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Friendship (Japanese: なつき degree of emotional attachment), also referred to as loyalty in Generation II core series, tame in Pokémon Stadium 2 and friendliness in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, as well as commonly referred to by fans as happiness, is a measurement of how much a Pokémon is attached to its Trainer and enjoys being in their care.

It affects the evolution of certain Pokémon, the power of Return and Frustration, and the availability of a few in-game items and Ribbons. Certain events increase a Pokémon's friendship (gaining a level, walking a certain amount of steps) or decrease it (fainting, using herbal medicine).

Friendship was introduced in Pokémon Yellow for the player's starter Pikachu only, and expanded to cover all Pokémon in Generation II.

In the core series games

Friendship debuted in Generation I as a mechanic that applied only to the player's Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow. In Generation II, it was expanded to cover all Pokémon. In all games, friendship is a value that ranges from 0 to 255 (stored as a single byte). In Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu's friendship is indicated by the expression it shows when the player talks to it, but in later games, certain NPCs in the games will evaluate the friendship of a Pokémon in the player's party.

A Pokémon's friendship is generally set when the player first obtains it. When a Pokémon is first caught from the wild, its friendship starts at its base friendship value. Trading a Pokémon also resets its friendship to its base value, unless it is being traded back to its original Trainer in Generation VI or later, in which case it regains the friendship it had before being traded away. A Pokémon caught in a Friend Ball starts with 200 friendship instead of its base friendship, while a Pokémon hatched from an Egg starts with 120 friendship.

Friendship is generally increased by taking good care of a Pokémon. Keeping a Pokémon in the player's party, raising it, using items on it, and getting it groomed will all increase a Pokémon's friendship. Letting it faint and using bitter herbal medicines on it will decrease a Pokémon's friendship.

Boosting friendship

In Pokémon Crystal, if a Pokémon is leveled up at its met location, it will gain twice as much friendship from that level up as usual. Since only Pokémon caught in Pokémon Crystal have a defined met location, Pokémon caught in the Generation I games, Pokémon Gold and Silver, and Pokémon from in-game trades will not receive this bonus. If a Pokémon that has a defined met location is traded to a Generation I game, this data is permanently erased, so it can no longer receive this bonus.

Starting in Generation III, if a Pokémon was caught in a Luxury Ball or is currently at the same location where it was caught (its met location), any increase to its friendship is boosted by an extra point (two points if both apply). If a Pokémon is holding a Soothe Bell, increases to its friendship are boosted by 50% of the change. In Generation III, Soothe Bell applies directly to the original change in friendship, while in later games, it applies to the the friendship change after including Luxury Ball and met location bonuses. In Generation IV, being at its met location does not change the amount of friendship a Pokémon gains, but it does from Generation V onward.

In Generation V, the Befriending Power Pass Power boosts any increase to friendship by one to three points depending on the strength of the power used. In Generation VI, the Befriending Power O-Power has the same effect. Befriending Power does not exist in Generation VII.

None of these effects change the amount of friendship lost for negative changes or for changes of 0 (such as using an X Attack on a Pokémon with high friendship).

Mechanics using friendship

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In Pokémon Yellow, friendship affected very little beyond the reactions Pikachu would show when interacted with.

Starting in Generation II, there are Pokémon that evolve by friendship, which can only evolve if they have 220 friendship or more. Additionally, the moves Return and Frustration vary in power depending on how high or low the user's friendship is.

From Generation IV onward, there is a Ribbon for Pokémon with maximum friendship, the Footprint Ribbon.

Some NPCs also only give gifts or teach moves when the player's Pokémon has a certain amount of friendship. In particular, a Pokémon must have maximized friendship to learn Draco Meteor in Generation IV, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokémon Sun and Moon, or to learn Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn, Hydro Cannon, Grass Pledge, Fire Pledge, or Water Pledge in any generation.

