Over the last few days, we’ve had to do a lot of research and guesswork to make sense of all of the new features and Pokemon that have been added to Pokemon GO. One of the biggest things we discovered is that you can evolve Eevee into Espeon and Umbreon by using the Eevee name trick.
But aside from the naming trick, how else can you evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon? After evolving countless Eevees with no success, the Internet had all but confirmed that it was impossible to evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon through normal evolution. So, how exactly is it done?
Well, the current theory (which has a lot of supporting evidence) comes straight from the original Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver games. In those games, in order to evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon you needed to get your Eevee’s friendship level to at least 220, and then level it up.
If you did this during the day (between 4:00 AM and 5:59 PM), your Eevee would evolve into an Espeon. If you did it at night (between 6:00 PM and 3:59 AM), your Eevee would evolve into an Umbreon. Since there is no “friendship” meter in Pokemon GO, we have to use a slightly different method to evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon.
The current theory goes something like this: Make Eevee your buddy Pokemon, walk 10km with Eevee as your buddy Pokemon (and receive 2 candies), and then evolve said Eevee during the day to obtain an Espeon, or during the night to obtain an Umbreon.
After many attempts by many different people from all over the world, this seems like it might be the only way to evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon after exhausting the Eevee name trick (and unlike the name trick, this method should work an unlimited number of times).
But, before you rush off and try it for yourself, there are a few things you need to know. First, the game decides whether it’s day or night based on your local time. If the game’s music and display are night time, then it’s night time. Same goes for during the day. Second, make sure you close the app and re-open it just to make sure your Eevee has actually done the full 10km of walking.
What do you think of this method to evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon? Do you think Niantic made it too hard to evolve Eevee into Umbreon or Espeon? Or do you think it’s a challenging (but fair) requirement? Let me know your thoughts in the comment’s section below!