Pokémon Sword and Shield Applin evolution method: how to use the Sweet Apple and Tart Apple to evolve into Applin into Flapple or Appletun explained

Apple crumble or apple pie?

Applin, a Gen 8 Pokémon debuted in Pokémon Sword and Shield, can evolve into either Flapple or Appletun through the use of the Tart Apple or Sweet Apple.

The Sweet Apple evolve Applin into Appletun, while the Tart Apple turns it into Flapple.

Since you can only find the Sweet Apple in Pokémon Shield, Appletun is exclusive to that game. This also means that Flapple is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, as the Tart Apple is only available in that game.

Other Gen 8 Pokémon that have unique evolution methods, include Sinistea, Sirfetch'd, Toxel, Milcery and Yamask.

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Where to find Applin in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Applin can be found on Route 5 and within several sections of the Wild Area - Dusty Bowl, Giant's Mirror and Stony Wilderness.

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Applin locations.

In all of these areas Applin appears as a random encounter when walking through the grass. This means you need to keep your eyes peeled for those exclamation marks and your hopes high.

How to evolve Applin into either Flapple or Appletun in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Once you have your Applin, it's time to travel to the city of Hammerlocke.

You can access this city after you beat the third Gym leader and receive the Fire Badge.

In Hammerlocke, follow the road around to the left, past the clothing shops and the second Pokémon Centre.

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Follow the left-hand road.

Just before you cross the last drawbridge, you'll come across a man with brown hair, wearing a red jacket.

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Talk to the man in the red jacket.

Talk to him and give him your Applin - don't worry, you'll get it back.

After you watch the cutscene, the man will return your Applin, but he will also give you an extra present.

In Pokémon Sword, he will give you a Tart Apple and, in Pokémon Shield, he will give you a Sweet Apple.

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He'll give you either the Sweet Apple or Tart Apple depending on which version you're playing.

No matter which apple you receive, you'll always find it in the 'Other Items' section of your bag.

Whichever apple you have and use it on your Applin to begin their evolution.

If you give Applin a Tart Apple it will evolve into Flapple, while if you give it a Sweet Apple it will evolve into Appletun.

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Use whichever apple you have on Applin to make it evolve.

You can also find another apple once you unlock the ability to ride your bike on water.

Head back to the very first section of the Wild Area you ever ventured into and visit the area called Axew's Eye. This is a lake with an island in the middle of it.

Journey to this island and beneath the tree you'll find another Sweet or Tart Apple, depending on which version of the game you are playing.

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You'll find another apple on this island.

What's the difference between Flapple and Appletun in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

While Flapple and Appletun are both grass and dragon-type Pokémon, they are about as different as they look.

Flapple is the far more aggressive Pokémon, learning a variety of useful dragon-type moves, including Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse. It can also learn some useful grass-type moves, such as Grav Apple. Not only does this attack damage your opponent, but it will also lower their defence.

Trained correctly Flapple can be a deadly fighter.

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Appletun's attacks, however, are more focuses around being a defensive Pokémon, learning more grass-type attacks, then dragon. A lot of its attacks have the added bonus of lowering the opponents stats.

It can also learn Recover, which will help you stay in the battle for far longer.

Ultimately your choice comes to whether you want a Pokémon that is focused more around the dragon-type, Flapple, or grass, Appletun.


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How useful are Flapple and Appletun in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Flapple and Appletun are both incredibly useful Pokémon, thank to their dual type of grass and dragon, which was only previously used for Mega Sceptile. This makes it a great grass-type Pokémon to add to your team if you didn't choose Grookey as your starter Pokémon.

The trick is to evolve your Applin early, so that it can take advantage of all the moves that either evolution can learn. Especially since Applin will only either learn Astonish and Withdraw from levelling up and that's at Level 1.

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While you are confined slightly by whether your playing Pokémon Sword or Shield, you can trade with either a friend or online to get Flapple or Appletun.

If you're looking for more advice on the unique evolution methods for Gen 8 Pokémon, then check out our guide on evolving Sinistea, Sirfetch'd, Toxel, Milcery and Yamask.

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