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

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Pokémon Sword and Shield has some exciting ways to evolve Pokémon, and Applin certainly falls into that category. Applin can evolve into either Flapple or Appletun, but you will need some special items to make that happen.

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

To evolve Applin, you will need to find special items that can evolve it into either Flapple or Appletun.

  • Tart Apple – evolves Applin into Flapple
  • Sweet Apple – evolves Applin into Appletun

Where it gets really interesting is that Flapple is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, and Appletun is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. You can trade the Pokémon between players, though, so you can still get both of them in your game if you find someone playing a different version to your own.

To get the Tart Apple and the Sweet Apple, the process is the same in both games. When you arrive in Hammerlock, the location after the third gym battle, head down the ramp and go to the area with the Poké Mart.

Turn left and keep going until you reach a large archway with a trainer near some grass. This area will be after you cross a wooden bridge. Make sure you have an Applin on your team, then speak with this trainer until the speech option “I haven’t” appears. They will take the Applin, so talk to them again, and at the end of the conversation, you will get the Tart Apple or the Sweet Apple.

Now, go to your bag, scroll to “Other” items, and use it on your Applin. They will instantly evolve, and it does not have a level requirement to do so.