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What's your best Eevee evolution?

In the week that Sylveon was unveiled, Marti Bennett picks her top three Eveelutions

On Tuesday morning I woke up, turned on the PC, routinely opened Facebook, and was greeted by a friend's post showing the leaked CoroCoro scan of a new Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y. At first, I had thought it was yet another fake. Fake CoroCoro leaks often do the rounds as we wait for a new main series Pokemon game. As I looked at the picture I had thought it was some fan-made Fennekin evolution. Then I looked closer and saw all the Eevee evolutions (known as Eeevelutions to fans) around it. It's was the eighth Eeveeultion, Ninfia. Or Sylveon to give it its English name.

I wasn't too surprised to find out it was an Eeveultion due to the rumours surrounding the Eevee short for the next Pokemon movie which is due out later this year. But to me, on first glance, it really didn't look like it was related to an Eevee.

Many comments then followed, with some saying it looks like a Victini, understandable as the face and colour scheme share many similarities. Unknown at this time are the Type and evolution method. Fans have been going crazy with speculation over the Type. From picking apart its name to associating features and colours to a certain Type. Personally if I had to take a guess at method of evolution, I would guess the use of a Prism Scale, like Feebas to Milotic, as the colours are similar. The Type however, I don't have a clue!

Anyway, Sylveon isn't my favourite Eeveelution. Here is my top three. Take a look and then vote for your favourite in the poll at the end.


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Fire Type Flareon, along with Electric Type Jolteon and Water Type Vaporeon make up the original three Eeveelutions. All three are evolved by the use of evolution stones. In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow you could only receive one Eevee. Players then had a tough choice to decide which of the three to evolve Eevee into.

Personally I chose Flareon. I'd like to think it was because my team needed a Fire Type, but it was probably because I thought it was much cuter than Jolteon and Vaporeon. In later years my love for Flareon has increased after seeing its shiny colours. The shiny Flareon has the same colours as Eevee.

If Eevee did evolve normally, I'd like to think shiny Flareon would be how it would look. Part of the reason I aim to complete my Pokedex in Pokemon Black 2 (I'm over 600 now!) is so that I can use the shiny charm to increase my chances of successfully breeding a shiny Eevee so I can finally own the shiny Flareon I've always wanted.

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  1. KH81314 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 07:16

    Eevee has some really cool evolutions but I think that Sylveon looks terrible.

  2. LostNoob Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 08:50

    Wow where's the love for Espeon?
    Such a good physic type.

  3. shy guy 64 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 09:29

    glaceon is by far my favrouite

  4. Pyron12 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 09:36

    Umbreon. It is just so cool and it's one of my favourite types as well (Dark).

  5. Scraggy man Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 09:41

    Espeon all the way.

  6. Commandervideo Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 10:09

    Hard to decide, but I went for Jolteon, not only does it look good but it's great in battle too.

    For me it goes something like this:
    Jolteon > Vaporeon > Umbreon > Leafeon >Glaceon > Espeon > Flareon > Slyveon

  7. K-tet Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 10:20

    My top three are these:
    1. Espeon - Thanks to Magic Bounce, Espeon has solidified itself as the best Eeveelution of them all. Able to reflect any entry hazard or stat detriment as well as being able to use that base 130 Special Attack stat to its advantage makes Espeon an excellent Pokémon to use. Even without Magic Bounce, having access to Shadow Ball and Signal Beam helps correct Espeon's weaknesses to Ghost and Dark-types.

    2, Jolteon - Back in the heyday of Gen 1, Jolteon was probably the most commonly used Eeveelution as it was a damn sight better than Raichu in every way. Base 130 Speed also meant firing Pin Missile's at Alakazam could often net a 2HKO easily. Nowadays, Jolteon still holds its own in the top tier as one of the premier Electric-types, and has a movepool that can both deal masses of damage and scout its opponents. It also fills the all-important BoltBeam combo with Hidden Power Ice. Oh, and did I mention it has access to Signal Beam? It's arguably in the same tier as Espeon.

    3. Leafeon - Often overlooked in favour of other Grass-types, Leafeon is one of those Pokémon that can fill certain niches better than most of its competition. Like Sceptile of Gen 3, it's the premier Leaf Blade user, and with Chlorophyll as its Dream World Ability, can fill in the Physical void that other Grass-types simply can't, and is often a good foil for Venusaur or Exeggcutor.

    The only problem with Eeveelutions on the whole is that their movepools are limited, but if you can play to their strengths, they'll always serve you well, except Flareon, because Flareon has nothing good to offer. Until Game Freak give it access to Flare Blitz, that Attack stat it has is wasted, thus Leafeon is a far better choice overall.

