The Espeon Pokémon GO name trick has been well-documented over the game's life cycle, but remains one of the most effective easter eggs trainers can utilize.
Especially with Eevee Community Day set to return in August, this method is handy for all trainers to know in Pokémon GO.
Espeon Pokémon GO Name: How to Choose From Eevee's Evolutions
A nice touch dedicated to the trainer Ash and his gang encountered in the franchise's original anime, all eight of Eevee Evolutions in Pokémon GO has a one-time use trick that allows trainers to guarantee a result of their choosing.
Typically, if a trainer evolves Eevee normally by feeding it 25 Eevee Candy, it will evolve into Vaporeon, Jolteon, or Flareon at random. There are also ways to confirm Eeveelutions for Sylveon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Espeon, and Umbreon once a player has 25 Eevee Candy on hand, but that does take extra steps.
As such, the easiest way to evolve an Eevee into a specific Evolution is to change its nickname to a specific alias before pressing evolve and redeeming your 25 Eevee Candy.
Here is the list of names needed for each of the Eevee Evolutions in Pokémon GO:
- Vaporeon: Rainer
- Jolteon: Sparky
- Flareon: Pyro
- Espeon: Sakura
- Umbreon: Tamao
- Leafeon: Linnea
- Glaceon: Rea
- Sylveon: Kira
Before you press evolve, however, you can make sure to see the silhouette for the Eevee Evolution of your choosing on the pink evolve button.
If your Eevee evolves into a different Evolution, it can be quickly reversed by closing the Pokémon GO app and opening it again.
Lastly, for those who've already used the one-time trick and want another Espeon, you simply need to walk your Eevee as a Buddy 10km for two candies and then evolve it in the daytime.
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