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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet guide: Tips to increase or decrease Pokémon level

Know more about friendship levels!

The 9th generation of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was launched by The Pokémon Company recently which picked up much hype among the Nintendo community. As you know your Pokémon journey is based on the Pokémon you catch or get. But to proceed with your walkthrough, you need to have the best chemistry with your Pokémon. The friendship level will affect the evolution of your certain Pokémon. In this article, we will be covering everything about the friendship-level feature in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

How to check the Friendship Level of your Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Level of FriendshipEvolution
5Best
4Very Friendly
3Pretty Friendly
2Friendly
1Slightly Friendly
0Ordinary

1) Friendship NPC at Central Fountain at Cascarrafa

To check the Friendship level, you have to visit the central Fountain at Cascarrafa. Then, you have to talk to a woman who has Marill alongside her. You can check the Friendship of your selected Pokémon.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, showering of pokemon
Image Via Game Freak

2) Friendship can be checked at picnics

If you often arrange a picnic for your Pokémon to spend time with them. You can shower or talk to them. After doing it, the hearts will appear. The more the number of hearts, the more the friendship.

3) Attach Ribbon to your favorite Pokémon

For the Pokémon with the highest friendship among all other Pokémon, you can attach a ribbon to it by tapping the Pokémon. It signifies that the Pokémon is your favorite and have the highest friendship.

4) Evolve Pokémon with the friendship levels

Some Pokémon require the friendship level for evolving. You can evolve a specific Pokémon with 2-3 hearts maintaining the time conditions of day and night.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: List of Pokémon that evolve with friendship

Before EvolutionAfter Evolution
PichuPikachu
IgglybuffJigglypuff
AzurillMarill
EeveeEspeon
EeveeUmbreon
EeveeSylveon
ChanseyBlissey
SnomFrosmoth
RioluLucario

Tips to increase the Friendship Levels in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

1. Hand The Soothe Bell

If you have the Soothe Ball with you, you can increase the friendship level of your Pokémon by 1.5 times. Let your selected Pokémon hold a Soothe Ball and walk with them. It will increase their friendship levels.

2. Shower the Pokémon at a picnic

If you want to increase the friendship level of your Pokémon quickly, then you can shower your selected Pokémon at the picnic. Remember, you can shower your Pokémon several times until you are satisfied.

3. Catch the Pokémon using a Luxury Ball

You can use a luxury ball to catch a Pokémon. It has a similar effect to Soothe Ball. It is recommended to use it, only when you want to increase the friendship of a Pokemon of your preference.

4. Use a Friend Ball to catch a Pokemon

If you want to catch a Pokemon and increase their friendship level by 1, you can use the Friend Ball to catch the Pokemon. The Friend Ball is difficult to obtain.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, pokemons running
Image Via Game Freak

5. Use the EXP Candies

Exp Candies can be obtained from the Tera Raid Battles. If you want to increase the friendship level of a Pokémon of your preference then it is highly recommended to hunt the Raid Crystals. It is also recommended to use a large number of candies when efficient.

6. Raise the Pokémon level

You can train your Pokémon to increase their level. Their levels also help you to gain friendship levels. From this process, you can get much EXP. You can use candies to increase much more.

7. Travel with Pokémon team

You can walk with your Pokémon and travel from one place to another. Traveling with your Pokémon leads to an increase in friendship levels. The process is quite slow but it is recommended to use other methods for more efficiency.

8. Use the Vitamins to increase the friendship levels

The Vitamin is used to increase the effort value of friendship. You can use the Vitamin before a battle to gain friendship. The method is quite inefficient and the Vitamin cost is too expensive.

9. Use Berries That Can Increase Friendship

You can use the Berries to your Pokémon to increase the friendship level. The process for the increase is slow. It increases the friendship but also decreases the Pokémon’s Effort Value.

Tips to decrease the Friendship Levels in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

1. Fainted Pokemon

When your Pokémon faints during a battle, the friendship level decreases. Fainting during a communication match does not affect friendship.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, fainted pokemon
Image Via Game Freak

2. Use bitter herbs on a Pokémon

If you do not want to decrease the friendship level of your Pokémon, use regular recovery items other than bitter and cheap medicines. If you give bitter medicines to your Pokémon, it will affect your friendship.

What are your thoughts on our friendship level guide for your Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Let us know in the comments below!

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