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The Evolution of Eevee

TIME :2022-07-03
The Evolution of Eevee


Eevee – The Evolution Pokemon
“A rare Pokemon that adapts to harsh environments by taking on different evolutionary forms.”

Introduction:
One of the most unique standard Pokemon is Eevee, one little pokemon that evolves into 7 completely different forms. The different forms see different degrees of usage throughout the meta-game, spread across virtually all the tiers (excepting Ubers). While Eevee is my favorite for its form, elegance and versatility, it comes at the cost of some of the more intricate evolutions in the game. Eevee evolves through three different means: Stone, Happiness in relation to time of day and Location. Not everyone understands how to evolve Eevee into its various forms because of this. This guide is help people not only evolve their Eevee into the form they desire, but to understand the basics of each of the forms and some tips about effectively battling with each. I will also include as flexible a possible breeding chain to help you get started with some of the move intricate move sets for Eevee, for those interested in something more than the stock Eevee Move Pool.



Evolution Quick Reference:
Eevee
The Basic Form, any egg from any evolution of Eevee will be this one. First acquired from Bebe in the house to the right of the Poke Center in Hearthome City.

Espeon
Psychic form - Evolves into this form from max happiness during the day-time(between 4am and 8pm game time).

Flareon
Fire form - Use a Fire stone on an Eevee.

Glaceon
Ice form - Have Eevee gain a level on Route 217.

Jolteon
Electric form - Use a Thunder Stone on an Eevee.

Leafeon
Grass form - Have Eevee gain a level in Eterna Forest

Umbreon
Dark Form - Evolves into this form from max happiness during the night-time(between 8pm and 4am game time).

Vaporeon
Water Form - Use a Water Stone on an Eevee.


Platinum Update:
it took some time to get all the info I wanted to include into this particular update as well as have a chance to try out the different moves that were added onto each of the Evolutions. The Eevee-lution overall got some improvements with the shift into Platinum. This guide now includes a Platinum Section for each Evolution, adding in the one move and telling you what moves it can learn from the Move Tutors.

Eevee:
As Eevee is the basic form of the Eevee species and the most fragile of them all, we’ll start here. Still, in terms of moves, it learns things that any of the forms can use and are frequently used in numerous strategies. This form is rarely to never seen in the competitive battle environment save for baby games and even then it’s likely to get passed up. Still, it’s a good pokemon to use to avoid encounters when it possesses the Run Away ability. If someone was to use Eevee combatively, I’d recommend the Adaptability ability as it boost Eevee’s Normal type attacks also run away is useless in the competitive arena. With some breed, it’s possible to pass along specific moves and have a very versatile status pokemon

Eevee’s Uses:
Of all the moves, I’ve personally found the most use for Baton Pass. In an Eevee-lution team, it’s important that the Pokemon can support one another and this is the perfect move for that. Baton Pass allows a Pokemon to pass on its stat-boosts. This can make even the most frail of the Eevee forms a serious force to be reckoned with. Still careful breeding adds much more functionality and improves the Eevee’s ability to survive like Wish. Several other of the Egg moves are very useful as well and shouldn’t be overlooked.


In-game Base Statistics:
Hit Points: 55 Attack: 55 Defense: 50 Sp. Attack: 45 Sp. Defense: 65 Speed: 55

Abilities:
Run Away – Always can run from wild Pokemon battles
Adaptability – Increases same type damage modifier from x1.5 to x2

Move list:
1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Growl
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Bite
36 – Baton Pass
43 – Take Down
50 – Last Resort
57 – Trump Card


Platinum:
“Because of its genetic makeup is irregular, it quickly changes its form due to a variety of causes”.

Eevee itself did not get much in terms of upgrades in Platinum. It still learns all the same moves, though now having slightly expanded access to 5 different moves through the Move Tutors, though 2 it learns all on its own.

