Pokemon GO: How To Get Espeon & Umbreon Every Time | Gen 2 Update

Pokémon Go has finally unleashed Generation 2 on the world, populating the game with 80 new Pokémon. The servers are a little shaky right now, but the few minutes I was allowed to play the game brought me back to the goold old days of Gold and Silver. I’ve already caught a Natu, Sentret, and my personal favorite plant, Pineco. I’m still desperately trying to get myself a Murkrow, but the Pokémon Go servers have to stop going down first.

Eevee Evolution [Gen 2] – How to Get Espeon & Umbreon

To guarantee an evolution into one of the following Eevee types, nickname your Eevee one of the following trainer names. 

  • Nickname: Sakura
    • Evolves into: Espeon
  • Nickname: Tamao
    • Evolves into: Umbreon

Sakura (or Sayo) and Tamao are both kimono-wearing trainers from the Johto Region that also made appearances in the anime. Sakura, called Sayo in Pokemon Gold / Silver / Crystal, and Tamao can be battled in the Ecrutreak City Dancing Hall — each are just one part of the Kimono Sisters, five trainers with one of eack Eevee type.

This is one of the few confirmed Easter eggs hidden in Pokemon GO, and continues the tradition after including the names Sparky, Rainer, and Pyro — three trainers that appeared in the US translation of the popular Pokemon anime. It was always a cool little Easter egg for Poke-super-fans, and we hope the developers at Niantic continue the trend as new generations are revealed.

For the curious, keep scrolling for details to help get Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon every single time.


Eevee Evolution [Gen 1] – How to Get Jolteon / Vaporeon / Flareon

After catching an Eevee, you’ll get to nickname it. Nickname the Pokemon one of these three names to earn the corresponding eeveelution.

  • Nickname: Sparky
    • Evolves into: Jolteon
  • Nickname: Rainer
    • Evolves into: Vaporeon
  • Nickname: Pyro
    • Evolves into: Flareon

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