In Generation I

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Pikachu with high friendship

A prototype of the friendship system used by future games was introduced in Pokémon Yellow, the last core series game of Generation I. This friendship system only worked on the Pikachu the player started with (or any Pikachu with the same original Trainer and original Trainer ID as the player). Pikachu starts with a base friendship of 90.

Friendship in Pokémon Yellow affects very little. Outside of interacting with Pikachu, the only place where it has any effect is in determining whether Melanie will give the player a Bulbasaur in Cerulean City (which requires Pikachu's friendship to be at least 147).

In Pokémon Yellow, the player can check Pikachu's friendship by talking to it as it follows them in the overworld. A window will pop up showing Pikachu's face, and the expression reflects Pikachu's current friendship (though certain special events may elicit special reactions unrelated to Pikachu's current friendship). At maximum friendship, Pikachu will jump up and down before the window appears.

In the table below, the HP-restoring items and status condition healing items can increase Pikachu's friendship even if they have no effect. For example, attempting to use a Potion on Pikachu when it has full health will still increase its friendship.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Level up +5 +3 +2
Using an HP-restoring item or a status condition healing item other
than Full Heal
+5 +3 +2
Battling against a Gym Leader, Elite Four member, or the Champion +3 +2
Teaching Pikachu a TM or HM +1 0
Fainting -1
Being deposited in the Pokémon Storage System -3 -5
Trading Reset to 90

In Generation II

In Generation II, friendship was expanded to cover all Pokémon. All Pokémon have a base friendship of 70, but any Pokémon caught in a Friend Ball starts with 200 friendship and any Pokémon hatched from an Egg starts with 120 friendship.

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, an NPC who will evaluate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party can be found at Goldenrod City.

The met location boost was first introduced in Pokémon Crystal.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Grooming (haircut brothers)
"<Pokémon> looks [...]"
"delighted!" (younger brother: 50%) +10 +4
"delighted!" (older brother: 30%) +5 +2
"happy!" (older brother: 10%, younger: 20%) +3 +1
"a little happier." (older brother: 60%, younger: 30%) +1
Level up AlwaysGS/Anywhere except met locationC +5 +3 +2
At met locationC +10 +6 +4
Using a vitamin +5 +3 +2
Battling against a Gym Leader, Elite Four member, the Champion, or Red (whole party) +3 +2 +1
Grooming (Daisy) +3 +1
Walking 512 steps (whole party) +1
Learn a TM +1 0
Using a battle item†† +1 0
Fainting If opponent is less than 30 levels higher -1
If opponent is at least 30 levels higher, or outside of battle -5 -10
Using Energy Powder or Heal Powder -5 -10
Using Energy Root -10 -15
Using Revival Herb -15 -20

†: Vitamins affected include HP Up, Protein, Iron, Calcium, and Carbos
††: Battle items affected include X Attack, X Defend, X Speed, and X Special

In Generation III

In Generation III, different species of Pokémon were given individualized base friendship values. The Luxury Ball and Soothe Bell boosts were also introduced.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, an NPC who will evaluate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party can be found at Verdanturf Town. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Daisy Oak will perform the same service in Pallet Town. In addition, in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the degree to which a Pokémon moves towards the screen after an item is used on it will also indicate how high its friendship is.

In the table below, fainting in battle will not alter a Pokémon's friendship if it fainted from poison at the end of a turn.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Using friendship-raising BerriesE +10 +5 +2
Vivid ScentXD +5 +4 +3
Level up +5 +3 +2
Using a vitamin†† +5 +3 +2
Excite ScentXD +4 +3 +2
Grooming (Daisy)FRLG +3 +1
Battling against a Gym Leader, Elite Four member, or the Champion (whole party) +3 +2 +1
Joy ScentXD +3 +2 +1
Walking 128 steps (50% chance, whole party) +1
Learn a TM or HM +1 0
Using a battle item††† +1 0
Fainting If opponent is less than 30 levels higher -1
If opponent is at least 30 levels higher, or outside of battle -5 -10
Using Energy Powder or Heal Powder -5 -10
Using Energy Root -10 -15
Using Revival Herb -15 -20

†: Berries affected include Pomeg Berry, Kelpsy Berry, Qualot Berry, Hondew Berry, Grepa Berry, and Tamato Berry (No. 21-26)
††: Vitamins affected include HP Up, Protein, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Carbos, PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy
†††: Battle items affected include X Attack, X Defend, X Speed, X Special, X Accuracy, Dire Hit, and Guard Spec.

