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Pokémon GO Sylveon: how to evolve Eevee, naming trick, best moveset, and more

Here's how to get Sylveon in Pokémon GO, including using the sneaky naming trick, as well as their best moves to use in battle.

Sylveon is one of the top Eevee evolutions by our estimations – it would be in S-tier if we were making a tier list based on how cool the elemental foxes look, and not many people would disagree with us. Our personal favourite, Jolteon, is a much more controversial pick, but Sylveon’s adorable design and strong Fairy typing immediately secured its place in fans’ hearts when it was released in Pokémon X and Y.

Despite having first graced the screens of a generation’s 3DS consoles back in 2013, fans only got their hands on Sylveon in Pokémon GO back on May 25, 2021, during the Luminous Legends Y event. Don’t fret though, you can still get your hands on Slyveon today.

Whether you’re a big fan of the Fairy-type fox, or just want to catch ‘em all, here’s how you can go about doing just that.

How to evolve Eevee into Sylveon in Pokémon GO

You have to set Eevee as your buddy and 70 earn hearts together in order to evolve Eevee into Sylveon in Pokémon GO. Earning 70 hearts should only take a couple of days – it’s the same number you need to get to hit Great Buddies, so use that as your marker.

In the main series games, you have to evolve Eevee into Sylveon by showing it plenty of love in Pokémon Amie or raising your friendship, so it makes sense that getting Sylveon in Pokémon GO would involve the buddy system.

Pokémon GO Sylveon naming trick

If you’d like to get Slyveon even quicker, however, there is a sneaky trick you can do. To evolve Eevee into Sylveon in Pokémon GO using the naming trick, name it Kira. As always with the Eeveelutions, there’s a one-time naming trick you can use to guarantee which Pokémon your Eevee will evolve into. This will cost you 25 Eevee Candy.

The silhouette of Sylveon should appear on the “evolve” button, and you won’t have to complete the buddy-based tasks. We recommend saving this evolution for a shiny or an Eevee with really good IVs.

Pokémon GO Sylveon best moveset

Speaking of good IVs, Sylveon can hold its own in PvP, especially against those pesky Dragon-types. As one of the best Pokémon in Pokémon GO, Togekiss is generally a better option, but Sylveon is still a strong pick and is at least bulkier than other Fairy types like Gardevoir.

Most importantly, Sylveon learns Charm, the hard-hitting Fairy-type fast move that you shouldn’t leave home without.

For charged moves, you’ll want to set up with Dazzling Gleam if you’re taking on a gym or raid boss, but Moonblast is probably the better option in GO Battle League. Of course, you could also splash the stardust and get a second charge move slot so you’re Sylveon will be ready for anything – but then in PvP you’d probably want to use an Elite TM to get Last Resort in that slot anyway.

With Charm and Dazzling Gleam combined, this ensures you have the highest DPS moveset for PvP battles and Gyms.

With fewer weaknesses than Togekiss or Gardevoir, Sylveon is perfect for tackling Dragon, Fighting, and Dark-type Pokémon. Just remember to switch out if you see a Poison or Steel-type take to the field.

Pokémon GO Sylveon best IVs

Finally, if you want perfect IVs on Sylveon, aim for 0/15/12 at level 18.5 in Great League, and 0/13/15 at level 31 in Ultra League. Sylveon reaches a maximum of 3069 CP, so a perfect 15/15/15 wouldn’t do too badly in Master League, either.

That’s everything you need to know about Sylveon’s introduction to Pokémon GO.