How to increase your Pokémon BDSP friendship levels (2023)

A happy Pokémon makes a happy trainer, and the best way to keep your critters full of love is to raise your Pokémon BDSP friendship levels. Being best buddies with your little companions in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has more benefits than the sheer joy of seeing their content little faces though – a higher friendship level can increase stats, performance in battle, and even help some Pokémon evolve.

If you’re wondering how to increase your Pokémon BDSP friendship levels, you’re in the right place. In this guide, we’ll show you all the ways you can earn the hearts of sweet pocket monsters, from soothe bells to poffins. We’ve also included a list of all the things that can decrease your friendship, so you know what to avoid, as well as some pointers on how to get the Pokémon BDSP friendship tracker.

While you’re here on your Pokémission, be sure to check out our Pokémon BDSP Underground, Pokémon BDSP Ditto, Pokémon BDSP Drifloon, and Pokémon BDSP exclusives list for more. We also have a list of , with some great freebies up for grabs.

How do I build Pokémon friendship in BDSP?

There are several ways to raise your Pokémon BDSP friendship, and they mostly revolve around spending time with your little pals, and showing them some good, old fashioned TLC. Here are some tips on how to build Pokémon friendship in BDSP.

Give them a soothe bell

The soothe bell is a super useful piece of kit if you’re trying to raise your friendship level with a Pokémon. When a critter holds the soothe bell, its friendship growth rate is doubled, meaning when you do any of the following activities in our list, you’ll reap double the benefits.

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To get your hands on the soothe bell, you simply have to head to the Pokémon Mansion on Route 212. As you enter, take a left and go through the second door to find a maid who will give you the bell after a brief chat about catching Pokémon in the garden.

HAVE THE POKÉMON FIRST IN YOUR PARTY

Everyone likes to be put first every now and then, and for Pokémon, it’s no different. Give them a little bit of the spotlight, by putting the Pokémon you want to befriend in the top slot. They’ll appreciate it, we promise.

Take your Pokémon for walks

Make sure your Pokémon is getting enough exercise, and spending a little extra time with you, by having them explore the land by your side. Check out our guide on how to get your BDSP Pokémon to follow you if you want to get in some quality time, and earn both berries and friendship points.

Feed your Pokémon delicious berries

Tasty, nutritional treats are bound to make your Pokémon happy, and luckily, some of the berries you get by taking them on walks can also increase their friendship level. However, these berries also have a side effect that decreases the effort values in a certain stat, so be mindful when using them.

Here are the berries that can increase friendship, along with their side effects.

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BerryEffect
Pomeg BerryLowers the Pokémon’s base HP
Kelpsy BerryLowers the Pokémon’s base attack
Qualot BerryLowers the Pokémon’s base defence
Hondew BerryLowers the Pokémon’s base special attack
Grepa BerryLowers the Pokémon’s special defence
Tamato BerryLowers the Pokémon’s base speed

Get to cooking those sweet Pokémon BDSP Poffins

Pop the right poffin in a Poké’s mouth, and they’ll be in paradise! To cook poffins in Pokémon BDSP, you need to go to the Pokémon fan club in Hearthome city first. Talk to the NPC to get your hands on a poffin case. After that, head to the Poffin House beside the Poké Mart, or go to the Poffin Cooking Station inside Amity Square and talk to the lady.

Choose up to four berries to make your poffin, then get cooking. You need to stir the batter slowly at first, then carefully pick up the speed as the colour changes. Picking a variety of berries, preferably with strong but similar flavours increases your chances of getting higher quality poffins.

Poffins not only raise your friendship level with your chosen Pokémon, but can also increase their conditions, like beauty, cleverness, coolness, and more.

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Be victorious in battles

It feels good to win, right? Especially alongside your best friends. Well, your pocket monsters think so too. Winning battles with your favourite Pokémon on your team is sure to make them feel proud, and will also raise their friendship level with you too.

Give them massages

Who doesn’t want a nice massage after a tough day battling out in the wild? If you want to raise your friendship level with a certain Pokémon, it’s a good idea to pamper them every now and then, and taking them to get a massage is the perfect thing. Through most of the game, you have to talk to the massage girl in Veilstone City, near the Gym. In the post-game, you can also visit the spa in Ribbon Syndicate. A massage at the spa will give you more friendship points, but you’ll need to obtain ten ribbons before you can use it. You can only have one Pokémon massaged once a day, so choose wisely.

Dose them up with Vitamins

Health and happiness are pretty synonymous, so it makes sense that giving your Pokémon some feel-good vitamins will raise your friendship with them. You can buy vitamins from the Veilstone department store, or exchange battle points for them at the battle tower. Vitamins not only give a small raise to your friendship levels, but also raise their base stats. However, this can be an expensive way to raise your friendship levels, so it’s only really worthwhile if you’ve got the Pokébux to spare.

Here’s a list of all the available vitamins, and what stat improvements they provide. Vitamins usually cost around 9,800-10,000 Pokébux, or ten battle points each.

