Friendship evolution

Friendship evolution refers to the process of evolving a Pokémon with high friendship. This method of evolution was introduced in Generation II.

Early explanation about friendship evolution
(Pokémon Gold and Silver: Complete Pokédex, page 19)

Terminology

In Pokémon Gold and Silver: Complete Pokédex, this is referred to as both Friendship Evolution and Friendly Evolution:

  • "Perhaps the trickiest type of evolution is the Frienship Evolution. If you treat your Pokémon with utmost respect and care until it is very happy and very attached to you, it will evolve." (page 5)
  • "I have concluded that several Pokémon will evolve only when they are very attached to their Trainers—a process called Friendly Evolution." (page 19)

List of friendship evolutions

Prior evolution Friendship evolution Later evolution
Introduced in Generation II
 
Zubat
 Poison  Flying 
 
Level 22+
 
Golbat
 Poison  Flying 
  +  
Level Up
 
Crobat
 Poison  Flying 
Crobat does not evolve
Nothing evolves into Pichu  
Pichu
 Electric 
  +  
Level Up
 
Pikachu
 Electric 
 
Thunder Stone
 
Raichu
 Electric 
  +  
Thunder Stone
(in Alola)
 
Alolan Raichu
 Electric  Psychic 
Nothing evolves into Cleffa  
Cleffa
 Fairy 
  +  
Level Up
 
Clefairy
 Fairy 
 
Moon Stone
 
Clefable
 Fairy 
Nothing evolves into Igglybuff  
Igglybuff
 Normal  Fairy 
  +  
Level Up
 
Jigglypuff
 Normal  Fairy 
 
Moon Stone
 
Wigglytuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Nothing evolves into Togepi  
Togepi
 Fairy 
  +  
Level Up
 
Togetic
 Fairy  Flying 
Togetic does not evolveGen. II–III
 
Shiny Stone
 
Togekiss
 Fairy  Flying 
Nothing evolves into Eevee  
Eevee
 Normal 
  +   +  
Level Up
(day)
 
Espeon
 Psychic 
Espeon does not evolve
  +   +  
Level Up
(night)
 
Umbreon
 Dark 
Umbreon does not evolve
Nothing evolves into ChanseyGen. II–III  
Chansey
 Normal 
  +  
Level Up
 
Blissey
 Normal 
Blissey does not evolve
 
Happiny
 Normal 
  +   +  
Level Up
(day, holding an Oval Stone)
Introduced in Generation III
Nothing evolves into Azurill  
Azurill
 Normal  Fairy 
  +  
Level Up
 
Marill
 Water  Fairy 
 
Level 18+
 
Azumarill
 Water  Fairy 
Introduced in Generation IV
Nothing evolves into Budew  
Budew
 Grass  Poison 
  +   +  
Level Up
(morning or day)
 
Roselia
 Grass  Poison 
 
Shiny Stone
 
Roserade
 Grass  Poison 
Nothing evolves into Buneary  
Buneary
 Normal 
  +  
Level Up
 
Lopunny
 Normal 
Lopunny does not evolve
Nothing evolves into Chingling  
Chingling
 Psychic 
  +   +  
Level Up
(night)
 
Chimecho
 Psychic 
Chimecho does not evolve
Nothing evolves into Munchlax  
Munchlax
 Normal 
  +  
Level Up
 
Snorlax
 Normal 
Snorlax does not evolve
Nothing evolves into Riolu  
Riolu
 Fighting 
  +   +  
Level Up
(day)
 
Lucario
 Fighting  Steel 
Lucario does not evolve
Introduced in Generation V
Nothing evolves into Woobat  
Woobat
 Psychic  Flying 
  +  
Level Up
 
Swoobat
 Psychic  Flying 
Swoobat does not evolve
 
Sewaddle
 Bug  Grass 
 
Level 20+
 
Swadloon
 Bug  Grass 
  +  
Level Up
 
Leavanny
 Bug  Grass 
Leavanny does not evolve
Introduced in Generation VI
Nothing evolves into Eevee  
Eevee
 Normal 
  +   +   +  
Level Up
(knows a Fairy move, 2+ affection levels)Gen. VI–VII
[a]
 
Sylveon
 Fairy 
Sylveon does not evolve
  +    
Level Up
(knows a Fairy move)
[a]
Introduced in Generation VII
Nothing evolves into Alolan Meowth  
Alolan Meowth
 Dark 
  +  
Level Up[b]
 
Alolan Persian
 Dark 
Alolan Persian does not evolve
Nothing evolves into Type: Null  
Type: Null
 Normal 
  +  
Level Up
 
Silvally
 Normal 
Silvally does not evolve
Introduced in Generation VIII
Nothing evolves into Snom  
Snom
 Ice  Bug 
  +   +  
Level Up
(night)
 
Frosmoth
 Ice  Bug 
Frosmoth does not evolve

In the core series games

Mechanics

Some Pokémon evolve when they are leveled up with enough friendship. As long as the Pokémon has the required amount of friendship, unless there are other requirements for its evolution, it will attempt to evolve whenever it levels up by battle or Rare Candy. However, in the case of certain Pokémon, the friendship evolution may only be available at certain times of day, it may require holding an item or knowing a certain move.

This evolutionary requirement was introduced in Generation II. This is the same generation where the feature of all Pokémon having a frienship value was introduced, as opposed to the early friendship mechanic from Pokémon Yellow which only applied to the starter Pikachu.

Baby Pokémon often have this evolution requirement, but it is also an evolution requirement for other Pokémon, and not all baby Pokémon have this as an evolution requirement

Generations II to VII

From Generation II to VII, a Pokémon requires at least 220 friendship in order to evolve.

In these generations, a level 100 Pokémon is unable to evolve by leveling up. Since the friendship evolution involves leveling up, a Pokémon with this level is unable to evolve by friendship.

Generation VIII onwards

From Generation VIII onwards, a Pokémon requires at least 160 friendship in order to evolve.

If a Rare Candy is used on a level 100 Pokémon that evolves by leveling up and currently meets its evolution requirements (including friendship), it will evolve without gaining a level.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, it is possible to evolve caught Pokémon that would normally require friendship in the core series games.

Like all evolutions in this game, this is achievable in the Evolution Mode by simply choosing that Pokémon (such as Golbat evolving into Crobat) and then obtaining a certain Evolution Item three times somewhere on the Pinball table under the deadline (usually 2 minutes, which can be extended using the Timer Bonus). In the case of friendship evolution, the Evolution item is a heart symbol ( ). Once this is done, the player's Poké Ball is required to enter the Center Hole to finish this process. There is a short Pokémon evolution animation, and then the evolved form will count as caught in the Pokédex.

In this game, the four friendship evolution lines from the Generation III Hoenn Pokédex are available:

Evolves from Evolves into
 
Golbat
 
Crobat
 
Pichu
 
Pikachu
 
Igglybuff
 
Jigglypuff
 
Azurill
 
Marill

In the manga

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Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In Forretress of Solitude, it is shown that Vee evolved from Eevee into Espeon.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

In All About Arceus VIII, it is implied that Togebo evolved by this method from Togepi into Togetic. This happened when Gold apologized for thinking that Togebo was not as strong as his other Pokémon and upon realizing his mistake, told Togebo to join the other Pokémon in the battle against the rampaging Arceus.

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Moss Rock or Ice Rock will override Sylveon's evolution.
  2. In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Alolan Meowth evolves at level 28 regardless of friendship.


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