Pokemon Go is back again with its biggest update yet as we move into the second generation of Pokemon. With that means there are lots of new Pokemon to catch, but also some that are further or alternate evolutions of those found in the first generation. Two of the biggest are the two new Eeveelutions and once again there is a little trick to guaranteeing you get one of them.
When Pokemon Go first launched, it was believed that there was no way to pick which of the Gen 1 Eeveelutions that you would get between Flareon, Vaporeon, and Jolteon. However, that eventually changed as it was discovered that by naming them after the Eevee brothers from the anime, you could get one of these guaranteed, though it only worked once for each of them.
With Gen 2 now comes an additional two evolutions for Eevee, the Psychic type Espeon and the Dark type Umbreon, which feature a similar trick for the evolution.
In the original Pokemon Gold and Silver, there were a series of five Kimono sisters, which each had one of the Eeveelutions. The Japanese versions had the Espeon trainer be named Sakura, while the Umbreon one was named Tamao. The English version of the games changed these names, but like with the Eevee brothers for the first three evolutions, Sakura and Tamao were used in both the Japanese and English versions of the anime.
Working one time only, you can change the name of an Eevee you have to Sakura. Make sure it saves and restart the app completely. Open it back up and evolve it and you will be guaranteed to get an Espeon. In the same way, instead named your Eevee Tamao and restart the app. Upon opening, evolve it and you will get an Umbreon guaranteed.
We tested this method and got both at night, so there’s no time of day restriction either. However, it is restricted to one of each this way and we weren’t able to get an Espeon or Umbreon by regular evolution in a number of other tries. We’re not sure if this means it is limited to one per person right now through this method or just bad luck of the evolution tries.
Espeon is definitely the more competitive of the two, which much higher CP from the same Eevee CP, so you will definitely want to get one of them if you can, though you should probably have enough Eevee and candy to get both.