Eevees are absolutely adorable, they’re probably one of the cutest pokemon out there (second to munchlax of course). What’s more, they even retain that raw cuteness when they evolve into their more powerful forms.
But do you know what’s even cuter than a regular eeveelution? A shiny eeveelution. Today, we’re going through all the shiny eeveelutions, how to get them, which ones are the best, and everything else you want to know about these lovable little friends.
What are the Eevee Evolutions?
Eevee is known as the evolution pokemon, its genetic code is so unstable that it can evolve in a number of ways when exposed to different situations. So far, we’ve received 8 different evolution lines with Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon.
This plethora of different eevee evolutions in Pokémon is something that most fans absolutely love. You take a cute, fan favorite pokemon, give it several different evolutions of different types, and people are going to want a team full of them.
In case you’re not quite caught up on the forms (yes, we remember when there were just three), here are the different eeveelutions in their National Dex order:
#134 Vaporeon – Water
#135 Jolteon – Electric
#136 Flareon – Fire
#196 Espeon – Psychic
#197 Umbreon – Dark
#470 Leafeon – Grass
#471 Glaceon – Ice
#700 Sylveon – Fairy
As it is, 8 of the 18 types are represented in eeveelutions. There are definitely fans who’d love to see more, but this is where we’re at for now. While there might be plenty of Toxeons, Brawleons, and Soareons hiding amongst fanart, we’ll have to wait for any of them to be official.
What is the New Eeveelution?
As of right now, the newest eeveelution is Sylveon, the fairy type from Generation 6. Fans speculated that we would see some new eevee evolutions in Pokémon Generation 9, especially since Eevee was highly featured in the promotional trailers.
Unfortunately, we haven’t quite gotten any official new Eevee evolutions yet. Don’t worry though, there’s still a chance that we’ll see something in the post-game of Scarlet and Violet.
With the possible return of mega evolution in the Kalos region and a post-game story that likely has a heavy emphasis on energy of some sort, it would make sense for the pokemon with the most volatile genetic code to see some extra treatment.
This could also make an exciting way for Penny, an Eevee enthusiast, to continue being relevant beyond her inclusion in the Team Star storyline.
So, we might have to wait a while, but for now, we can still hold out hope for more Eevee evolutions in Pokémon.
How to Get Shiny Eevee Evolutions
Getting a shiny eevee evolution is simple. Well, if you consider beating the odds to find a shiny, deciding what to evolve it into, and going through the effort to do so ‘simple’.
Shiny pokemon are incredibly rare, so if you want to get shiny eeveelutions, you’ll have to put in hours of searching. Of course, every game provides a bit of a different challenge.
Here are the odds of discovering a shiny Eevee in all of the main games (and Pokémon GO).
Gen I: 0 (Shinies weren’t obtainable in-game until the advent of the Gameboy Color and the Gen II games)
Gen II – V: 1/8192
Gen VI – VIII: 1/4096
Pokemon GO: ~1-500
Of course, these are the base rates for discovering a shiny Eevee. There are plenty of ways to improve these odds based on which game you’re playing. Some of the best methods include:
Masuda Breeding: Breeding a pokemon with a pokemon from a different language version of the game increases the odds of a baby being shiny. In general, this gives you a 6x chance of a shiny Eevee.
Shiny Charm: Completing the National Dex in most games gives you the Shiny Charm, an item that doubles your odds to get a shiny Eevee.
Shining Power Sandwich: Special sandwiches in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet can give you up to a 4x chance to get a shiny Eevee.
Community Day: These special events in Pokémon GO boost the odds of running into a shiny to a staggering 1 in 25. While Eevee hasn’t received this treatment since 2021, it’s sure to get back into the limelight at some point.
Evolving Shiny Eevee in Main Series Games
In the main series games, evolving Eevee is relatively easy, although each evolution requires a different method. Here is how you can evolve Eevee into any of its different forms.
Vaporeon – Water Stone
Jolteon – Thunder Stone
Flareon – Fire Stone
Espeon – Level up with Max Friendship during the day.
Umbreon – Level up with Max Friendship at night.
Leafeon – Leaf Stone, or level up near a Moss Rock (only available in certain games).
Glaceon – Ice Stone, or level up near an Ice Rock (only available in certain games).
Sylveon – Level up with Max Friendship while knowing a fairy type move. This overrides the methods for Espeon or Umbreon.
Evolving Shiny Eevee in Pokemon GO
In Pokémon GO, you can’t use special stones, friendship, or even leveling up as a means of evolving your pokemon. Instead, you use candies to evolve your Pokemon.
To evolve an Eevee, you’ll need 25 Eevee candies. However, you’ll normally only see a “?” next to the evolve button. This is because without other conditions being met, your Eevee’s evolution will be completely random. Well, almost completely.
Without any other conditions met, your shiny Eevee will have an equal chance of evolving into a Vaporeon, Flareon, or Jolteon.
To get any of the others, you’ll need to meet the conditions below.
Espeon – Walk with your Eevee for 10 km and evolve it during the day.
Umbreon – Walk with your Eevee for 10 km and evolve it at night.
Leafeon – Evolve Eevee while you are near a Mossy Lure Module.
Glaceon – Evolve Eevee while you are near a Glacial Lure Module.
Sylveon – Your Eevee must reach Great Buddy by obtaining 70 hearts through walking, fighting in raid battles, receiving treats, or other buddy activities.
With the specific condition met, you should see the silhouette of the desired eeveelution right next to the evolve button.
You can avoid all of that effort once each for any of the eeveelutions by using the nickname trick coded into Pokémon GO. By giving your Eevee a specific nickname, you can force them to evolve into the evolution of your choosing without having to meet any extraordinary conditions.