In Generation IV

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The Pokétch's Friendship Checker app with a Drifblim at maximum friendship.

In Generation IV only, a Pokémon's met location does not affect the amount of friendship it gains. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the massage at the Ribbon Syndicate is also not affected by any friendship boosts, and the Soothe Bell does not affect friendship gained when using a battle item.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, an NPC who will evaluate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party can be found in Hearthome City, or the player may use the Friendship Checker app on the Pokétch. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, an NPC in Goldenrod City will also evaluate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party, or a walking Pokémon's friendship may also be gauged by its reaction when speaking to it.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Massage (Ribbon Syndicate)DPPt
"Our treatment has made your pampered baby [...] friendly to you."
"much more" +30
"more" +10
"a little more" +5
Grooming (haircut brothers)HGSS
"<Pokémon> looks [...]"
"delighted!" +10
"happy." +5
"a little happier." +1
Grooming (Daisy)HGSS +10
Using friendship-raising Berries +10 +5 +2
Level up +5 +3 +2
Using a vitamin†† +5 +3 +2
Massage (Veilstone City Massage Girl)DPPt +3
Battling against a Gym Leader, Elite Four member, or the Champion (whole party) +3 +2 +1
Walking 128 steps (50% chance, whole party) +1
Learn a TM or HM +1 0
Using a battle item††† +1 0
Fainting If opponent is less than 30 levels higher -1
If opponent is at least 30 levels higher -5 -10
Surviving poison with 1 HP outside of battle -5 -10
Using Energy Powder or Heal Powder -5 -10
Using Energy Root -10 -15
Using Revival Herb -15 -20

†: Berries affected include Pomeg Berry, Kelpsy Berry, Qualot Berry, Hondew Berry, Grepa Berry, and Tamato Berry (No. 21-26)
††: Vitamins affected include HP Up, Protein, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Carbos, PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy
†††: Battle items affected include X Attack, X Defend, X Speed, X Special, X Accuracy, Dire Hit, and Guard Spec.

In Generation V

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Generation V introduced Befriending Power as a Pass Power to boost friendship gains.

Friendship boosts do not apply to the massage in Castelia City.

In the Generation V games, an NPC who will evaluate the friendship of the Pokémon in the player's party can be found in Icirrus City, with a second NPC only found in Nacrene City during Pokémon Black and White who checks the player's first Pokémon. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the player may also contact Bianca on the Xtransceiver to have their Pokémon's friendship rated.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Beauty Salon: getting a Royal CutW2 +50
Beauty Salon: getting a Beauty CutB2 +40
Beauty Salon: getting a Smile CutB2W2 +30
Massage (Castelia StreetBW/Medal OfficeB2W2)
"The massage has made your Pokémon [...] friendly to you!"
"much more" (6%) +30
"more" (20%) +10
"a little bit more" (74%) +5
Beauty Salon: getting a ShampooB2W2 +20
Café: getting a Friendly ComboB2W2 +20
Beauty Salon: getting a BrushingB2W2 +10
Café: getting a Friendly LunchB2W2 +10
Using friendship-raising Berries +10 +5 +2
Café: getting a Friendly DrinkB2W2 +5
Level up in battle +5 +4 +3
Battling against a Gym Leader, Elite Four member, or the Champion (whole party) +5 +4 +3
Using a vitamin†† +5 +3 +2
Using a wing +3 +2 +1
Walking 128 steps (50% chance, whole party) +2 +1
Learn a TM or HM +1 0
Using a battle item††† +1 0
Fainting If opponent is less than 30 levels higher -1
If opponent is at least 30 levels higher -5 -10
Using Energy Powder or Heal Powder -5 -10
Using Energy Root -10 -15
Using Revival Herb -15 -20

