Shiny Umbreon Guide: Shimmering In The Darkness

Pokemon as a collective are some of the most diverse and imaginative monsters within the world of gaming. Each creature has its own signature abilities, tactical strengths and weaknesses, evolutions, and many other attributes that make each Pokemon what they are.

In short, if you encounter a Pokemon within the game series, you won’t find another which is exactly like it outside of its species of course. Every Pokemon is unique and that’s part of the reason why we love the series. However, some people like to up the ante and collect Pokemon that very few other trainers can claim to own. These Pokemon are known as shiny Pokemon and offer a completely unique design to the standard model.

These Pokemon are incredibly rare and if you happen to own one, that grants you bragging rights in abundance. So we thought we would give you the lowdown on each and every shiny Pokemon in the series so you have the best chance of claiming these creatures as your own.

In this Shiny Umbreon guide we take a look at the dark type Eevee evolution which looks just as dark and broody as the original, but with a little more flair. Here is our guide giving you all the info you could ever need about Shiny Umbreon.

What is An Umbreon?

Shiny Umbreon Guide

Umbreon is a dark-type Pokemon that was introduced to the series way back in generation II. This Pokemon a very popular Eevee evolution and is categorized as a ‘moonlight’ Pokemon. In terms of appearance, Umbreon is quite similar to a lot of the other Eevee evolutions in that this Pokemon has the same basic body structure.

While some of these Pokemon can be furry, or express aspects of the elemental powers they possess, Umbreon is much more subtle in design. The Pokemon is a sleek black color from head to toe with the only exception being the yellow rings on their ears, legs, tail, and forehead. Then as well as this, this Pokemon has red, piercing eyes.

In terms of this Pokemon’s behavior, Umbreon’s yellow rings are known to glow at night when they are excited. This is a means of warning potential attackers as, if they persist, Umbreon will attack from the shadows with immense force.

Also, if put under pressure from attackers, Umbreon is known to excrete poisonous sweat that wears down its predators during battle. This Pokemon while sometimes encountered in the wild is more commonly found in cities and residential areas and likes to live with human companions.

It’s also worth noting that this Pokemon actually played the role of a starter Pokemon in the game Pokemon Coliseum alongside the other generation II Eevee-lution, Espeon.

This Pokemon is number 197 in the Pokedex, is about one meter tall, weighs approximately 27 kilograms, has a medium/fast growth rate, and has an overall catch rate of 11.9%.

Here is a video showcasing this Pokemon’s talents and showing exactly what Umbreon has the offer:

What is a Shiny Pokemon?

Now, before we discuss particular shiny Pokemon, we need to address exactly what a shiny Pokemon is. Well, these are Pokemon that are statistically the exact same as their normal counterparts. They learn the same moves, have the same abilities, and for the most part, look the same too.

However, the one key difference is that a shiny Pokemon has a different color scheme which sets it apart from the standard model. These models tend to pick a specific feature of the Pokemon such as their markings, eyes, wings, or something to this effect, and change their color, creating an array of incredible Pokemon to collect.

These models aren’t easy to come by. You see, the chances of actually encountering a shiny Pokemon in the wild is at best, about 4096/1. So if you happen to find one, you are truly blessed with luck and need to give it your all to catch that monster.

What is a Shiny Umbreon?

Shiny Umbreon Guide

So with the above explained, now it’s time to address what a Shiny Umbreon is. Well, this is very similar to the normal model. The body composition remains the same and the general design is very recognizable. However, all the colors used in the original design have been altered.

The sleek black color of this Pokemon’s fur has been swapped for a graphite grey color. Then the piercing red eyes have been swapped for glowing yellow ones that mirror the design of the rings in the standard model. Then lastly you have the shiny model’s ring markings that are now a cool, icy blue color. In short, this model is unmistakably Umbreon. However, at the same time, it couldn’t be more different.

How Rare is a Shiny Umbreon?

This depends on what game you are playing as there are several games where you can encounter this Pokemon naturally, somewhere you will have to evolve an Eevee and others where trading and breeding will be necessary.

The games where you can encounter Umbreon naturally are Pokemon Sun and Moon, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and Pokemon Sword and Shield. Otherwise, you will need to find alternative means of capturing and evolving an Eevee.

