Pokemon Go is currently celebrating its one year anniversary since it launched to huge popularity and a strong critical reception, and even if the hype has died down a lot over the past year, there are still millions of daily players going on walks, runs, and hikes with their digital friends, collecting and catching Pokemon along the way. Pokemon Go even recently revitalized the gym scene, changing the way battles work and function, in addition to adding brand new Generation 2 Pokemon a few months ago and support for raid battles with super-tough Pokemon. Even if the scene is quite as bustling and busy as it was a year ago, we’re huge fans of the game, and we know plenty of our readers are too.
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But it’s not enough just to have your growing collection of over 230 possible catchable Pokemon—you have to name them too. Everyone has their own methods for naming your Pokemon caught in Pokemon Go. Whether you use the names of your real-world friends, the names of common and popular memes, or you name them like you’d name a real-life pet, we all have our own naming mechanisms for our Poke-friends. Sometimes, though, you can’t quite think of the proper name for your new catch or hatch. No matter how hard you try, nothing seems to fit your brand-new Pinsir, Clefairy, or Pichu. And that’s where we come in.
We’ve found a ton of unique names for both your Pokemon and your virtual trainer, some of which are original and some collected from popular posts or memes online. These are some hilarious and creative names, fit for making some of our favorite buddies feel like our own. Let’s take a look at the list.
To players new to the Pokemon franchise, Eevee might seem like a bit of an odd Pokemon. Eevee’s a small, fennec fox-like Normal-type Pokemon introduced in the original games, Pokemon Red, Green (in Japan), and Blue (international). In the original games set in the Kanto region, you’re given Eevee as a gift in Celadon City, along with an explanation that Eevee can evolve into three separate Pokemon: Jolteon, the electric-type, Vaporeon, the water-type, and Flareon, the fire-type. For each of these evolutions, you can use various elemental stones purchasable in the game to evolve your Eevee: water stone for Vaporeon, thunder stone for Jolteon, and fire stone for Flareon. Seems simple enough, but when Pokemon Go released in 2016, the only in-game items outside of Pokeballs were revives, potions, and berries. No stones at all.
So, to most players, it seemed at first Eevee’s evolutions might be entirely random, a roulette wheel you have to spin when you have enough Eevee candies to evolve an Eevee. Pretty quickly, though, Pokemon Go trainers learned nicknames played a huge role in how your Eevee evolved. Depending on the nickname, you could force your Eevee to evolve into Jolteon, Flareon, or Vaporeon. Here’s the guide, along with an explainer on where the name came from. Spoiler alert—they’re all from the long-running Pokemon anime.
- To evolve your Eevee into a Jolteon, name your Eevee Sparky, named after the electric-type Eevee brother in the anime. In the show, Sparky uses a Jolteon when he battles against Team Rocket. Sparky might also reference a rival Pikachu that Ash meets in the first season of Pokemon. Sparky and his owner, Richie, make several appearances in the Original Series, both in Kanto and Johto, as well as in the Advanced Generation series and in flashback during “Best Wishes!”.
- To evolve your Eevee into a Vaporeon, name your Eevee Rainer, named after the water-type Eevee brother in the anime.
- To evolve your Eevee into a Flareon, name your Eevee Pyro, named after—you guessed it—the fire-type Eevee brother in the anime.
All three of those brothers appeared in episode forty of the anime, along with their youngest brother Mikey, who had an unevolved Eevee with him.
When Pokemon Gold and Silver—the second generation of Pokemon games—launched in 2000 and brought along a whole new lineup of Pokemon, two new Eevee-lutions were created that hadn’t been mentioned in that episode. Espeon, the psychic-type evolution, and Umbreon, the dark-type evolution, were brand-new entries to the canon of Pokemon. With them, they brought along new movesets and new evolution tactics. To unlock your Espeon, you had to level up Eevee after gaining a high-level friendship rating during the day, and to create an Umbreon, you had to do the same at night. Later games would add new Eevee-lutions to the game, including Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon, but as you can expect, Niantec hasn’t quite gotten to those generations yet.
Since Pokemon Go doesn’t have any sort of friendship skill or rating implementation in the game itself, Niantec once again had to implement their own workaround for evolving Eevee. But with all three of the Eevee brothers used, they turned to an entirely different episode of Pokemon to grab their names:
- To evolve your Eevee into an Espeon, name your Eevee Sakura—not after the Naruto character of the same name, but of one of the Kimono girls from the Johto episodes of Pokemon. Sakura was the main Kimono girl for an episode of Pokemon in its second season, and she made her return in Pokemon Chronicles, a limited-series spin-off that showed the continuing adventures of characters Ash had met on his journey.
- To evolve your Eevee into an Umbreon, name your Eevee Tamao, after one of the other Kimono sisters from the same episode with Sakura.
