You did it – you’ve finally collected 25 Eevee candies in Pokemon Go and are ready to evolve your Eevee into…well, something. That’s the problem. You want a Vaporeon, but you don’t know what’ll happen when you hit that “EVOLVE” button. Maybe you’ll end up with a Jolteon, or if you’re super unlucky and the world hates you, a Flareon (arguably the shittiest gen 1 Eevee evolution, don’t deny it). Gathering another 25 candies isn’t an option because you have a life outside of Pokemon, and even then you’re still not guaranteed that Vaporeon.
Luckily for all us Eevee-enthusiasts, someone figured out how to force your Eevee into evolving into the pokemon of your choice. Submitted to the r/PokemonGo subreddit, Redditor smithnigel discovered that by naming your Eevee the same name as the corresponding evolution seen in “The Eevee Brothers” episode of the original Pokemon anime, come evolution time you’ll wind up with exactly what you wanted:
It would seem that there is in fact a way to force an evolution of your Eevee. The Eevee Brothers from the original anime were named Rainer, Pyro, Sparky and they owned a Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon respectively. If you nickname your Eevee either Rainer, Pyro or Sparky, your Eevee will evolve into that desired Eeveelution!
Sparky = Jolteon
Rainer = Vaporeon
Pyro = Flareon
I have tried it on a few Eevees and so have friends, and we’ve seen a 100% success rate. Feel free to give it a try and post back here with results!
Edit: It seems there is an overwhelming response of success so far! So I’m pretty damn convinced this is totally legit. Keep posting results!
Edit 6: /u/datapawwolf suggested something worth noting. With all of the server issues we constantly deal with, it is recommended to name your Eevee with your intended evolution name, then close and restart the app to confirm the name went through on the servers. Some users reporting it didn’t work and we believe this may be the reason why.
Edit 7: It would seem a lot of people are reporting that their first Eevee evolved into the correct evolution, but the second Eevee may not have. I think it’s possible you may only be able to obtain one specific Evolution at a time, and not obtain the same one twice in a row. Please continue to post results so we can try to get some real data!
Redditor strongscience62 attempted the trick, and took video as proof that the method works:
Don’t get too carried away though – smithnigel notes that many people reported their first Eevee evolved into their desired evolution, but that their second failed to do so. “I think it’s possible you may only be able to obtain one specific evolution at a time, and not obtain the same one twice in a row.” Why you would want two Jolteons or two Vaporeons is beyond me, but who knows? Some people just really like having a stacked team of the same Pokemon over and over: