How To Pet Pokemon in BDSP

November 25, 2021

If you’re wondering how to pet Pokemon in BDSP, you’re not alone.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, otherwise known as BDSP has been a massive hit among fans of the franchise, especially those who played the original title.

The latest release feels like it brings players closer to their companions more so than ever before.

With that closer bond comes a feeling of attachment and for some, wanting to express that. It looks like plenty of players have been wondering how they can show Pokemon some love with a little pet!

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How To Pet Pokemon in BDSP

Unfortunately, there isn’t actually any way to pet your Pokemon, if you receive dialogue stating your pal wants to be pet then it’s just an indication that your friendship level is increasing.

How To Increase Friendship With Pokemon in BDSP

Below are a number of ways players can raise their friendship with their Pokemon.

Soothe Bell

The Soothe Bell will double the amount of happiness your Pokemon gain through the following interactions so it’s vital to have.

To get one, head out on Route 212 and find the mansion, enter, turn left and open the second door. Inside will be a maid, speak to her about Pokemon and she will give you a Soothe Bell as thanks.

Party Placement

Probably the easiest way to gain friendship with a Pokemon is to prioritise whomever you want to bond with and to place them in the top slot of your party.


This tip can be a little hit and miss, as long as you win the battles you make your Pokemon participate in, your friendship will increase, but if you lose – expect to lose some of that progress.


Being able to walk with your Pokemon was a welcomed feature at launch, not only is it adorable but you can actually bond with your Pokemon this way too.

To walk with a Pokemon, open the party screen and select the creature you wish to have by your side, there will be an option to walk together, select it and you’re done!


You can use a number of vitamins on your companions to increase their friendship with you. They can only consume three of them though, including:

  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Protein
  • Iron


You can find a woman nearby the gym in the southern area of Veilstone City, speak to her and she’ll give your Pokemon a massage, strengthening your bond.

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