Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to Evolve Milcery into No. 186 Alcremie

Need some quick help evolving Milcery into every form of Alcremie, including Rainbow Swirl Alcremie?


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 discover where to find Milcery and how to evolve Milcery into each of the many different forms of Alcremie.

Where to find Milcery in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Milcery is one of the new additions to the Pokémon world, with Alcremie coming in as one of the more heavily-influenced Pokémon of the Galar region’s inspiration, Great Britain.

Milcery isn’t difficult to find, and you most likely encountered the Cream Pokémon early in the game. Milcery is only found in the exclamation mark-noted random encounters, predominantly along Route 4 in any weather conditions.

Or, you can find a higher level Milcery in Bridge Field or Giant’s Mirror of the Wild Area. However, you can only find Milcery in random encounters in the Wild Area during heavy fog weather conditions.

It’s easier to catch a Route 4 Milcery, but if you want one at level 26-28 instead of level 13-15, use this guide to change the weather in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

How to catch Milcery in Pokémon Sword and Shield

The highest level that you’ll encounter Milcery at is level 28, so you don’t need to worry about a specialist ball to catch the Pokémon. One or two Ultra Balls from the start of the encounter should do the trick.

However, if you’re not at the stage where you have access to Ultra Balls yet, you may want to shave some HP off of a wild Milcery before trying to catch it with a Poké Ball or Great Ball.

Milcery is strictly a fairy-type Pokémon, so it’s only weak against poison and steel-type moves. Avoid using poison and steel-type moves when you encounter the Milcery, and chip away at its health with fighting, bug, and dark-type moves as they aren’t as effective against fairy-type Pokémon.

How to evolve Milcery into Alcremie in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Milcery’s method of evolution into Alcremie is one of the strangest in Sword and Shield: up there with the likes of No. 106 Shedinja and No. 291 Malamar. First, however, you’ll need a Sweet.

The seven Sweet items – Strawberry Sweet, Berry Sweet, Love Sweet, Star Sweet, Clover Sweet, Flower Sweet, and Ribbon Sweet – are all evolution items for Milcery. When held and a movement is performed (shown below), Milcery will evolve into a different kind of Alcremie, regardless of its level or gender.

Milcery can evolve into Alcremie at any level; it just needs an item and a spin.

To get a Sweet item, you’ll need to go to a Battle Café.

There are three Battle Cafés in Pokemon Sword and Shield: one in Wyndon, one in Motostoke, and one in Hammerlocke (the three major settlements up the middle of the Town Map). In these venues, you can battle the Café Master at the till once per day.

Once you’ve taken down the Café Master and his double team of fairy-type Pokémon (so use poison and steel-type moves as they’re super effective against fairy-type Pokémon), you’ll receive a reward.

The reward will be one of the following items:

  • Strawberry Sweet
  • Berry Sweet
  • Love Sweet
  • Star Sweet
  • Clover Sweet
  • Flower Sweet
  • Ribbon Sweet
  • Whipped Dream (Evolves Swirlix into Slurpuff)
  • Sachet (Evolves Spritzee into Aromatisse)
  • Moomoo Milk
  • Sweet Heart
  • Exp. Candy XS
  • Exp. Candy S
  • Exp. Candy M
  • Rare Candy

With the reward randomised at the end of the battle, you have roughly a 46.7 per cent chance of getting an evolution item for Milcery.

You can battle all three Café Masters once per day to increase your chances of getting at least one Sweet per day.

Once you receive one of the Sweet items, you’ll find it in the Other Items pouch of your Bag. Once you find it, give it to your Milcery to hold.

Next, you come out of the menu, to the roaming screen, and spin your left analogue around in one direction. You’ll see your character run in a circle before starting to spin on the spot.

When you stop spinning the analogue, your character will eventually stop, strike the champion pose, and then your Milcery will evolve.

This method will evolve your Milcery into an Alcremie, but the time of day, the direction of the spin, and the type of Sweet held by Milcery will all influence which of the 63 different forms of Alcremie you will get.

How to get every form of Alcremie and Rainbow Swirl Alcremie

There are 63 different forms of Alcremie in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, with there being nine distinct sub-types of Alcremie.

Within each sub-type are seven different forms of Alcremie, which are based on their held item at the time of evolution.

