A Quick Start to Friendship and Affection in Generation 6

Welcome to the Pokémon Wiki's guide on Friendship and Affection! In this guide, we will cover what both Friendship and Affection are and their differences, how to raise both Friendship and Affection, and what the benefits of both Friendship and Affection are. Once you’ve finished this guide, you’ll be able to tell difference between Friendship and Affection and raise them to your benefit!

Contents

Terminology

  • Friendship: Refers to how happy a Pokémon is with it’s current Trainer.
  • Affection: Refers to the affection a Pokémon has for its Trainer.
  • Pokémon-Amie: Allows a player to develop stronger affection with their Pokémon via petting, feeding, and playing mini-games.
  • Base Friendship: Base friendship refers to the starting friendship between the Trainer and Pokemon.
  • Soothe Bell: While not mentioned specifically in this guide, it will double the amount of Friendship a Pokémon gains when this item is held.

Friendship vs Affection - Differences

  • Friendship and Affection might sound a lot alike, but they are in fact completely separate units of measurement.
  • Friendship is raised by doing one of several things in the Overworld.
  • Affection can only be raised in Pokémon-Amie and by staying at Hotel Richissime
  • Friendship affects several evolutionary lines.
  • Affection only affects one (Sylveon)
  • Friendship affects the power of Return and Frustration and also the availability of certain in-game items and Ribbons
  • Affection affects experience point growth, battle conditions (eg. Paralysis), and critical hits

Basics of Friendship

Friendship is essentially a unit of measurement for how happy a Pokémon is with it’s current Trainer. The Friendship Scale starts at 0 and goes to 255.

Most Pokémon have a Base Friendship of 70 and there are several ways to raise that Friendship. Below is a list of ways to raise friendship. Please bear in mind that Friendship rises the fastest between 0-99 Friendship and the slowest between 200-255 Friendship.

  • Walking 128 steps will sometimes raise Friendship level by 1 or 2
    • +2 from 0-99
    • +2 from 100-199
    • +1 from 200-255
  • Pokémon Massages will raise Friendship by 30 6% of the time, 20 20% of the time, and 10 74% of the time.

The Pokemon Masseuse is located in Cyllage City in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and Mauville City in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

  • Using any Vitamin will raise Friendship
    • +5 from 0-99 / +6 from 0-99 if Pokemon is in a Luxury Ball
    • +3 from 100-199 / +4 from 100-199 if Pokemon is in a Luxury Ball
    • +2 from 200-255 / +3 from 200-255 if Pokemon is in a Luxury Ball
  • Leveling up in Battle will raise Friendship
    • +5 from 0-99
    • +4 from 100-199
    • +3 from 200-255
  • The Soothing bag from Super Training will raise Friendship by 20 at every stage.
  • Using EV-Lowering Berries will raise Friendship
    • +10 from 0-99 / +11 from 0-99 if Pokemon is in a Luxury Ball
    • +5 from 100-199 / +6 from 100-199 if Pokemon is in a Luxury Ball
    • +2 from 200-255 / +3 from 200-255 if Pokemon is in a Luxury Ball
      • EV-Lowering Berries include:
      • Pomeg Berry
      • Kelpsy Berry
      • Qualot Berry
      • Hondew Berry
      • Grepa Berry
      • Tamato Berry
  • EV Juice from the Juice Shoppe will raise Friendship by 4 at every stage.
  • Using a Wing will raise Friendship
    • +3 from 0-99
    • +2 from 100-199
    • +1 from 200-255
      • Wings include:
      • Health Wing
      • Muscle Wing
      • Resist Wing
      • Genius Wing
      • Clever Wing
      • Swift Wing

Now that we’ve covered the ways to raise Friendship levels, it’s important to know that there are also ways of lowering Friendship. Friendship actually lowers faster the higher the level of Friendship you have with your Pokemon

  • Fainting will reduce Friendship by 1 at every stage
  • Using Heal Powder will reduce Friendship
    • -5 from 0-99
    • -5 from 100-199
    • -10 from 200-255
  • Using Energy Powder will reduce Friendship
    • -5 from 0-99
    • -5 from 100-199
    • -10 from 200-255
  • Using Energy Root will reduce Friendship
    • -10 from 0-99
    • -10 from 100-199
    • -15 from 200-255
  • Using Revival Herb will reduce Friendship
    • -15 from 0-99
    • -15 from 100-199
    • -20 from 200-255

While Trading does not inherently lower Friendship, it resets back to Base Friendship when traded to a new Trainer. However, if the Pokémon is traded back to the Original Trainer, Friendship will be restored.