So based on these options, Umbreon is a pretty rare shiny Pokemon. You’ll have a chance of 4096/1 of capturing them naturally in the wild and the same rate of success through breeding an Eevee. However, there are several ways that you can improve your chances of capturing this shiny Pokemon. Here is a list of the best shiny Umbreon hunting methods below:

Masuda Method: Then to expand on the point above, if the player acquires two Pokemon that are from two different real-world regions. Such as Europe and North America for example. The chances of hatching a shiny version of this Pokemon drop to 600/1.

Catch/Battle Combos: These are features that belong to Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee and Pokemon Sword/Shield, respectively. This allowed players to drop their odds through either catching or battling the same Pokemon in Succession. It’s a little less easy to manage than the Dexnav but if you do things right, you can hit odds as low as 1/270.

Shiny Charm: Then lastly, you can make use of the shiny charm, a held item that cuts the odds of receiving a shiny Pokemon encounter by 66%. Dropping the odds to about 1/2732. This item can be stacked with other components in this list to brings odds down even further.

Thanks to the combo battling and shiny charm methods, players tend to make light work of shiny hunting an Umbreon, so long as they have Pokemon Sword or Shield to play.

The only small consideration is that your combo can be rendered useless by the day and night cycle. Umbreon will only pop up in an SOS battle and only at night. So you have to time your shiny hunting sessions well and get as many battles in as possible within the limited time frame.

Does This Pokemon Evolve?


No, Umbreon does not evolve. However, the Pokemon is the product of evolution from one of the most versatile Pokemon in the entire series, Eevee. This Pokemon has the potential to evolve into eight different Pokemon called Sylveon, Umbreon, Espeon, Glaceon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, and Leafeon.

In terms of which of these Pokemon boasts the rarest shiny form, we would have to say that it is down to how recent the models are. As most of these Pokemon are available for a random encounter in more than one Pokemon outing. The odds of catching a shiny are down to availability.

With this in mind, Sylveon is the rarest of all the shiny Eeveelutoons. This Pokemon was introduced the latest in the sixth generation of the series, meaning that fans have had much less chance to find this shiny Pokemon compared to the rest. So if you want to have the rarest Eevee-lution of the bunch, the one you want is Sylveon.

However, if you do want to evolve your Eevee into an Umbreon, you do not use a stone-like with the majority of the other options. Instead, you must bond with your Eevee and achieve a certain level of friendship. If you do this during the night, your Pokemon will then evolve into an Umbreon. However, be careful not to do this during the day or you will get an Espeon instead.

Should I Evolve a Shiny Eevee into a Shiny Umbreon?

This can really be tackled on two fronts which are in terms of competitive battling and aesthetic preference. Starting with the aesthetic, we must compare every shiny Eevee design and see which one is the best in the show.

The most underwhelming of the Shiny Eevee evolutions. in our eyes would be the likes of the white Eevee, the barely altered Shiny leafeon, Shiny Glaceon, and Shiny Flareon designs. Then to a lesser extent, the Shiny Sylveon design as well. Which leaves four options.

The Shiny Jolteon design swaps yellow for a lime green design and the Shiny Vaporeon design swaps blue for a bright purple design. However, the issue with these designs is that they simply block paint the Pokemon and it feels lazy overall, so these aren’t the best shiny options either. That leaves the two gen II Pokemon Umbreon and Espeon. As we have discussed, Umbreon is a beautiful, multifaceted, yet subtle shiny design so let’s focus on Shiny Espeon.

These Pokemon swaps pale purple for neon green, with a red ruby marking/indent on their forehead and blue accents in the eyes and ears. It’s a wonderful design and well worthy of the top spot. However, we would have to say that for us, Umbreon just edges it due to the subtle excellence of the design. So if you simply want the best-looking Shiny, then absolutely do evolve your Eevee into an Umbreon.

However, if you are looking for the best fighter of the Shiny Eevee evolutions. You would have to choose Shiny Sylveon thanks to its incredible Pixelate and Hyper Voice combo. It also has access to Mystical Fire to deal with Steel types and has excellent defensive and HP stats. Sylveon is not only the best Eevee-lution on the roster. This is one of the best competitive Pokemon in the entire game. So if you want to win battles, Sylveon is hands down the best candidate.