†: Berries affected include Pomeg Berry, Kelpsy Berry, Qualot Berry, Hondew Berry, Grepa Berry, and Tamato Berry (No. 21-26)
††: Vitamins affected include HP Up, Protein, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Carbos, PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy
†††: Battle items affected include X Attack, X Defend, X Speed, X Special, X Accuracy, Dire Hit, and Guard Spec.

In Generation VI

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In Generation VI, Befriending Power becomes an O-Power.

Friendship boosts do not apply to massages, drinks from the Juice Shoppe, or the Soothing Bag in Super Training.

In Pokémon X and Y, an NPC who will evaluate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party can be found early on in Santalune City, or later in Laverre City. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, an NPC in Verdanturf Town will also evaluate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Massage (Secret Pals)ORAS +30
Massage (Cyllage CityXY/Mauville CityORAS)
"The massage made your Pokémon [...] friendly toward you"
"much more" (6%) +30
"more" (20%) +10
"a little bit more" (74%) +5
Super Training: Soothing Bag +20
Juice Shoppe: Colorful Shake Custom-made +12 to 32 (depending on Berries used)
Pre-made +1 per PokémonDollar.png100
Using friendship-raising Berries +10 +5 +2
Level up in battle +5 +4 +3
Battling against a Gym Leader, Elite Four member, or the Champion (whole party) +5 +4 +3
Using a vitamin†† +5 +3 +2
Juice Shoppe: Rare Soda, Ultra Rare Soda, Perilous Soup, or EV Juices +4
Using a wing +3 +2 +1
Walking 128 steps (sometimes; for whole party) +2 +1
Using a battle item††† +1 0
Fainting If opponent is less than 30 levels higher -1
If opponent is at least 30 levels higher -5 -10
Using Energy Powder or Heal Powder -5 -10
Using Energy Root -10 -15
Using Revival Herb -15 -20

†: Berries affected include Pomeg Berry, Kelpsy Berry, Qualot Berry, Hondew Berry, Grepa Berry, and Tamato Berry (No. 21-26)
††: Vitamins affected include HP Up, Protein, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Carbos, PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy
†††: Battle items affected include X Attack, X Defense, X Speed, X Sp. Atk, X Sp. Def, X Accuracy, Dire Hit, and Guard Spec.

In Generation VII

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Friendship boosts do not apply to massages.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, an NPC who will evaluate the friendship of a Pokémon in the player's party can be found in Konikoni City.

Event Change based on current friendship
0 to 99 100 to 199 200 to 255
Massage (Konikoni City) "I think you'll notice a lot of friendly feelings!" +40
"[It] helped inspire some good, friendly feelings toward you." +20
"It's feeling a bit more friendly toward you already, I'd say." +10
Food stalls: getting a Friendly Combo +20
Food stalls: getting a Friendly Lunch +10
Food stalls: getting a Friendly Drink +5
Using friendship-raising Berries +10 +5 +2
Isle Avue hot springs +5
Level up in battle +5 +4 +3
Battling against a Island Kahuna, Elite Four member, or the Champion (whole party) +5 +4 +3
Using a vitamin†† +5 +3 +2
Using a wing +3 +2 +1
Walking 128 steps (sometimes; for whole party) +2 +1
Using a battle item††† +1 0
Fainting If opponent is less than 30 levels higher -1
If opponent is at least 30 levels higher -5 -10
Using Energy Powder or Heal Powder -5 -10
Using Energy Root -10 -15
Using Revival Herb -15 -20

†: Berries affected include Pomeg Berry, Kelpsy Berry, Qualot Berry, Hondew Berry, Grepa Berry, and Tamato Berry (No. 21-26)
††: Vitamins affected include HP Up, Protein, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Carbos, PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy
†††: Battle items affected include X Attack, X Defense, X Speed, X Sp. Atk, X Sp. Def, X Accuracy, Dire Hit, and Guard Spec.

