But with all this talk of Mega Evolutions, Legendary Pokemon, and the re-emergence of first-gen starters, it's easy to forget all about everyone's favourite fox / tanooki / dog hybrid Eevee, and the joy that comes from catching 'em all and evolving them from scratch.
Without further ado, then, here's the Pocket Gamer guide to catching and evolving every eeveelution in Pokemon X and Y.Eeevee
First things first, if you're planning on collecting all of the Eevee evolutions available in X and Y, you're going to need a skulk of Eevees. Nine, to be precise.
You've got two options when it comes to capturing Eevees. The first option involves your heading north out of Cyllage City, then venturing along Route 10, past the first set of yellow flowers. There, you'll find another set of the same yellow flowers located near a lady with black hair, dressed in green.
Or head on farther up the path to a stone-filled area. Either of these areas will - eventually - spawn an Eevee. Weaken it, then capture it.
If you're heading down the catching route, don't forget to activate the O-Powers "Capture Power" and "Encounter Power" to save yourself a bit of time when encountering wild Pokemon.
The second option, if spamming the same area over and over sounds too repetitive for you, involves breeding. Capture a male and female Eevee from the area mentioned above - or capture an Eevee and capture a Ditto from the Pokemon Sanctuary in the Winding Wood, then use the Ditto to simulate the opposite sex - and leave the two in the Pokemon Day Care centre located along Route 7.
Eventually, the couple will make an egg. Once this happens, carry the egg around on your travels and it'll hatch, yielding you one newly born Eevee. Then, it's just a case of repeating the process until you've got enough Eevees to complete all the evolutions.
It's worth noting the following, though: although this method is easier, it's also much more time consuming.Jolteon
By now, you should have more Eevees than you know what to do with, so let's get evolving.
The first eeveelution we're going after is Jolteon, seeing as the stone needed to evolve it is only a few feet from where you captured your first Eevee.
Carry on along Route 10 until you come to the aforementioned rock-filled area. This section is made up of three areas, each of which is separated by a knee-high wall. Head forth until you hit the second wall. From there, head left along the southside of the wall until you hit a Pokeball.
Bingo! You've found your thunderstone. Now, head into your bag and use the thunderstone on Eevee, and you've got yourself a Jolteon.Espeon and Umbreon
Put simply, Umbreon and Espeon are as different as night and day... quite literally.
To evolve into these two, you're going to have to treat your Eevee like a god. After putting it in your party, give it a soothe bell to hold. Anything you can think of to raise your Pokemon's friendship (which is not to be confused with affection gained from Pokemon Amie), do so.
Once its friendship is maxed, level Eevee up in the daytime to make it evolve into Espeon or at night for Umbreon.Flareon and Vaporeon
You've got a few options with this one. You can either trek aimlessly in the hope of finding a fire and water stone. Or you could complete training regiments to be awarded different stones. Or you could take the easy way out and buy them from a shop.
Shockingly enough, we'll be taking the easy route. Because, well, it's easier.
Once all the areas are unlocked, head to Lumiose City and then to the South Boulevard district. From there, head to Vernal Avenue and enter the Stone Emporium shop (located opposite the high-end clothes store). Inside is a lady who will sell you a fire stone and a water stone for $2,100 a pop.
Then, it's just a case of using the stones on your Eevees. Who says the easy route isn't the best?Glaceon
First, you'll need a Pokemon that can use the 'surf' move. Once you've grabbed one from storage, go to Dendemille Town and then leave via the bridge located in the north part of the town. You'll find yourself in the snowy mountains on a path that leads to the Frost Cavern. To avoid constant battles, feel free to use a Max Repel.
Pass through the cave, heading upstairs through the doorway on the right. Make further progress and you'll eventually find a small stream. Next, use surf to reach the other side of the stream. Follow the path around and head downstairs.
See that big glacier in the middle of the room? Well, that's an ice rock. Run around until your Max Repel wears off, then level-up an Eevee while near to the rock. It'll evolve into Glaceon upon completing a battle.
Or for the battle shy: use a rare candy while next to the rock to level-up Eevee without lifting a finger.Leafeon
Leafeon evolves the same way Glaceon does... albeit with a moss-covered rock instead.
Head south out of Snowbelle City along Route 20 and you'll enter the ominous Winding Woods. Upon entering the first area, you'll find a section covered in grass with a rock at the centre.
Touch the rock. Then, cause any attacking Pokemon to faint with an Eevee in your party. Hey presto: you'll leave with a Leafeon. Simple as.
By far, Sylveon requires the most effort to evolve. But with great effort comes over-powered moves that'll turn any battle in your favour.
Before you do anything, you'll need an Eevee that knows a fairy type move. Either level an Eevee up until it learns one, or head to the move reminder, offer her a heart scale, and make her teach Eevee a low-level move like Baby Doll Eyes.
Now comes the long part - this takes about an hour. You want this Eevee to become your BFF, so it's off to Pokemon Amie with you to max out its affection (the hearts bar). The quickest way to do this is: pet it, play a game, then feed it Poke Puffs until it's full. Once you've done all that, repeat the process from the start.
Once its affection is full, head into a battle and level it up. The fairy move combined with full affection means it'll evolve into the fairy type Sylveon.
Congratulations, you've just completed your final eeveelution.