VitaminEffect
HP upRaises the Pokémon’s base HP
ProteinRaises the Pokémon’s base attack
IronRaises the Pokémon’s base defence
CalciumRaises the Pokémon’s base special attack
ZincRaises the Pokémon’s base special defence
CarbosRaises the Pokémon’s base speed
PP upRaises the maximum PP of a single move that has been learned by the target Pokémon
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What lowers Pokémon BDSP friendship?

If you want to make sure you don’t lose any of these hard-earned friendship points, be sure to avoid doing any of the following.

  • Allowing the Pokémon to faint in battle
  • Feeding your Pokémon bitter items
  • Keeping your Pokémon locked up in the Pokémon Center
  • Trading the Pokémon (trading a Pokémon resets their friendship points entirely)

How do I use the Pokémon BDSP friendship checker?

While checking your friendship level with your Pokémon isn’t quite as easy as taking a peek at their stats, there’s a way you can get a general idea for how they feel about you. If you head to Eterna City and talk to the man in the Pokémon Center, he’ll give you access to the Pokétech app. This app will bring up a green screen with sprites of all the members of your party, in a style reminiscent of the older games. Tapping the Pokémon will show you their approximate happiness and friendship through little hearts – the more hearts, the more love, of course.

And that’s it for our Pokémon BDSP friendship guide – we hope you’ve made some new pals! If you’ve already maxed out your Pokélove, head over to our list of the best Switch adventure games to find something new. If you happen to be playing Legends: Arceus, take a look at ourPokémon Legends: Arceus base camps,Pokémon Legends: Arceus starters, andPokémon Legends: Arceus new Pokémon guides.

FAQs

What is the fastest way to raise a Pokemon's friendship level? ›

How to Raise Friendship in Pokemon Sword and Shield
  1. Catch the Pokemon in a Luxury Ball or Friend Ball.
  2. Use Vitamins on the Pokemon.
  3. Use the Pokemon in battle.
  4. Allow the Pokemon to hold the item Soothe Bell (which you can get from the Friendship Checker)
  5. Keep them in your party as you travel.
  6. Feed them Curry in Pokemon Camp.
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How can I make my friendship level higher? ›

To increase Friendship, players will need to obtain Companionship EXP, which is an item that can be used on characters. These can be earned by completing certain missions scattered around the map, such as courtyards and temples. The higher the domain level, the rarer the rewards are.

How many steps does it take to max out friendship BDSP? ›

The Soothe Bell is just the start. If you equip a Pokemon with the Soothe Bell, you'll need to walk approximately 20,000 steps to fully max-out friendship.

Does walking increase friendship BDSP? ›

Pokemon BDSP give you plenty of ways to raise friendship levels, and you're using one of them every time you play: walking around. Having a Pokemon in your party raises its affection, and you can raise friendship even more by walking around with it outside of its Poke Ball.

How many berries does it take to Max a friend? ›

Use Berries

These Berries increase Happiness while lowering EV points (which is actually very helpful when EV Training). While holding the Soothe Bell, most Pokemon will reach max Happiness after consuming 20 of these berries.

How do you raise happiness in BDSP? ›

The Happiness can be improved by walking with your Pokémon (either outside the Poké Ball or otherwise), healing it, winning battles. There is also a daily Massage in Veilstone City that gives a small boost and one in the Ribbon Syndicate in the Resort Area which gives a big boost.

How can I check my BDSP happiness? ›

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl players can check their friendship with their Pokemon by using the Friendship Checker app in the Poketch. The Friendship Checker Poketch app can be obtained by speaking to an NPC in the Eterna City Pokemon Center.

What berries increase friendship brilliant diamond? ›

Berries: Pomeg, Kelpsy, Tamato, Hondew, Qualot, and Grepa berries all increase Friendship. Although, they each do have side effects. Taking Care of the Pokemon: Players can head over to the Massage Girl in Veilstone City to give their Pokémon a massage.

How much friendship Exp do you need? ›

Friendship Level
LevelEXP RequiredTotal EXP
1 → 21,0001,000
2 → 31,5502,550
3 → 42,0504,600
4 → 52,6007,200
5 more rows

How many steps does it take to evolve friendship? ›

At 35000 steps, the hearthome frienship checker indicated it was at above 200 happiness, and at 41000 I was able to evolve it by leveling it up once. The biking took about 30-40 minutes to do. Going in a circle was the fastest way to increase steps. Hope this helps someone in the future.

How much friendship EXP does the teapot give? ›

Characters set here will get Companionship EXP every hour based on the teapot's Adeptal Energy. The rates are: 0 - 2,999: 2 Companionship EXP per hour. 3,000- 5,999: 3 Companionship EXP per hour.

How many friendship points do vitamins give? ›

Giving vitamins to the Pokemon (you get 2 to 6 points per vitamin) Leveling up the Pokemon (you get 2 to 6 points per level) Using the soothing bag (20 points)

How much friendship does winning a battle give? ›

Battle against the gym leader, an elite four member, or the Champion. This raises your Pokemon's friendship level +5 points at levels 0-99, +4 points at levels 100 - 199, and +3 points at levels 200 - 255.