No doubt as Pokemon Go continues to add new Pokemon, you’ll want to keep an eye on our list to see if any new Eeveelutions making an appearance. Leafeon and Glaceon were both introduced in Generation Four, so we’ve some time to go yet before we reach these new Pokemon. Still, it’s good to keep an eye on the future as we move forward.
Oh, and once you evolve your Eevee, you can change the nickname to whatever you want. You don’t have to keep names like Rainer or Pyro, though the latter is pretty cool anyways.
With those official Eevee names out of the way, we should sit back and have a bit of fun with our other Pokemon and their respective names. We’ve come up with a bunch of clever, funny, and irreverent nicknames for your Pokemon that’ll make your inner class clown stand out a bit. These names are too good not to write about.
You can edit or change your Pokémon’s nickname whenever you want and you can do it an unlimited number of times. All you’ve got to do is tap on the Pokemon you want to name and tap the pencil icon next to your Pokémon’s current name. Then type the name, hit the okay button, and you’re all set. With those instructions out of the way, let’s take a look at some of our favorite and funniest Pokemon nicknames.
- Abra — Criss Angel or Teller
- Alakazam — Harry Houdini or Shaq-Fu
- Charmander – Charring Inferno
- Chikorita — Cucumber or Pickle
- Clefairy – Clip Art
- Cyndaquil — Mike
- Diglett — Mole Man
- Dugtrio — Mole Men
- Ekans – Ekanescence
- Exeggcute — Scrambled Eggs or OmeletteDuFromage
- Exeggutor – Tree Stooges
- Fearow – Guy Fearowi
- Gastly – Rick Gastly
- Jynx – Nicki Minaj
- Hoothoot — HowManyLicks?
- Houndoom— K9
- Kadabra — David Blaine or Penn
- Kakuna – Kakuna-matata
- Koffing — ThankU4Smoking
- Krabby – Mr. Krabs
- Magikarp – God or Mario Karp
- Magneton – Freeloader
- Meowth – Capitalism
- Pidgey — Central Park
- Pinsir – Senor Snips or Australia
- Politoed — Frogger
- Ponyta – MyLilPonyta
- Porygon – Windows 95 or StarFox
- Porygon2 — PS2 or StarFox64
- Psyduck – Odd Duck
- Raticate – Nasty Gerbil
- Sandshrew – Brick Rat
- Seel — KissFromARose
- Snorlax – Mama June or HoldTheDoor
- Spearow – Jack Spearow
- Staryu — NewSheriff
- Sudowoodo — Rocktree
- Tangela – Headphones
- Tentacool – Anime
- Togepi — Wunderkin
- Typhlosion — Big Bear
- Vaporeon – Baeporeon
- Venonat – Allergy Ball
- Voltorb — ItsATrap!
- Vulpix — MansBestFriend
- Weepinbell — Philly or Liberty Bell
- Weezing — Lil Weezy
These are just some of the names we’ve found that stand out from the rest. You could also use a Pokémon name generator to come up with randomly generated names, and choose the one you like the most for your designated Pokémon.
You could also use a themed-based idea. We mentioned earlier the idea of using your friends’ names or something along the line of that, but if you can’t think of one organically try using characters from your favorite TV show, naming your Pokemon after Presidents of the US, using the names of your favorite Harry Potter characters, or even using song lyrics to make up some funny jokes in your Pokemon library.
Pokémon Go Trainer Nicknames
If you’re not too thrilled with your current Pokemon Go trainer name, remember that you can change it once. To go ahead and change your trainer name, tap the Pokeball from the home screen in Pokemon Go. Tap the settings gear icon in the upper-right on your mobile device and scroll down until you see “Change Nickname.” Tap that option and be prepared to enter your brand new Trainer nickname—so long as you have one ready to go.
We used the Pokémon Go trainer name generator to come up with a list of names to inspire you. Only the most creative or silly ones were selected.
- Aquababy Gingersnap
- BFFL – Natu
- Tangela R. Over
- Wobet Ashscream
- Lizard Hou
- Cottonmouth Bluebeard
- Omny Snookums
- April P. Nutts
- Purple Man Dragonsky
- Garbodor Ledyba
- Rocky Whooper
- Arsenal Crablight
- Thor Hammerscribe
- Clock King Diglett
- Pickles Mooncloud
- Monlee Chickorita
- King Shark Heavyfeather
- Angel Vapereon
- Darth Vader Pikachu
- Bloodwraith Granbull
- Stormtrooper Frostslayer
- Stardust Scyther
- Iron Monger Pidgey
- Doctor Fate Firepunch
- Cyclops Windfang
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of creative and silly names for either your Pokémon or your Pokémon Go trainer. Feel free to use these trainer names we generated or use the link we’ve included to pick your own. If you need help with other parts of the game, we’ve also got plenty of other articles to get you on the right track, from how to get Pokéballs to how to set up a gym. Are you still playing Pokemon Go now that they added new Pokemon and raid battles? Let us know what you think in the comments below!