If you're wanting to figure out how to evolve your Applin in Pokemon Sword and Shield, well, the answer is pretty easy. You're going to have to give it an apple. We're not sure if this is technically cannibalism or not, but hey, we're not really in any position to judge. However, it's not just any apple. The apple that you feed this Pokemon will change what it evolves into, though that in itself is version-locked, so here's our guide on how to get a Tart Apple in Pokemon Sword so that you can get a Flapple.
How to Get a Tart Apple in Pokemon Sword
So, you're wanting to evolve an Applin in Pokemon Sword? The only way to evolve an Applin is with some sort of Apple (fun fact), so really, it's either a Tart Apple or a Sweet Apple. If you need a little bit more guidance on how evolving Applin works, we actually have a guide on that exact process that you might find helpful - in fact, we've relinked it here just for your convenience. Alright, now that we've gotten that out of the way, we're going to establish one important thing. The Tart Apple item is a Pokemon Sword exclusive, which means that there's absolutely no way you can get that item in Pokemon Shield.
Using a Tart Apple on your Applin is going to turn it into a Flapple, which is known as the Apple Wing Pokemon. It can have a hidden ability called Hustle, where it increases its damage with regards to physical attacks by a whopping 50% at the cost of some accuracy. It's a Grass and Dragon Type Pokemon, which means it corners some unique demographics there and can be a great flexible addition fo your team.
To get your hands on a Tart Apple, what you need to do is pretty simple. You need to make your way to Hammerlocke. Once you're outside the Pokemon Center, you're going to want to keep heading left on the map until you see an archway leading back out of the town with a young man standing on a grassy patch nearby. He'll ask to see an Applin and to take yours, so just give it to him - don't worry, you get it back. Once you give it to him, a sequence will play out with someone that he knows, and he'll give you back both your Pokemon and the Tart Apple that you need to evolve it. It's really that easy!
Now that you have our guide on how to get a Tart Apple in Pokemon Sword, it should be a little easier for you to get rid of that Applin and to turn it into a Flapple. While we reckon that this... apple dragon hybrid is a little too terrifying, we can understand why something like that would keep healthcare professionals away, honestly. If you need a hand with anything else related to evolving Applin or just advice related to traipsing around Galar in general, why not check out these tips and tricks that we've put together for your benefit?