Japanese Name: Eievui
Species: The Evolution Pokémon
Abilities: Run Away, Adaptability (Normal), Anticipation (Hidden)
First Appearance: Red & Blue
My Top Nickname: Variable on Eeveelution
My Top Pokéball: Pokéball
This review will be slightly different than previous and later ones as it’s not just Eevee itself that I like but its many alternate Eeveelutions and yes, that is the official term for them. Still, let us begin this review as the others past with the Pokédex entry. According to the Pokédex from various regions in the Pokémon World, Eeevee the aptly entitled Evolution Pokémon has an unstable DNA and has been known to evolve base either on the environment it dwells in or by the radiation of certain evolutionary stones.
Considering that, at the time of this review, Eevee can evolve into eight different forms that is quite an understatement.
Eevee on its own is not an exceptional example of the Normal-type of Pokémon. Its Run Away Ability makes it easier to run from larger and far more powerful Pokémon while Adaptability powers up Normal-type moves. Its hidden ability of Anticipation is… not really worth it as a good number of Pokémon has super effective moves that can create a one-hit KO. Admittedly it can naturally learn the more powerful of Normal attacks but in the long run, anyone that has an Eevee has it strictly to attain one of its Eeveeloutions, myself included. As such, I shall lightly touch upon each of Eevee’s evolutions in turn.
First up, Vaporeon the Bubble Jet Pokémon, whose cells are so similar to that of water it can actually meld into it. This is made all the more obvious with its ability of Water Absorb that allows it to heal if its hit by a water attack of during rainstorms. Vaporeon can also learn the move Hydro Pump arguably one of the most powerful of Water-type attacks and is specifically geared towards high health stats. Eevee can only evolve into a Vaporeon if given a Water Stone.
Jolteon, the Lightning Pokémon, whose bristling fur is made of sharp needles that can create a static charge powerful enough for Jolteon to unleash actual thunderbolts ranging at 10,000 volts and can even launch said needle-like fur as pin missiles. Like Vaporeon, Jolteon’s chief ability Volt Absorb allows it to heal damage if it is struck by an Electric-type attack. Jolteon can learn Thunder and, unsurprisingly, Pin Missile but whereas Vaporeon has high health, Jolteon’s strength lies in its incredible speed. Only with the use of a Thunder Stone can Eevee evolve into this pincushion of a Pokémon.
Flareon, the Flame Pokémon, whose body temperature can reach 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit and has a special sac inside its body that can unleash flames that reach a temperature of 3,000! Unlike its brethren if Flareon is hit by a Fire-type attack, its ability Flash Fire will actual increase the attack power of its own Fire-type attack by 1.5x. Flareon’s strongest move is Flare Blitz and is made all the more dangerous by its high attack power. With the use of a Fire Stone Eevee can evolve into this fluffy little fellow.
I should also mention that its generally believed that the Legendary Beasts, Suicune, Entei, and Raikou are in fact the reincarnated forms of a Vaporeon, Flareon, and Jolteon due mostly to the fact that the Beasts’ Hidden Ability is in fact the normal Ability of its Eeveelution counterpart.
Espeon, the Sun Pokémon, whose fur is so sensitive that it can sense minute shifts in the air and accurately predict the weather and even its opponent’s own thoughts. Its chief Ability, Synchronize, allows it to pass on any status condition it is inflicted with back upon its opponent. Espeon’s strongest naturally learned Psychic-type attack is Future Sight and is especially dangerous due to its high special attack stats. An Eevee must not only be incredibly happy with its trainer but the sun’s rays must be shining brightly for it to evolve into an Espeon.
Umbreon, the Moonlight Pokémon, is a Dark-type can meld completely into the shadows save for when it leaps to the attack and/or moonlight happens to shine upon its golden rings. Like Espeon, Umbreon has the ability to Synchronize its status conditions. Its strongest Dark-type attack is a tie between Feint Attack and Assurance but an Umbreon’s greatest strength lies with its high special defense. Only with extreme happiness and the light of the moon will an Eevee evolve into this midnight Pokémon.
Leafon, the Verdant Pokémon, shares traits with Vaporeon in that its cells are so close to that of a plant that it can actually use photosynthesis to create clean air. This further empathized with its ability Leaf Guard that protects Leafon from status conditions so long as it is under intense sunlight. Its most powerful Grass-type move is Leaf Blade, an attack that was previously unique only to the evolutionary line of Treeko. Unfortunately, Leafon, as its Ability might suggest, is meant for more of a shield than a sword as its highest stats are in its defense. Eevee can only evolve into a Leafon when it levels up near what is known simply as a Moss Rock.
Glaceon, the Fresh Snow Pokémon, can actually control its own body heat to such extremes that it can create flurries of snow and cause icy shards to grow upon its fur. A Glaceon is further armed with the Snow Cloak ability, which increases its evasion by 20% during hailstorms. Unsurprisingly, its strongest Ice-type attack is Blizzard and like Espeon, a Glaceon has an exceptionally high special attack stat. Like its leafy counterpart, an Eevee can only evolve into a Glaceon when it levels up in close proximity to an Ice Rock.
Last, but certainly not least, is Sylveon, the Intertwining Pokémon. Arguably the first pure Fairy-type insomuch that it was the first of this type to be revealed, a Sylveon’s ribbons are actually feelers that it can use to send a soothing aura to calm down aggression and stop fights. It can learn the most powerful (and non-hacked) of Fairy-type moves, Moonblast though as its Pokédex entry suggests, its greatest strength is in its high special defense. Currently, an Eevee can only evolve into a Sylveon when it has two affectionate hearts in Pokémon Aimee and also knows a Fairy-type move.
Phew…! That’s… that’s all of them right? Cause honestly, at this point, its getting freaking ridiculous…
As I stated earlier, I had an Eevee on my team strictly for one of its many Eeveelutions and, as of this entry, have had every one of them in one my teams to beat the a region’s Elite Four save for Glaceon and Sylveon. Glaceon because I don’t due pure Ice-types and Sylveon because I don’t care how cute you make the thing, the fact that its ribbons are actually a part of its body is just plain creepy!
Eevee may not be the most powerful of Pokémon but it hands down is easily one of the most versatile to have and one that can honestly give you a ton of options to choose from.