Espeon's ability Synchronize passes on its status condition to the Pokémon that gave it the status change. Outside of battle, if Espeon is the lead Pokémon, its Synchronize ability gives the player a 50% chance of encountering a wild Pokémon with the same nature as Espeon.
A second ability available to Espeon is its Hidden Ability, Magic Bounce, only via the Dream World; This ability passes back all non-damaging status ailments, stat-lowering ailments (excluding Memento), entry hazard damages, etc. to the user.
Espeon is known as the Sun Pokémon and like the other Eevee evolutions, resembles a feline. Espeon's most recognizable features are its pronged tail, large ears and red gem in the center of its forehead. Espeon is covered in purple fur and has two noticeable fur patches under each ear.
Espeon has no distinguished features that make it appear male or female.
In The Anime
Unlike some of the other Eevee evolutions, Espeon does not make any major appearances in the anime.
Espeon was first introduced in Generation II, along with Umbreon, as two new evolutions of Eevee. Espeon must be evolved (via Happiness during the day) in order to be obtained in the games without trading.
Espeon is available as a prize, obtainable in a game through the Pokémon website, via the Dream World.
Espeon is available as a Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Colosseum; it is unique in this respect as a Psychic-type and, along with Umbreon, a fully evolved Starter Pokémon. Espeon can also be chosen as an evolution of Eevee, the Starter Pokémon in Colosseum's sequel, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, by selecting a Sun Shard at a shop early in the game.
Trading Card Game
Espeon is in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. It has a great ability in Magic Bounce that can bounce back status ailments, moves like Roar, and entry hazards. Espeon's high Special Attack and Speed stats allow for it to outspeed Pokémon like Cobalion while applying good offensive pressure. Its Psychic typing is good offensively due to the prevalence of Fighting-types. Espeon's best set is a Choice Specs set that can be very strong with good strong attacks and the ability to cripple an opposing defensive Pokémon with Trick. Espeon can also run a Calm Mind sweeper set that is effectively immune from status and can wreak havoc or Baton Pass boosts off to another threatening sweeper. Espeon's main flaws are its shallow offensive movepool that leaves it walled by many Steel-types and common weaknesses to Ghost and Dark. It also faces competition as an offensive Psychic-type from Azelf, which boasts better coverage, the ability to sweep with Nasty Plot, and an even better Speed stat.
Eevee Exclusive Moves
Via Move Tutor (Generation IV Only)
Platinum, Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Heart Gold and Soul Silver Only
- Espeon, and her counterpart Umbreon, are often credited with popularizing the Eevee collection in Pokémon - and the expansion of the Eevee evolution line.
- Espeon is one of the eight Eeveelutions.
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