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- This article is about the evolution family of Eevee. For the Theme Deck released with the Skyridge expansion, see Eeveelution (TCG). For the deck archetype, see Eeveelutions.
An Eeveelution is a popular term among fans used for the current group of seven Pokémon that evolve from Eevee. It is a portmanteau of the words "Eevee" and "evolution". The term eventually passed into the realm of official usage in the game Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
and the seven Eeveelutions
In the games
In Generation I, the Eevee obtained at the Celadon Mansion could easily become a helpful partner to the player's own starter Pokémon, especially considering the high Special stat of 110 shared by the three then-known evolutions, and the ability to cover for the weaknesses of the starters' final forms. With relatively few Pokémon of each respective type available until late in the games, Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon were a staple to complete the game.
One may notice that only Eevee and its evolved forms from Generation I have the distinctive ruff-like collar. The Eeveelutions released afterward do not possess this feature. Likewise, all Eeveelutions from this generation evolve via exposing Eevee to an evolutionary stone, unlike future generations.
- Main article: Eevee
Since its debut, Eevee has been considered a popular Pokémon, appearing in many teams as a core Pokémon. It is the rival's starter Pokémon in Pokémon Yellow.
- Main article: Vaporeon
Vaporeon, the first of the Eeveelutions in National Pokédex order, is a Template:Type2 Pokémon. Like most other Pokémon of its type, its highest stat is its HP. Evolving from an Eevee that is exposed to a Water Stone, Vaporeon now has the ability to use the HM move Surf, among other powerful Water-type moves, to take down its foes. This is particularly advantageous, considering its relatively high Special stat (and later Special Attack stat) of 110.
Among Vaporeon's special abilities are the moves Acid Armor, which raises its low Defense stats, and the lesser-known Aurora Beam, which lowers the opponent's Attack. Vaporeon's Water Absorb also helps it by recovering HP any time it is hit by a Water-type attack.
- Main article: Jolteon
Jolteon is the second of the Eeveelutions, and is a Template:Type2 Pokémon. Much like Vaporeon exemplifies the Water-type's generally high HP, Jolteon exhibits its type's extraordinary Speed. Being the only evolved Pokémon that results from a Pokémon being exposed to a Thunderstone besides Raichu, Jolteon is commonly regarded to be the easiest of the three Eeveelutions to obtain. Like Vaporeon, its Special Attack (formerly Special) is its second-highest stat, making it a good choice as an Electric-type in games prior to Generation IV.
Like Vaporeon, Jolteon has an ability that heals it when it is hit by attacks of its own type, Volt Absorb, as well as several moves that are rare and nearly exclusive to it. Among these is Pin Missile, a move once praised as the best way to take down a Template:Type2 in Generation I.
- Main article: Flareon
The final member of Generation I's Eeveelution trio is Flareon, a Template:Type2 Pokémon, evolving from Eevee when it is exposed to a Fire Stone. Flareon's highest stat is its Attack, higher than any other Fire-type's Attack stat except for the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, with which it is tied. However, this high Attack is not without its drawbacks: many of the moves that Flareon learns are special moves, and since, unlike Vaporeon and Jolteon, Flareon fell on the other side of the Special split, its formerly formidable Special became its Special Defense; its Special Attack is mediocre at best. In addition, it learns only one physical STAB move, Fire Fang, which has a moderately low power.
Despite this, Flareon still has uniqueness. Its ability, Flash Fire, combined with its incredible Attack gives it a great boost if a Fire-type move is used on it. The ability to resist against the mostly-special Water-type's powerful moves also gives it an advantage.
The addition of two additional evolutions in Generation II did much to boost Eevee's popularity, as well as give it a reputation of continued versatility. With yet another Eevee available relatively early on in the game, the new evolutions of Espeon and Umbreon were easily obtained; in fact, it now became possible, even, to get multiple Eevee with just one game, rather than requiring at least two coordinated games to get all three evolutions as was the case in Generation I, due to the introduction of breeding.
