Espeon

Espeon Pokemon GO

Espeon is a great Pokémon to add to your team. It has a legendary-tier base attack stat and it is able to learn the best Psychic type moveset in the game, which makes it a meta-relevant Pokémon.

It is a relatively easy Pokémon to get, as Eevee is a common spawn in Pokémon GO. Furthermore, after the introduction of the dynamic weather system in Pokémon GO, catching a weather-boosted level 30+ Eevee with good IVs is easier than ever. You can obtain Espeon by using the name trick (renaming your Eevee to Sakura), but it will only work for the first time. After that, you will need to walk your Eevee as a buddy for 10KM, obtaining 2 Eevee candies, having your GPS location turned on and evolving it during day time.

 

ID Sprite Pokémon MAX CP ATK DEF STA
196 Espeon psychic 3000 261 194 130

 

Espeon overview

Espeon is a TOP-Tier Psychic type Pokémon in the current metagame, along with Mewtwo and Alakazam. It is able to learn Confusion and Futuresight, two heavy-hitting Psychic type moves, which make it a great counter to Fighting and Poison type Pokémon. 

The main reasons why it is meta-relevant are:

  • It is a very useful Psychic type attacker in the game, quite easy to get and arguably one of the best non-legendary Psychic type alternatives to Mewtwo, who is unable to learn Futuresight
  • It has a massive attack stat and thus, it can deal lots of damage
  • It is one of the top counters to Fighting and Poison type Pokémon such as Machamp or Gengar, two meta-relevant raid bosses as of now

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Despite having a good defense stat, its stamina is a bit too low. Its DPS is impressive, but it is considered to be a bit of a glass cannon as it lacks bulk
  • Confusion and Futuresight, its best moveset for offensive purposes, makes it a bit difficult to dodge in gym battles and raids. In several scenarios, the energy gained towards firing off its charge move could go to waste if it faints
  • It has a high Max CP, which translates into a high CP decay when placing it in a gym. There are better alternatives to put in gyms, but Espeon with Confusion as a fast move won’t be good news to attacking Machamps that will be forced to switch
Best Espeon movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Confusion psychic Futuresight psychic
?️ Gym defense Confusion psychic Futuresight psychic
? PvP (speculative) Confusion psychic Futuresight psychic

Best Espeon moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Espeon is able to learn.

Espeon moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic 22.74
Zen Headbutt Psychic Futuresight Psychic 21.02
Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 20.79
Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 19.22
Zen Headbutt Psychic Psybeam Psychic 19.13
Zen Headbutt Psychic Psybeam Psychic 17.93

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Confusion and Futuresight is its best moveset
  • Zen Headbutt could be used over Confusion if you want to dodge a bit more, as it has a lower move cooldown (but worse EPS and DPS)
  • If you evolve Eevee into Espeon and end up with Psybeam or Psychic as the charge move, do not hesitate to use a Charge TM as fast as you can to get Futuresight

Espeon counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Gengar
Ghost Poison
Shadow Claw* or Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Mewtwo
Psychic
Psycho Cut or Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Houndoom
Dark Fire
Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Scizor
Bug Steel
Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
Tyranitar
Rock Dark
Bite Dark Crunch Dark

* Legacy move

Gengar is the best option from a time to win perspective. However, it is a glass cannon and it is also weak to every single move Espeon is able to learn. It is a very risky option but if you want to deal as much damage as possible in the shortest amount of time, Gengar is your go-to option.

Mewtwo is included in the list because it has the highest attack stat in the game and it is also able to learn Shadow Ball as a charge move. Its fast move won’t benefit from STAB and will be resisted by Espeon, but Shadow Ball will be super effective and deal lots of damage.

Houndoom has a high attack stat and its double Dark type moveset will be super effective against Espeon. It is a very good moveset to deal with Psychic types and Houndoom certainly knows how to use it effectively.

Scizor is a very interesting option, as it resists every single move Espeon is able to learn while dealing super effective damage with its Bug type moveset.

Finally, Tyranitar is also a top counter. Bite and Crunch is not as good of a Dark type moveset as Snarl/Foul Play, but Tyranitar’s attack stat makes it viable.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Alakazam
Psychic
Psycho Cut or Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Pinsir
Bug
Bug Bite or Fury Cutter* Bug X-Scissor Bug

* Legacy move

Alakazam is a similar case to Mewtwo. It is included in this list because of its massive attack stat and Shadow Ball being super effective against Espeon. Finally, Pinsir is also a decent Bug type alternative, but Scizor is significantly better as an Espeon Counter.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy
Rainy Boosts super-effective Bug type moves
Fog Boosts super-effective Dark and Ghost type moves
Windy Boosts its Psychic type moves
Snow

Viability in raids

Espeon is one of the best Psychic type Pokémon to use in raids. Here is a compilation of the raids in which it is a viable counter:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Weezing*
Poison
Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Muk*
Poison
Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Venomoth*
Bug Poison
Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Gengar
Ghost Poison
Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Machamp
Fighting
Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic

*Legacy raid boss

Pokedex entry

Espeon, the Sun Pokémon. Espeon are able to read air currents, allowing it to predict the future, as well as its opponents’ next moves.