Applin evolution – how to get Flapple and Appletun

Let’s find out how to perform an Applin evolution on one of generation eight’s most interesting Pokémon, to get two fruity dragon-types.

Applin's evolutions on a map of Galar in Pokémon sword and shield

There’s nothing better than food-themed Pokémon, and Applin proves this. But what’s even better is its two evolutions: Appletun and Flapple. So, how do we make an Applin evolution happen? What items do we need and where can we find them? Read on to learn how to evolve Applin into two sweet and tasty dragon-types.

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How do I evolve Applin?

Applin is part of Galar’s regional dex and also appears in Scarlet and Violet – although is a very rare catch. It’s a worm that lives inside an apple and evolves into Flapple the flying, opened-up apple dragon, or Appletun, a friendly dragon shaped like a large, round, apple pie.

To evolve both of these cuties you need either a sweet apple or a tart apple. The sweet apple evolves Applin into Appletun, and the tart apple causes it to evolve into Flapple.

In Sword and Shield, these items are locked to the different versions of the game, and to get the other evolution in your game, you need to trade with another trainer. Even if you have the correct item, your Applin won’t evolve to the other game-locked evolution. The sweet apple, and Appletun, are in Pokémon Shield, whereas Flapple and the tart apple are in Pokémon Sword.

The Applin evolution Appletun on a bright pink background

Where do I get sweet and tart apple items?

So you’ve got your Applin and now you want to evolve it. Here’s where to get the sweet and tart apple items in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Head to Hammerlocke’s exit to Route Six, and look for a boy wearing an orange jacket. He asks to see your Applin as he’s somewhat of an enthusiast. Don’t worry – he gives it straight back, along with the evolution item for your game copy. Sweet and tart apples also occasionally come as rewards from any Battle Café in the Galar region.

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there are a couple of places to find the two fruity items. You can find the apples listed for sale at the auction house in Porto Marinada, and you can purchase them from any Delibird Present store once you defeat at least three Gym Leaders. The items cost 2,200 Pokédollars from this store.

Is Applin in Pokémon Go?

It looks like we need to wait a little longer before we get the fruity friend on mobile – Applin is not currently in Pokémon Go.

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