I have two responses toward this; cause mentally, I have two me:
1. Briefly explained how EVs work and hilariously ask the kid how Ashs pikachu is able to win some impossible a throughout the anime. If that doesn't work, I'll have him research EV training by giving him the web that I was taught from.
2. Seeing I hate stupidity 80% of the time, if this kid called me a cheater, I'll question him "that so? Would a fist to the gut feel like cheating too?" And pop him one and explain how unfair the world really is.
Either one can happen; depending on my mood.
Other than that TC, your friend needs to come out of the basement and realize that Pokemon has evolved
1-Playing normally (People who just play for the sake of playing, not caring about stats and such) 2-Playing strategically (This situation) 3-And being cheap (When I was playing Mortal Kombat 3 with a friend who would always use a trick to trap me a corner and hit me over and over with no way of avoiding until I died... when I called him on it he always said "It's in the game so it's allowed" -_- )
3 and 2 should never be confused.
Unless the trick is unavoidable or requires precision to the frame timing (that is even debatable depending on how competitive the setting is) then this is a case of you being the first example and your friend being the second.
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3-And being cheap (When I was playing Mortal Kombat 3 with a friend who would always use a trick to trap me a corner and hit me over and over with no way of avoiding until I died... when I called him on it he always said "It's in the game so it's allowed" -_- )
A user unfriendly mechanic that lets you amplify each of its base stats with vitamins, battles (varies by species), and Join Avenue dojos. It's deliberately hidden from the user interface, and most people would not even know it exists unless they read about it online. The only way to even know if you max it out is if you call Bianca and will tell you if a certain stat reached max EVs, or if you reached total maximum.
Game Freak needs to stop hiding its existence and put EV gauges on the status UI, as well as mark what EVs are earned from fighting each species of Pokemon (in the Pokedex). It's one of the things about the user interface that needs to be upgraded in Gen 6, along with shop and certain other NPC interactions.
If EV training is cheating then leveling your pokemon is also cheating... Just saying.
Ya its really monotonous but your not forced to do it unless you want to be super competitive and if you want to be competitive then just EV train, its really not even that hard.
And the far more annoying part at that point isnt the EVs its the fact that knowing that some pokemon are just better than others so just because you WANT to use one doesnt mean its FEESABLE to use the one you want.