Jennifer Wilber is a teacher and writer. She holds a B.A. in English and an Associate's in Computer Game Design. She is a life-long gamer.
Eeveelutions in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Though there was no new Eeveelution introduced in the new generation of Pokémon games, all of the existing Eeveelutions make a return in Sword and Shield. These evolutions are fairly easy to obtain if you know what to do. Eevee can be caught in the wild and bred fairly early in the game. To get its eight evolutions, you can either evolve your Eevee using different evolution stones or by becoming close friends with your Eevee.
How to Get Eevee
If you have save file for Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on your Nintendo Switch, you can get a special Eevee that is capable of Gigantamaxing from an NPC in the Wild Area train station (the boy with brown hair—the blonde girl will give you Pikachu if you have Let’s Go, Pikachu). It should be noted that, while you can use this Eevee to breed, it cannot be evolved. The Eevee you get here is a female, so it can be used to breed more Eevees without a Ditto.
Eevee can also be caught in the wild in a couple of places in the game, though it has a low spawn rate. The main spot you should look for Eevee is on Route 4, north of the mine. You may have to spend a bit of time looking for Eevee here, however, as it has a spawn rate of 1% in Sword and 5% in Shield.
Eevee can also be found in the Stony Wilderness section of the Wild Area on occasion. You will have to wait for a thunderstorm, however. The spawn rate here during thunderstorms is 10%.
Evolving Eevee With Evolution Stones
As with previous Pokémon games, Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon can be obtained by using evolution stones on Eevee. Because Sword and Shield don’t have an Ice Rock or Moss Rock, Glaceon and Leafeon can also be obtained using this method of evolution. The stones needed to evolve Eevee into these five Eeveelutions can be found on the ground in various locations throughout the region.
The stones needed to evolve Eevee into these Pokémon, and where to find the stones, are as follows.
Evolution Stones for Eeveelutions
|Eeveelution||Stone Needed||Where to Find Stone|
Lake of Outrage
Finding the Evolution Stones
The evolution stones needed to evolve Eevee can be found in different locations around the Galar region.
You can find a Fire Stone near Lake Miloch in the first Wild Area. To find it, go north of Lake Miloch, then cross the bridge over a river. After crossing the river, you will see a wall on the left. You will find the Fire Stone at the base of the wall.
A Thunder Stone can be found in Lake of Outrage region of the Wild Area, on a small grassy area on the opposite side of the lake. You will need the bike upgrade obtained on Route 9 to get here.
To find a Water Stone, go to the Bridge Field are of the Wild Area. You will find a water stone by the wall of Motostoke, near an energy well. There is also a second Pokémon Nursery in this part of the Wild Area, which is useful if you are breeding Eevee to evolve into its different evolved forms.
Right after obtaining the water upgrade for you Rotom Bike on Route 9, proceed into the water and go toward the upper right. You will notice an opening formed by an iceberg. An Ice Stone can be found here.
You can obtain a Leaf Stone early in the game in Turffield. Go up the slope that leads out of the city to the right. Down a short path to the right of an NPC, you will find the Leaf Stone on the ground.
Evolving Eevee With Friendship
The remaining three Eeveelutions (Espeon, Umbreon, and Sylveon) can be obtained by leveling Eevee up with high enough friendship. To raise your friendship level, simply interact with your Eevee in Pokémon Camp. You can play with it, talk to it, and cook curry for your entire team to raise their friendship levels.
To make your Pokemon even more friendly toward you, use the Soothe Bell held item. This item can be obtained in a house in Hammerlocke. This house is located to the right of the Pokémon Center and path to the castle, right near the city’s entrance. You can also find out how friendly your Pokémon is feeling toward you in this location.
In addition to leveling up with high friendship, each of these Pokémon has an additional requirement for evolving. To get Espeon, you must level up during the day and for Umbreon, at night. The time is determined by your Switch’s system clock, though different times of day are only apparent in the Wild Area.
For Sylveon, it doesn’t matter what time of day you evolve your Eevee, but it must know a fairy-type move in order to evolve into this Eeveelution. Eevee can learn the Fairy-type move Baby-Doll Eyes at level 15. It is also capable of learning the Fairy-type TM move Charm.
Evolving Eevee With High Friendship
Level Up During Day
Level Up at Night
Knows Fairy-Type Move
Catching Eeveelution in the Wild
In addition to evolving Eevee, it is also possible to catch all eight Eeveelutions in the wild, though this method of obtaining them is a bit more difficult than the evolution method. Each Eeveelution can be found in the Lake of Outrage region of the Wild Area. Each Eeveelution only spawns during specific weather conditions. This area can only be reached once you have obtained the Rotom Bike upgrade that allows you to cross water. You will receive this upgrade during story events on Route 9, after earning your sixth gym badge. Ditto can also be found in this area, though it cannot be caught until you have earned all eight gym badges, due to its high level.
The weather conditions necessary for each Eeveelution to spawn in the Lake of Outrage area are as follows.
Wild Eeveelutions at Lake of Outrage
Completing Your Eevee Collection
Adding all eight Eeveelutions to your Pokedex isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. With a little bit of patience, you can add each evolution of this popular Pokémon to your team.
© 2019 Jennifer Wilber
PokemonFan on June 11, 2020:
It wouldnt let me evolve my eevee with a stone. Does anyone know why?
PokeBoy on May 28, 2020:
I have three Evees and I evolved them into, Umbreon, Espeon, and Sylveon.
SONICDASH on May 10, 2020:
Caught evee and it evolved in to Umbreon
Jennifer Wilber (author) from Cleveland, Ohio on March 19, 2020:
You can always trade to obtain hard-to-find Pokemon.
Eevee on March 18, 2020:
Is there anywhere OTHER than the Lake of Outrage where you can find these? I'm looking for a female, but 1 per weather isn't very efficient.
Ethereon on February 25, 2020:
Great! Now I know where to find Umbreon
Justin Richerson on February 08, 2020:
So it can be found in the stony wilderness
Boukisha on January 31, 2020:
IVE SEARCHED FAR AND WIDE AND I FINALLY HAVE AN ANSWER
Edie on January 28, 2020:
Lots of information, thank you so much. I'd really like an Espeon, and now I know where to look.
Kev on December 05, 2019:
Thanks for to guide, just wanted to mention that the location for both Sylveon and Espeon should be switched on the list. Espeon spawns during cloudy weather while Sylveon spawns during foggy. Other then that, thank you very much.
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on December 03, 2019:
Fantastic guide, thank you! I always have an Espeon on my team and I’m glad you can catch Eevee. Only a 1% chance in Sword though, so I’ll be looking for a while. Thank you for also including how to get the Soothe Bell. Great article!
Amy on November 27, 2019:
How often do the eevveelutions spawn between catches? I’ve tried changing my switch date to reload, but it seems like I have to wait a few real life days... thanks