The Eevee evolution, Sylveon.

Pokémon GO: How to Get Sylveon

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Sylveon is one of the more sought-after Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Since you can’t catch Sylveon out in the wild, you’ll need to know how to evolve Eevee correctly in order to get Sylveon.

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    Why You May Want to Get Sylveon

    Strictly in terms of stats, Sylveon is not considered to be one of the best Pokémon. That said, it is one of the better Eeveelutions. If you’re only concern is stats, though, Umbreon is the better choice in essentially every way. Sylveon is most like Togekiss, though Togekiss also exceeds Sylveon’s stats. However, as a Fairy-type, Sylveon can still take down some Dragon and Fighting-type Pokémon.

    You may also want to get Sylveon if you’re looking to complete your Pokédex. Part of Pokémon GO’s charm is the way it encourages players to go out and catch ‘em all. However, you can’t simply catch a Sylveon out in the wild.

    How to Catch an Eevee

    Eevee from Pokemon GO

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    To get a Sylveon in Pokémon GO, you’ll first need to catch an Eevee. Eevees can evolve into eight different Pokemon: Sylveon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon. Luckily, there are tricks you can use to ensure that your Eevee will evolve into the specific Eeveelution you desire. But first, you must catch an Eevee.

    Though there really isn’t a specific trick to catching Eevees, they tend to be littered throughout the wild. Eevees are most common in partly cloudy weather, so you’ll want to go out to search for one when those conditions are met. Incense can be used to lure more Pokémon and thus raise your chance of catching an Eevee. Additionally, you can use Razz Berries to lower the chance that it will flee.

    How to Evolve Eevee Into Sylveon

    There are a couple of different methods for guaranteeing Eevee will evolve into Sylveon. The renaming method works for anyone who hasn’t evolved Eevee into Sylveon before. Otherwise, you’ll want to check out the Buddy hearts method.

    The Renaming Method

    If you simply obtain the 25 Eevee Candy it takes to evolve the Pokémon, it will naturally turn into either Vaporeon, Jolteon, or Flareon at random. However, you can rename your Eevee as “Kira” before evolving it, and it will be guaranteed to evolve into Sylveon. Note that this trick only works once for each Eeveelution.

    The Buddy Hearts Method

    If you’ve already used the naming method before but desire another Sylveon, there is a second method you can use. You will still need 25 Eevee Candy to evolve the Pokémon. In addition, you will need to become Great Buddies with your Eevee. You can do this by assigning Eevee as your Buddy and earning 70 Buddy hearts with it. Buddy hearts can be earned by feeding your Buddy berries, taking snapshots of your Buddy, petting your Buddy, and battling with them. Note that swapping your Buddy out will not restart your progress towards Sylveon, so feel free to change your Buddy at any time during this process.