Pokémon Sword and Shield: Where to catch and how to evolve Eevee


Eevee is one of the most unique Pokemon out of all the Pokémon on the roster and in order to evolve it into one of its various forms, there’s a lot of work cut out for a trainer to do so, but no worries, we’ve got you covered in this guide.

With our review for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, we went hard at work in order to find each of the Eeveelution’s, each one requiring different steps in order to ensure we could get Eevee into the Eeveelution that we wanted. Some of the steps from previous games, as you might be aware of, actually work, however, a few minor changes have been made and might require you to take a few additional steps.

Some of those steps include increasing your Friendship levels in order to snag Espeon and Umbreon, with an additional step in the middle somewhere, but also, managing their Friendship levels to ensure that you can get them where you need them in order to force another Eeveelution, but this guide will also help you learn where you need to go in order to catch one of the many Eevee’s you will need if you wish to collect them all.


Where to catch Eevee and its Eeveelutions

Okay, last time I use the pun, I promise. In all seriousness, however, there are a number of ways you can actually fill out your Pokédex this time around. One of the primary ways is that you can head into the Wild Area, you know, that massive new zone where Pokémon and their evolutions wander around?

You’ll want to head to the Northwestern corner of the Wild Area, just up the hill across the Lage of Outrage location in this zone. There, you will find multiple rocks in a single circle, and in this region, you’ll find that many of Eevee’s evolutions will wander about here depending on the time of day and the weather.

However, if that’s not good enough and you want to go out of your way to get Eevee’s even quicker, don’t forget that you can also snag all of the Evolutionary Stones you will need in this region, but again, remember that Friendship does play a role in these evolutions to some extent.

Now, let’s figure out just how to unlock those Evolutions. In the next portion of the guide, we will discuss Happiness a bit more in-depth since it is extremely important for a couple of Eevee’s evolutions.


What is Friendship, how to raise it, and why is it so important in order to evolve Eevee

One of the trickiest things in this latest batch of Pokémon games is the changes to Loyalty and Happiness, which has been changed into a newer name called Friendship. Much like previous games, Friendship levels can be raised in multiple different ways, which can include using the Pokémon quite a bit in battle, spending time with it at a Pokémon Camp, or simply through a number of different ways.

One of the best ways to do this is to ensure you catch one of your Eevee’s in a Luxury Ball or a Friend Ball. You can check out the full list of ways to do this down below:

  • Catch them in a Luxury Ball or a Friend Ball
  • Use them in Battle
  • Have them hold a Soothe Bell – obtain this from the Friendship Checker at a Pokéstop
  • Use vitamins on the Pokémon you want to raise your Friendship levels with
  • Feed the Pokémon Curry in the Pokémon Camp
  • Feed them a Kelpsy Berry or another Berry that helps raise Friendship levels
  • Keep them in the party as you travel

While the options up above raise Friendship levels it also lowers your Effort Values, it’s also important to keep in mind that the most effective way to raise your Friendship and Friendliness with your Pokémon is to play with them at your Pokémon Camp. This method will increase the amount of hearts to a higher level than any other method in the game.

This is EXTREMELY important when you are attempting to unlock some of Eevee’s evolution such as Sylveon, Espeon, and Umbreon.


How to evolve Eevee into Sylveon

This Fairy-type evolution of Eevee was first introduced in Pokémon X and Y. This evolution has changed in how you can obtain it as both Pokémon Amie and Pokémon Refresh are not apart of this game. Because of this, you’ll need to raise Eevee’s Friendship to three-hearts and then level it up while it knows a Fairy-type move.

If you are unsure about the friendship level of your Eevee, you can head over to a Poké Stop and talk to the friendship checker in Hammerlocke to the left of the nurse in order to find out what your levels are. You’ll know Eevee is ready if he says, “You two get along great! Together is always better–am I right?”.


How to evolve Eevee into Espeon

If you’re a Psychic-type trainer, Espeon is going to be the evolution for you to aim for. This one is another tricky one and has been since it was introduced in Gold and Silver for the Gameboy Color. In order to get this form, there are a few steps you need to do, which includes raising Friendliness to a three-star rating, but also one significant difference: Eevee can not know a Fairy-type move.

To avoid this, we highly suggest using a TM and removing a Fairy-type move from its ability set. Secondly, you MUST level Eevee during the day time in order to ensure an Espeon evolution.


How to evolve Eevee into Umbreon

When looking to get Umbreon, you’ll want to raise your Friendship as you did in the forms above. The biggest thing to remember is that it must be night and Eevee can’t know any Fairy-type moves what-so-ever.

Just like before, you can do this by removing the ability using a TM. Personally, I replace any Fairy-type’s with a Dark ability in order to ensure that I don’t run the risk of this happening. If you do these simple steps, you’ll have an Umbreon in little-to-no time at all.

To check if it’s night-time, just head to the Wild Area, this is your safest bet, and see if Eevee decides to evolve when you level it.


How to evolve Eevee into Flareon

Unlike the previously mentioned forms, Friendliness isn’t something you’ll need to overcome. Live in previous titles, just simply give Eevee a Fire Stone and you will find that he or she will evolve into Flareon.

Getting the stones, however, is the trick. You’ll want to go to the Circle of Stones on the hill at the Lake of Rage or talk to the Digging Duo and see if they can give you a stone or two.


How to evolve Eevee into Jolteon

If you’re looking to get Jolteon, you’ll want to simply give Eevee a Thunder Stone. Once you do, you’ll find that your Eevee will evolve into Jolteon and well, get ready for the most shocking experience you can have if you decide to run an Eeveelution team.

Getting the stones, however, is the trick. You’ll want to go to the Circle of Stones on the hill at the Lake of Rage or talk to the Digging Duo and see if they can give you a stone or two.


How to evolve Eevee into Leafeon

Unlike previous games, you don’t need to worry about obtaining a Moss Rock to ensure that Eevee will evolve into Leafeon. Now, all you have to do is simply give Eevee a Leaf Stone and boom – Leafeon.

Getting the stones, however, is the trick. You’ll want to go to the Circle of Stones on the hill at the Lake of Rage or talk to the Digging Duo and see if they can give you a stone or two.


How to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon

All you gotta do is simple: Give Eevee a Water Stone and boom – Eevee can put every Magikarp in the region to shame.

Getting the stones, however, is the trick. You’ll want to go to the Circle of Stones on the hill at the Lake of Rage or talk to the Digging Duo and see if they can give you a stone or two.


How to evolve Eevee into Glaceon

If you were worried about having to find an Ice Rock and take Eevee to a specific location, those days are gone, which makes getting an Ice Stone an absolute delight. All you gotta do is give him or her an Ice Stone and let the snowball fight begin.

Yep – you’ll want to go to the Circle of Stones on the hill at the Lake of Rage or talk to the Digging Duo and see if they can give you a stone or two.

Stay tuned for our upcoming review of Pokémon Sword and Shield in the upcoming days as well as more guides about how to get the most out of the Wild Area.

About the Writer(s):


Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook.

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