Platinum Move Tutors
Mud-Slap, Snore, Helping Hand, Last Resort, Swift

Egg Moves:
Charm, Covet, Curse, Endure, Fake Tears, Flail, Tickle, Wish, Yawn

Eevee Breeding:
Eevee is a member of the “ground” egg group. This means that it can only be bred with other Pokemon from the same egg group. This is a quick guide, meant to allow you to breed in one of the moves per. Some of these combinations allow, with only a little more effort, the inclusion of multiple egg moves. Use these as a starting place to figure out your own combinations of moves that Eevee can know. I aimed to show single to two generation breeding in all cases.

A good, quick way to get the Eevee you’re looking for en mass is to have 2 Eevee of opposite genders that know the same moves from their standard set. By breeding them together, the offspring will know the moves that BOTH the parents share. This is a great way to get a lvl. 1 Eevee that knows Baton Pass or any other move.

Charm sharply drops your opponents attack. Useful on Wall/Tank style to cripple physical sweepers and attackers. Very rare to see this move used though.

Pichu (starts with it) ->Pikachu + Eevee


Covet offers a way to quick steal in the middle of battle. With some Pokemon this can make a huge difference in the outcome of the battle. The user must be EMPTY HANDED to use this move and get the item.

Skitty (lvl. 32) + Eevee


Curse is a very powerful move on slow physical attacks (like Flareon and Umbreon). At the expense of speed, you boost your physical attack. Several builds of Umbreon run this move.

Torkoal (lvl. 12) + Eevee


Endure is a must for the pokemon you want to just soak hits and are regularly facing dangerous threats. As it ensures you will survive with One HP, it can be very useful.

Male Bunery (lvl. 6) + Eevee


Fake Tears is a great move to have in the wings for some of the Eevee forms. Most of them, with a few exceptions, depend on their Special Attack stat and this move can help against annoying Wallish Blissey and others of its kin.

Male Plusle (lvl. 21)/Minun(lvl. 31) + Pikachu > Pi(ka)chu + Eevee


Flail is an interesting move that increases its power as the user has less HP. Very useful on ones with Endure or just a tendency to remain standing after taking a hard hit. It’s a risky move, but on a fast Pokemon, it can be a sound final attack. All parents that can learn Flail learn it at 50+, so it may take a while to get it.

Torkoal (lvl. 52) + Eevee


Tickle is something that can help a situation with enough time. It drops both Attack and Defense. This is an impractical move perhaps, but someone might have a use for it.

Aipom (lvl. 15) + Eevee


Wish heals the Pokemon for half its max HP the turn after it’s used. Any tanking, wall or support style Eevee will want this move on their list both for themselves and for their team-mates.

MALE Togetic (lvl. 28) + Female Pikachu -> Male Pi(ka)chu + Eevee


Yawn is a wonderful attack to have. It makes a Pokemon drowsy at its use (no effect) but the next turn the Pokemon falls asleep. A very useful attack that shouldn’t be underestimated in terms of its applications (like giving Leafeon a chance to Swords Dance)

Bidoof (lvl. 25) + Eevee


Espeon
“It’s fur has the look and feel of velvet. The orb on its forehead glows when it uses psycho-power.”

Synchonize: In-battle: If inflicted with Poison, Paralyze or Burn, inflicts the same status on the opponent
Out of battle: Increases chance of random encounter with Pokemon of the same nature as the lead.

Eevee only evolves into Espeon during the ONLY during the DAYTIME. This is a happiness based evolution, so be prepared to take some time with it. This Psychic type offers a lot in terms of both support and ability. While not the fastest Eevee evolution, it’s second fastest. Espeon aims to strike first and strike hard generally. It possesses some healing ability with the bred-in Wish or naturally with Morning Sun at lvl. 71. Wish is the more useful of the two as it can be passed to a team-mate and is unaffected by weather conditions but takes a turn to activate. Spec’ed through EV’s for defense, this makes an okay special wall that has the ability to Baton Pass Stat boost, but its hit points have something to be desired in that regard.

