(Note: With the release of Gen 2, the Eevee name trick has been found to work with Umbreon and Espeon! Click here to learn how to evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon!)
Is it possible to evolve Eevee into the Eeveelution of your choice? This is a question that, despite the fact that the game has been out for quite a while now, is still asked daily all over Facebook, Reddit, and on other social media websites. It’s the kind of thing that really should be common knowledge by now, but sadly, isn’t.
Yes… You can forcibly evolve Eevee into a certain Eeveelution. I don’t care if you read online that you can’t, or if your friend told you that it’s random. You can absolutely, with 100% certainty, control what your Eevee will evolve into. And it’s all done by using the Eevee name trick.
The Eevee name trick is a very clever throwback to the original Pokémon anime. In an episode titled ‘Battling Eevee Brothers’, there were three brothers who all owned a different evolution of Eevee. Sparky owned a Jolteon, Pyro owned a Flareon, and yep, you guessed it, Rainer owned a Vaporeon.
Can you see where I’m going with this? It should be pretty obvious considering that the name of this article is “Eevee name trick“, and I’ve referenced said trick at least
once twice three times already. If you haven’t caught on yet; you can evolve Eevee into a specific Eeveelution by naming it either “Rainer”, “Pyro”, or “Sparky”.
More specifically; if you want to evolve Eevee into a Jolteon; name your Eevee “Sparky”. If you want to evolve Eevee into a Flareon; name it “Pyro”. And, finally, if you want to evolve Eevee into a Vaporeon; name it “Rainer”.
When I first heard about the Eevee name trick, I thought it was a load of crap. Just like that other theory that said the move-set your Eevee possessed would somehow evolve Eevee into a different Eeveelution, I figured that naming your Eevee something specific was also probably incorrect.
But then John Hanke, the man himself, the top-dog, the CEO of Niantic, confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con that it was, in fact, legit. Yep, when he was asked if it was possible to evolve Eevee into a specific Eeveelution based on the name you gave it before evolving, Hanke had this to say:
So it’s confirmed; the Eevee name trick definitely does work. But, there are a couple of things that you need to know before you rush off to try it for yourself.
First of all, you can only force evolve Eevee once per evolution. This means that you can only evolve one Eevee named “Rainer” into a Vaporeon, for example. If you try to evolve a second “Rainer” into a Vaporeon, it’ll be totally random, and you’ll get the standard 1/3 chance.
Second, there is a known glitch that causes the Eevee name trick to fail. To avoid this glitch, name your Eevee and then close the app. Re-open the app, make sure the Eevee still has the nickname, and if it does, then go ahead and evolve it, and it should work perfectly.
And that’s just about everything you need to know about force evolving Eevee with the name trick. It works, it’s been confirmed by Niantic themselves, and it’s awesome. Next time somebody tries telling you that it’s a load of baloney, just send them to this article and we’ll set ’em straight.
But enough about all that… Have you used this trick to evolve Eevee into your favorite Eeveelution yet? How did it go for you; did it work?! Let me know all about it in the comments section below!