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How much of a difference in stats does it make when raising from an egg?

#1Walkman_005Posted 4/28/2013 4:12:23 PM
Asking here cause other boards seem dead.

I caught a Bagon at 35 in Emerald.

Is it worth it to mate 2 and get an egg to raise it from the start? OR would the stats not be so different.

A bit new at this.
#2FuneralCakePosted 4/28/2013 4:13:46 PM
Assuming the IVs, EVs, nature, etc. are the same, there would be no difference between one raised from an egg and one caught at level 35.
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#3NessEggmanPosted 4/28/2013 4:23:47 PM
There are a few things that affect your final stats:

1. NATURE - This gives a slight boost and a slight de-boost to two of your stats. Some natures do nothing. See a table of natures to see what they do.

2. IV (Individual Values) - These are randomly determined when you get an egg or when you encounter a wild Pokemon. They are different for every single Pokemon and for each stat. They can be anything between 0 and 31. The higher it is, the higher that stat will be.

3. EV (Effort Values) - These are based on the battles you take. Every time you battle, you accumulate them, and after you have so many, you can't get any more. So if you are careful, you can control which you take in to get the biggest boost to your stat. See a guide on these for more info.

4. SPECIES AND LEVEL - You probably know this by now, but there are "base" stats for each species. So all bagons have the same, and all garchomps have the same, whatever. These are used in conjunction with the first 3 and the Pokemon's experience level to decide what the stats are. Every time you level up, evolve, or put in the box, the stats are recalculated based on this formula.

So the only reason you woudl need to breed is if you got a bad nature or bad IVs for what you want to do with your Pokemon. In fact, you could breed and get WORSE IVs and Natures and have even a worse Pokemon...

There are ways you can use breeding to influence these factors, though. Having the Pokemon hold certain items can make them pass on their natures or IVs to the baby egg. Plus parents will always pass on some of their IVs. So you can kind of chain-breed to get stuff you want... Keep breeding and swapping good babies in to mate with their parents and having them pass on better stuff... This takes a LONG time, especially if you don't have the resources to do it (dittos/parents with max IVs and natures, all the items that pass on the IVs and stuff, etc.)

If you are just playing for 1P game and not doing any of the challenges like Battle Subway, you don't need to bother, as only the species/level will really impact the game that much. You can even have a generally weak species with terrible nature and IVs and poorly-distributed EVs and clear the game and all subquests easily. (Other than the challenge modes like PWT, Subway, etc.)

Hope this helps you understand how the stats are distributed. If you want to get into trying to create the best stats possible, this should give you direction on where you should be looking.
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#4NessEggmanPosted 4/28/2013 4:27:38 PM
In other words, it's not the raising from the egg that makes a difference, but rather the ability to influence hidden/base stats that way.

You could start training a Pokemon at level 100 and it would be just the same as training it from level 1.

What is important is how you accumulate your EVs (as far as training goes).

The only reason to breed is to try to influence IVs or nature. You can influence nature through capturing if you use Synchronize ability, but breeding is a bit easier to do that, plus you can't influence IVs through capturing.
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#5NeoFalconHavokPosted 4/28/2013 4:29:46 PM
Basically showing how much time you have on your hands to go through all of that crap just for power.
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