In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 65 Attack: 65 Defense: 60 Sp. Attack: 130 Sp. Defense: 95 Speed: 110

Diamond/Pearl
1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Confusion
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Swift
36 – Psybeam
43 – Future Sight
50 – Last Resort
57 – Psych Up
64 – Psychic
71 – Morning Sun

Platinum:
“Its fur is so sensitive, it can sense minute shifts in the air and predict the weather”.

Espeon saw some interesting shifts in its move pool thanks to the Tutors mostly. The addition of Power Swap is nice, but not the most useful thing in the world, since it depends on your opponent, which counts heavily on prediction. The addition of Signal Beam gives it something to use against other Psychic types and Dark types as well.

Platinum:
78 – Power Swap

Platinum Move Tutors:
Mud-Slap, Snore, Helping Hand, Signal Beam, Zen Headbutt, Last Resort, Trick, Swift

Flareon
“It has a flame sac in its body. Its body temperature tops 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit before battle”.

Flash Fire: Prevents damage from Fire-type attacks and increases user’s Fire-type attack strength by 50%.

As Flareon is one of the original 3 Eevee evolutions so it’s very easy to get with just a Fire Stone from the walls in the Undergound. This kind of Eevee is one of the few that excel at Physical attacks. It also can make a surprisingly good Special Wall, as its Special Defense is frequently passed up in favor of its attack abilities. This is a form where Baton Passing isn’t as recommended as there are a number of other forms which can offer a bit more, but it’s a good end to a Baton Pass chain. Still, as it’s decently durable its very feasible for this feisty Pokemon to pass on Wish without much risk. Fire Fang is the only physical fire-type move it can learn, which proves to be very troublesome as it lacks strong Special Attack to back up most Fire-type moves. Still, packing Return with a Choice Band or Life Orb makes this fellow a serious threat. While a good Pokemon, it takes forethought, planning and some prediction to really bring this fellow in right.


In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 65 Attack: 130 Defense: 60 Sp. Attack: 95 Sp. Defense: 110 Speed: 65

Diamond/Pearl
1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Ember
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Bite
36 – Fire Spin
43 – Fire Fang
50 – Last Resort
57 – Smog
64 – Scary Face
71 – Fire Blast

Platinum:
“Inhaled air is heated in the flame sac in its body to an intense fire over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit”.

With the modified moveset, Flareon has gained some Special-Type moves of interest. Superpower works from its awesome physical attack stat while Lava Plume finally is a solid special-type move. Another is Heat Wave, though it is powerful, it drops the Special Attack stat, so it is a move to use sparingly.

Platinum:
78 – Lava Plume

Platinum Move Tutor:
Mud-Slap, Superpower, Snore, Helping Hand, Last Resort, Heat Wave, Swift

Glaceon
“As a protective technique, it can completely freeze its fur to make its hair stand like needles”.

Glaceon is a new comer to the scene of Pokemon and a Location Based evolution for Eevee. Because of its typing or appearance it is sometimes called Iceon/Iceion etc. The Ice Covered Rock is located on Route 217, just above the last “warming hut”. Just a Rare Candy or some fights to get the Eevee to level up on that route is all it takes to get this Pokemon. This form packs a lot in terms of Special Attacks but unfortunately lacks a lot in terms of physical stats to take advantage of its few physical attacks. The most common set-up on this Pokemon has Hail and Blizzard (as Hail gives Blizzard perfect accuracy) and Bright Powder (to maximize its dodge chance with its Snow Cloak ability). This form also has something in terms of both physical and special defense, making it an alright choice (because of its Hit Points) for Walling and passing the boost from Curse to something else. Discretion should be exercised using Hail as NONE of the other Eevee forms are immune to its damaging effects and it can interfere with some other potential builds.

In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 65 Attack: 60 Defense: 110 Sp. Attack: 130 Sp. Defense: 95 Speed: 65

1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Icy Wind
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Bite
36 – Ice Shard
43 – Ice Fang
50 – Last Resort
57 – Mirror Coat
64 – Hail
71 – Blizzard

Platinum:
“By controlling its body heat, it can freeze the atmosphere around it to make a diamond-dust flurry”.

