Learn all you need to know about Friendship Level in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH)! Find out how to check and increase Friendship Levels with curry, and more!Check Out The Perfect Breeding Guide!
Friendship Level - Overview
Hidden Status Representing Bond Between You & Your Pokemon
Friendship Levels are a hidden statuses representing the bond between you and that specific Pokemon. This stats can have variety of effects in and outside of combat.
High Friendship Level May Yield Special Effects
Having high Friendship Levels can yield special effects on certain Pokemon and Moves, including unlocking unique Evolution and empowering certain moves.Check Out Special Evolution Pokemon List!
Increase Chance of Critical Hit & Surviving Fatal Damage
Having high Friendship Level provides your Pokemon a chance to survive a fatal blow with 1 HP left, and increase the chance of their moves critically damaging the enemy.
Increases Chance Of Pokemon Dodging Attacks
Aside from surviving fatal blows and doing critical hits more often, Pokemon with high Friendship Levels can also dodge opponent Pokemon attacks, allowing them to survive the battle longer.
Certain Evolution Requires High Friendship Level
Select Pokemon may only evolve when it has reached a certain high Friendship Level with its trainer. The check the following table for applicable Pokemon!
|High Friendship Level Triggers Evolution|
Friendship - How To Check
Talk NPC In Purple House in Hammerlocke
Visit the purple house next to the Hammerlocke Stadium to find a NPC that can tell your Pokemon's current Friendship Level. Talk to the boy to the right side of the room to check.
Friendship Level - How To Increase
Fight Battles Together
You can accumulate Friendship Level by fighting battle together with your Pokemon. Also, enemy Level does not affect the Friendship Level increase rate; therefore farming low level Pokemon is one of the quickest way to gain Friendship Level.Check Out Battle System Guide!
Friendship Level Decreases Upon Fainting
When your Pokemon faints, you will lose a portion of your Friendship Level. Be sure to keep your Pokemon in good condition at the Pokemon Center while farming!Check Out Pokemon Center Features!
Give Soothe Bell To Pokemon
Pokemon's Friendship Level increases faster upon holding an item called the Soothe Bell. The Soothe Bell item obtainable from a NPC in the same house in Hammerlocke where you can have your Pokemon Friendship Level inspected.
Interact With Pokemon In Pokemon Camp
You can also increase your Friendship Level with your Pokemon by interacting with them at the Pokemon Camp. There are variety of activities that you can do to achieve this such as highlighting them on your HUD.Check Out Pokemon Camp Features!
Cook Curry For Your Pokemon
Cooking Curry and feeding your Pokemon in the Pokemon Camp will also be a viable way to increase your Friendship. The higher the rating of your Curry, the higher Friendship level points you'll receive.Check Out Curry Dex & Recipes Here!