How to Use the Eevee Name Trick to Choose Your Eeveelution in Pokemon GO

You can use a naming trick to make Eevee evolve into your preferred evolution: Jolteon, Vaporeon, Flareon, Espeon, or Umbreon.

Pokemon GO does not have evolution stones to evolve Pokemon like Eevee, instead they work just like all other evolutions. This caused confusion and frustration for those evolving Eevee since there are 5 different options, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Espeon, and Umbreon.

According to a reddit post by /u/smithnigel, backed up by others and video proof, you can actually make your Eevee evolve into your desired evolution.

How to Choose your Eevee Evolution

Eevee needs 25 Eevee candy to evolve and if you do it normally, you get a random evolution.

If you change the name of your Eevee to one of the following, it will evolve into the eeveelution of your choice.

  • Vaporeon: Ranier
  • Flareon: Pyro
  • Jolteon: Sparky
  • Espeon: Sakura
  • Umbreon: Tamao

Pokemon GO Flareon

These are the names of the Eevee Brothers in the Pokemon anime and each had a different evolution. Reddit user /u/strongscience62 also showed a video of him naming Eevee Rainer and evolving it into Vaporeon.

Make sure it is spelled correctly and try closing the app and opening it again to be sure the server updated the name change before you evolve it. Let me know in the comments if this worked for you so we can spread the message around!

Guide Editor

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Published Jun. 5th 2017
  • Ryan Gulliford
    It does work but I have seen some cases where YouTubers have done it and not got the one they wanted! Especially as they have different CP multipliers it looks like Vaporeon is the best. But I do love my Jolteon
  • Stacy _6281
    Tried it on my 2 evee and it didn't work
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Make sure it is spelled correctly and it is best to close the app and reopen it after changing the name to make sure it updates before evolving.
  • Joshua Harris
    Featured Contributor
    I had this happen to me last week. I thought I had named my Eevee Rainer but I had named it Rainier instead and it had evolved into a Flareon. Watch out for autocorrections because that is what happened to me!
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Can confirm, does work. Just have a Flareon left to evolve then I have all three.
  • HaruOfTime
    Featured Contributor
    This trick has worked on every Eevee I've seen evolved so far. 10/10, would recommend!
  • cactusjudy
    I heard it was based on what moveset your Eevee has.
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    People thought it might have been that at first, but it was proven wrong. This method has been 100% accurate so far.
  • Samuel Franklin
    Featured Contributor
    Great little tip, going to try once tonight if I can get enough to evolve!

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