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How to Get Umbreon and Espeon in Pokemon Go

Similar to the main Pokemon game series, the cute little Eevee has multiple evolution types in Pokemon Go. This branching evolution setup can turn it into more powerful elemental versions of itself: specifically  Water, Fire, and Electric (called Vaporeon, Flareon, and Jolteon respectively).

With February’s Gen 2 update, Eevee can now also evolve into the Psychic-type Espeon and the Dark-type Umbreon!

Once an Eevee has evolved, it cannot be evolved into a different type. Each Eevee evolution costs 25 candy.

The evolutions are usually randomly triggered, unless you use the trick below! This is confirmed to also work with Espeon and Umbreon.

There is a secret that lets you determine your Eevee‘s fate. You can choose which form to evolve your Eevee into by naming it Sakura (Espeon), Tamao (Umbreon), Pyro (Flareon), Rainer (Vaporeon) or Sparky (Jolteon). This is an Easter egg reference to trainers and the Eevee Brothers from the original anime series. Note that you have to make sure you use a capital first letter and lower case names (so, “Pyro”, not “pyro”).

Also take note that, although in Pokemon Gold and Silver Espeon could only be obtained during the day, and Umbreon at night, this is not the case in Pokemon Go. Each evolution can be obtained regardless of the time of day. 

Note: your naming choice has to be registered on the Pokemon Go server — if you’ve got a bad connection, we recommend that you close the app and restart it after naming your Eevee to ensure the data makes it across prior to evolving it. Also, this trick only works once for each evolution, so you may want to wait until higher level to get that gym-crushing Vaporeon.

This will only work once for each of the five names. After that, no matter what you name your Eevee, the evolution will be random.

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