Generation II Eeveelutions are obtained when Eevee is leveled up with high happiness at certain times of the day. Due to this, and the lack of a clock in certain Generation III games, Eevee cannot evolve into Espeon or Umbreon in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Main article: Espeon
As a Template:Type2, Espeon is well-known for a common trait among Pokémon which share its type: a rather high Special Attack and somewhat high Speed. It also has high Special Defense, another common trait among Psychic-types. Taking advantage of the time and happiness features introduced in Generation II, Espeon evolves from Eevee when it is raised to maximum happiness and gains a level during the daytime.
Espeon takes advantage of the wide amount of special moves available. With its ability, Synchronize, it can easily discourage the use of status moves that give it a status condition, as that condition would then come back at the Pokémon attacking it.
- Main article: Umbreon
Umbreon is the second of the two Generation II Eeveelutions, a Template:Type2 Pokémon. Somewhat uniquely, it was the only pure Dark-type in the generation it was introduced in, and also uniquely, is the only Eeveelution better suited to defending rather than attacking. With its two highest stats in Special Defense and Defense, respectively, and its two lowest in the respective offensive stats, Umbreon is much more often used to cause status problems than damage.
Like Espeon, Umbreon has the ability Synchronize, causing other Pokémon that attempt to use its defensive, status-causing strategy against it to suffer as well. As a Dark-type, it is also the only Eeveelution to have a natural immunity, to the Template:Type2.
Though no new Eeveelutions were seen in Generation III, possibly because of the unavailability of Eevee in Hoenn, Generation IV added another pair of new Eeveelutions, Leafeon and Glaceon. Though unlike their evolutionary cousins, they were not available early on in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. They are however available early on in Pokémon Platinum, which made Eevee available even before the player has gotten the third badge.
Generation IV Eeveelutions are obtained by leveling Eevee up in certain areas, another departure from the methods of evolution in previous generations.
- Main article: Leafeon
A Pokémon often theorized and hoped for over the history of the franchise, Leafeon was finally the realization of the Template:Type2 evolution of Eevee. Like Flareon, Leafeon has a relatively high Attack stat, however, its strongest stat is in Defense. Unlike Flareon, it has a diverse movepool, with the rare Leaf Blade counted among its STAB moves. As with the Generation II Eeveelutions, Leafeon takes on a new manner of evolution: when an Eevee is leveled up in Eterna Forest, where a large, mossy rock lies, it will evolve into this Pokémon.
Uniquely, Leafeon is the only Pokémon that can only have its ability, Leaf Guard. Teamed up with a Flareon, which also gets bonuses from sunny weather, this ability can be used advantageously, despite the vulnerability to a Fire-type move.
- Main article: Glaceon
The only Eeveelution to share its highest base stat with another, Glaceon is an Template:Type2 evolution of Eevee. Like Espeon, its highest stat is its Special Attack; however, unlike Espeon, it has a higher defense, a common trait among other Ice-types. Similarly to Flareon's problem with physical moves, it has a relatively small movepool to work with regarding special moves.
Like Leafeon, Glaceon's special ability, Snow Cloak, has to do with the weather, making it more evasive in hailstorms. It is also the only Eeveelution to learn one of the two countering moves, with Mirror Coat being one of its signatures.
In the anime
In the anime, the Eeveelutions have been featured together in several episodes, most specifically in The Battling Eevee Brothers, which focused on the three Generation I Eeveelutions, as well as Eevee itself, and Trouble's Brewing, which focused on the five Eeveelutions there were as of Generation II. The seven Eeveelutions were first featured together with an Eevee as a small cameo at the beginning of Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
Several important characters have owned Eevee which have gone on to evolve; other Eeveelutions have also been featured separately from their cousins.
Gary Oak owns an Umbreon which he caught as an Eevee sometime before Ash returned to Kanto from the Orange Islands.
It is one of his main Pokémon, having appeared nearly every time he himself has, and being quite skilled in battle.
Sakura, one of the five Kimono Girls, is the owner of an Espeon, while the rest of her sisters own the four other Eeveelutions known of in Generation II.
May, the first, and so far only, main anime character to catch an Eevee, eventually evolved hers into Glaceon on a visit to Sinnoh for the Wallace Cup.
