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Pokémon Sword and Shield guide: How to evolve Milcery into Alcremie

It’s time to do some spinning!

A Gigantamaxed Alcremie from Pokémon Sword and Shield Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Milcery is, essentially, heavy cream. To get Alcremie in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you have to “whip” Milcery into its whipped cream evolution. It’s not a very hard process — much easier than making actual whipped cream, in fact.

The first step is in finding a Milcery if you don’t have one already. Milcery are found in all weather on Route 4, in heavy fog just south of the Wild Area’s Bridge Fields, and in heavy fog at the Wild Area’s Giant’s Mirror.

Map of where to find Milcery
Here’s where to go to find Milcery
Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

The second step is acquiring some sweets to hand over to your Milcery — these are an essential part of the process. Sweets are awarded for winning battles at the Battle Cafe; there are locations in Motostoke, Hammerlocke, and Wyndon.

Once you’ve got a Sweet, hand it over to Milcery. Choose wisely! We’ve found seven types of Sweets so far, and each changes an Alcremie’s appearance when evolved.

My Pokemon character spinning Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

The next step is to spin by quickly rotating your left thumbstick on your Nintendo Switch. Your character will start spinning rapidly and, once you let go of the stick, land in Leon’s signature Charizard pose.

There are a few different factors to consider, though, before you start spinning. Time of day and spin direction both impact the look of your Alcremie. There are nine different forms available, each of which is demonstrated here:

Alcremie chart

Alcremie How to spin
Alcremie How to spin
Vanilla Cream Spin clockwise once (day)
Ruby Cream Spin clockwise for more than five seconds (day)
Salted Cream Spin counter-clockwise once (night)
Lemon Cream Spin clockwise for more than five seconds (night)
Ruby Swirl Spin counter-clockwise for more than five seconds (day)
Matcha Cream Spin clockwise once (night)
Caramel Swirl Spin counter-clockwise for more than five seconds (day)
Mint Cream Spin counter-clockwise for more than five seconds (night)

There’s one last Alcremie form, Rainbow Swirl, but that one’s been tricky to get. Some players think it’s tied to the time of day and spinning for a while — like 20 to 30 seconds — between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in your time zone.

But if you want an Alcremie that’ll Gigantamax into a large cake, you’ve got to catch one from the Wild Area’s Max Raid Battles. Otherwise, it’ll just Dynamax.

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