Eevee Chloe Pokemon Anime
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Pokémon fever is pretty high right now. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is pretty darn amazing — check out our review to find out exactly how amazing if you haven't played it yet — and the announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has fans speculating about what's to come in Gen 9.

Naturally, many people's attention has been focused on the region, the new starters, and the promise of an open world, but there's one adorable bushy-tailed friend that should also be in the speculation pot.

Eevee is one of the most popular Pokémon in the franchise. Around since Gen 1, despite being one of the cutest things in the world, it has a vast array of evolutions. Starting with Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon, it gained more "Eeveelutions" in Gens 2, 4, and 6. With this pattern established, many thought Eevee would get a new form in Pokémon Sword and Shield, but nothing came to pass.

But some think there's another way of reliably predicting when we'll get a new Eeveelution. TheGamer has posted a piece that points out a pattern established in the hugely-popular Pokémon anime.

Chloe Eevee Yamper Pokemon Master Journeys
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In the current series, Pokémon Master Journeys, Chloe — the newest companion — joined up with the ever-youthful Ash and his friend Goh with her partner Pokémon, Eevee. This Eevee — the first female Eevee in the show — is unable to evolve, despite trying different evolutionary stones on her. Her inability to evolve, either through stones, locations, or affection, is a pretty important plot point in the show, given that Chloe is uncertain about her future and what she wants to do.

So you're probably thinking, "why does this hint at a new Eevee evolution?" Well, every other significant trainer who has had an Eevee has been able to get it to evolve. Everyone remembers Serena's Sylveon, or Gary's Umbreon.

Of course, there are factors against this. The current series doesn't really match up with a particular Pokémon generation or game, and a new Eeveelution has never debuted in the show before — but it would seem strange to go a third generation without at least one new form for this little fox-like friend. Perhaps we'll get that coveted Ghost-type one?

What type would you like to see a potential new Eeveelution take on? Let us know in the comments!

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