The Best Pokemon GO Players Are Obsessed With Vaporeon

Anywhere you go, you're likely to see teams led by Vaporeons, gyms defended by Vaporeons, or people talking about Vaporeon. Chances are, if you don't have a Vaporeon, you probably still want one. I know I do.

The entire Pokemon GO meta is now centred around Vaporeon, the water Pokemon that can evolve from Eevee. The funny thing is, Vaporeon is technically not even the most powerful monster within Pokemon GO. On the list of best overall stats, Vaporeon ranks 13th. Specifically, it has an attack of 186, a defence of 168 and a Stamina of 260:

Granted, many of the Pokemon ahead of Vaporeon are legendaries which aren't available yet. But out of the entire roster of mighty Pokemon, Vaporeon is one of the easiest to attain. Creatures like Dragonite and Snorlax are rather rare, or some, like Blastoise, typically require a lot of candies if you never find it out in the wild.

Eevee, on the other hand, is relatively common. In an informal poll on Twitter, many people told me that they were surrounded by Eevees, with a large percentage within that already owning all three of the Eeveelutions. On a Reddit survey with 17k responses, most people flagged Eevee as one of the most ubiquitously available critters near them, right up there with Ratatta, Pidgey and Doduo. Sometimes, Eevee is more common in a region than the typical Pokemon fodder, which is absurd to think about. Some people actually live in the middle of what is known as an Eevee nest, which is a locale where Eevees spawn by the buttload.

In battle, Vaporeon's edge lies mainly in its high damage per second output, as well as its ability to take a hit thanks to high stamina. And given that "super effective" moves only do 1.2 times damage instead of the typical 2x in the main games, even monsters that are supposed to wreck Vaporeon don't really pose much of a threat. It's no wonder that everyone is using a Vaporeon right now.

For some, all of this is enough to make them wonder if maybe Vaporeon should be nerfed in some way:

Source: r/thesilphroad

One of the major problems highlighted in the thread above is that Vaporeon has a move called Water Gun, which has a power of 10 and can be used twice a second. Traditionally, a move like Thunder Shock should be equally effective, but instead it only has a power of 5 and a slightly longer cooldown.

But even if Vaporeon was tweaked, it's not like Pokemon GO has such a great combat system in the first place, eh? It's just not enjoyable to fight other people in Pokemon GO thanks to the real-time combat mechanics and the wonky balance.

At some point, when Niantic releases more of the Pokedex, or some legendaries, Vaporeon won't dominate Pokemon GO. For now, though, if you want to be the very best like no one ever was, here are two quick tips:

  • You can find specific Pokemon, like Eevee, using Poke Radar and Pokevision, both of which display monsters on a map. Read more about that here.
  • Once you have 25 Eevee candies and are ready to evolve, make sure to name your critter "Rainer", as this will ensure that Eevee will evolve into a Vaporeon.

Comments

    Yeah tell me about it, got two gyms near me and both have vaporeons, so i purposely got a jolteon :D was it a bad idea?

      How are you finding your Jolteon? Mine is weak as tits. Especially against water. Actually feels like water rekts electric.

        i havent had a chance to use it yet, i think its cp is something like 300? im only level 8 right now

          Ahhh okay fair enough. My Jolteon was around 600 or so. Haven't used him in a while.

            I evolved a Jolteon first to take on the Vapes. It's 684 CP, can take out 1200CP Vaporeons pretty easily.

              You are definately lying :)

                Or, you know, I'm not.

                  Definitely lying. Used my 1300 Jolteon against a 1600 vaporeon and won but by a close margin. Vaporeon have almost double the health of Jolteon.

                  @letrico I'm not lying though. There aren't a great deal of people using vaporeon in my area but I've taken out two that had around 1200CP with my 684CP Jolteon.

                  Just because someone has a different experience to you it doesn't mean they're lying.

                  Last edited 27/07/16 7:25 am

        I found mine ok in the one time I used it. Seemed to work well against water. Then again I don't really have the experience in gym battling

    I just want to know where everyone is getting 1300 CP Pokémon, do Pokémon just get higher level as you increase in level? I'm level 12 and my best Pokémon was like 292.

      Yeah bro you get higher level pokemon the higher level you are. I started getting 1000cp's when I was roughly level 16-20.

      Protip: Save all your Pidgeys & Evolutions for the weekend. Activate an Egg. Evolve everything. Profit.

      Last edited 26/07/16 2:33 pm

      Interesting, I'm level 11, and have a few fairly meaty dudes. I have a 587 CP Pinsir and a 500 CP Pigeot, Dodrio at 432, 400 Golbat, with a few 300's and 8, 200+CPs without using any dust or anything.

      I am still seeing how this whole thing works - but I am led to believe that yes, as you get to higher levels you find bigger and rarer dudes.

    Yep, at level 20 you get 1200+ pokemons

    I have managed to take down gyms with a much lower level Vaporeon and did not have an elemental advantage. It is just super easy to spam water gun

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