How long does it take to get a Pokemon to max happiness? ›

If you have enough berries you can max happiness in probably 4-5 mins.

Can you get an Eevee in BDSP? ›

Like most of the Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, Eevee can be caught in the wild. Trainers won't be able to find it roaming about the Grand Underground, but Eevee will sometimes spawn in the Trophy Garden.

What berries increase friendship? ›

There are six berries in all that can raise a Pokemon's friendship: Qualot, Tamato, Pomeg, Grepa, Hondew, and Kelpsy berries. Berries are easy to acquire in Sword and Shield. They can be collected from various trees and they respawn after a day has passed.

How many steps does it take to max happiness on Soothe Bell? ›

Soothe Bell is useless for raising happiness through walk. So it does take the almost 40000 steps to be at the minimum happiness level required to trigger evolution.

What Pokeballs raise friendship? ›

The Friend Ball (Japanese: フレンドボール Friend Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation II. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon. Pokémon caught in a Friend Ball become more friendly.

Does winning battles increase friendship? ›

Friendship can be gained by winning battles, using certain items and healing the Pokémon. The higher the friendship, the more the Pokémon likes the Trainer.

How much friendship does a Hondew Berry give? ›

Effects. Hondew Berry increases a Pokémon's Friendship, but also lowers its EVs in Special Attack. Friendship is raised by 10 points if the Pokémon's current Friendship level is less than 100; by 5 points if it's 100-199; or by 2 points if it's 200 or more.

How many berries does it take to Max a friend BDSP? ›

Players can max out any Pokemon by feeding them between 15 and 25 berries, depending on how the player obtained the Pokemon and whether it's been leveled. Pokemon hatched from eggs have lower friendship to start than Pokemon caught in the wild.

Where can I buy BDSP friendship berries? ›

Where to Buy Berries in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. There is only one place in the whole game where you can buy berries in Pokemon BDSP. You can find the seller at the Berry Master's House, which is located on Route 208 to the west of Hearthome City (indicated by the marker on the map above).

How many steps does it take to get the Soothe Bell to max happiness? ›

Soothe Bell is useless for raising happiness through walk. So it does take the almost 40000 steps to be at the minimum happiness level required to trigger evolution.

What Pokeballs raise friendship? ›

The Friend Ball (Japanese: フレンドボール Friend Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation II. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon. Pokémon caught in a Friend Ball become more friendly.

How many friendship points do vitamins give? ›

Giving vitamins to the Pokemon (you get 2 to 6 points per vitamin) Leveling up the Pokemon (you get 2 to 6 points per level) Using the soothing bag (20 points)

Does winning battles increase friendship? ›

Friendship can be gained by winning battles, using certain items and healing the Pokémon. The higher the friendship, the more the Pokémon likes the Trainer.

What berries increase friendship? ›

There are six berries in all that can raise a Pokemon's friendship: Qualot, Tamato, Pomeg, Grepa, Hondew, and Kelpsy berries. Berries are easy to acquire in Sword and Shield. They can be collected from various trees and they respawn after a day has passed.

How do you check arceus happiness? ›

Players looking to check their friendship levels with a Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus can do so by talking with Belamy in Jubilife Village. Belamy can be found along the perimeter of the stables, directly south of Marie.

How many steps does it take to evolve friendship? ›

At 35000 steps, the hearthome frienship checker indicated it was at above 200 happiness, and at 41000 I was able to evolve it by leveling it up once. The biking took about 30-40 minutes to do. Going in a circle was the fastest way to increase steps. Hope this helps someone in the future.

Why do my Poffins come out foul? ›

You get as many Poffins as berries you use in the mix, so if you use three berries, you'll get three Poffins. Based on our testing, if you use two or more of the same berry in one Poffin batch, they will turn into a Foul Poffin.

Will Poffins increase friendship? ›

7) Poffins: Even though the first six tips will probably do enough to boost your Pokémon's friendship level, feeding them the correct Poffin can increase happiness as well. You can't start making Poffins till you get to Hearthome City, where you'll meet a contest judge.

How do you make non foul Poffins? ›

Avoid Spillage by Stirring Gently

Stirring too fast will cause the batter to overflow and spill, which will hinder you from producing a good Poffin. Avoid stirring too fast, especially in the beginning, when the batter is most loose. Having too many spills will give you Foul Poffins.

How much friendship does winning a battle give? ›

Battle against the gym leader, an elite four member, or the Champion. This raises your Pokemon's friendship level +5 points at levels 0-99, +4 points at levels 100 - 199, and +3 points at levels 200 - 255.

Do Rare Candies increase happiness? ›

Yes! The Rare Candy is part of the Vitamin group of items, which can increase happiness in Platinum. If your Budew's happiness is between 0-99, a Rare Candy will increase it by 5. If your happiness is between 100-199, it will increase by 3.

Does pp up increase happiness? ›

Raising Happiness:

Give the Pokemon Vitamins [HP Up, Carbos, Iron, Protein, Calcium, Zinc, PP Up] (+5 0-99, +3 100-199, +2 200-254)

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