Friendship - Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum Wiki Guide - IGN (2023)

Friendship is a somewhat hidden stat in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that has various effects on Pokemon. Some Pokemon even need Friendship to evolve! This guide covers how to check Friendship and how to raise Friendship in Pokemon BDSP.

How to Raise Friendship in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl


  • Catch the Pokemon in a Luxury Ball (purchased at Poke Marts after a certain Gym Badge)
  • Get it a Massage in Veilstone City (building pictured above!)
  • Use Vitamins on the Pokemon
  • Use the Pokemon in battle
  • Allow the Pokemon to hold the item Soothe Bell (which you can get inside the The Pokemon Mansion)
  • Keep them in your party as you travel (and walk).
  • Feed them certain berries that say "raise friendliness." These also lower Effort Values
  • Use them in Super Contests in Hearthome City

How to Lower Friendship

  • Allow the Pokemon to faint in battle
  • Use bitter items on the Pokemon
  • Keep the Pokemon stored in the PC
  • Trade the Pokemon

Note: Trading a Pokemon reverts its Friendship to its base point

How to Check Friendship in Pokemon BDSP

There's a Poketch App called the Friendship Checker that can be acquired in Eterna City. Simply head inside the Pokemon Center and speak to a girl there - she'll give you the app.

Then, tab over to the Friendship Checker on the Poketch, and tap and hold on the Pokemon you want to check. The more, and bigger, the hearts, the friendlier they are.

Pokemon That Evolve with Friendship

Certain Pokemon can only evolve if they are friendly enough toward you. Sometimes Friendship is needed along with an item, select time, or select location to evolve


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How do you get high friendship in diamond and pearl? ›

How to increase Friendship in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
  1. Capture a Pokemon with a Friend Ball or Luxury Ball. ...
  2. Give your Pokemon a Soothe Bell to hold. ...
  3. Give your Pokemon a massage at Veilstone City. ...
  4. Compete in Super Contests at Hearthome City. ...
  5. Battle with your Pokemon (and make sure you win!)
Nov 24, 2021

How do you max friendship in diamond? ›

How to raise friendship levels in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
  1. Get the Soothe Bell inside the Pokémon Mansion. ...
  2. Feed your best monsters three vitamins to make them happy. ...
  3. Give your favorite Pokémon a massage once per day. ...
  4. Check the friendship level of your Pokémon with this special Pokétech app.
Nov 24, 2021

How do you check Pokemon friendship? ›

Approach your Pokémon at a picnic and engage with them by pressing the A button. They may make a friendly little chirp and hop around, but 1-5 hearts may also appear over their heads to give you a good idea of their feelings about you.

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

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. That isn't the only way.

What is the best way to increase friendship Pokémon? ›

At its most basic, you can raise your Friendship with your Pokémon by spending time with them. In most Pokémon games, walking with them in your party and levelling them up increases Friendship levels, while causing them to faint decreases Friendship levels.

How to get friendship level 10? ›

1) Complete Daily Commissions

The most obvious method to increase Yelan's Friendship level is by completing Daily Commissions. Players can earn up to 60 EXP per commission and 100 EXP every day by talking to Katheryne, depending on their rank.

What is the max friendship stat? ›

In all games, friendship is a value that ranges from 0 to 255 (stored as a single byte).

What is the fastest way to increase friendship in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond? ›

How do I build Pokémon friendship in BDSP?
  1. Give them a soothe bell. ...
  3. Take your Pokémon for walks. ...
  4. Feed your Pokémon delicious berries. ...
  5. Get to cooking those sweet Pokémon BDSP Poffins. ...
  6. Be victorious in battles. ...
  7. Give them massages. ...
  8. Dose them up with Vitamins.
Jan 26, 2022

How do you get high friendship in Pearl? ›

There are several ways to increase your Pokemon's Friendship level in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl:
  1. Walking with your Pokemon. ...
  2. Let them hold Soothe Bell.
  3. Catch a Pokemon with Luxury Ball. ...
  4. Give them a massage. ...
  5. Feed them Vitamins. ...
  6. Feed them Berries.
Dec 1, 2021

How do you calculate friendship level in Brilliant Diamond? ›

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 raise friendship in 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.


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