So, each sub-type requires a different time of day and spin to achieve, but has seven different colourations based on the held Sweet.

The Sweet changes the topping that the Alcremie has and the colour of its eyes in the following ways:

  • Strawberry Sweet will give Alcremie red eyes and red strawberry toppings.
  • Berry Sweet will give Alcremie dark blue eyes and dark blue berry toppings.
  • Love Sweet will give Alcremie pink eyes and pink love heart toppings.
  • Star Sweet will give Alcremie yellow eyes and yellow star toppings.
  • Clover Sweet will give Alcremie green eyes and green clover toppings.
  • Flower Sweet will give Alcremie orange eyes and orange flower toppings.
  • Ribbon Sweet will give Alcremie purple eyes and purple ribbon toppings.

Now that you know what colour features you want your Alcremie to have, you can decide on the pattern of the rest of the Pokémon.

Here’s what sub-types of Alcremie you can get by doing certain spins at set times of the day:

  • Vanilla Cream Alcremie
    • In the daytime, spin quickly in the clockwise direction.
    • Vanilla Cream Alcremie has a light pink body.
  • Ruby Cream Alcremie
    • In the daytime, spin quickly in the anticlockwise direction.
    • Ruby Cream Alcremie has a dark pink body.
  • Matcha Cream Alcremie
    • At night time, spin quickly in the clockwise direction.
    • Matcha Cream Alcremie has a murky pale body.
  • Salted Cream Alcremie
    • At night time, spin quickly in the anticlockwise direction.
    • Salted Cream Alcremie has a pure pale body.
  • Lemon Cream Alcremie
    • At night time, spin for over five seconds in the clockwise direction.
    • Lemon Cream Alcremie has a yellow body with white patches.
  • Mint Cream Alcremie
    • At night time, spin for over five seconds in the anticlockwise direction.
    • Mint Cream Alcremie has a light blue body with white patches.
  • Caramel Swirl Alcremie
    • In the daytime, spin for over five seconds in the clockwise direction.
    • Caramel Swirl Alcremie has a light brown body with white patches.
  • Ruby Swirl Alcremie
    • In the daytime, spin for over five seconds in the anticlockwise direction.
    • Ruby Swirl Alcremie has a white body with pink patches.
  • Rainbow Swirl Alcremie
    • At dusk (7 pm to 8 pm) spin for over ten seconds in the anticlockwise direction.
    • Rainbow Swirl Alcremie has a pale yellow body, yellow patches, light pink top, light blue base, and bold orange definition lines.
  • (Bonus) Shiny Alcremie
    • At any time of the day, spin in any direction (the different Shiny Alcremie forms pretty much look the same with the only distinct difference being the Sweet and eye colour).
    • Shiny Alcremie has a grey body with white patches.

As you would assume, most people want to know how to get Rainbow Swirl Alcremie as it has the most colouration, but the appearance of the Alcremie doesn’t impact the Pokémon’s type or strength.

How to use Alcremie (strengths and weaknesses)

As a fairy-type Pokémon, Alcremie is weak against poison and steel-type moves but is strong against fighting, bug, and dark-type Pokémon.

Alcremie’s ability, Sweet Veil, can come in handy when up against a status-inducing Pokémon. Sweet Veil prevents Alcremie and its ally from falling asleep.

The Cream Pokémon can also have a hidden ability, Aroma Veil, which protects the Alcremie and its ally from attacks that limit their move choices.  

Alcremie is also one of the Pokémon that you can find in Max Raid Battles in its Gigantamax form – which looks like a huge stacked cake – at the Dens in Bridge Field of the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Regardless of what sub-type and form of Alcremie you have, it’s main strengths will be its gaudy base special defence and its decent special attack.

The best special attacks that Alcremie learns are Draining Kiss, which has 50 power and steals the opposition’s health, and the 80-power Dazzling Gleam (both are fairy-type moves).

The Pokémon can also learn special attacks with massive power, though, such as TM08 Hyper Beam and TM11 Solar Beam.

There you have it: your Milcery just evolved into an Alcremie. You’ll now have at least one of a possible 63 regular forms of Alcremie that you wanted to get, or perhaps even one of the shiny variants.

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Ben Chopping

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