Glaceon didn’t see much of a shift in Platinum. The addition of Barrier allows it boost its acceptable physical defense as well as Baton Pass it to another member of the team. There are very minimal shifts in the builds of Glaceon which, excepting that it fell a tier in usage from Under-Used to Never-Used.

Platinum:
78 – Barrier

Platinum Move Tutor
Mud-Slap, Icy Wind, Aqua Tail, Snore, Helping Hand, Signal Beam, Last Resort, Swift

Jolteon
“It controls 10,000-volt power and can raise all the fur on its body as if it were sharp needles”.

Volt Absorb: Restores Pokemon’s HP 25% when hit with an electric-type attack.

Jolteon is the 8th Fastest Pokemon in the game (6th if you condense the Deoxys Forms) with a base speed of 130 and an Eevee to boot. It is easily obtained by using a Thunderstone on Eevee at any point. This form offers a few options, as this form’s speed opens a lot of doors. It’s renowned for its Substitute or Stat-boost and Baton Pass combination as well as it makes for an excellent sweeper because of its high Speed and Special stats. With just some support this fellow is very deadly. Charge Beam mixed with a Wide Lens (to counter the lower accuracy) allows for Jolteon to build up its Special Attack more and pass the boosts to another team-member. It’s also possible to use this Pokemon to inflict status problems on your opponent; it all depends on the needs of your team’s needs.

In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 65 Attack: 65 Defense: 60 Sp. Attack: 110 Sp. Defense: 95 Speed: 130

Diamond/Pearl
1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Thundershock
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Double Kick
36 – Pin Missle
43 – Thunder Fang
50 – Last Resort
57 – Thunder Wave
64 – Agility
71 – Thunder

Platinum:
“If agitated, it uses electricity to straighten out its fur and launch it in small bunches”.

All in all, Jolteon had a solid set of moves and platinum did not change much about how Jolteon is presently being used. Still, the addition of Magnet Rise, a move which temporarily removes the serious ground weakness (for 5 turns) as well as the addition of Signal Beam, for some added fun.

Platinum:
78 - Discharge

Platinum Move Tutors:
Mud-Slap, Snore, Helping Hand, Signal Beam, Magnet Rise, Last Resort, Swift

Leafeon
“Just like a plant, it uses photosynthesis. As a result, it is always enveloped in clear air”.

Leaf Guard: In harsh sunlight, protected from all status conditions.

The second of the location based evolutions of the new generation of Pokemon. It’s easiest to get a Leafeon by entering the Eterna Forest on the Floaroma and going North then West. Leafeon presents the best physical attack and defense options. Just as a Grass type it will encounter a lot of problems as many strong physical and special attacks are Fire typed (be it the Pokemon or the move). Still, it’s got speed, some durability and a good attack stat. Leafeon also gets some good moves as a grass type, as it can use Grass Whistle, Swords Dance up, then attack with Leaf Blade. Still, while there are good special attack options, Leafeon doesn’t have the raw power to fully utilize the potential of the moves. To use Special moves, it’d be recommended to have good Individual Values, a beneficial nature AND the appropriate item.

In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 65 Attack: 110 Defense: 130 Sp. Attack: 60 Sp. Defense: 65 Speed: 95

1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Razor Leaf
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Synthesis
36 – Magical Leaf
43 – Giga Drain
50 – Last Resort
57 – Grasswhistle
64 – Sunny Day
71 – Leaf Blade

Platinum:
“It basically does not fight. With cells similar to those of plants, it can perform photosynthesis”.

It was great to see the most common move in Leafeon’s build be incorporated into its standard moveset, saving everyone the TM to put it on there. The addition of Seed Bomb is useful as well, giving another attack aside from Leaf Blade, which can be slightly faster to access at the expense of some power. Fury Cutter is also an interesting addition, given time (and boosting), this is easily the most powerful move that Leafeon can access. Still, at 95% accuracy, it is something that would require some playing around with and a lot of luck to really take advantage of.

