There are 81 new Pokémon for players to battle, catch, and train in Pokémon Sword and Shield as they make their way across the Galar Region with dreams of becoming Champion. And just like in previous games, the 8th generation of the popular RPG sees players evolving Pokémon in new and inventive ways beyond simply leveling up.
Among these new and exotic creatures is Milcery, a small cream-colored Fairy-type Pokémon resembling a splash of milk. Created from sweet-smelling particles in the air, Milcery is unique in that it is one of the few female-only species and demands specific requirements be met in order for it to evolve into Alcremie.
In this guide, we’ll be sharing detailed instructions for catching Milcery and evolving it into Alcremie. If you would like more general tips and tricks for getting started in Sword and Shield, check out our Beginner’s Guide for everything you need to know about the Galar Region.
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How to Catch Milcery
You won’t find Milcery roaming about in the overworld and instead will have to search for one in patches of grass by triggering random encounters in the following areas:
Wild Area: Bridge Field
Wild Area: Giant’s Mirror
Note: Milcery can also be encountered in a Max Raid Battle as a common spawn at Den #34 in the Bridge Field region of the Wild Area with a 35% rarity.
You shouldn’t have much trouble catching Milcery once you encounter it in battle but here are a couple things to consider: Using a Quick Ball on the first turn of the battle will give you the greatest chance of catching Milcery without risk of fainting it.
Additional options include using a Level Ball if your Pokémon out-levels Milcery by a significant amount or a Repeat Ball if you’ve caught one before. However, a standard Pokéball should be enough to get the job done.
How to Evolve Milcery into Alcremie
Get a Sweet Item
Before you can evolve Milcery, you’ll need to first get a Sweet to give to it. Sweet items are obtainable by defeating the barista in the Battle Café, which can be done once per day. Battle Cafés can be found throughout the Galar Region in the following towns: Motostoke, Hammerlocke, and Wyndon.
Note: The type of Sweet you give your Milcery will determine the appearance of your Alcremie.
If you don’t wish to battle, you can use the Strawberry Sweet found in Hammerlocke. To do so, make your way up the staircase located to the left of the Hammerlocke train station. Once you reach the top of the stairs, turn left and you should see the item on the ground.
Give the Sweet Item to Milcery
For the next part, you’ll want to make sure Milcery is in your party; next, search your Bag for the Sweet item you want to use, then select “Give to a Pokémon”, then select Milcery.
Note: In the item description you’ll notice it reads, “When a Milcery holds this, it will spin around happily.” This is a hint for the last and final step.
Perform a Victory Spin
Once you’ve given Milcery the Sweet to hold, return to the overworld and get your character to start spinning by rotating the left-control stick in circles repeatedly. After a couple spins, your character will continue spinning on their own before finishing the animation by striking a victory pose. At this point, your Milcery will begin to evolve into Alcremie.
Note: Your Alcremie will appear differently depending on the Sweet it’s holding, which direction you spin in, the duration of your spin, and the time of day. You can see what each variation will look like here.