Vaporeon debuted in The Battling Eevee Brothers, under the ownership of Rainer. It was targeted in one of Team Rocket's schemes.
In The Ultimate Test, Ash battled a Vaporeon during the Pokémon League entrance exam. He used a Meowth provided to him, only for Vaporeon to defeat Meowth with Ice Beam.
In Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Fergus's Vaporeon was captured and cloned by Mewtwo. The Vaporeon clone reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.
In Trouble's Brewing and Espeon, Not Included, Sumomo, one of the Kimono Sisters, owns a Vaporeon. It was used in a match against Misty and Poliwhirl, and it was able to defeat Poliwhirl with Aurora Beam.
In On Olden Pond, Galea's agile Vaporeon helped Ash train his Corphish.
In Last Call — First Round!, Ursula's Eevee evolved into a Vaporeon as part of the Performance Stage of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
Virgil's male Vaporeon debuted in Team Eevee and the Pokémon Rescue Squad!, along with an Eevee and her other evolutions at the time. In Curtain Up, Unova League!, it battled Ultimo's Crustle during the first round of the Vertress Conference and ultimately won in the next episode.
In Eevee & Friends, a dramatic Vaporeon was with an Eevee and its other evolutions, including the newly introduced Sylveon.
In Mystery on a Deserted Island!, one of three Eevee evolved into a Vaporeon with a Water Stone found on the Deserted Island.
In Turning Heads and Training Hard!, a wild Vaporeon was summoned to help Ilima's Eevee perform Extreme Evoboost. In the Poké Problem segment of the next episode, it saw Ilima and Eevee off.
A Vaporeon appeared in On Land, In the Sea, and to the Future!, under the ownership of Kiley. It competed in the Marine Athletic Race, and later defeated a Huntail, alongside Chloe's Eevee. It reappeared in a flashback in JN105.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Vaporeon was at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Pikachu Re-Volts, a Vaporeon fell under the control of Cassidy and Butch via their Drowzee at Mandarin Island North.
In The Power of One, a Vaporeon sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.
A Vaporeon appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
In The Fire-ing Squad!, four Vaporeon competed in the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix.
In The Legend of Thunder!, a Vaporeon was at the Pokémon Center.
In Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, a Trainer's Vaporeon competed in the Tour de Alto Mare. Another Trainer's Vaporeon was given bath from a fountain.
In Johto Photo Finish, Gary's demonstration featured a Vaporeon evolving from an Eevee.
A Vaporeon appeared in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!, under the ownership of Lola. It reappeared in a fantasy in Grating Spaces!.
In A Bite to Remember, Brock's demonstration featured a Vaporeon evolving from an Eevee.
Multiple Vaporeon appeared in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys.
A Coordinator's Vaporeon appeared in Deceit and Assist.
In Giratina and the Sky Warrior, a Vaporeon was together with an Eevee and the other six Eeveelutions at the time.
In Tag Team Battle Inspiration!, Shauna's fantasy featured a Vaporeon as she imagined what Serena's Eevee could evolve into.
In I Choose You!, a Trainer's Vaporeon was injured trying to battle Entei and was subsequently brought to a Pokémon Center.
A Trainer's Vaporeon appeared in The Power of Us.
In Battling on the Wing!, a Trainer's Vaporeon watched the Manalo Conference battles.
A Trainer's Vaporeon appeared in Restore and Renew!.
In To Train, or Not to Train!, a Vaporeon was at the Eevee Evolution Lab.
A Vaporeon appeared in a fantasy in On Land, In the Sea, and to the Future!.
||Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon, and an evolved form of Eevee. The composition of its cells is similar to molecules of water, and as such, can melt in water.
||Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon. Vaporeon is made up of molecules similar to water, which allows it to melt and vanish.
||Chloe's Rotom Phone
||Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon. A Water type. Vaporeon evolves from Eevee, a Normal type, into a form adapted for movement in the water. The cells of its body resemble water molecules, so it can hide itself in the water as if it had melted into it.
A Vaporeon appeared in The Show, under the ownership of Kuni. It was used in the Kimono Girls' performance of the destruction of the Brass Tower, where it represented the rain that fell to douse the tower's flames.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
A Vaporeon belonging to Rainer appeared in To Evolve or Not to Evolve, That is the Question!, where it battled Ash's Pikachu, but was easily defeated.
|The Electric Tale of Pikachu
||Evolved with the Water Stone. The cells of its body closely resemble water molecules, and it has the ability to dissolve into water.
Magical Pokémon Journey
- Main article: Vaporeon (MPJ)
A Vaporeon appears in The Master Plan... for Romance!.
- Main article: Vee
In Blame it on Eevee, a mutated Eevee could switch between his evolved forms, one of which is a Vaporeon. Red catches him, adds him to his team, and nicknames him Vee. Later, it used the Fire, Water, and Thunder Stones of Vermilion Harbor, which were given to him by Giovanni, to evolve and devolve him freely and faster.
A Vaporeon appeared in The Kindest Tentacruel as one of the Pokémon in Yellow's fantasy about evolution via Evolution stone.
In Moving Past Milotic, a Vaporeon caught by Crystal was lent to Emerald for his Battle Pike challenge.
A Vaporeon appeared in Pleased as Punch With Parasect, under the ownership of a Kimono Girl.
A Vaporeon appeared in a fantasy in Sylveon Enchants.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
A Vaporeon appeared in Seize The Unmanned Power Plant!!.
A Vaporeon appeared in Clefairy Evolves... At Last?!.
A Vaporeon appeared in Curry Showdown! Which is the Most Delicious? as one of the participants of a curry cooking competition.
A Vaporeon appeared in a fantasy in PZ04.
- Vaporeon is the only Water-type Pokémon that appears in the field section of Pal Park.
- In Generation I, Vaporeon had a notably different design with the backs of its ears being all black, fins on each leg, and a fin running down the entire length of its back. All of these details were removed in Generation II. Notably, these details weren't present in its original Pokémon Red and Green artwork.
- In Pokémon Yellow, Vaporeon is programmed to learn both Haze and Mist at level 42; however, a bug prevents a Pokémon from learning more than one move at the same level when leveled up outside of Pokémon Day Care, so Vaporeon can only learn Mist if it reaches level 42 in Pokémon Day Care.
- In Pokémon Colosseum, Vaporeon possesses a snow-like visual effect surrounding its body in battle. No other Pokémon in the series has this effect. The reason for this visual effect is unknown.
- Vaporeon was designed by Atsuko Nishida.
Vaporeon's origins are uncertain, though it could be based on a cross between aquatic creatures, felines, and canids. The fins and dorsal lining may be based on different types of tropical fish. Its ears resemble a mix between a fish's fin and a fennec fox's ears. Its tail also shares characteristics with mermaids and dolphins.
Vaporeon may also be inspired by the Telchines of Greek mythology, or the Merlion, a national symbol of Singapore. Its ability to become invisible and turn into water might be inspired by the Asrai. Vaporeon's resemblance to both carnivorans and cetaceans could be based on primitive whales, such as Kutchicetus. Its fringe around its neck resembles a ruff and gives it a resemblance to a lion. This could make it a possible reference to a sea-lion, a semi-aquatic cryptid. Vaporeon's appearance could be a visual pun on a catfish.
Vaporeon may be a combination of vapor and eon (an immeasurably long period of time, possibly referring to how long evolution takes naturally). Eon is a suffix all Eevee evolutions share and was Eevee's English prototype name.
Showers is literally showers, referring to a bathroom shower or rain shower.