Friendship is an ever-moving scale. After you get Max Friendship (255) it is still possible that your Pokémon can lose Friendship. So you’ll absolutely want to keep that in mind.

So now that you know how to raise and lower Friendship, what is it that Friendship actually does for you and your Pokémon?

To start, there are several Pokémon that evolve once they reach a Friendship level of at least 220 and then level up. These Pokémon will be listed below:

Unevolved Pokémon Evolved Pokémon
Golbat Crobat
Chansey Blissey
Eevee Espeon (During the Day)
Eevee Umbreon (During the Night)
Pichu Pikachu
Cleffa Clefairy
Igglybuff Jigglypuff
Togepi Togetic
Azurill Marill
Budew Roselia (During the Day)
Buneary Lopunny
Chingling Chimecho (During the Night)
Munchlax Snorlax
Riolu Lucario (During the Day)
Woobat Swoobat
Swadloon Leavanny

Next up, Friendship affects the power of Return and Frustration. Return, at Max Friendship, is one of the stronger Normal-type moves a Pokemon can learn. Without going into the nitty gritty details, it is worth noting that if a Pokemon’s Friendship is 127 or less that Frustration will be stronger than Return.

Like many things in the Pokémon world, you are able to check a Pokémon’s friendship towards you. The Friendship Checker locations are listed below:

Generally speaking, you’ll want to use either the Friendship Checker in Laverre City or Verdanturf Town. They give you a more accurate Friendship rating.

The Friendship Checker in Laverre City (Pokémon X/Y) will say the following about the numerical Friendship value of the first Pokémon in your party:

  • 255: "It's amazingly friendly toward you! It must be so happy spending every day with you!”
  • 200-254: "You must really like your <Pokémon> and always keep it by your side!"
  • 150-199: "Well, I think you and <Pokémon> will be an even greater combo someday!"
  • 100-149: "It's a little bit friendly to you… Something like that."
  • 50-99: "Hmm…I think you have a lot of time ahead of you to get to know one another better."
  • 1-49: "Don't tell me! Are you just letting it get knocked out in Pokémon battles?!"
  • 0: "What's this? Are you a disciplinarian? Or do you plan to use the move Frustration?"

The Friendship Checker in Verdanturf Town will say the following about the numerical Friendship value of the first Pokemon in your party:

  • 255: "It's extremely friendly toward you. It couldn't possibly love you more. It's a pleasure to see!"
  • 200-254: "It seems to be very happy. It's obviously friendly toward you."
  • 150-199: "It's quite friendly toward you. It seems to want to be babied a little."
  • 100-149: "It's getting used to you. It seems to believe in you.”
  • 50-99: "It's not very used to you yet. It neither loves nor hates you."
  • 1-49: "It's very wary. It has a scary look in its eyes. It doesn't like you much at all."
  • 0: "This is a little hard for me to say... Your Pokémon simply detests you. Doesn't that make you uncomfortable?"

Now, contrary to popular belief, there are aspects of the game that do not affect Friendship:

  • Depositing a Pokémon into Storage
  • Healing a Pokémon from a Status Condition
  • Healing a Pokémon with low HP
  • Giving a Pokémon an item to hold (disregarding the Soothe Bell)
  • Evolving a Pokémon
  • Using a Pokémon in a battle
  • Winning a battle with a Pokémon
  • Letting a Pokémon’s HP fall
  • Letting the Pokémon get a Status Condition
  • Walking when a Pokémon has a Status Condition
  • Affection

Basics of Affection

Now that we know about Friendship, let’s take a look at Affection. Affection can only be raised through Pokémon-Amie. Very much like Friendship, Affection has a range from 0-255. However, unlike Friendship, there is no base Affection--all Pokémon start with 0 Affection.

Let’s jump into the Pokémon-Amie system. You’ll first notice that there are three bars: Affection, Fullness, and Enjoyment. The only thing that will grant you bonuses is Affection. Fullness and Enjoyment are simply affected by how they interact with Affection.

For instance, let’s look at Fullness. When a Pokémon’s Fullness goes up, so does it’s Affection.