  8. ThePokekid78 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 10:31

    Please tell me you didn't just put Flareon and Glaceon on a Top 3 Eeveelutions list...

    And why, for the love of god, has Sylveon got more votes than Jolteon and Vaporeon?!

    What is wrong with this world?!

    Umbreon > Jolteon > Espeon > Vaporeon > Leafeon > Glaceon > Flareon

    (Can't include Sylveon just yet as we don't know anything about it)

  9. MJTH Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 13:06

    My list would be:

    Vaporeon > Jolteon > Umbreon > Glaceon > Espeon> Leafeon > Flareon

    Vaporeon is my personally favourite, and is probably one of the most viable in a competitive sence. Vaporeon is a beast of a water. It's an absolute tank with it's above average special defence and huge HP stats. Umbreon is also quite a defensive eeveelution but can't learn many useful attacks to back it up in my opinion. Jolteon is a great electric type with brilliant speed.

    Flareon is on the other hand probably the worst. It specialisation is in regular attack and defence stats, which be ok if it wasn't for the fact that all it's best moves use special attack stats instead. It's severly limited.

  10. Ioannis83 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 13:51

    I love all of them they look so cute.My dream is to have all of them at some point.That is if they ever stop making new evolutions.

  11. kirlia trainer Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 14:08

    I think all the Eeveelutions are fantastic in their own way. Here is my list:
    1. Glaceon
    2. Vaporeon
    3. Jolteon
    4. Espeon
    5. Umbreon
    6. Flareon
    7. Leafeon
    8. Sylveon (want to know more about this Pokémon)

  12. Dan-the-Wii-man Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 16:22

    i love my curse - payback umbreon :)

  13. DynamicPunch202 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 17:02

    It was between Espeon and Umbreon for me, but I went for Umbreon because in a battle between the two of them, Umbreon would most likely win.

  14. CDS Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 17:07

    Espeon. Loved it since Colosseum, and would own one on every Pokemon game I have.
    When I get my hands on Y, I will be trading one over as soon as I can.

  15. Twinkle Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 17:26

    I gotta say, all of them are pretty good, however, I personally think that Espeon and Leafeon are my favourites! Umbreon is good too, I suppose, but still, Espeon and Leafeon all the way! :wink:

  16. IPecksU Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 18:27

    I'm probably in the minority here but my favourite is Sylveon because it looks full of character with those huge expressive eyes, cool bows and a nice big smile, as opposed to some of the others like umbreon that seem expressionless, but that's okay because Umbreon obviously has more of a "cool factor" and that's just not what I look for in favourite pokemon. This is what's great about pokemon; everybody has their favourites.

  17. Da_Epic_Fail Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 19:06

    Jolteon is my favourite, but i'd say the ones I end up using most are Espeon and Vaporeon. I like all of them apart from Leafeon really, dunno why I don't like it much, it's just the only eeveelution I forget exists.

  18. light_goose Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 20:07

    Jolteon all the way for me, mainly because it looks epic and it's really fast, which is always useful.

  19. Nintendo4Ever Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 21:06

    Some tough choices were made but...

    Espeon> Jolteon> Glaceon> Umbreon> Leafeon> Vaporeon> Flareon> Sylveon

    Also, I'm guessing Sylveon's a bug type due to Sylva being a tree and forest charity in Britain (Wikipedia) = nature = Bug(?) and Sylve is a French noun meaning Forest, Woods in a poetic sense I think (from reading Wikitionary) which links in with the European theme.

  20. Medevac Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 21:55

    I was never a huge fan of the original 3. Umbreon is fantastic, Leafeon is great and Glaceon is even better!

    So for me it's between Umbreon or Glaceon. I think Umbreon edges it though. Great defenses, good attacks and most of all; dark type.

    Sylveon looks the worst by far. I'm not impressed :(


  21. lazy_by_choice Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 22:05

    My favourite has always been Umbreon!! Its just so cool and I love Dark type pokemon :) I have no idea what type Sylveon will turn out to be but, I do know that it looks horrible. Im sorry to say it but it doesn't quite look like its an Eevee evolution; definitely my least favourite.

  22. Waldy565 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 22:22

    My personal vote went to Flareon, but I do agree with them three... on reflection, I would probably choose Espeon over Glaceon, but Glaceon is still cool. Not as cool as Umbreon and Flareon, never knew bout shiny Flareon tbh haha, gonba go check out a shiny Umbreon :)

  23. fisher2007 Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 22:59

    My favorite is Flareon.

