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My Eevee evolved into a Sylveon even though I never played with it in Pokémon Camp. Assuming camp was a replacement for amie/refresh, this should not be possible.

How has friendship and affection changed?

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Friendship and Affection have been combined in Sword and Shield. (Let's just call it happiness for this post.)

Happiness is gained in the usual ways as before, such as levelling up, walking around, eating certain berries, and so on, but it is capped at 160. To get a higher happiness than this, Camp (and eating curry) is required.

The in-battle bonuses (such as increased crit chance, increased experience gain, and so on) are only obtained once the happiness is higher than 160, so if you never play with your pokémon in Camp, you will never receive these bonuses.

On the other hand, any pokémon that needed high friendship to evolve will require playing with them in Camp, as they now evolve at 220 happiness. (Sylveon used to require "two hearts" of affection to evolve in previous games, which has been changed to requiring 160 happiness.)

If the in-battle bonuses are not desired on a pokémon that evolves this way, you will have to decrease its happiness after it evolves through things like letting it faint or feeding it herbal medicine.

  • The "capped at 160" part cannot be true. I've done several friendship evolutions (togepi, riolu, type-null) solely by running back and forth while holding a soothe bell to grind happiness, never once entering a camp. I did have an eevee try to evolve into Sylveon even while doing this, so perhaps that (the only affection-based evolution) has been folded into happiness. – Green Cloak Guy Nov 25 '19 at 22:50
  • @GreenCloakGuy Interesting -- do any of those happiness evolutions activate any of those in-battle effects previously associated with high affection? – Pyritie Nov 26 '19 at 10:32
  • I'm not sure - they were dex stuff, so I didn't use any of them in battle. – Green Cloak Guy Nov 27 '19 at 15:58

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