Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to Check and Increase Friendship

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet raise friendship
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How to Spawn Friendship in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet It’s more or less the same as always, but how check Friendship is a little different this time.

Scarlet and Violet’s friendship tester is hidden in one of the cities you visit about halfway through your journey, but the open world of Paldea means you can get there quicker than usual if you know your way around.

This guide explains where to find the Friendship Tester and what you can do to get closer to your favorite friend.

How to raise friendship in Scarlet and Violet

You have some methods at hand to make friends with your monster friends. One is using them in battle, as long as you don’t let them pass out. Pokemon also get friendlier when you use items on themso don’t skimp on those EXP candies and stat-boosting items if you need to make your Eevee or Igglybuff love you more.

At the picnic tables, where you can make and eat sandwiches with your team, you can also choose to wash one of your Pokémon. Similar to brushing or playing with them in previous games, washing them also increases your friendship with that Pokémon.

How to befriend Scarlet and Violet
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The easiest way to foster friendship is press the “R” button to send your leader Pokémon into auto battle mode. Despite being called “auto-battle”, you can run around anywhere with your partner Pokémon and just enjoy each other’s company. In fact, accumulating a certain number of steps in auto battle mode with Pawmi is the only way to evolve Pawmi into Pawmot.

Finally there’s Soothe Bell, a holding item that makes your Pokemon become friendlier if they hold on to it. You may buy Chansey’s Goods Soothe Bell in Mesagoza and Cascarrafa.

How to check friendship on Scarlet and Violet

Scarlet and Violet’s friendship tester is hidden in the upper level of Cascarrafa, a large city on the outskirts of Area One of the Western Province. Technically, you visit there during the Victory Road path for your fourth Gym battle, but you can take the path west from Area Two of the Southern Province and get there much sooner.

Team Star has the path to Cascarrafa blocked until you clear the nearby Star Base, but if you jump into the Asado desert, you can go northeast and reach the lower level of Cascarrafa just fine. Go up to the upper level of town via the waterwheel lift and you’ll find the friendship tester near the fountain.

Scarlet and Violet Friendship Checker
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The friendship checker only provides a vague guide to how close you are with three sentences.

  • You two seem neutral – low friendship
  • I’m sure you could be a lot friendlier. – medium friendship
  • You are the best friends of all – high friendship

That’s not a very specific help if you’re trying to get to 160 friendship with Eevee, for example, but if you get the “best friends ever” message, you know you’re at least close.

What Pokemon evolves with friendship into Scarlet and Violet?

Scarlet and Violet friendship evolution
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These are the Pokemon you need to get close to in order to activate the evolution.

  • igglybuff
  • pichu
  • azurill
  • Riolu
  • happy
  • Chansey
  • Eevee on Espeon: high friendship and level during the day
  • Eevee in Umbreon: high friendship and level up at night
  • Sylveon – Great friendship and level up while meeting a fairy move.
  • Snom: great friendship and level up at night.

Check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet walkthrough for more tips!

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