Platinum:
78 – Swords Dance

Platinum Move Tutors:
Mud-Slap, Fury Cutter, Snore, Helping Hand, Synthesis, Seed Bomb, Last Resort, Knock-off, Swift


Umbreon
“The light of the moon changed Eevee’s genetic structure. It lurks in the darkness for prey”.

Synchonize: In-battle: If inflicted with Poison, Paralyze or Burn, inflicts the same status on the opponent
Out of battle: Increases chance of random encounter with Pokemon of the same nature as the lead.

The second Friendship based evolution of the Eevee. Simply have the Eevee evolve in the night time to get this form when it loves you. This form is renowned for its ability to just tank hits. It has the Hit points and defenses as well as a good type for this. It also has a rare combination of Mean Look and Baton Pass among many other moves. This is a defensive Pokemon no matter how you look at it. To change to an offensive style, moves like Payback, Pursuit and other condition based attacks are best. The use of Curse is also recommended as Umbreon isn’t very fast to begin with and its got the raw potential to just take a beating, especially with either Moonlight or Wish.

In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 95 Attack: 65 Defense: 110 Sp. Attack: 65 Sp. Defense: 130 Speed: 65

1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Pursuit
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Confuse Ray
36 – Faint Attack
43 – Assurance
50 – Last Resort
57 – Mean Look
64 – Screech
71 – Moonlight

Platinum:
“When exposed to the moon’s aura, the rings on its body glow faintly and it gains a mysterious power”.

It is a little surprising to see Sucker Punch added onto Umbreon's move list, as most times Umbreon is used defensively, with a few exceptions. Still, the addition of Guard Swap offers something slightly different. Still, Umbreon did not really benefit much from these changes into Platinum.

Platinum:
78 - Guard Swap

Platinum Move Tutors:
Mud-Slap, Snore, Spite, Helping Hand, Last Resort, Sucker Punch, Swift

Vaporeon
“It has evolved to be suitable for an aquatic life. It can invisibly melt away into water”.

Water Absorb: Restores Pokemon’s HP 25% when hit by a water-type attack.

Just as Umbreon is a wall, Vaporeon is the sponge of the family. To get a Vaporeon, all you need to do is use a Water Stone on Eevee. While it only has notable defenses, it has the Hit Points to soak most hits and still be standing, including un-boosted Super Effective hits. Vaporeon’s HP is its main point and most will max it out, but it’s important to remember a bit about its Special Attack as it is the second highest statistic. While both are note worthy the best results will come from choosing to either have Vaporeon Defensively EV’ed (HP, Sp. D/Def) or Offensively oriented (Sp. A, HP, Choice defense). It seems like a good idea to balance it out, but Vaporeon’s resilience comes mostly from its massive HP pool (mine isn’t max and it’s still got over 400 HP). A different set of options for Vaporeon would be buffing with Acid Armor and Baton Pass or as a Hazer, eliminating stat-boosts. Hit Points will always be worth investing in for this Pokemon as they are its greatest strength.

In-game Statistics:
Hit Points: 130 Attack: 65 Defense: 60 Sp. Attack: 110 Sp. Defense: 95 Speed: 65

Diamond/Pearl
1 – Tackle, Tail Whip, Helping Hand
8 – Sand Attack
15 – Water Gun
22 – Quick Attack
29 – Bite
36 – Aurora Beam
43 – Aqua Ring
50 – Last Resort
57 – Haze
64 – Acid Armor
71 – Hydro Pump

Platinum:
“Its cell composition is similar to water molecules. As a result, it can melt away into water”.

There are cases I honestly wonder how some moves get chosen. Dive isn’t too good for Vaporeon, as it has stronger Special stats. Still, Muddy Water is a good addition for a more status oriented Vaporeon (or one playing around with a fully supporting team). Again, Signal Beam would add a fair bit with the Move-sets.

Platinum:
78 – Muddy Water

Platinum Move Tutors:
Dive, Mud-Slap, Icy Wind, Aqua Tail, Snore, Helping Hand, Signal Beam, Last Resort, Swift