Best Shiny Eevee Alternatives

While Shiny Umbreon is the star of this article, you may be wondering how this shiny pokemon design compares to the other shiny eeveelution options out there. There are quite a few shiny eevee evolution pokemon to choose from, but some jump out at you more than others. So here is a quick ranking of all the other shiny Eevee Evolution options, allowing you to make the best choice possible:

  • #1 -Shiny Espeon
  • #2 – Shiny Umbreon
  • #3 – Shiny Sylveon
  • #4 – Shiny Vaporeon
  • #5 – Shiny Flareon
  • #6  – Shiny Jolteon
  • #7 – Shiny Eevee
  • #8 -Shiny Leafeon
  • #9 – Shiny Glaceon


Question: What is the best Moveset for Umbreon?

Answer: As you could probably gather from the design and the description of this Pokemon, this creature utilizes a lot of dark type, poison type and physical type moves to get through battles. However, it’s not just about getting through battles, it’s about coming out victorious and being the best there ever was. So you may be wondering what moves are best when it comes to training an Umbreon into a prizefighter. Well, we have researched so you don’t have to and have put together the optimal move set for this Pokemon, you can check it out below:
• Wish
• Protect
• Toxic
• Foul play
As you can see, this Pokemon works best as a stalling Pokemon which uses status effects, recovery moves and protection moves to its advantage. Foul play is added in there as the best-attacking move available but in truth, it’s only used as a last resort when the stall tactic doesn’t go to plan. Overall, Umbreon is an average competitive Pokemon.

Question: Does Umbreon Appear in The Pokemon Anime?

Answer: Yes, Umbreon has made several key appearances within the anime since this Pokemon first appeared in the Johto series. The Pokemon debuted in the episode Power Play! When Gary casts out his Umbreon which evolved from an Eevee in off-screen events.
Umbreon was also the companion of Gladion and appeared first in the episode A Glaring Rivalry! Gladion’s Eevee evolved into an Umbreon after saving a toddler from peril during this episode.
Then thirdly, an Umbreon was also the companion of Tamao, one of the Kimono Sisters. This Pokemon was the hero of the Episode Espeon, Not Included as it saved Sakura’s Espeon after Team Rocket Captured them during a tea ceremony.
Umbreon also made key appearances within the anime as it was also the companion of both Virgil and Johanna and popped up in a variety of episodes within their respective series as a result. However, you may be wondering just how many episodes that Umbreon popped up in. Well, allow us to inform you. Here is every other episode/movie that Umbreon features in:
• Trouble’s Brewing
• Eevee & Friends
• Turning Heads and Training Hard!
• Johto Photo Finish
• A Bite to Remember
• A Fan with a Plan
• Giratina and the Sky Warrior
• The Battle Club and Tepig’s Choice!
• Destiny Deoxys
• Tag Team Battle Inspiration!
• The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
• I Choose Paradise!
• We Know Where You’re Going, Eevee!
• To Train, or Not to Train!

Question: What Games Does Umbreon Appear in?

Answer: You also may be wondering what games in the Pokemon series that Umbreon has popped up in since its debut in Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Well, we would like to give you an extensive list of every single Pokemon game that Umbreon has starred in. Here it is below:
• Pokemon Gold
• Pokemon Silver
• Pokemon Crystal
• Pokemon Ruby
• Pokemon Stadium 2
• Pokemon Sapphire
• Pokemon Emerald
• Pokemon Fire Red
• Pokemon Leaf Green
• Pokemon Coliseum
• Pokemon XD
• Pokemon Diamond
• Pokemon Pearl
• Pokemon Platinum
• Pokemon Heart Gold
• Pokemon Soul Silver
• Pokemon Pal Park
• Pokemon Black
• Pokemon White
• Pokemon White II
• Pokemon Black II
• Pokemon X
• Pokemon Y
• Pokemon Omega Ruby
• Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
• Pokemon Sun
• Pokemon Moon
• Pokemon Ultra Sun
• Pokemon Ultra Moon
• Pokemon Sword
• Pokemon Shield
• Pokemon Channel
• Pokemon Pinball
• Pokemon Trozei
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Time
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Darkness
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Sky
• Pokemon Ranger
• Pokemon Rumble Blast
• Pokemon Rumble U
• Pokemon Shuffle
• Pokemon Rumble World
• Pokemon Rumble Rush
• Pokemon Shuffle
• Pokemon Rumble Rush

So that is our essential handbook giving you all the information you could possibly need about the Pokemon, Shiny Umbreon. What did you make of this guide? Was this helpful and informative for you? What other shiny Pokemon would you like to see us cover next? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

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