  24. carnivine chaos Sunday 17th Feb 2013 at 03:55

    Can't really judge yet; we don't know the stats or abilities or movepool for Sylveon. Currently I'd say Espeon, with Jolteon and Vaporeon close behind it. I see so many people using Espeon.

    Unless you're a noob and just choose pokemon for "looks" then it all just comes down to personal preference. I like Umbreon's design.

  25. Mew3 Sunday 17th Feb 2013 at 11:25

    1. Sylveon
    2. Espeon
    3. Umbreon

  26. goldtanooki Sunday 17th Feb 2013 at 19:33

    1. Umbreon
    2. Sylveon
    3. Flareon
    That's my shout!

  27. alexkinch Monday 18th Feb 2013 at 08:09

    Jolteon for me.

  28. VinceLovesToast Monday 18th Feb 2013 at 17:10

    Everyones calling sylveon slyveon! :evil: still looks horrible though :D probably made for the female fans who like contests and stuff (not trying to be sexist)

  29. koopa_kicker Monday 18th Feb 2013 at 17:51

    Wonder if this secret evolution method requires you to obtain ribbon(s) for your eevee.

  30. superthingymabob Tuesday 19th Feb 2013 at 00:55

    Let's see...
    Umbreon > Espeon > Jolteon > Vaporeon > Leafeon > Glaceon > Flareon > Sylveon.

    Sylveon looks terrible.

  31. Kirby8 Tuesday 19th Feb 2013 at 01:10

    I agree with two of your top 3.
    I LOVE FLAREON! I was (still am) obsessed with Fire types, and Flareon was just epic! Cute, fiery and feisty! Loved Flareon to bits. I think it's shiny colours are cool, but I'd much rather have just plain old Flareon.

    My other two are Umbreon (like you) and Espeon! Gen II are some of my favourite games. And day and night addition was just too cool! The hardest thing was picking between the two Eevee evolutions...but of course they had the daycare this you didn't need to!! I worked my ASS off getting those two to evolve. I did EVERYTHING to get their friendship up to the max and make them evolve! It was a pain in the butt...but was so satisfying when it got there. And, I have to say, my friendship with grew too! I loved them to pieces. And was very happy they were the starting pokémon in Pokémon Colosseum.

    In general, Eevee evolutions (eeveelutions) are just awesome. And eevee is pretty cool!
    It's hard to say what Sylveon is. It could be flying...which looks about right (apart from the lack of wings...but I'm guessing that's what the long ribbons are about). In which case it could evolve using some sort of wing like item. Would also make sense since Eeveelutions are normally a new way to evolve. So a new item would fulfil that...but could be something better.
    It could also be a normal evolution and use a moonstone. Slightly uneventful, but might be so.

  32. rougelupo Thursday 26th Jun 2014 at 06:53

    Flareon is by far my favorite. Fire Pokemon have always been strong and have lead to many of my victorys in my battles. from what I've seen reading the other comments here, flareon is not one of the favorites but I think it offers more than people think and can be a vary valuable member of a trainers team if trained correctly.
    Jolteon would be my second favorite eeveelotion mostly because its speed and looks. jolteon could pack a punch better than any picaku could and its ability volt absorb when it heals up to 1/4 of it’s maximum Hit Points when hit with Electric-type moves.pulled it together.
    My third favorite would have to be Espeon. Espeon was a good psychc pokwmon not one of the best but still its ability Synchronize: When this Pokémon becomes POISON, PARALYZE, or BURN, so does the opponent. However, Fire-type and Water Veil ability Pokémon cannot be BURNed, Poison-type and Steel-type and Immunity ability Pokemon cannot be POISONed, and Limber ability Pokémon cannot be PARALYZEd and Magic Bounce: It can reflect the effect of stat-changing moves. helped it out in a sticky situation and got it on my top 3 list.
    it was really hard to pick I love them all and they all have there ups and downs

    list out of all of them: Flareon>Jolteon>Espeon>Glaceon>Umbreon>Leafeon>Vaporeon>Sylveon
    -Glaceon was helpful with dragon type Pokemon in gen 4 but they were better Pokemon like Lapras.
    -Umbreon like glaceon umbreon had other Pokemon that could do its job better.
    -Leafeon wasn't the worst but wasn't the best I've just never been fond of grass types I am better at training fire Pokemon.
    -Vaporeon I just plain don't like I love water Pokemon but Vaproeon never really had a good move set its best moves were Aurora Beam-Aqua Ring-Last Resort-Hydro Pump its defense was pretty good but still other Pokemon can do it better
    -Sylveon just ahhh its moves were ether over powered or super weak I would take flareon over Sylveon any day.
    well that's it :D

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