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Pokémon GO: Niantic Adds Friendship Evolution For Umbreon And Espeon

By Kim Chan , Feb 21, 2017 04:00 AM EST
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Pokemon Go Gen 2 has been out for almost a week now and Niantic introduced tons of new Pokemon and Evolution items to the game. Meanwhile, here's a basic guide on how to evolve these new set of Pokemon including the ones with Evolution stones. (Photo : Twintendo/YouTube)

Niantic has just released the most awaited Gen 2 update and it brought about a myriad of new contents for both existing and new fans. One of the enticing and noticeable updates is the night and day feature in the game. Apparently, this feature also affects the evolution of certain Pokémon including the renowned Eevee after adding the current "friendship" option in the game.

How Night/Day Feature and Buddy Mechanics Affect Eevee Evolution

A research conducted by GO Hub reveals how Niantic added a subtle interaction between night/day feature and buddy mechanics on the evolution of Umbreon and Espeon. According to the report, there are two ways in obtaining the two Gen 2 Pokémon: first is by using the name trick and the second is by evolving Eevee while under certain special conditions.

The main advantage of the latter is that, unlike the name trick, you can actually repeat the process over and over again. Although this process may take a little while, it's still amazing how Niantic adds some spice to their mega hit, Pokémon GO. If you're interested in evolving Eevee to either Umbreon and Espeon, here are the special requirements you must meet.

Pokémon GO: How to Evolve Umbreon and Espeon

Based on GO Hub's research, these are the following conditions you need to satisfy in order to evolve the aforementioned Gen 2 Pokémon: First: The Eevee must have 10 KMs walked and 2 Candy collected as your Buddy. Second: The Eevee must be set as your current Buddy during evolution. Third: Evolving such Eevee at night will yield Umbreon (Dark)
Fourth: Evolving such Eevee at day will yield Espeon (Psychic).

Here's How the Research Was Conducted

Two active communities have conducted the research, first is GO Hub's community in Croatia and the second is the global readership community in Leipzig, Germany. According to the report, the research was conducted for three days. During that time, 23 Eevees were evolved under certain conditions. The initial hypothesis was similar to how friendship affects the evolution of Eevee and other Pokémon from the original series - in order to obtain Umbreon and Espeon, one must increase the "friendship" level of that Pokémon. Here's the summary of the test:

Description

Conditions

Results

Time of Day

Walked 10 KM

Collected 2 Candy

Buddy While Evolving

Repeated

Result

Targeting Umbreon evolution

Night

Yes

Yes

Yes

5

5x Umbreon

Targeting Espeon evolution

Day

Yes

Yes

Yes

7

7x Espeon

Testing Candy requirement Umbreon

Night

Yes

No

Yes

1

Jolteon

Testing Candy requirement Espeon

Day

Yes

No

Yes

2

Flareon

Testing "Set as Buddy" criteria Umbreon

Night

Yes

Yes

No

2

Flareon
Vaporeon

Testing "Set as Buddy" criteria Espeon

Day

Yes

Yes

No

4

Jolteon
2x Flareon
Vaporeon

Testing chance of random evolution

Day

No

No

No

6

2x Jolteon
Flareon
Vaporeon

Conclusion

The test revealed that Niantic has now added the friendship mechanic from the original series in Pokémon GO and that it also adopted how Eevee evolves from the original series. Although the research didn't yield either Espeon or Umbreon via random evolution, it's still too early to conclude that it's impossible. Nevertheless, the test definitely shows that you can evolve Espeon and Umbreon by satisfying the aforementioned conditions.

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