How to Get Sylveon in Pokémon Go (Eevee Evolution)?

How to Get Sylveon in Pokémon Go (Eevee Evolution)

Sylveon is obtainable as an evolution of Eevee in Pokémon Go. You can get Sylveon via regular evolution (by collecting 70 hearts with it as your Buddy Pokémon), via trade, or via the name trick (just once; you have to name it Kira). So far, Slyveon is not available as a wild Pokémon.

In the rest of this article, we will further elaborate on the process of obtaining Sylveon in the Pokémon Go video game. You’ll learn how you can get it, how to use some tricks to evolve your Eevee quicker and how to enjoy the game with Sylveon on your roster. Sylveon is a very useful Pokémon to have, so be sure to follow all the instructions.

Can you get Sylveon in Pokémon Go?

Eevee is a very peculiar Pokémon and is quite useful to have. Initially, the Pokémon came with three different evolutions, but as the franchise expanded, Eevee has gotten even more evolutions. The most recent addition to the roster is Sylveon, a Fairy-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VI.

As Pokémon Go was expanding its roster and started introducing Generation VI Pokémon, it was only a matter of time before Sylveon would make it into the game and that happened on May 25, 2021, during the Luminous Legends Y event, when Sylveon was finally added to the game.

Those who had already prepared for its introduction had little to no trouble, as they only had to use the name trick, alongside 25 Eevee candy (which is not much, really), while others had to resort to other methods. We shall explain every one of those methods in the paragraphs that follow.

How do you evolve Eevee into Sylveon in Pokémon Go?

Evolving Eevee is always a process, whichever game you take. But while the evolution mechanic of the core games is quite straightforward, the evolution mechanics in the Pokémon GO game is somewhat more complex.

Whether you’re aiming for the Generation I “eeveelutions”, which are completely random, or the later generations, which aren’t random but require some work, evolving Eevee is a process. Here, we’re going to focus on how to get Sylveon.

Now, there are three ways you can obtain a Sylveon in the game; two are evolutions (regular evolution, name trick evolution) and one is by trading it with someone who already has one. We’re going to explain each of these methods to you.

What do you name Eevee to get Sylveon in Pokémon Go?

If you want to evolve Eevee in Pokémon Go quickly, the so-called name trick will do the job for you easily. The name trick in the game will guarantee a certain evolution for your Eevee, but only if you haven’t used it before; namely, this interesting “cheat” works only once per account. The good thing is that you can use each name once, not just one of them, but you cannot use the trick more than once.

What you need to do is change the name of your Eevee to one of the following names and simply evolve it:

  • Vaporeon: Rainer
  • Jolteon: Sparky
  • Flareon: Pyro
  • Espeon: Sakura
  • Umbreon: Tamao
  • Leafeon: Linnea
  • Glaceon: Rea
  • Sylveon: Kira

As you can see, each “eeveelution” has its specific name, most of which are based either on the anime or the core video games. The names, of course, have a symbolic meaning and could be deduced even if you didn’t know them beforehand. Sylveon’s name Kira is a reference to the (Ultra) Sun and (Ultra) Moon video games, where a character named Kira appears.

Kira is actually the granddaughter of the original Sylveon user, the old Sakura, who was a pure woman whom Fairy-type Pokémon cherished like a queen. She was a descendant of the Seafolk people, but, unbeknownst to Kagetora, she passed away a year ago.

In-game, the player can locate Kira, who takes care of the original Sylveon now, in the Seafolk Village, in the Steelix ship in the east. According to Kira, Sakura also tried to teach her about battling before she passed away. The player can fight Kira, though, in the game, and defeat her Sylveon.

So, to sum it up, if you want to obtain a Sylveon using the name trick, just take your Eevee, change its name to Kira, spend 25 Eevee Candy, and get a Sylveon. The other evolution requirements are nullified here, but you can only use this trick once per account so be careful to choose an Eevee with good stats, as Sylveon is one of the better “eeveelutions” in the game.

If you want a more precise guide, here’s a video:

How to get Sylveon in Pokémon Go without the name trick?

As stated, there are three ways how to get Sylveon in Pokémon Go in total. One of the ways, the famous name trick “cheat”, we have already analyzed and explained in the preceding paragraph, so it remains to explain the other two. The first method of obtaining Sylveon is via the regular evolution method, as shown in the game.

The regular evolution requirement for Eevee, i.e., having 25 Eevee Candy, remains here, but Sylveon has some additional requirements that have to be met in order to get Sylveon the regular way.

The second thing you have to do is make Eevee your Buddy Pokémon, a concept introduced in the game to earn Candy with a specific Pokémon quicker than usual. Your Buddy Eevee has to earn a total of 70 Hearts in order to evolve into Sylveon, which is a large number.

Why? Well, there are limits to how many hearts you can earn per day. The following lists all the Buddy Activities that can earn Affection hearts and EP. Activities in italics denote that the buddy must be walking in the overworld map to count towards points for Affection and Mood.

ActivityDetailsMax Daily AffectionEmotion Points (EP)EP Cooldown (in minutes)
Walk togetherWalk 2 km with buddy640
Give your buddy a treatFeed buddy one treat6230
Play togetherPlay with buddy by petting it in AR mode2230
Battle togetherBuddy participates in a Gym, Raid, Trainer, team leader, or Team GO Rocket Battle.
Buddy only has to have been present in the team that battled to count, even if it was never sent out.
Take a snapshotTake a snapshot of buddy in AR mode2230
Visit a new placeSpin a PokéStop that hasn’t been visited before.2230
BonusEach of the following earns one Affection heart and is not affected by an Excited Mood:Receive a Present from buddyReceive a Souvenir from buddySpin a PokéStop found by buddy340

So, this is a very quick guide on how to earn as much Hearts per day as possible. Obtaining 70 of them is quite a process but if you want a Sylveon, you’ll have to work a bit.

During 2021’s Eevee Community Weekend (which was held on August 14 and 15), Niantic lowered the usual 70-heart requirement to only seven hearts, but only during the Community Weekend, so, we’re sad to report that you cannot use that trick at this very moment. Now, you need to earn 70 hearts.

Another way of obtaining Sylveon in Pokémon Go, and without meeting any formal evolution requirement, is via trading. You just need to find another player who has an extra Sylveon or two, and then ask them to trade it with you. Depending on whether it’s your first Sylveon or not, and whether it’s a Shiny one or not, the cost may vary, based on this table:

Type of TradeFriendGood FriendGreat FriendUltra FriendBest Friend
If already registered in PokédexRegular trade100100100100100
If already registered in PokédexLegendary Pokémon
Shiny Pokémon*
Cannot trade20,00016,0001,600800
If not registered in PokédexRegular trade20,00020,00016,0001,600800
If not registered in PokédexLegendary Pokémon
Shiny Pokémon*
Cannot trade1,000,000800,00080,00040,000

So, you just need to find your situation in the table and you’ll know just how much Stardust both players need to have in order for the trade to work. And this is the second method of obtaining Sylveon without using the name trick.

It’s a simple one if you have someone with a Sylveon to spare, but in all honestly, you’ll probably end up having to work on collecting the hearts, since Sylveon is not a Pokémon that is easy to come by.

As for obtaining Sylveon in the wild or via Raid Battles, the former is unlikely to happen at any time, while the latter is not currently available, as well as obtaining Sylveon via Research.

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