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Best ways to increase Pokemon happiness in Sword and Shield

Published: 21/Nov/2019 0:44 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 17:57

by David Purcell


Increasing happiness of your Pokemon can be the key to evolving different species in Pokemon Sword and Shield, just like many games before them, so let’s take a look how to do it. 

Knowing how to make your Pokemon happy will be of huge benefit in the future, particularly for those looking to catch’em all and complete the Galar Region’s Pokedex.

A number of different Pokemon found in the new Galar Region require you to make them happy before they’re comfortable turning into their stronger forms, such as Riolu, Eevee, Togepi and more. We’ll have a list of them for you to look through later in this article, though, so let’s not worry about that for now.

Nintendo / PokemonRiolu is just one of many Pokemon in Sword and Shield that need happiness to evolve.

How to make Pokemon happier in Sword and Shield

There are several techniques that can be used to increase a Pokemon’s happiness in the various video games, one of which is actually a new feature in this series – feeding them some curry.

However, there are some other more traditional ways of maintaining a positive relationship between yourself and a particular Pokemon, and that’s simply by keeping them at your side – or, more specifically, in your active team.

You have more options than just those two, though. All of which can be found in the list below.

  • Take part in battles with your Pokemon
  • Have your Pokemon eat curry
  • Keep your Pokemon in your active party
  • Feed the Pokemon some vitamins
  • Feed the Pokemon berries
  • Give the Pokemon a Soothe Bell to carry

There’s also another trick that you could do even before you catch the Pokemon you want to make happier, and that’s catching it with either a Friend or Luxury Ball. This will ensure that your latest addition is happier than perhaps it usually is right off the bat.

Pokemon / NintendoServing up some curry to your hungry Pokemon will increase happiness.

Which Pokemon evolve with Happiness in Sword and Shield?

As we mentioned earlier, there’s several species that need happiness to evolve in Sword and Shield. Now that you know the techniques, though, you can look through the different species and start picking evolutions you would like to work towards – and some of them are really good!

One caveat is that some Pokemon, while they need happiness, will only evolve in particular conditions – whether it be day time or in the night – and these conditions are also included in our list.

  • Pichu
  • Cleffa
  • Eevee (evolves into Espeon in day, Umbreon in night)
  • Munchlax
  • Togepi
  • Budew (day)
  • Riolu (day)
  • Woobat
  • Null
  • Snom

So, there you have it! Not only do you now know the best ways to increase a Pokemon’s happiness, but also which species in Sword and Shield need to be super happy to evolve as well. Soon enough, you’ll have a number of brand new evolutions added to your Pokedex as a result.

If you want to know where to find some of the characters on the list, check out our Sword and Shield spawn location guides for Togepi and Riolu – they’re both very rare!


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.