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I've risen Pokemon Amie Affection to 5 hearts on my Riolo in the hopes that it will evolve as soon as it levels up, but I'm not certain that this is the same thing as friendship, and I'd like to not waste a level. My question is this: What is the difference between Pokemon Amie Affection and the Friendship stat?

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you mite find this handy gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/136784/… –  Qwertie Oct 24 '13 at 6:38

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So the link that qwertyk31 supplied is also a good reference and might make this a duplicate question? But regardless here is a link to Friendship or what is also known as Happiness

And here in the other question I explain what Affection affects:What bonuses are related to friendship?

Happiness it an older game mechanic that affects evolving some Pokemon as well as moves like Return and Frustration.

As I mention in the other question, Affection affects a few other things:

  • Resistant to having stats lowered
  • Evasiveness increases
  • Similar effect to Endure where stays at 1 hp
  • Pokemon levels faster
  • More critical hits( says something like ‘Pokemon Meowth is in sync with Trainer Name’)

These effects are permanent when the Pokemon's affection is full.

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Note that pokemon that evolved in previous games from "happiness" will now evolve from "affection" (2 hearts in most cases it seems?) –  Ben Brocka Oct 24 '13 at 13:17
    
If Ben's comment is true, please add it to your answer. It's very unclear what you mean otherwise. –  shatterspike1 Oct 24 '13 at 15:47
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This is actually untrue, unfortunately. I have 5 hearts on my Riolu and have leveled him up during the daytime for nothing to happen. Further research has confirmed this happening with other people, so I'm afraid I must remove my acceptance of your answer. –  shatterspike1 Oct 24 '13 at 22:38
    
Well I did not know for sure if what Ben said was true. I thought it was for sure Happiness or if it had changed to Affection. They are similar in how they are raised by the trainer. But I will delete the edit to the answer. A source that I used in another question: Happiness Explains what I believed to be the stat that affects Riolu and other Pokemon of the like. –  Fogolicious Oct 25 '13 at 13:34
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Eevee evolves into Sylveon by Affection, but Pokémon that previously evolved by Happiness still evolve by Happiness –  Kai Oct 25 '13 at 14:05

Friendship makes some pokemon evolve and increases the power of Return. Affection gives pokemon bonuses in battle.

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Having 5 hearts IS NOT THE SAME THING as maximum friendship. A pokemon might be at 5 hearts but only have say 200/255 friendship, and not evolve because there's actually a hidden sixth or seventh heart that the game doesn't bother showing you since it doesn't help you in pokemon-amie.

But pokemon-amie CAN be used exclusively to evolve friendship-evolution pokemon. I've done it myself several times with eevees - hatch them from an egg, do absolutely nothing with them other than play with them in pokemon-amie for quite a while after they've reached 5 hearts, then give them a rare candy. Poof, espeon.

I'm actually surprised there isn't more information about this so long after the game was released.

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Eevee can only become Sylveon if its affection has 5 hearts. This answer is completely wrong... –  Jerry Mar 17 at 19:38

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