To cause an increase in Fullness, you’ll need to feed your Pokémon a PokéPuff.

There are many types of PokéPuffs. The following lists the types of PokéPuffs along with how they affect Fullness and Affection.

PokéPuff Affection Fullness
Whole Basic PokéPuff +2 +50
Whole Frosted PokéPuff +3 +50
Whole Fancy PokéPuff +4 +50
Whole Deluxe PokéPuff +5 +50
Whole Supreme Seasonal PokéPuff +6 +50
Whole Supreme Wish PokéPuff
Whole Supreme Honor PokéPuff
+10 +50

As you can see, PokéPuffs will affect Fullness a lot faster than Affection. However, it is one of the quickest ways to increase a Pokémon’s Affection.

Then gets to the tricky part - how to increase Affection when a Pokémon is Full. Simple, you can pet your Pokémon!

  • Petting your Pokémon in a normal spot will yield +1 Affection if a Pokémon is at 20-34 Enjoyment.
  • Petting your Pokémon in a normal spot will yield +2 Affection if a Pokémon has 35-49 Enjoyment.
  • Petting your Pokémon in a normal spot will yield +3 Affection if a Pokémon has 50 or more Enjoyment.
  • Petting your Pokémon in a favored spot will yield +1 Affection if a Pokémon has 16-41 Enjoyment.
  • Petting your Pokémon in a favored spot will yield +3 Affection if a Pokémon has 42 or more Enjoyment.

You might be wondering what Enjoyment levels have to do with Affection. Well, petting your Pokémon actually increases Affection at the cost of Enjoyment. So if you pet your Pokémon in a favored spot when your Pokémon has 84 Enjoyment, your Pokémon will gain +3 Affection but lose 42 Enjoyment. If your Pokémon has 0 Enjoyment, petting your Pokémon will yield no increase to Affection.

You can also increase Affection by playing--and winning--the Making Faces mini-game. Winning will yield 8 Affection and 80 Enjoyment, but at the cost of 50 Fullness.

There are some ways to increase Affection in the Overworld.

  • In Pokémon X/Y, you can stay at Hotel Richissime to increase Affection by 30 and Fullness by 255--this will apply to all Pokémon in the player’s party.
  • In Pokémon OR/AS, you can enter a Contest to increase Affection by 20, however this will only work if you are the Pokémon’s Original Trainer.

Now let’s imagine that your Pokémon is both Full and has 0 Enjoyment. What can you do? At this point you’ll play Mini-Games. Playing and beating Mini-Games is a quick way to earn PokéPuffs, decrease Fullness, and increase Enjoyment. This means that you can reasonably raise a Pokémon from 0 Affection to 255 Affection in a day by repeating a cycle of Feeding, Petting, and Playing.

Now that we’ve learned how to increase Affection, let’s find out what Affection does.

  • First, it will help you evolve Eevee into Sylveon. Affection Level 2 is required to evolve Eevee into Sylveon.
  • Next up, it will help Experience Growth. A Pokemon at Affection Level 2 or higher will gain 1.2x Experience in a Pokémon Battle.
  • Third, it will help with Pokémon Battles.
    • A Pokémon at Affection Level 3 or higher can endure some hits (with 1 HP) that would otherwise cause the Pokémon to faint--this includes damage from Confusion.
    • A Pokémon at Affection Level 4 or higher can avoid attacks with 100% Accuracy and shake off Status Conditions at the end of its turn.
    • A Pokémon at Affection Level 5 has a higher Critical Hit chance.

It is important to note that there are several incidents where Pokémon do not get their Affection Benefits.

  • A Mega-Evolved Pokémon cannot get Affection Benefits for the duration that is is in it’s Mega state.
  • Battles conducted via WiFi, Online, at the Battle Maison, or at the Battle Institute do not receive Affection Benefits.

Once a Pokemon is at Level 5 Affection, this will not change. Affection, unlike Friendship, does not go down. However, if a Pokémon is traded, it’s Affection will reset with the new Trainer. If it is traded back to the Original Trainer, Affection is restored.

In Closing, With Thanks

So that’s the end of this guide. You should now understand the differences between Friendship and Affection and their benefits for your Pokémon.

  • Special Thanks to terakins for writing this Guide.
Last edited by Lesley Pro_04 on 20 May 2016 at 18:10
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