Pokemon Sword & Shield has topped the series’ well-known efforts in creating incredibly convoluted conditions to make certain Pokemon evolve. To evolve a Galarian Yamask, it has to take a certain amount of damage before you take it to a very specific location. Among the strangest ways to evolve, you can only evolve a Galarian Farfetch’d into Sirfetch’d by having it score three critical hits in one battle. To have your Milcery evolve into an Alcremie, the method needed has a very unique spin to it. Literally.
First, The Sweet
There are seven different “sweets” in Pokemon Sword & Shield. Milcery needs to hold one of them as a component to evolve. These are the Berry Sweet, Clover Sweet, Flower Sweet, Love Sweet, Ribbon Sweet, Strawberry Sweet and Star Sweet items.
These are easy to obtain. All you have to do is head to one of the Battle Cafes either in Motostoke, Hammerlocke or Wyndon. Motostoke will be the easiest, since that will be the first one to come across in your playthrough.
Battle one of the owners, win and he’ll give you a reward, hopefully being a sweet. The owners do give you a variety of rewards so if you’re not given a sweet, simply go to one of the other cafes or come back another day until you do.
You can also find a Strawberry Sweet on the ground in Hammerlocke. At the entrance of the train station, turn left, head up the stairs, turn left again at the top and there it is. If you hadn’t been to the cafe in Motostoke by this point, this would be the simplest way, though you’ll be limiting your options in forms for your Alcremie with just the Strawberry Sweet. We’ll cover that later, though.
Now give your Milcery a sweet to hold. These will be found in the Other Items section of your bag.
Then, the moment of truth. Put your thumb on your Nintendo Switch’s left analog stick and spin it for at least 5 seconds, enough to make your avatar do a spin in-game. Look out the the twirl animation illustrated in the video above. Finally, an exclamation point will appear over your ahead and bam! The evolution will start and you’ll have your own cute little Alcremie.
Your Alcremie will come in one of sixty-three forms, or “flavors” as GameFreak have delightfully put it. The Alcremie flavour you’re rewarded with depends on a variety of factors with the above method: sweet flavour, spin direction, spin speed, the time of day and how many seconds you spin for.
Opportunity to get a variety of multi-coloured Alcremies is a beautifully cute addition that gets me every time, making me want to keep getting more Milcery just for the excitement of getting a new flavour.
If you’re a bit of a perfectionist in wanting every single Alcremie variation in your collection or you just want a particular flavour, Serebii has a brilliant guide on what specific conditions you’ll need for each flavour in Alcremie’s Pokedex page.