– [JAMES] Today on Master Trainer, let’s go over one of my favourite Pokémon: PokéDex #133 – Eevee! I love this thing! I have both a Build-a-Bear plush of it and a giant Japanese plush of it and it’s so fluffy and cute and 2 of my all time favourite Pokémon of all time are actually evolutions of it. Those’re Umbreon and Sylveon, respectively. So with that, let’s get into 5 things you may not have known about Eevee! #1! Eevee is one of the most popular Pokémon in the entire franchise. It very often polls ahead of Pikachu in popularity polls and even, reportedly, was at one point considered as a potential series mascot! I honestly don’t know why they didn’t go for it. I mean, nothing wrong with Pikachu, but…I don’t know. Eevee seems cooler to me! I think there were signs of this early on, I mean, after all, in Pokémon Yellow Version your rival does, in fact, use an Eevee, and, of course, Eevee itself would eventually go on to be the star of Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee Version for the Nintendo Switch! However, this popularity has also led to Eevee, statistically speaking, to become one of the most traded Pokémon of all time. in fact, Eevee was reportedly the most traded Pokémon EVER over the Wonder Trade random trading feature in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This would eventually result in Game Freak holding a tournament involving those games called the “Eevee Friendly Match”, in which players were limited to using only Eevee or 1 of its 8 evolutions in battles. #2! Eevee is best known for its numerous evolutions. Originally known as “Eon” during Pokémon Red and Blue Versions’ development (well, localization), this would appear as a suffix in the names of each of its evolutionary forms, which were originally nicknamed by fans as “Eeveelutions”. This term would gain massive popularity and eventually be officially recognized by Nintendo and Game Freak. It would first officially appear in the official strategy guide for Pokémon Stadium 2 on the Nintendo 64 and later in a theme deck for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. However, so far, the only handheld game in which the name has appeared has been Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia for the Nintendo DS. #3! As we’ve established, Eevee is massively popular and has been a fan-favourite Pokémon since the beginning. But, how did it achieved this often unmatched popularity? This question was so perplexing that even Game Freak themselves decided to look into it. Game Freak’s own Junichi Masuda, in an interview with gaming “news” website IGN, once stated: “Its fur is fluffy and looks soft. It looks like it would be warm if you hugged it! It has these kind of shiny but bright and sparkly eyes, and it has paw pads!” He would then follow that later by saying: “It’s the kind of Pokémon that is full of hopes and dreams and is looking towards the future.” I think that is to say, Eevee is incredibly popular because it’s incredibly cute but also very versatile. But, of course, why do you think it’s so popular? Let me know down in the comment section below! #4! It’s not often that we mention fan phenomenons in these countdown videos, but who here remembers Twitch Plays Pokémon? For those here who were over on Twitch back in February 2014, the original Twitch Plays Pokémon streams of Pokémon Red Version were incredible! Also, for those unfamiliar with the concept, it featured an emulated version of Pokémon Red Version for the Game Boy in which the player inputs were decided by those in the stream chat by viewers physically typing them in! It was pure chaos in the best possible way! Honestly, though it’s still going on, it’s definitely past its peak. With that said, where does Eevee fit into this? Well, in the original Pokémon games, you were only given 1 Eevee per playthrough and that was in Celadon City, which also means that you could only get 1 Eeveelution (without trading) per playthrough. The vast majority of those in the stream chat wanted this particular Eevee to evolve into the water-type Vaporeon, but, due to the chaotic nature of Twitch Plays Pokémon, a Fire Stone was selected instead of a Water Stone, thus instead evolving the Eevee into a Flareon. This sparked much outrage from those viewing and participating. Thus, this Flareon would be dubbed in this corner of the Pokémon fandom as “The False Prophet”. It would join other popular Twitch Plays Pokémon, uh, Pokémon Memes such as Bird Jesus the Pidgeot and Lord Helix the Helix Fossil. #5! Okay, so this last fact is perhaps a bit more tame than that previous one. We can learn a lot about Eevee from its various PokéDex entries, particularly about how it’s incredibly rare and genetically unstable. But, it’s also really great at adapting at the environment around it! However, the true extent of Eevee’s ability to adapt to the environment around it was not truly shown until Pokémon Ultra Moon on the Nintendo 3DS, where according to its PokéDex entry: “Its genes are easily influenced by its surroundings. Even its face starts to look like that of its trainer!” And with that, I now can’t stop imagining an Eevee with an incredibly human-like face. And now that this image is burned into your brain, that’s it for our video on Eevee! What Pokémon topics do you want to see covered in future videos? Let me know in the comment section below and, while you’re at it, subscribe to Master Trainer to keep updated on anything and everything related to Pokémon! So with that, I’ll see you next time!