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Eevee in Pokemon
Despite its weak stats, Eevee has long been one of Nintendo's most-adored monsters for both its branching evolutionary paths and cute appearance. And what better way to commemorate the arrival of Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! then by reviewing some of the most interesting facts about this classic creature?
But as popular as Eevee is, many Trainers aren't aware of several interesting facts surrounding this charming Pokemon. To remedy this, let's revisit Kanto as we review 10 fascinating tidbits about Eevee!
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1. Eevee Has the Most Evolutions
Getting the obvious out of the way, Eevee has by far the most potential evolutions, each altering its element from Normal to a different attribute. It originally began with three upgrades in Generation 1, but has since expanded to (as of this writing) eight, listed above. These guys vary in combat prowess, but remain popular for their sleek designs even if they don't possess the best stats in the games.
2. The Term Eeveelution Was Made By a Strategy Guide
Today, "Eeveelution" is a widely-used term referencing Eevee's multiple evolutionary paths, but it wasn't actually created in the video games or anime. Rather, the term first arose in a strategy guide for Pokemon Stadium 2, and was later used in a TCG theme deck. Goes to show just how popular Eevee is, with this now-renowned term originating in two somewhat-obscure supplementary materials.
3. Nicknaming Eevee Changes its Evolution in Pokemon Go
That's right, once per nickname per game, you can guarantee what your Eevee in the original Pokemon Go will develop into by giving it the following nicknames:
- Rainer: Vaporeon
- Sparky: Jolteon
- Pyro: Flareon
- Sakura: Espeon
- Tamao: Umbreon
Not only is this helpful for catching them all, it's an intriguing deviation, as in most standard Pokemon games, nicknames never impact battle or evolution. Perhaps we'll uncover more name-related secrets in future Pokemon expeditions.
4. Gary's Eevee Beat Ash's Pikachu in the Anime
Ash's Pikachu has had its share of losses, but at his peak, he's one of the strongest Pokemon in the anime, even taking down legendaries like Regice and Latios. However, in the original Indigo League season, Gary's Eevee trounced Pikachu in a fight that was surprisingly one-sided.
This Eevee (which later evolved into Umbreon) was notably absent during Ash and Gary's full 6-vs-6 battle in the Johto Silver Conference (where Ash finally beat his rival), though to be fair, Ash also abstained from using Pikachu. Umbreon rivals even Gary's Blastoise in power, avoiding damage in all of its shown battles until its final appearance against Saturn's Toxicroak; perhaps the Johto League would have ended differently if he had used it.
5. Eevee's Original Name Was Eon
Early promotional material suggests Eevee's English name was initially going to be Eon, the suffix found at the ends of its evolutionary forms. Makes sense, but for whatever reason (perhaps to more closely connect with the word "evolution"), this idea was scrapped.
Eevee wasn't the only original monster whose English name was altered; dozens of others were adjusted. Can you imagine Jigglypuff being called Pudding or Cubone called Orphon? Maybe these changes really were for the best.
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6. Eevee Has Often Been a Starter Pokemon
Eevee's been our original companion in many adventures even before Let's Go Eevee. For instance, he appeared in the GameCube's Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, and its prequel Pokemon Colosseum had you start with Umbreon and Espeon, two Eevee evolutions.
Then there's the Nintendo DS's spin-off strategy game Pokemon Conquest, which also pairs you with Eevee. Finally, in Pokemon Yellow, while you end up with Pikachu, Professor Oak originally planned to give you Eevee, who still serves as your rival's starter. Speaking of which...
7. Yellow's Rival Changes His Eeveelution Depending on Your Battles
Only the most astute Yellow players would realize this tidbit, as it requires multiple playthroughs to discover. Depending on the results of your early battles with your rival, he'll evolve his Eevee in different ways, listed below:
- Jolteon: Defeat your rival at both the lab and Route 22
- Flareon: Defeat your rival at the lab, but lose or skip the Route 22 battle
- Vaporeon: Lose at the lab
Losing causes your foe to eventually become Water-type Vaporeon, giving Pikachu an edge in future encounters, while only two victories will lead to a true rivalry between fellow Electric Pokemon. Here's some bonus trivia: prior to Generation 5, Pikachu and Eevee were the only Pokemon to evolve with Thunder Stones, further connecting the pair.
8. Partner Eevee Is Much Stronger Than Regular Eevee
As cute as Pikachu and Eevee are, they each only get to evolve once, meaning other starters usually end up with higher stats. However, you might be surprised at just how fierce the special "partner" Pikachu and Eevee of the Let's Go! games are. Normal Eevees bear a stat total of 325 at max level, but partner Eevee jumps all the way to 435. He can also learn the unique Veevee Volley technique, which never misses and adjusts its power based on your friendship, maxing at a fierce 102 power (plus same-type attack bonus).
That said, note that partner Eevee and Pikachu can't evolve, so your eventual stat totals are comparable to standard Eeveelutions.
9. Eevee Is Extremely Rare
Despite doting fans, Eevees are noted to be incredibly rare in several Pokedex entries, implied to be a result of their unstable DNA (which could make breeding difficult). The last thing I want to think about is endangered Eevees, but it makes it all the more touching that Oak was willing to give us his rare companion in Yellow (before Gary swiped it, anyway).
This is further supported by Eevee's scarcity in the early games, as it wouldn't appear in the wild, and you could only obtain a single one from certain NPCs. Interesting, but not the only Pokedex tidbit surrounding Eevee...
10. Eevee Begins to Look Like Its Trainer
And you thought Ditto were the only transforming Pokemon around. According to the Pokedex in Pokemon Ultra Moon, "Its genes are easily influenced by its surroundings. Even its face starts to look like that of its Trainer."
Remember, Ultra Moon didn't come until Generation 7, and no prior Eevee entries mention adopting its Trainer's appearance. Thus, this is a surprisingly recent revelation that adds a whole new layer to Eevee's mutant powers. Sorry. little fellas, looks like you'll be stuck with features from our ugly mugs.
Is Eevee Better Than Pikachu?
The friendly rivalry between Eevee and Pikachu has never been more prominent thanks to the Let's Go! titles; which companions reigns supreme? Well, Eevee narrowly wins out in overall stat totals, and its branching evolutionary paths give it more versatility (at least in games where it can evolve). However, Pikachu can learn several interesting attacks through events, gained an Alolan Raichu alternate evolution in Generation 7, and can use the Attack and Special Attack-doubling Light Ball held item.
Thus, these two are very evenly balanced, will neither taking a clear lead, and the debate continues. But for now, as we eagerly await Nintendo's next Eevee adventure, vote for your favorite original starter and I'll see you at our next Pokemon countdown!
© 2018 Jeremy Gill
Owen Fitzpatrick on December 05, 2019:
This is really good facts. Thanks!
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 24, 2018:
Thank you! I agree, Colosseum was unorthodox but awesome game that wasn't afraid to deviate from the norm. And while Eevee doesn't feel as rare nowadays, I suppose that's a welcome trade-off for a more-complete Pokedex without the hassles of trading.
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 22, 2018:
I've loved Espeon ever since I played Pokemon Colosseum on the Gamecube. There were definitely some facts in this article I wasn't aware of.
It was great to see Eevee could be captured in the wild in Pokemon X and Y! Then we could collect all the evolutions to our hearts' content. I know many people who are obsessed with this cute Pokemon, which I suppose is why it made it as one of the starters for the Pokemon Let's Go! games.
Great article as always, Jeremy.