If you battle with your pokemon, you increase your friendship with that pokemon. It wouldn't make sense to have a feature like that if it didn't change anything, but if I ever knew what bonus you got when gaining your pokemons' trust, I've forgotten. What bonuses are gained when you gain the trust of your pokemon, by battling and training them?

  • There are three things that come to mind. 1: Some Pokémon only evolve after you maximize friendship. 2: The Return move, which becomes stronger the more your Pokémon likes you. 3: The Frustration move, which becomes stronger the more your Pokémon hates you. That's all I can think of right now.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 16:48
  • As of gen VI, high friendship pokemon also do other things. Researching now. Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 17:17
  • Oh darn. Now I can't choose between Fogolicious and Studoku... Well, I'll have to think about this.
    – The Ugly
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 19:05

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If you are talking about just friendship then yes @Studoku's answer is correct but if you meant the new mechanic in X and Y called Affection, that is a little different.

  • 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’)

All of these are permanent when there Affection is full as well, I do believe.

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    Ok, @Studoku 's answer is also very very good, but because I can only accept one answer, I have to choose this one because it mentions that affinity is a different concept than friendship, but please make sure to check Studoku's too!
    – The Ugly
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 19:49

There are several effects of having a high friendship.

  1. Certain pokemon such as Togepi are evolved by raising their friendship.
  2. The move Return, which can be taught to anything which can learn TMs has power based on the friendship stat of the user. Its power reaches 102 at max friendship, often making it the strongest Normal move a pokemon can learn. Frustation, the opposite of Return, has power based on how low the user's friendship is.
  3. As of Gen VI, an extremely high friendship has other effects in battle. The full effects and chances haven't been fully discovered yet but the effects of extremely loyal pokemon include.
    • Surviving moves that would otherwise KO
    • Recovering from Status Effects
    • Increased Critical chance
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    I think only two hearts (instead of max) friendship is necessary for friendship evolution too.
    – Zelda
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 17:47

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