Evolutions

Several Pokémon evolve after being leveled up when their friendship value is 220 or higher.

Previous evolutions Friendship evolution Future evolutions
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Zubat
 Poison  Flying 

Level 22
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Golbat
 Poison  Flying 

Friendship
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Crobat
 Poison  Flying 
Crobat does not evolve
Meowth is the lowest in its line 052Meowth-Alola.png
Meowth
Alola Form
 Dark 

Friendship
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Persian
Alola Form
 Dark 
Persian does not evolve
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Happiny
 Normal 

Level up
holding an Oval Stone
(day)
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Chansey
 Normal 

Friendship
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Blissey
 Normal 
Blissey does not evolve
Eevee is the lowest in its line 133Eevee.png
Eevee
 Normal 

Friendship
(day)
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Espeon
 Psychic 
Espeon does not evolve

Friendship
(night)
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Umbreon
 Dark 
Umbreon does not evolve
Pichu is the lowest in its line 172Pichu.png
Pichu
 Electric 

Friendship
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Pikachu
 Electric 

Thunder Stone
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Raichu
 Electric 

Thunder Stone
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Raichu
Alola Form
 Electric  Psychic 
Cleffa is the lowest in its line 173Cleffa.png
Cleffa
 Fairy 

Friendship
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Clefairy
 Fairy 

Moon Stone
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Clefable
 Fairy 
Igglybuff is the lowest in its line 174Igglybuff.png
Igglybuff
 Normal  Fairy 

Friendship
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Jigglypuff
 Normal  Fairy 

Moon Stone
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Wigglytuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Togepi is the lowest in its line 175Togepi.png
Togepi
 Fairy 

Friendship
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Togetic
 Fairy  Flying 

Shiny Stone
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Togekiss
 Fairy  Flying 
Azurill is the lowest in its line 298Azurill.png
Azurill
 Normal  Fairy 

Friendship
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Marill
 Water  Fairy 

Level 18
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Azumarill
 Water  Fairy 
Budew is the lowest in its line 406Budew.png
Budew
 Grass  Poison 

Friendship
(day)
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Roselia
 Grass  Poison 

Shiny Stone
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Roserade
 Grass  Poison 
Buneary is the lowest in its line 427Buneary.png
Buneary
 Normal 

Friendship
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Lopunny
 Normal 
Lopunny does not evolve
Chingling is the lowest in its line 433Chingling.png
Chingling
 Psychic 

Friendship
(night)
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Chimecho
 Psychic 
Chimecho does not evolve
Munchlax is the lowest in its line 446Munchlax.png
Munchlax
 Normal 

Friendship
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Snorlax
 Normal 
Snorlax does not evolve
Riolu is the lowest in its line 447Riolu.png
Riolu
 Fighting 

Friendship
(day)
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Lucario
 Fighting  Steel 
Lucario does not evolve
Woobat is the lowest in its line 527Woobat.png
Woobat
 Psychic  Flying 

Friendship
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Swoobat
 Psychic  Flying 
Swoobat does not evolve
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Sewaddle
 Bug  Grass 

Level 20
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Swadloon
 Bug  Grass 

Friendship
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Leavanny
 Bug  Grass 
Leavanny does not evolve
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Type: Null
 Normal 

Friendship
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Silvally
 Normal 
Silvally does not evolve

Raters

Friendship raters are NPCs that will indicate the friendship of the first Pokémon in the player's party when spoken to.

