Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: How to catch and evolve Eevee

Pokemon Bdsp Eevee
Pokemon Bdsp Eevee (Image credit: iMore)

Regardless of if you're playing Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl or any of the previous Pokémon games Eevee is always a popular creature to catch and evolve thanks to its seven evolutions, or Eeveelutions. You won't find an Eevee or any of its evolutions running around on a route, but you can get one in the game. Here's where to get Eevee and how to evolve it into all but one of its Eeveelutions.

Is there a new Eeveelution in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

No, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are Gen IV remakes and as such, they stick relatively close to the original game's Pokédex and layout. Eevee technically isn't in the game's initial Pokédex, but you can get one later in the game.

Is Sylveon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

When Diamond and Pearl released in 2006, Sylveon and the whole Fairy type had not been created yet. Fairy types are indeed in the Gen IV, but Sylveon is not.

Where to find Eevee in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl National Dex (Image credit: iMore)
  1. To get an Eevee, you'll first need to beat all gym leaders and the Elite Four.
  2. Now you need to see every Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex. You can do this in your own playthrough. If you're having trouble getting Palkia or Dialga from the other game, go to Celestic town and talk with Cynthia's Grandmother and she'll add the entry in your dex.
  3. Then, travel to Sandgem Town and talk with Professor Rowan.
  4. Now, head to Hearthome City.
  5. Walk into Bebe's house next door to the Pokémon Center and talk to her.
  6. She'll give you an Eevee, but you'll need more to get all the Eeveelutions.

How to Breed Eevee with the Breeding Center

Now, take your Eevee and travel to Solaceon Town. A bald old man can be seen wandering around outside. Talk to him to place your Eevee in the Breeding Center along with a Ditto. Walk around and check on your Eevee every few minutes to get an egg. Once you have seven Eevee eggs, walk around with them in your inventory until they hatch. Now you'll be ready to turn them into the various Eeveelutions.

How to evolve Eevee

Eeveelutions (Image credit: iMore)
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EeveelutionTypeHow to evolve it
VaporeonWaterGive it a Water Stone, found in the Grand Underground.
JolteonElectricGive it a Thunderstone, found in the Grand Underground.
FlareonFireGive it a Fire Stone, found in the Grand Underground.
EspeonPsychicGet Eevee's happiness to level 220 and then let it evolve during the day.
UmbreonDarkGet Eevee's happiness to level 220 and then let it evolve during the night.
LeafeonGrassLevel up Eevee in the Eterna Forest next to the rock covered in moss.
GlaceonIceLevel up Eevee while on Route 217 near the Ice Rock.
SylveonFairyNot available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

How to check Pokémon friendship in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

To check your friendship levels with your Pokémon, you'll need to head to Hearthome City, enter the Pokémon Trainer Fanclub building, and talk to the woman in the upper left corner of the room. She will take a look at your Pokémon and tell you how they feel. Eventually, you'll unlock the Friendship Checker app which has the ability to check your Pokémon's happiness levels without her help.

How to get the Friendship Checker app

Players can also unlock the Friendship Checker app and check on their Pokémon relationships whenever they'd like. To unlock the Friendship Checker app, head to Eterna City, enter the Pokémon Center, and talk to the NPC in the middle of the room. Now you can check your relationships by opening the app on your Pokétch. You can tell a Pokémon has maxed out on friendship if there are two massive hearts next to it.

Where to catch Eeveelutions in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

You'll find Eevelutions roaming about in the Grand Underground. Go exploring as often as you can and see what Pokémon you come across while in this expanse of tunnels.

Eevee on my mind

Eevee is by far one of the best Pokémon since it can evolve into so many of the game's types. With seven Eeveelutions out there in these Gen IV remakes, you'll need to take the time to level up and evolve a number of Eevees to get them all.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

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