Happiness

Happiness & Friendship

Happiness has been a constant feature in Pokémon since Pokémon Yellow and allows for you to create bonds with the Pokémon. Typically this was used for moves such as Return & Frustration, but as they're now removed the only element that wold appear for Friendship is the various evolutions that required it. However, Pokémon Sword & Shield brings about a couple of changes.

In Pokémon Sword & Shield, you can no longer max out your Pokémon's Happiness with just the usual methods. Instead, it now caps out at 160 and can't be increased any further. However, there have been a few tweaks. Previously the Happiness value was required for you to reach the value of 220. Now, you only need a happiness value of around 160 in order for your Pokémon to evolve.

Happiness & Friendship

Reaching Maximum Friendship

To reach maximum friendship in Pokémon Sword & Shield, you have to play with your Pokémon in Pokémon Camp. However, in these games, happiness and affection are now tied together as the same value so the higher the Pokémon's happiness, the better rewards your Pokémon get. These rewards do not carry over to multiplayer.

Statement Happiness Checker Description Hearts in Camp Special Effect
Maybe you're a bit too strict? It doesn't seem like you're friends at all... 0 0 None
I guess you two just met? It's still getting used to things. 1-49 0 None
Seems like it likes you an average amount! Don't worry—you two will get closer as time passes! 50-89 0 None
Wow, I think you're on your way to becoming real good friends! 100-149 1 None
Seems like you're pretty good friends! Still, I bet you could become even closer! 150-199 2 None
You two get along great! Together is always better—am I right? 200-229 3 Pokémon bounces when sent into battle
Text boxes indicate what it's doing in battle
Slim chance of preventing itself being prevented from being knocked out from a move
You two are almost best friends! I can see you really care about each other! 230+ 4 Pokémon bounces when sent into battle
Text boxes indicate what it's doing in battle
Small chance of preventing itself being prevented from being knocked out from a move
Increase of experience gained from battle of 20%
Chance of recovering from status conditions by itself
Oh wow, you're best buddies! I can tell you're so happy to be together! 255 5 Pokémon bounces when sent into battle
Text boxes indicate what it's doing in battle
Decent chance of preventing itself being prevented from being knocked out from a move
Increase of experience gained from battle of 20%
Chance of recovering from status conditions by itself
Slim chance of avoiding opponents moves
Critical Hit ratio increased by 1
Happiness & Friendship