call them Eeveelutions, are added every two generations. More specifically, on even numbered generations.
The second generation of Pokemon, which is based in the Johto region, introduced two more Eevee evolutions. These were Espeon and Umbreon, who are dark and psychic types respectively.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl introduced the fourth generation of Pokemon. Along with it came the grass-type Leafeon and ice-type Glaceon Eevee evolved forms. Elsewhere, Leafeon and Glaceon are expected to appear in Pokemon Go soon.
The final Eevee evolution to date came in generation 6, Pokemon X and Y. Sylveon is a fairy-type and is currently the eighth, but probably not final, Eevee evolved form.
With Pokemon Sword and Shield bringing in generation 8 of the Pokemon series, this begs the question will Pokemon Sword and Shield add another Eevee evolution?
Based on the every two generations theory, it looks like there's a good chance it will.
The following types are yet to have an Eevee evolution: bug, fighting, rock, flying, ground, poison, ghost, dragon and steel. Consequently, there are a lot of options to choose from for the Pokemon development team.
Given the rumors about armored evolutions and the general theme of Pokemon Sword and Shield, perhaps steel is the most likely. However, designing a steel based Eevee Pokemon doesn't really fit.
In truth, there isn't a lot to suggest one of the above types is more likely than the other.
No leaks have appeared regarding a Pokemon Sword and Shield Eevee evolution and even rumors have been minimal. No doubt this topic will come up several times in the months leading up to the Pokemon Sword and Shield release.