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How to Get Eevee and All Evolutions in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

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Eevee has become almost as popular and iconic as Pikachu in the Pokémon franchise. The adorable Eevee even got its own game in 2018 entitled Let's Go Eevee! What makes Eevee so interesting and unique is the fact that it can evolve into many different types of Pokémon. You'll be able to obtain one in both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Unfortunately, Sylveon is not available in the remakes because it was not introduced until generation 6 in the Kalos Region. You'll still be able to evolve Eevee into either Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, and Glaceon.

Make sure to complete the story in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Additionally, complete the Sinnoh Pokedex and acquire the National Dex. Otherwise, you can't acquire Eevee unless you trade with someone.


Where to Find Eevee in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

Go to Hearthome City in the Sinnoh Region. Enter the building that is next to the Pokémon Center. Speak to the girl that is sitting on the desk next to her laptop. She'll speak to you and reveal that she is Bebe, the one who gave you the Ball Capsules. She notices that you have the National Dex. She'll ask if you want an Eevee. In order to get multiple Eevees, you'll need to catch a Ditto. Ditto is a pink Pokémon that can transform into any opponent.

Where to Catch Ditto in BDSP

Fly to Canalave City and go down. Exit the area until you're in Route 218. There will be a patch of grass and a couple of trainers. Use the Poké Radar to make a few of the grass patches shake. Rustling grass indicates that there is a Pokémon in them. If you're lucky, a Ditto will spawn. Ditto are not super common, therefore, you may need to try a few times. Use a Quick Ball. If that fails, use a move like Super Fang or False Swipe to weaken Ditto, then throw an Ultra Ball or Dusk Ball if it's night.

Breed Eevee With Ditto

Don't evolve that Eevee that you obtained from Bebe. Take Eevee and Ditto to the Pokemon Nursery in Solaceon Town. In the original Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon could level up at the Pokémon Nursery. The remakes for the Nintendo Switch are a bit different, as the Nursery is used exclusively for breeding and hatching eggs.

If the older man outside the Pokémon Nursery is looking to the right, then that is an indication that an egg is available. Speak to him to acquire an egg. Eggs hatch when a certain amount of steps are taken. Ride your bicycle to speed things up. Use the Counter App to see how many steps you've traveled. Always keep at least one Eevee just in case you want more eggs.


How to Evolve Eevee in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

Evolution Stones are required to evolve Eevee into Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon. You'll need a Fire Stone for Flareon, a Thunder Stone for Jolteon, and a Water Stone for Vaporeon. While it's possible to find Evolution Stones in the Grand Underground in Sinnoh, you'll probably need to do a lot of digging and get lucky. I was able to find a Fire Stone and Leaf Stone when I dug up treasure with the Pickax, but I never found a Water Stone. Fortunately, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have at least one Evolution Stone of each element.

Fire Stone Location

Fly to Floaroma Town and use Surf on Route 205 by the bridge. Follow the river to the west until you reach the Iron Works facility. The Fire Stone is inside the Iron Works building. The area is a bit confusing because there are floor panels that move you to different paths. The Fire Stone for Flareon is in the northeast section. There are other valuable items in Iron Works as well.

Water Stone Location

Go to Pastoria City and head east until you're in the shore area where Route 113 is. Use Surf and travel alongside the rocks. The Water Stone is in the ocean between some rocks. There will be trainers that want to battle you. Defeat them to gain access to the Water Stone for Vaporeon.

Thunder Stone Location

Fly to Sunyshore City and run along the elevated walkways. Move to the east and go below the Vista Lighthouse. The Thunder Stone for Jolteon is next to the boulder below the stairs.


Leafeon and Glaceon

Evolving Eevee into Leafeon can be done in two ways in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. A Leaf Stone will make it instantly evolve, but there is another method to evolve it. If Eevee levels up in Eterna Forest, specifically by the the Leaf Rock, then it will evolve into Leafeon. Go all the way up to the top of Eterna Forest until you find a stone covered in moss. Go into the patch of grass with Eevee. Level up by battling wild Pokemon. Using a Rare Candy by the Leaf Rock should also work.

Leaf Stone Location

Go south of Iron Works where you obtained the Fire Stone. There will be an entrance that takes you to Floaroma Meadow. The Leaf Stone will be among the beautiful and colorful flowers.


Eevee must gain one level near an icy rock on Route 217. It's near Snowpoint City. Even if you're not super close to the icy rock, Eevee may still evolve if you're in the general area, assuming Eevee gains a level in battle.


How to Get Espeon and Umbreon

The only way to acquire Espeon or Umbreon is by increasing the happiness level of Eevee during the day or night. Eevee will evolve into Espeon during the day or Umbreon at night. You'll have to play at specific times to get them both. Of course, you could change the time of day on your Nintendo Switch to change the time in the game.

Make Eevee hold a Soothe Bell because it will increase the friendship level. Don't let Eevee faint in battle because it will become sad. Give it a massage at Veilstone City and walk with it often. Lastly, provide it with some vitamins to increase its happiness.

Every Evolved Form of Eevee

  • Flareon: Fire-type
  • Jolteon: Electric-type
  • Vaporeon: Water-type
  • Espeon: Psychic-type
  • Umbreon: Dark-type
  • Leafeon: Grass-type
  • Glaceon: Ice-type
  • Sylveon: Fairy-type (not available in BDSP)

What Eevee Pokémon is the Best?

While all evolved forms of Eevee are considered good, Flareon is almost ubiquitously considered the worst due to its low speed, low special attack, and shallow movepool. Fire-types like Charizard, Typhlosion, Arcanine, Infernape, and Houndoom are more powerful. My favorite is Vaporeon because I like Water-types, and Vaporeon has a very high special attack with a lot of HP. The downside to Vaporeon is its low speed.

Espeon is more offensive than Umbreon. Umbreon serves as a defensive Pokémon that can stall opponents. Espeon can learn powerful Psychic moves to deal high damage.

Leafeon is a capable Pokémon, but it has more weakness than any other Eevee evolution. It's weak to Ice, Fire, Bug, Flying, and Poison. Leafeon is good for dealing neutral damage or doing super effective damage against Rock, Ground, and Water. Jolteon, on the other hand, is only weak to Ground. Jolten has excellent speed and can deal heavy damage with attacks like Thunderbolt, Shadow Ball, and Volt Switch.

Each evolution of Eevee is charming and unique in their own way. How effective they are will depend on their typing, movepool, and stat distribution. Vaporeon, for example, is not good against Grass-types when using water moves. However, Vaporeon can learn Ice Beam, an extremely powerful special attack that is super effective against Grass-types.


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