As anticipation continues to grow over the upcoming release of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! for Nintendo Switch, fans are getting more excited about the lovable Eevee's co-starring role in the latest Pokémon adventure. We're devoting the month of September to the little Evolution Pokémon!
When you're looking to add a new Pokémon to your team, typically you head out to some tall grass and start searching. Other methods of recruiting can be a little trickier, and Eevee has been one of the trickiest over the years. Whether it's entrusted to you by a caring acquaintance, with you from the start of your journey, or only available after completing certain events, it's always a challenge to track down the Evolution Pokémon.
Eevee has made some memorable entrances over the years. Take a look at our favorite ways Eevee has jumped into the action in this walk down memory lane.
Trainers were first able to team up with Eevee in Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. Clever players may have noticed a path next to the Celadon City Pokémon Center leading into a hidden back entrance to the Celadon Condominiums. The building's top floor contained a room with an excitable NPC and an “item” likely to excite the player, too—the first-ever chance to get Eevee.
Bill: Eevee Distributor
Players find out that Pokémon storage system developer Bill is quite a fan of Eevee's Evolutions in those first games—there's data about Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon in his PC. They also discover he's a dedicated Trainer of Eevee, and one that likes to pass his enjoyment on to others—especially to those who share his vocation.
Bill is visiting his family during the events of Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and the other games that primarily take place in the Johto region. After he finishes his adjustments to the Time Capsule that allows players to trade between the first Johto- and Kanto-based games, the player can meet with him at his parents' house. There, he hands over an Eevee he encountered when fixing the Time Capsule. The player was sure to appreciate it with two new Evolutions of Eevee available in these games!
Even more Evolutions of Eevee were discovered in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, and the player was gifted another Eevee by a local Trainer. This time it arrives through Bebe, the Pokémon storage expert of the Sinnoh region. She mentions the Eevee she gives the player was from her “good mate in Johto”—and previously, she told the player that Bill was her buddy. Was the Eevee enthusiast at it again?
Eevee wasn't available in Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version, but it did finally show up in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. After defeating Iris—now the Champion of Unova—Trainers had a surprise waiting for them in Castelia City. Amanita continued the trend of storage system specialists handing out Eevee, and this one had its Hidden Ability to boot. She mentions it's from a friend in the Kanto region…
My First Partner
Eevee isn't part of any of the traditional trios of first partner Pokémon, but Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! won't be the first time we've seen a Trainer start their adventure alongside the Evolution Pokémon.
The player can't start out with Eevee in Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, but their rival will. The rival evolves their Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon, or Flareon depending on the outcome of the rival battles early in the game. Don't feel too Blue (get it?) about not being able to start out with Eevee—you could still get one in Celadon City, and in November, you'll be able to start with your own Eevee in Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!
Eevee's debut as a first-partner Pokémon was in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness for the Nintendo GameCube. The Evolution Pokémon was a flexible first partner in this game. Not only did it already know the Dark-type attack Bite, which can normally only be learned by Eevee hatched from Eggs, but it represented incredible potential. The player is offered one of five special items to help evolve Eevee early in the game—the usual stones and the mysterious Sun and Moon Shards—making it easy to fit it into a balanced team.
Two of Eevee's evolved forms, Espeon and Umbreon, were also the first partners of the main character of Pokémon Colosseum, the predecessor to Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. What better Pokémon to start out with in a game where every match is a Double Battle?
Eevee was also the first partner of the player in Pokémon Conquest. They had a perfect link with Eevee and each of its available Evolutions, allowing players to enjoy a variety of different tactics with the crucial character.
Most Trainers playing Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon received their first Eevee in a rounder, more fragile form than normal. The player gets an Egg from the Pokémon Nursery in Paniola Ranch during their first visit, which turns out to contain an Eevee upon hatching.
These are also among the few games where you can find Eevee just hanging out in the wild. Check out Routes 4 and 6 if you'd like to build an Eevee army—and if you'd like to finish your Alola Pokédex, you just might have to!
King of the Castle
Did you know Eevee was one of the very first Pokémon given away through an in-game event? Players who completed Pokémon Stadium's Gym Leader Castle were treated to one of eight special Pokémon, including a level 25 Eevee. The Evolution Pokémon was also one of the first Pokémon given out during a real-life special event—an Eevee that knew the move Growth was distributed at the New York Pokémon Center in 2003. Not only was this Pokémon rare, but Jolteon and Espeon that knew this special move were highly coveted for the competitive battles of the time!
Stay tuned for more articles highlighting the fun times we've had with Eevee as we prepare for the launch of Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! for Nintendo Switch on November 16, 2018.