Locations

Region City Location: NPC Distinct evaluations
Kanto (FRLG only) Pallet Town Blue's house: Daisy 7
Johto Goldenrod City House east of the Department Store: woman 6
Goldenrod CitySu Goldenrod Department Store, fifth floor: woman 3
Hoenn Verdanturf Town Southwestern-most house: woman 7
Pacifidlog Town Southwestern-most house: Gentleman 3
Orre (XD only) Gateon Port Krabby Club, upper floor: the captain 7
Sinnoh Hearthome City Pokémon Fan Club (east of the Poké Mart): Beauty 6DP or 7Pt
Route 213 House south of the Pastoria City gate: Dr. Footstep 5
Eterna City Pokémon Center: Aroma Lady 3
Pokétch: Friendship Checker app 5
Unova Icirrus City Pokémon Fan Club (south of Gym): woman 3
Nacrene City Building east of the Pokémon Center: woman with a Pokémon 7
B2W2: Call Bianca on the Xtransceiver 7
Kalos Santalune City House west of the Pokémon Center: Beauty 3
Laverre City Pokémon Fan Club (in the northwest): Pokémon Breeder 7
Alola Konikoni City Female Veteran next to the TM Shop's street sign 7

The Johto and Hoenn raters in the Goldenrod Department Store and Pacifidlog Town will give out TM21 (Frustration) or TM27 (Return) (or neither) depending on the friendship of the player's lead Pokémon.

Evaluation

Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Statement Friendship
Goldenrod City
"It looks really happy! It must love you a lot." 250-255
"I get the feeling that it really trusts you." 200-249
"It's friendly toward you. It looks sort of happy." 150-199
"It's quite cute." 100-149
"You should treat it better. It's not used to you." 50-99
"It doesn't seem to like you at all. It looks mean." 0-49
Goldenrod Department Store (Sunday only)
"It's very attached to you. This move should be perfect for a pair like you." 150-255
"It's adorable! You should teach it good TM moves." 50-149
"It looks evil. How about this TM for it?" 0-49


Stadium 2

While there is no NPC that rates friendship, when viewing a table with Pokémon, its value is listed there (along other elements such as type, Trainer ID number or item), in levels. Pokémon data read from a Generation I game will always be rated as Not quite, even for Red's Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow, which does have its friendship tracked.

Rating Friendship
Excellent 250-255
Very good 200-249
Pretty good 150-199
A little bit 100-149
Not quite 50-99
Not at all 0-49


Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Statement Friendship
Verdanturf Town
"It adores you. It can't possibly love you any more. I even feel happy seeing it." 255
"It seems to be very happy. It obviously likes you a whole lot." 200-254
"It likes you quite a lot. It seems to want to be babied a little." 150-199
"It's getting used to you. It seems to believe in you." 100-149
"It's not very used to you yet. It neither loves nor hates you." 50-99
"It's very wary. It has scary viciousness in its eyes. It doesn't like you much at all." 1-49
"This is a little hard for me to say… Your Pokémon simply detests you. Doesn't that make you uncomfortable?" 0
Pacifidlog Town
"It clearly likes you very much. A Pokémon that adoring and adorable deserves a TM like this, no?" 151-255
"Hmm… It's not bad, but it's also not good. You, as the Trainer, need to put in some more effort." 100-150
"It has a vicious look to it. A frightening Pokémon like that deserves a TM like this." 0-99


FireRed and LeafGreen
Main article: Daisy Oak
Statement Friendship
"It couldn't possibly love you any more than it does now. Your Pokémon is happy beyond words." 255
"It looks very happy. I wish <rival> could see this and learn something from it." 200-254
"It's quite friendly with you. Keep being good to it!" 150-199
"It's warming up to you. Trust must be growing between you." 100-149
"It's not quite familiar with you yet. Pokémon are all quite wary when you first get them." 50-99
"<Player>, I don't like the way it glares at you. Could you try being a little nicer to it?" 1-49
"…Um, it's not easy for me to say this, but… Is there some reason why your Pokémon would hate you so much?" 0


XD: Gale of Darkness

The friendship rater is located inside the Krabby Club in Gateon Port. He is upstairs, straight to the rear of the club (not the ones backstage) and standing near the bartender. He looks like a boat captain. He is present after starting the events in Pyrite Town.

