Until now it was believed Pokémon Go trainers had just a “random chance” of getting each of the evolutions of Eevee. But now “change its nickname” seems to be the better answer to the burning question of how to make it happen.
Reddit users hypothesized and later confirmed that changing the nicknames of Eevee to “Sparky,” “Rainer,” and “Pyro” would force, respectively, a Jolteon, a Vaporeon, and a Flareon. The theory stemmed from the Pokémon animated series and a 1998 episode titled “The Battling Eevee Brothers,” in which Ash finds an abandoned Eevee belonging to a boy named Mikey, who has three brothers — Sparky, Rainer, and Pyro.
News of the inside scoop has spread online, especially in the YouTube gaming community. Chris Demarais of the online production company Rooster Teeth (Red vs Blue) shared the Reddit news via Twitter. “Have you guys heard about this Eevee hack to control their evolution,” captioned the actor. “Worked for me! Spread the word!”
YouTuber TBNRfrags tweeted a tease about the trick. “May have just found a POKEMON GO hack/trick that allows you to evolve your EEVEE into whatever you want every time,” the gamer said.
The Pokémon Eevee is known in the Pokéverse for having mysterious evolution powers. In the main franchise of games it has eight evolutions that all require specific items or circumstances to dictate which evolution will occur. Pokémon Go players have been wondering how Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon could be obtained without the addition of evolution stones.
At this point it only seemed possible through random chance, leaving players hungry to find the coveted evolution forms, such as the recent flood to Central Park for Vaporeons. It seems Niantic Labs wanted to add deeper connections to the franchise for players to explore.