Pokémon Sword and Shield may not have the entire National Dex at its disposal, but there are still 72 Pokémon that don’t simply evolve at a certain level.
With Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a few evolution methods have been altered from previous games, and, of course, there are some new Pokémon to evolve through increasingly peculiar and specific ways.
Here, you’ll find out where to find Budew and how to evolve Budew into Roselia.
Where to find Budew in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Budew is not a difficult Pokémon to find in Sword and Shield. In fact, it’s one of the first Pokémon that you see – albeit not in a catchable form – outside of your home in Postwick.
To find Budew in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you’re best off exploring the lower-level parts of the Wild Areas, but the Pokémon’s prevalence is weather dependent. These are the Budew locations, starting with the locations that offer your best chance of finding the Pokemon:
- East Lake Axewell: Overcast weather;
- Dappled Grove: Normal weather;
- Rolling Fields: Overcast weather;
- Giant’s Mirror: Normal weather;
- Dappled Grove: Raining, intense sun, overcast, thunderstorms, heavy fog, and overcast weather;
- West Lake Axewell: Overcast weather;
- Route 4: All weather types.
How to catch Budew in Pokémon Sword and Shield
With the exception of the Budew found at Giant’s Mirror, most Budew that you encounter will be level 15 or below. If you’re far enough in the game, a Quick Ball or Ultra Ball could catch the Pokémon at the start of the encounter.
To catch Budew in battle during the earlier stages of the game, however, you’ll want to avoid any moves that are super-effective against the grass-poison type Bud Pokémon.
Fire, ice, flying, and psychic-type moves are super-effective against Budew, so avoid using any if you want to catch it in the wild. To help you scrape off a few more health points, utilise not very effective move types, such as grass, water, electric, fighting, or fairy.
As Budew tends to be quite weak in the wild, make sure that the attacks that you perform aren’t high in power.
With most Pokémon, it would be advised to bring along a Pokémon with status-inducing moves to put the Budew to sleep or paralyse it – as this increases your chances of landing a catch. But if you find a Budew in strong sunlight, it won’t receive a status due to its hidden ability, Leaf Guard.
For the reasons to be revealed below concerning Budew’s evolution, it’d be best to use a Friend Ball or Luxury Ball when you try to catch the Pokémon.
How to evolve Budew into Roselia in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To evolve your Budew into Roselia, you’ll need to adhere to a few extra parameters other than simply levelling up the Pokemon.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, you need to make sure that your Budew has a happiness value of 220 and levels up during the day. To achieve this high level of happiness, you can do the following:
- Give Budew a Soothe Bell to hold (location below);
- Use the ball or the feather stick to play with Budew in a Pokémon Camp;
- Make good curries (better curries come with rarer berries, generally more expensive ingredients, and sound technique);
- Use the Pokemon in battle;
- Keep the Pokemon in your party.
As playing with and feeding your Budew in a Pokémon Camp will give it experience points, be sure to set up camp during the day and give Budew lots of attention. If it levels up as a result of the extra experience, it may evolve.
In the Pokémon Camp, you can also get a measure of how friendly your Pokémon is towards you, showing between one and five hearts when you speak to Budew. In the game, friendship and happiness are essentially the same things – if a Pokémon is friendly with you, it’s going to be happy.
To help your Budew be happier, you can give it a Soothe Bell. You can find the Soothe Bell in Hammerlocke, in the house to the right of the path that leads to the gym (the opposite side to the Pokémon Centre).
In the Hammerlocke house, you’ll meet a whole family of people who can help you with the friendliness and happiness of your Budew. The woman at the back of the room will give you the helpful Soothe Bell.
While they don’t speak in specifics of level and rating, the boy and the older woman can help you to get an idea of your Budew’s friendship level. The older woman will tell you how close you are to achieving maximum friendship level with your Pokémon. The boy will roughly inform you of your friendship level with the Pokémon.
Once your Budew has achieved maximum friendship/happiness, simply level it up during the day to evolve it into Roselia.
How to use Roselia (strengths and weaknesses)
Introduced in Generation III (Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald), Roselia has become a decent choice for trainers who need a status-inducing Pokémon.
Roselia can learn very useful moves such as Stun Spore and Attract along with low-power moves like Bullet Seed and Pin Missile. The combination of these can make Roselia a strong tool when you’re out trying to catch difficult Pokémon.
The grass-poison Pokemon is strong against grass, water, electric, fighting, and fairy-type moves, but is weak to fire, ice, flying, and psychic.
With the ability Natural Cure, Roselia can heal status conditions when withdrawn, or with the Poison Point ability, it has as 30 per cent chance of poisoning its opponent when hit with a physical attack.
If you don’t have a Budew that commands a special level of affection from you, it is possible to find Roselia in the Wild Area in the following locations and weather conditions:
- Axew’s Eye: Overcast weather;
- South Lake Miloch: Overcast weather, Intense Sun;
- Giant’s Mirror: Overcast weather;
- Dusty Bowl: Overcast weather.
There you have it: your Budew just evolved into a Roselia, or you skipped these steps and caught one in the wild. Either way, you now know how to get and use a Roselia in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
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