Controlling what your Eevee evolves into in Pokémon GO

By , Jul 28, 2016

Eevee Pokemon GO Evolve Guide

Eevee is an unusual Pokémon in the hit mobile game because unlike other Pokémon, it can evolve into three possible outcomes. Those three are Flareon (fire), Jolteon (electric), and Vaporeon (water).

Typically, when you evolve an Eevee, the outcome is going to be 100% random, but as the game publisher Niantic confirmed this week, there is a small cheat that you can use to actually control what your Eevee evolves into, and we’ll talk about that in this tutorial.

Why to choose what Eevee evolves into

The point of Pokémon GO right now is to collect as many Pokémon as you can, and if you already have one of the evolved forms of Eevee, then you will want to eventually collect the other two, as well.

One of the more common evolved forms that you see everywhere is Vaporeon, and this is because most players keep them for the reason that they’re super easy to power up and use to win gym battles with. But if you’re looking for a Flareon or a Jolteon, you may want to take advantage of a cheat to guarantee you get one.

How to control what Eevee evolves into

If you want to control what Eevee evolves into, the trick is to give it a special nickname prior to evolving it. Here is how this works:

  • If you want a Flareon (fire), you will nickname Eevee Pyro
  • If you want a Jolteon (electric), you will nickname Eevee Sparky
  • If you want a Vaporeon (water), you will nickname Eevee Rainer

Doing this is easy. Just bring up your list of caught Pokémon and find Eevee on your list, then tap in its name to edit it. In this example, we will make Eevee evolve into a Jolteon by nicknaming it Sparky, and then using 25 Eevee candy to evolve it:

Rename Eevee into Sparky to Evolve into Jolteon

Tap OK when you’ve entered the nickname you want, and the Pokémon will be named what you chose. In this case, Eevee has been re-named Sparky, and when we evolve it, Jolteon is the end result:

Evolve Eevee into Jolteon with Sparky Nickname

We can also repeat this process with another Eevee, nicknaming it Pyro instead to get the end result of Flareon:

Rename Eevee into Pyro to Get Flareon

Now that we’ve renamed Eevee Pyro, we’ll attempt the evolution process once again by sacrificing another 25 Eevee candies. And the end result will be, you guessed it, Flareon!

Evolving Eevee into Flareon with Pyro Nickname

And you can do the same for Vaporeon, if you want the water version, by following the process above, and re-naming Eevee Rainer instead.

Easy enough, right?

What you also need to know

You should always evolve the highest-level Eevee that you have, as this increases the chances of a higher-level evolved form.

You should also know that after the evolution has been completed, you’re free to re-name the evolved Pokémon back into its standard name instead of the nickname you gave it.

Continue to collect wild Eevees, because despite already having all three Eevee evolved forms already, you may always have the chance of leveling up one that’s a higher combat power (CP) level or that has better forms of attacks that may be more beneficial at gyms.

Wrapping up

Since the evolution of Eevee has always been random, knowing this little cheat is a great way to make sure that you get the Pokémon that you want, especially if you haven’t been having much luck and always get the one you don’t need.

If you haven’t already started playing Pokémon GO, and want to get started, you can download it for free from the App Store.

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  • Tim Liu

    Sigh… iDB has really running out of topics to write.

    • leart

      instead of blaming, can suggest something …

    • Leo Parker

      If you’re not interested in the article, then don’t read it. The title of the article is a very clear so if you don’t care about Pokémon I don’t know why you’re clicking on the link to read the article. This article was very helpful to me and since Pokémon Go is extremely popular now, I’m sure a lot of “Pokémon trainers” can benefit from this. Bye Felicia.

    • Look at every Tech blog on the internet. They’re all writing about Pokemon GO. Just don’t click on it, it’s pretty easy actually.

    • CltrAltDelicious


    • The popular game that Apple just announced has become the most-downloaded seems worth posts to me. I’m sorry you don’t like it, but you don’t have to click on these posts.

      • jayr

        it might be too complicated for that guy but after numerous tips by the good citizens of iDB & team member he’s on the right track to “evolve” smart 😛
        cheesy ass joke but i had a laugh 🙂

  • William Melendez

    It works !

    • askep3

      Did you mean to spell vaporeon that way?

      • William Melendez

        Hahaha, wow didn’t even noticed the typo. Thanks for pointing that out. Feel like a jackass now. Fixed on my end lol

    • Scott Werner

      What was the cp of the Eevee before you upgrade it?

      • William Melendez

        590 cp

  • Jerwyn Feria

    this tutorial is missing is restarting the app after renaming them cause not all the time they will follow. restarting the app insures the 100% force evolutions. Just saying.

    • Jerwyn Feria

      i have had many people i know did everything exactly without restarting the app and they got the evolution they didn’t want.

      • I never restart the app and I always get the evolution I want. Are they spelling the names right?

      • Jaleon

        I’ve renamed and had the wrong outcome (without restarting).
        After restarting the app it hasn’t failed for me yet.

    • Yeah, sometimes the name change doesn’t reach their servers so closing out and coming back in is just to make sure the name change actually stuck.

    • LadyOfTheHay

      Thank you for this tip! I haven’t read this anywhere yet and out of my last 3 Sparky evees, None of them became Jolteon! I need more electric type to defeat all these dragons in the gym.

  • ravinigga

    I also heard it one time use for all three. I tried insert sparky more than 3 time get vaporeon or flareon

    • Not sure if it’s one-time use or not. I’ll have to try it more to see. Niantic did officially announce it was a working method, however.

  • CltrAltDelicious

    It doesn’t work all the time.

    • Ricky Yoelianto

      It only work one time, once you got all of them, the rest it will be random regardless the name you gave them. I tried 8 times renaming to Rainer but got mixed result. Hope this helps your frustration. I guess it’s fair once you had them all, it should be random

      • Ying Zheng

        Agreed, I’ve got my 3 and now it’s just random… I need a better Flareon….

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Whelp too late for that! Already got the 3 little boogers.

  • Fred Brown

    The nicknames only work effectively once. After evolving all three using the nicknames, I’ve found vaporeons nickname stays the same, while hotline and flareons nicknames switch. I have tested this theory 9 times and it has proven true each time, consistently evolving 4 vaporeons under rainer, and after using each nickname for the first of each eevee evolution, I have found flareon and jolteons nicknames switch. I have gotten 4 flareons with the nickname sparky, and one jolteon with the nickname pyro. Some people believe after using the nicknames to obtain all three eevee evolutions the nicknames no longer work and the evolution becomes completely random, but based on my results I don’t beleive this is true. So basically if you’ve already used all the nicknames once on previous evolutions, and you get a flareon when your trying to evolve a jolteon, try using flareons nickname to evolve a jolteon, vaporeons nickname stays the same. I don’t know if the update corrected this but my results have been consistent with this.