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

Umbreon is obtainable as an evolution of Eevee in Pokémon Go. You can get Umbreon via regular evolution (by walking 10 km with it as your Buddy Pokémon and waiting for night to fall), via trade, or via the name trick (just once; you have to name it Tamao). Umbreon also doesn’t appear in the wild, unless they’re part of some event.

In the rest of this article, we will further elaborate on the process of obtaining Umbreon 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 Umbreon on your roster. Umbreon, as the best among the “eeveelutions”, is a very useful Pokémon to have, so be sure to follow all the instructions.

Can you get Umbreon in Pokémon Go?

Eevee is a very special Pokémon in many ways but is also quite useful to have. Initially, the Pokémon came with three different evolutions when it debuted in Generation I, but as the franchise expanded, Eevee had gotten even more evolutions, starting with Generation II.

Umbreon, the main character of this article, has been induced in Generation II as one of the first Dark-type Pokémon to appear in the franchise, since Generation II introduced the Steel and Dark types.

As Pokémon Go was expanding its roster and started introducing Generation II Pokémon, Umbreon was introduced relatively quickly after the game’s debut and it utilized the then-new game mechanics introduced into 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 Umbreon in Pokémon Go?

Evolving Eevee might be troublesome a process, whichever game you take. But while the evolution mechanics of the core games are quite straightforward, the evolution mechanics in the Pokémon GO game can be a bit more complex, depending on the “eeveelution” in question.

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 usually takes some time and hard work. Here, we’re going to focus on how to get Umbreon.

Now, there are three ways you can obtain an Umbreon 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 for you.

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

The name trick is a very interesting maneuver you can do to evolve Eevee in Pokémon Go. 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 “cheat” works only once per account and per name. This means that 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. Umbreon’s name Tamao is a reference to the anime series, in which a character named Tamao appears.

In the anime series, Tamao is one of the Kimono Sisters that appear in the series episode “Trouble’s Brewing”. Ash and the crew meet them just after Ash wins the badge in the Ecruteak Gym. The Kimono Sisters are known as “eeveelution” trainers, as each of the five sisters has one “eeveelution” with her.

At the time, only five “eeveelutions” had been introduced, which is why there are only five sisters. The sister who owns Umbreon is named Tamao, and that is why the in-game name Tamao will instantly bring you an Umbreon.

So, to sum it up, if you want to obtain an Umbreon using the name trick, just take your Eevee, change its name to Tamao, spend 25 Eevee Candy, and get an Umbreon. 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 Umbreon is the best “eeveelution” in the game.

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

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

As stated, there is a total of three ways how to get Umbreon in Pokémon Go. One of the way is the famous name trick “cheat” and we have already analyzed and explained that method in the preceding paragraph, so we have to do the same with the other two. The first method for obtaining Umbreon 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 Umbreon has two additional requirements that have to be met in order to get it 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. You then have to walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy and then wait for nighttime to evolve it.

This is actually a take on the core game evolution, where you had to have a tight bond with Umbreon and evolve it during nighttime.

The bond here was created through walking and the nighttime requirement was kept, mainly because Umbreon is a Dark-type Pokémon so it makes absolute sense; the same walking requirement but during daytime will allow you to obtain an Espeon in the game.

So, this is a very quick guide on how to evolve Umbreon via the regular evolution method which is still in force today. During 2021’s Eevee Community Weekend (August 14 and 15), Niantic have announced that there would be no walking requirement for either Espeon or Umbreon, so you just had to wait for night to fall to evolve your Buddy Eevee into Umbreon.

This was the result of an (un)intentional in-game glitch that appeared before the weekend, which the developers decided to keep during the event.

Another way of obtaining Umbreon in Pokémon Go, and without meeting any formal evolution requirement, is via trading. You just need to find another player who has an extra Umbreon or two, and then ask them to trade it with you. Depending on whether it’s your first Umbreon 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 Umbreon without using the name trick.

It’s a simple one if you have someone with an Umbreon to spare, but in all honestly, you’ll probably end up having to walk around with your Eevee for 10 km, since Umbreon is not a Pokémon that is easy to come by.

As for obtaining Umbreon in the wild or via Raid Battles, the Pokémon has been known to appear in the wild, but only during special events and cannot be encountered outside these special events.

On the other hand, the Pokémon has been featured as a rotating Raid Boss from time to time, so that’s one way to obtain it, and has also been featured as the “prize” for some Research Tasks. We haven’t listed these methods above because they’re not available all the time.

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