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Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go: how to get all evolutions

Everything you need to know about Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go

Two of the Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go
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Confused about all of the possible Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go? We're not surprised! With eight possible evolutions available and some being easier to obtain than others, how to evolve Eevee continues to be a passionate topic of discussion amongst Trainers.

In Pokémon Go, as in the main series of Pokémon games, there are plenty of different Eevee evolutions you can choose from which upgrade your fluffy friend into type-specific versions of itself.

However, being one of the most comprehensive and beloved Pokémon games of all time, Pokémon Go doesn’t make it easy to evolve Eevee. Given the AI game by its very nature encompasses a great deal of walking, it's worth researching your desired evolution of choice before you take those first (literal) steps to catch ‘em all.

Below we’ll guide you through every possible Eevee evolution in Pokémon Go and exactly how to gather key items needed to evolve your very own.

Oh, and if you're wanting to game on the go, you'll need a phone with at least 2GB or more of RAM to avoid frequent crashing or lagging. Check out our guides to the best iPhone and best Android phones if you're in need of an upgrade. 

All Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go

Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go: How to evolve using nicknames

Pikachu, Eevee, and all Eevee evolutions in Pokemon Go

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The classic means of getting the Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go that your heart desires is to give them each a specific nickname before they evolve. With this method, all you have to do is rename your Eevee with one of the names below and then, when you get the requisite 25 candies to evolve it, everything will fall into place. 

If you really hate giving your Pokémon nicknames, you can always change it back after your Eevee has evolved. 

  • Vaporeon (Water-type): Rainer
  • Flareon (Fire-type): Pyro
  • Jolteon (Electric-type): Sparky
  • Umbreon (Dark-type): Tamao
  • Espeon (Psychic-type): Sakura
  • Glaceon (Ice-type): Rea
  • Leafon (Grass-type): Linnea
  • Sylveon (Fairy-type): Kira

Something important to note with this method for Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go, though, is that it only works once for each nickname. 

So, once you’ve evolved an Eevee into each of the available evolutions using this method then you’ll need to start resorting to other means if you want any more. Keep reading to find out what those are. 

Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go: How to evolve into Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon

Eeevee from Pokemon Go

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We’ll get the bad news out of the way first; for these three original Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go, after you’ve used the nickname trick, we’re afraid there isn’t really much more you can do to guarantee them. 

In order to get any more, you’ll have to revert to random evolutions by gathering Eevees and candies and keeping your fingers crossed that when it evolves you’ll get what you’re looking for. 

Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go: How to evolve into Leafeon and Glaceon

Pokémon Go Glacial Lure and Mossy Lure module screens

You can purchase both Lure Modules needed to evolve to Leafeon or Glaceon from the in-game shop. (Image credit: Niantic)

Grass-type Leafeon and Ice-type Glaceon are the latest Eeveelutions to be added to Pokémon Go and unlike Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon there is a secondary way of securing their forms. 

In order to evolve Eevee into Leafeon and Glaceon you’ll have to get specific items: either the Glacial Lure Module for Glaceon or the Mossy Lure Module for Leafeon, both of which can be purchased in the in-game shop for 200 coins each. 

Once you have the correct Lure Module, simply apply it to a PokéStop. While you’re still close to that PokéStop and the Lure is active, evolve your Eevee using the usual 25 candies and you should get the form you’re looking for. If everything is working properly, the evolution button should show the outline of the Eevee evolution you're going to get before you press it, rather than the usual question mark. 

Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go: How to evolve into Espeon and Umbreon

Pokémon Go Eevee evolutions Tamao and Sakura

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Espeon and Umbreon do have a secondary means of securing their evolutions, though it takes a little more effort than a simple name change or purchasing a Lure Module. 

This method is probably the most involved of all but if your heart is set then it’ll be worth it. For these Generation 2 evolutions, you have to set your Eevee as your buddy and have it walk with you for 10km in order to earn two candies (earning two candies is key). 

Once that’s done, you can evolve your Eevee, but the time of day shown in-game will determine which of the evolutions you get. Evolve Eevee during the day and you’ll get the Psychic-type Espeon. At night, on the other hand, you’ll get the Dark-type Umbreon. 

This trick can be somewhat finicky, so do make sure that Eevee is still your buddy when you evolve it and ensure that you have GPS signal so that the game has the time of day absolutely right where you are. Fortunately, this isn’t limited like the nicknames so you can do it as often as you like (if you can be bothered). 

Eevee evolutions in Pokémon Go: How to evolve into Sylveon

Pokemon Go evolution

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While other Eeveelutions require walking a certain distance and evolving at a specific time of the day, Sylveon is all about friendship. 

To get repeat Syvleons beyond the single-use naming method, you'll have to get one as your buddy, and then accumulate 75 hearts with it. After that, the option should appear to evolve an additional Sylveon.

To get Sylveon as your buddy, you can take photos with it, play with it, feed it, spin new PokéStops – all the usual shenanigans to earn hearts with a buddy, basically. You can earn a maximum of 20 hearts per day, so, in theory, you can evolve an Eevee into Sylveon in four days. 

And that’s how you can get the Eeveelution of your dreams. We’re fairly certain that's the last of the Eevee evolutions coming to the the game, but we’ll update this page with any more information if and when it becomes available.


Emma Boyle
Emma Boyle

Emma Boyle is TechRadar’s ex-Gaming Editor, and is now a content developer and freelance journalist. She has written for magazines and websites including T3, Stuff and The Independent. Emma currently works as a Content Developer in Edinburgh.