Here are all the names, but remember, you can only use this name trick once per evolution, so you might want to wait until you have a shiny, or even a lucky eevee, and then pull the trigger.
Vaporeon – Rainer
Jolteon – Sparky
Flareon – Pyro
Espeon – Sakura
Umbreon – Tamao
Leafeon – Linnea
Glaceon – Rea
Sylveon – Kira
Fun Fact: Each of the nicknames in the nickname trick are names of Eevee trainers from the anime.
Rainer, Sparky, and Pyro were brothers from Kanto; Sakura and Tamao were Kimono sisters from Johto; and Linnea, Rea, and Kira were all trainers in Alola.
All Shiny Eevee Evolutions Ranked
Each shiny eevee evolution brings something different to the table. As with all shiny pokémon, there aren’t necessarily any rules. Shinies are simply a little bit different and a little bit rarer.
Also, unlike some ‘Best Shiny Eevee Evolutions’ lists you’ll see out there, this list isn’t based on how powerful of a pokemon these eevee evolutions are in Pokemon GO or in any other entry of the franchise.
It’s our opinion that shinies should be rated on their looks, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here. So, without further adieu, let’s look at the shiny eeveelutions ranked!
8: Shiny Glaceon
Ice types are commonly underserved in the shiny department, and the ice type eeveelution doesn’t get much better. Shiny Glaceon is barely even noticeable. It’s so uninteresting you might as well not even catch it.
Okay, maybe you should catch it, but good luck proving to people that it’s actually shiny, because it certainly does not look so.
7: Shiny Leafeon
This one might just be the biggest disappointment on the list. Shiny Leafeon deserved better, and so did regular Leafeon for that matter. Unfortunately, the shiny just looks like a more saturated, better-rendered version of the original.
With a grass type eeveelution that could’ve easily been given a palette inspired by spring or fall foliage, it’s tragic that this is all we got.
6: Shiny Sylveon
We really have to start off by saying that, in a technical sense, Sylveon doesn’t have a bad shiny palette. Honestly, flipping the pink and blues is more effort than a lot of other shiny pokémon receive, so we’ll have to give it that credit at least.
However. And that’s a big however. There’s just something so concerning about those big, lifeless pink eyes that make shiny Sylveon feel… off. Maybe it’s that it looks more like a bug type, or maybe it’s that red eyes tend to mean evil, but whatever it is, fans tend to dislike this shiny form despite its other merits.
5: Shiny Jolteon
Jolteon is definitely one of the best eevee evolutions. Not only does it have amazing stats, it has an amazing design as well. That’s why it’s so disappointing that shiny Jolteon has a color palette that is little more than desaturated lime greens.
There are so many ways we could’ve envisioned this shiny version going, but unfortunately, we aren’t getting that sought-after electric blue Jolteon, or any other shiny versions fans have created over the years.
4: Shiny Flareon
At first glance, shiny Flareon might just look like a desaturated Flareon. However, eagle-eyed fans might notice that its shiny palette is actually inspired by none other than Eevee.
That’s right, shiny Flareon is about as close as we might ever come to a normal type evolution for Eevee, as it basically is just a bigger, fluffier version of the pokemon we know and love.
Honorable Mention: Shiny Eevee
Now, before we get into the top three, we have to give some praise to the pokemon that makes all of this possible. There wouldn’t be any shiny Eevee evolutions if there wasn’t a shiny Eevee.
Shiny Eevee has a subtle but recognizable palette change. Its shiny form is more of a pale, silvery tone than a normal eevee. By all accounts, it’s a great shiny, although it should be noted that it’s done better in some games than others.
In some entries to the Pokémon series, we see shiny Eevees that look very pale, with far too much desaturation. This can cause your Eevee to look sick rather than shiny, but don’t worry. After all, you can always evolve shiny Eevee into one of the next three pokémon on our list.
3: Shiny Umbreon
Coming in at third place is shiny Umbreon. It might not have the craziest color scheme or the most vibrant colors, but regardless of all that, it’s become a fan favorite for sure. The sharp contrast of the bright blue with Umbreon’s black coat creates such an iconic look.
Shiny Umbreon doesn’t change much at all, and yet in its case, there’s something to be said for the beauty in simplicity. Simply swapping the yellow markings for bright blue markings has created a shiny form that is widely sought out by trainers across the globe.
2: Shiny Vaporeon
The penultimate shiny Eevee evolution in our list is none other than shiny Vaporeon. Bringing us a delightful purple color palette, there really is something beautiful about a shiny Vaporeon that just makes it feel so right.
Perhaps it’s that the combination of golden ears and the deep lavender coloring give this Vaporeon a sense of royalty. Or maybe it’s that this Vaporeon’s light purple pink coat somehow makes it feel even more like a mermaid than its original form.
No matter what it is about this shiny eeveelution, one thing’s for sure: we absolutely love it.
1: Shiny Espeon
At the very top of our list (okay, as you’re reading it it’s the bottom, but you know what we mean) is none other than shiny Espeon. This might come as a shock, especially since we were so adamantly against the green in Jolteon’s shiny form.
Alas, shiny Espeon’s bright, almost irradiated green feels immensely fitting for this incredibly powerful psychic pokemon. Besides all that, Espeon easily has a far more noticeable shiny than any of the other eeveelutions.
Shiny Espeon sits at the number one spot in our ranking because it’s everything a shiny should be: recognizable, stunning, and truly different from its base form.
Everybody wants to add shiny pokemon to their collection, and for good reason. These incredibly rare variants are more than just fun to look at, they’re a badge of honor. They’re proof that you’ve put into the effort of finding and training something few other trainers have managed to encounter.
Dane started off gaming at the tender age of 3 with the first Atari console. His favorite video game genres are turn-based RPGs (can I get a shout out for Tactics Ogre?) and fighting games. Read more...