Zoey has a Leafeon that debuted in DP155. It was used in a practice tag double battle with her Kirlia. Not much else is known about it though.
In the TCG
In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, many sets featuring the Eeveelutions have been released. Commonly, all of them will be released within the same expansion set, much as Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon were originally released in the Jungle expansion.
Included with the Skyridge expansion, also, is a Theme Deck by the name of Eeveelution, which features the original three Eeveelutions as the focus. However, the deck only includes the three Generation I Eeveelutions: whereas Umbreon was released in the set, Espeon was not.
There have also been several deck archetypes that revolve around the Eeveelutions, mostly due to their versatility and their lack of a single weakness among them. One of the most recent is Eeveelutions, which utilizes Pokémon-ex variants of all five then-known Eeveelutions. The use of this archetype has been assisted by the release of a great many Energy cards that provide more than one type of Energy, such as Rainbow Energy. The newest expansion to include the Eevee family is Majestic Dawn, which introduces Glaceon and Leafeon to the TCG, as well as including all previous Eeveelutions.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Vui was featured as a Pokémon Team Rocket experimented on with the use of the Eevee Bio-Engineering Scheme. This allowed Eevee to freely evolve into any of the Generation I Eeveelutions. After some time under Red's ownership however, Vui evolved into an Espeon, and the ability was eliminated.
- There are no Generation III Eeveelutions, making it the only generation so far to not have introduced any.
- All of the Eeveelutions so far have had their elemental type be one whose moves were formerly governed solely by the Special Attack stat. The only formerly all-special elemental type not yet covered is Dragon, which may indicate the type of a future Eeveelution, if any more are introduced.
- Each Eeveelution has identical base stat totals, as well as the same 130-110-95-65-65-60 amounts. What differs among them is what amount is allotted to which stat.
- Espeon and Glaceon both have their highest base stat in Special Attack, as well as the same stats in HP and Special Defense. The other stats, however, vary.
- The instructor of the Pokémon Exam that Ash and Team Rocket competed in in The Ultimate Test used the first generation Eeveelutions to battle Ash.
- In the TCG, out of the seven Eeveelutions, only two share a type: Glaceon and Vaporeon, which both appear as Water Pokémon. If a Dragon-type Eeveelution is released, it will be the only one to share its TCG type with Eevee, barring the release of a pure Template:Type2 or a Template:Type2 evolution of Eevee.
- Eevee and all of the Eeveelutions each have a catch rate of 45.
- The Japanese names of the Eeveelutions from particular generations seem to relate to one another. The Eeveelutions from Generation I all have an -er sound at or near the end of their names (Showers for Vaporeon; Thunders for Jolteon; Booster for Flareon) , the Eeveelutions from Generation II end with an -ee sound (Eifie for Espeon; Blacky for Umbreon), and the Eeveelutions from Generation IV end with -ia (Leafia for Leafeon; Glacia for Glaceon). Eevee itself also ends with an -ee sound, like its Generation II evolutions.
- Vaporeon is the only Eeveelution that does not share any weakness with another. Flareon and Jolteon are weak to Template:Type2s, Espeon, Umbreon and Leafeon are weak to Template:Type2s, Umbreon and Glaceon are weak to Template:Type2s, and Leafeon and Glaceon are weak to Template:Type2s.
- The Generation II Eeveelutions's abilities are the only ones made up of only one word. For that matter, they are the only two Eeveelutions to share an ability.
- Each Eeveelution's English name is based on a word that is associated with its type. Vapor is a light mist of a liquid, usually water, a jolt is a sudden shock of electricity, a flare is a burst of fire, ESP, extra-sensory perception, is associated with psychic precognition, the umbra is the darkest part of, and also the Latin name for, a shadow, leaves are part of most plants, and a glacier is a large, slow-moving chunk of ice. (Glaceon's name might also come from the French word glace, meaning "ice".)
- A chapter of Magical Pokémon Journey, Eevee-Lu-Tion, parodies this term. (Eevee and Lu are the names of two characters from the Magical Pokémon Journey manga).