Statement Friendship
"It simply adores you! It couldn't possibly get to like you more. This is wonderful!" 255
"It seems to like you very much. Your Pokémon seems to be very happy that it's with you." 200-254
"It likes you quite a bit. It wants to be pampered by you." 150-199
"It's growing friendly toward you. It seems to believe in you." 100-149
"It doesn't seem to be used to you yet. You should treat it kindly." 50-99
"Hmm… It's not friendly toward you. The look in its eyes is frightening. You should treat it more kindly." 1-49
"… This is awful. It detests you to a degree I hardly ever see. Are you sure you'll be okay?" 0


Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Statement Friendship
Dr. Footstep
Refer to Dr. Footstep → Friendship levels.
Friendship Checker (Pokétch app)
Two large hearts 255
Two small hearts 200-254
One small heart 150-199
No hearts (moves towards stylus) 70-149
No hearts (moves away from stylus) 0-69
Eterna City
"It seems to like you. It must be happy being with you." 120-255
"It's becoming comfortable around you, I think." 70-119
"Hmm… It needs to get used to you more." 0-69
Hearthome City in Pt
"It looks really happy! It must love you a lot." 250-255
"I get the feeling that it really trusts you." 200-249
"It's friendly towards you. It looks sort of happy." 150-199
"It's quite cute." 100-149
"You should treat it better. It's not used to you." 50-99
"It doesn't seem to like you at all. It looks mean." 0-49
Hearthome City in DP
"It simply adores you! Why, I feel like I am intruding!" 255
"It's very friendly toward you. I can tell you treat it kindly." 200-254
"It's quite friendly to you. It must be happy being with you." 150-199
"It's warming up to you. That's my impression." 100-149
"It's feeling neutral toward you. It's up to you to change that." 50-99
"Hmm… It seems to dislike you a little." 1-49
"Oh, my… I think this one really hasn't taken too kindly to you." 0


HeartGold and SoulSilver
Statement Friendship
Goldenrod City
"It looks really happy! It must love you a lot." 250-255
"I get the feeling that it really trusts you." 200-249
"It's friendly toward you. It looks sort of happy." 150-199
"It's quite cute." 100-149
"You should treat it better. It's not used to you." 50-99
"It doesn't seem to like you at all. It looks mean." 0-49
Goldenrod Department Store (Sunday only)
"It's very attached to you. This move should be perfect for a pair like you." 149-255
"It's adorable! You should teach it good TM moves." 51-148
"It looks evil. How about this TM for it?" 0-50


Black and White
Statement Friendship
Nacrene City
"It's very friendly toward you! It must be happy with you." 120-255
"It's a little bit friendly to you… Something like that." 70-119
"Hmmm… It may still take some time." 0-69
Icirrus City
"It is super friendly to you! I'm a bit jealous!" 255
"It is quite friendly to you! You must be a kind person!" 200-254
"It is friendly to you. It must be happy with you." 150-199
"It is a little friendly to you… That's what I'm getting." 100-149
"The relationship is neither good nor bad… It looks neutral." 50-99
"Hmmm… It may not like you very much." 1-49
"By any chance, you… Are you a very strict person? I feel that it really doesn't like you…" 0


Black 2 and White 2
Statement Friendship
Icirrus City
"It is super friendly to you! I'm a bit jealous!" 255
"It is quite friendly to you! You must be a kind person!" 200-254
"It is friendly to you. It must be happy with you." 150-199
"It is a little friendly to you… That's what I'm getting." 100-149
"The relationship is neither good nor bad… It looks neutral." 50-99
"Hmmm… It may not like you very much." 1-49
"By any chance, you… Are you a very strict person? I feel that it really doesn't like you…" 0
Bianca
"What great friends you are! It's so nice how you trust each other! It makes me kinda jealous!" 255
"You two sure get along great! It looks like you are having fun together! You seem bright and cheerful!" 200-254
"You seem really close! You look so, so happy! It's enough to make me happy too!" 150-199
"You're starting to get to be friends. Just maybe, walking along the same path has made you understand one another." 100-149
"You still have room for improvement. How nice! I mean, you can become even better friends!" 50-99
"You aren't getting along, are you? It's glaring at you with a look that's kinda scary." 1-49
"You aren't getting along, are you? It doesn't look like it's having fun even when you're together." 0


