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Umbreon, Chimecho, Snorlax, and Leavanny during a picnic in Pokemon Violet
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All Friendship Evolution Pokemon

Bonding with each of your Pokemon is important, but only these 18 will evolve with high friendship.

Throughout the Pokemon franchise, evolution has played a vital role in training your Pokemon to be strong partners. While most will grow more powerful and complete this transformation by leveling up, others evolve by stone, trade, executing step-by-step processes, or by forging an unbreakable bond with their trainer.

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Following the introduction of the friendship mechanic back in Gen II, there are now 20 species of Pokemon obtained by raising friendship. Bonding methods have come a long way, from lengthy bike rides with a Soothe Bell in hand to tossing a ball during a picnic, but these Pokemon will faithfully evolve with high friendship.

All Pokemon That Evolve With High Friendship

1. Pichu

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While Pikachu debuted as the face of the Pokemon franchise in Gen I, its first-stage form was later introduced in Gen II. Pichu, one of several baby Pokemon, requires a high level of friendship to evolve into Pikachu.

2. Cleffa

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Like Pichu, Cleffa is a baby Pokemon that first appeared in Gen II’s Gold & Silver. With high friendship, the pure Fairy-type will evolve into Clefairy. To encourage its final evolution into Clefable, however, you’ll need a Moon Stone.

3. Igglybuff

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In the same vein, Igglybuff is another Gen II baby Pokemon that evolves with high friendship. Its second stage, Jigglypuff, also requires a Moon Stone to complete its evolution into Wigglytuff.

4. Golbat

Golbat's summary in Pokemon Legends: Arceus
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While Zubat will faithfully evolve into Golbat at Level 22, the second-stage Pokemon can only complete its evolution into Crobat with high friendship.

5. Alolan Meowth

Close-up shot of Alolan Mewoth in the Pokemon Sun & Moon anime
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The Kantonian Meowth line doesn’t require any tricks when it comes to evolution, but its Alolan variants are tougher to please. Alolan Meowth needs a high level of friendship with its trainer to evolve into Alolan Persian.

6. Chansey

Trainer poses with her Chansey in Pokemon Violet
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As rare as Chansey is, it’s not as tough as you might think to register its evolved form to your Pokedex. Since Chansey boasts a high 140 base friendship level, nurturing its evolution into Blissey is quite easy.

7. Eevee

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Known as the Evolution Pokemon, Eevee can evolve into one of three different forms with high friendship: Espeon, Umbreon, or Sylveon. If it evolves during the day, you’ll get Espeon. At night, Umbreon. However, the day/night cycle doesn’t affect its transformation into Sylveon; instead, your Eevee must also know a Fairy-type move.

Note: In Generations VI and VII, Eevee’s evolution into Sylveon is determined by its affection level, a mechanic separate from friendship. This process requires two hearts and a known Fairy-type move.

8. Munchlax

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Munchlax was introduced in Gen IV, long after its final form’s Gen I debut. Much like Snorlax, it was pretty tough to find in the original Diamond & Pearl and requires a powerful bond with its trainer to evolve.

9. Togepi

Togepi's Pokedex entry in Pokemon Sword
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Togepi was among the first baby Pokemon to be introduced in Gen II. Now a Fairy-type, Togepi needs a high level of friendship to evolve into Togetic. To finish the evolution line with Togekiss, you’ll need a Shiny Stone.

10. Azurill

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Azurill is one of the toughest baby Pokemon to evolve due to its lacking stats, a task not helped by its high friendship requirement. Once it evolves into Marill, it will again evolve into Azumarill at Level 18.

11. Budew

Budew's summary in Pokemon Legends: Arceus
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Budew will evolve into Roselia when it forms a powerful bond with its trainer. In line with its lore, however, the Bud Pokemon can only complete this transformation during the day. A Shiny Stone can then be used to evolve Roselia into Roserade.

12. Chingling

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A personal favorite of mine, Chingling, is a baby Psychic-type that evolves into Gen III’s Chimecho when a strong bond is forged with its trainer. The process can only be completed at nighttime, though.

13. Buneary

Buneary's summary in Pokemon Legends: Arceus
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Since its arrival in Gen IV, Pokemon fans have joked that Buneary absolutely hates its trainer. With a base friendship level of zero, you’ll need to take great care to befriend Buneary and evolve it into Lopunny.

14. Riolu

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The Riolu line is one of the most well-known when it comes to friendship evolution. Introduced in Gen IV, Riolu will evolve into Lucario when it bonds with its trainer, though the transformation will only occur during the day.

15. Woobat

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If the Woobat line has one fan, it’s me. Befitting its lore, the lovestruck Bat Pokemon will evolve into Swoobat when you foster a high level of friendship.

16. Swadloon

Close-up shot of Swadloon in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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Another friendship evolution that just makes sense, Swadloon evolves into the Nurturing Pokemon, Leavanny, with a strong bond. (And Swadloon is so cuddly, it’s not a problem at all.)

17. Type: Null

Type: Null evolves in Pokemon Sword
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Much like Buneary, Type: Null boasts a base friendship level of zero. The Synthetic Pokemon has good reason to keep its guard up, so you’ll need to work hard at raising its friendship to foster its evolution into Silvally.

18. Snom

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Gen VIII’s memeable Snom is the latest addition to the friendship evolution bunch. Befriend the Bug-type snowball, and you’ll have yourself a Frosmoth. Naturally, this evolution must take place at night.

As more Pokemon are introduced in future generations, we’re bound to meet even more whose bonds with their trainers make them stronger partners. For now, check out our Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides hub to learn more about raising friendship levels in Gen IX.

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Olivia Rolls
Olivia Rolls earned her degree in English from the College of Central Florida in 2021 and began her career as a freelance writer at Screen Rant the following year. She currently directs her creative efforts toward offering tips and insight on a wide variety of game titles at GameSkinny and BGFG, a passion she's held close to her heart since adventuring alongside Chikorita in Pokémon Crystal as a child. Olivia's all-time favorite franchises are Pokémon and Animal Crossing, but she's generally fond of fantasy RPGs and cozy games of all kinds. She's also a budding animanga enthusiast, her personal big three being Jujutsu Kaisen, Fruits Basket, and InuYasha.