If you have an Eevee in Pokemon GO [Free], and want to make sure that it evolves into one of Jolteon, Vaporeon, or Flareon, it seems as if Niantic has offered a way to do so. As discovered by Reddit users u/TheAztek and u/smithnigel and confirmed by various users trying this method, with video by u/strongscience62, these names will trigger the various evolutions:

  • Sparky = Jolteon
  • Rainer = Vaporeon
  • Pyro = Flareon

This might seem random, like perhaps someone just dug up some random names and discovered that whatever RNG powers the game has those coincidentally-appropriate names trigger Eevee evolutions. But no, it's actually a really cool Easter egg on Niantic's part. The original Pokemon anime series had the Eevee Brothers, whose names were Sparky, Rainer, and Pyro. And they had Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon respectively. That's really cool on Niantic's part to throw that in for the long-time fans, though who knows how long it'll work if being able to trigger specific Eevee evolutions is a balance problem. Users are claiming Vaporeon is the most powerful of the 3, but a Jolteon could easily counter one of those...

  • Tallgeese

    Worst creepypasta ever...

    • nini

      We did at least learn how to evolve your Eevee with this one weird trick, trainers hate them!

      • Tallgeese

        And now cops can't even touch me because I've learned how to turn off clipping! Thanks, Touch Arcade! 👍

    • Nick Alexander

      It's not a creepy pasta. Chill, edgelord

  • markaman

    I'm going to try this for sure. Since I got my first eevee I was hoping for vaporeon, but instead got 6 flareons and 2 jolteons

  • http://RampagedReality.com/ JustinRampage

    Just tried "Pyro" out and sure enough the Eevee evolved into a Flareon. Awesome!

  • Press2Play

    That's some digimon redigitezed evolution stage s**t right there, but cooler.When will asia acquire the pokevirus??..

  • rewind

    Wow, that's neat! I just want to say I've skimmed or read through almost all of the Pokemon GO articles (there are quite a few!) and they are great. The guides are helpful, the news is clear, and the stories are amazing. Thank you.

  • Anthony Emerick

    Confirmed not the case - "Rainer" evolved into a Flareon

    • CarlRJ

      "Rainer" evolved into a Vaporean for me.

  • Daniel Schroeder

    While mainstream game sites are posting the most inane Pokemon Go articles, TA is doing articles like this. Awesome tip, especially since I already have a Jolteon, and will be evolving another Eevee soon. I'd hate to get a dupe, and now I don't have to!

  • Nicholas Gatewood

    Awesome! Vaporeon was the one I wanted anyways, I'm glad to hear this. Water/Mystic represent!

  • Popsux

    WTF, is anyone playing this silly game. Spider Solitaire here I come!

    • melvin2898

      hey a troll

  • CarlRJ

    This Easter Egg kick ass! Thanks! I now have a Vaporean with 1208 CP that wipes out everything it goes up against.