X and Y
Statement Friendship
Santalune City
"Let's see, you and <Pokémon> are… Very connected to each other! That's what it looks like to me!" 120-255
"Let's see, you and <Pokémon> are… Just getting to know each other… Yes, I think that's how I'd put it." 70-119
"Let's see, you and <Pokémon> are… Capable of understanding each other much more than now. Look forward to that, OK?" 0-69
Laverre City
"It's amazingly friendly toward you! It must be so happy spending every day with you!" 255
"You must really like your <Pokémon> and always keep it by your side!" 200-254
"Well, I think you and <Pokémon> will be an even greater combo someday!" 150-199
"It's a little bit friendly to you… Something like that." 100-149
"Hmm…I think you have a lot of time ahead of you to get to know one another better." 50-99
"Don't tell me! Are you just letting it get knocked out in Pokémon battles?!" 1-49
"What's this? Are you a disciplinarian? Or do you plan to use the move Frustration?" 0


Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Statement Friendship
Verdanturf Town
"It's extremely friendly toward you. It couldn't possibly love you more. It's a pleasure to see!" 255
"It seems to be very happy. It's obviously friendly toward you." 200-254
"It's quite friendly toward you. It seems to want to be babied a little." 150-199
"It's getting used to you. It seems to believe in you." 100-149
"It's not very used to you yet. It neither loves nor hates you." 50-99
"It's very wary. It has a scary look in its eyes. It doesn't like you much at all." 1-49
"This is a little hard for me to say… Your Pokémon simply detests you. Doesn't that make you uncomfortable?" 0
Pacifidlog Town
"It's clearly very friendly toward you. A Pokémon that adoring and adorable deserves a TM like this, no?" 151-255
"Hmm… It's not bad, but it’s also not good. You, as the Trainer, need to put in some more effort." 100-150
"It has a vicious look to it. A frightening Pokémon like that deserves a TM like this." 0-99
Sun and Moon
Statement Friendship
"My! It feels incredibly close to you! Nothing makes it happier than being with you!" 255
"You clearly love your <Pokémon>, and you must spend a lot of time together." 200-254
"Hm. I'd say that you and <Pokémon> have the potential to be an even greater combo." 150-199
"Hmmm. I think…it feels friendly toward you. At least a little…" 100-149
"Hmmm… I'd say that you and your Pokémon still have a long way to go." 50-99
"What is going on here? Do you let it get knocked out a lot in battles or something? This is bad." 1-49
"Oh dear. You must be a merciless Trainer… Do you use Frustration or just not know better?" 0


Misconceptions

Although frequently reported to the contrary, the following factors do not affect friendship (note that these are focused on the system that has been in place since Generation II):

In spin-off games

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Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

Two Pokémon in a Happy Mood

Friendship also has an effect in the second game of the Pokémon Ranger series. Partner Pokémon can have the condition of Fine, Happy, or Very Happy. When it is in a Happy Mood, black musical notes appear to come out of it. Multicolored musical notes come out when it is Very Happy. This may happen whether or not it is with the player. This state of mind increases the speed the Partner Gauge fills up due to more Partner Energy being provided.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 親密度 Chānmahtdouh
Mandarin 親密度 / 亲密度 Qīnmìdù
France Flag.png French Amitié
Germany Flag.png German Zuneigung
Freundschaft
Italy Flag.png Italian Affetto
Affeziono
Amicizia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 친밀도 Chinmildo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Amistad

See also

External links


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