How To Evolve Eevee Into The Eeveelution Of Your Choice By Using The Eevee Name Trick

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(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.

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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”.

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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.

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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!


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  1. I have not tried it yet, but when I have enough candies I will name my Eevee Rainer, close the app, re open it and evolve. Simple.

  2. You guys did not understand the article, it says after evolving your first flareon, vaporeon and jolteon, the name trick would not work anymore. You can only use the name trick once, using it the second time would result to a random.

  3. Yeah you guys are all idiots. Finish reading the article. After the first one you force the following evolutions are random. You get one vaporeon, one Holstein, and Flareon you can choose. After that no trick.

  4. I never have any problems but my husband does. It never worked except the 1st time. He’s kinda mad. I have like a page full of 1600CP+ Vaporeons but it doesn’t work for him it’s random. Only difference is he’s on Pokèmon trainer and I’m on google. Does that matter?

    • It doesn’t matter. I’m also on google and for the last 6 Eevee evolutions, I got 5 vaporeons and 1 flareon. All six were named Sparky…

    • That’s because it says RIGHT in the article that it only works the very FIRST time you do it, after that first time if you do it again what you get will be random!

      Read people… geez.

  5. Why it did not work for me. I named my eevee pyro and close the app then re-open it. The name is still there but i could not evolve the eevee… may i know the exact process to do it?

  6. I named an Eevee Rainer and another Pyro 5 hours ago. I have since logged out about 10 times to ensure that it’s saved on the network. Both evolved to Jolteon. Ever since the update about two weeks ago it quit working for me. Since the update I have evolved 13 Eevees named Pyro to Jolteon and 5 name Rainer to Jolteon. I cannot get any Flareons or Vaporeons.

    • Same thing happened to me. It was working 100% until two weeks ago. since then I evolved 6 Eevee’s. All named Sparky. Got 5 vaporeons and 1 flareon. It would seem it stopped working, but dunno the reason..

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