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Guide to breeding pokemon with Perfect or near-Perfect IVs

#1TerotrousPosted 10/18/2013 8:46:20 AM(edited)
Thanks to Gen 6's new breeding mechanics, obtaining perfect Pokemon is now possible and doesn't even require a huge amount of work. As always, attaining total perfection is optional and is not really necessary in most cases, but it can be done and some people are going to want to do it.


First, you have some setup to do before you start breeding:

- You must have beaten the Elite 4. It's not even worth breeding until you have done so, as Friend Safari simplifies breeding insanely much.

- Find someone with Dittos in their Friend Safari and catch a lot of them. The goal here is to get one with every useful nature. They do not need to have their hidden ability.

- Once you have your dittos, take them to the IV checker in the Kiloude City pokemon center. Each of them will have (at least) 2 perfect IVs, and he'll tell you what they are by saying that they "can't be better". Nickname your dittos based on what perfect IVs they have. For example, you could call one "AtkDef" if Attack and Defense were their perfect IVs.

- You should also obtain all of the power items (Power Band, Power Anklet, etc) from the Battle Maison, the Everstone from an NPC in Geosenge Town, and the Destiny Knot from an NPC in Cyllage City


You are now ready to breed obscenely powerful pokemon:

- Get the pokemon you wish to use. If you want its hidden ability, you'll need to get one from the Friend Safari. Breed it with a Ditto of the right nature that holds the everstone. This guarantees the baby will have the right nature, but you are not guaranteed to get the hidden ability if you're breeding for it, so make sure you retain the hidden ability if you're after it. This also applies to all further steps when dealing with hidden abilities.

- Next, breed this pokemon with a Ditto that has a perfect IV that you wish to have, and give it the appropriate power item. Move the Everstone to the pokemon you just bred. The baby will now have a perfect value for that IV, as well as the right nature.

- Breed this new baby with a different ditto who has two different perfect IVs, holding a power item for one of its perfect IVs. Your baby should continue to hold the everstone. The goal here is to get a baby with 2 perfect IVs, which is about a 1 in 3 chance. Take all of your babies to the Kiloude city IV checker until one has 2 perfect IVs.

- Breed this new baby with yet another ditto who has two different perfect IVs. Between them, your pokemon should now have 4 perfect IVs, so give the ditto the item Destiny Knot. Your baby continues to hold the Everstone. At this point, your pokemon have a good chance of hatching with 3 perfect IVs.

- Once you get one with 3 perfect IVs, again make that baby the new parent and have it hold the everstone, and get another ditto with 2 different perfect IVs and give it Destiny Knot. Do the same when you get your first 4 perfect IV baby. The eventual goal here is to breed a baby of each gender with 5 perfect IVs and make them your parents.

- When you have both parents having 5 perfect IVs holding Everstone and the Destiny Knot, you have about a 1 in 200 chance that a hatched baby will have completely perfect IVs. Good luck.

- Don't throw away male babies with 5 perfect IVs. These can be used in place of dittos to breed with other pokemon in their egg groups, and you can use Destiny Knot right from the start to speed up this process dramatically.


Disclaimer:

Getting 5 perfect IVs, and certainly all 6, is very rarely necessary. The difference between IV 25 and IV 31 is very small for all stats except Speed. In fact, getting all 6 IVs perfect will lock you into a specific hidden power, which may not be the one you want. It's up to you to decide how far you will go with your breeding process.
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#2HamiwifulPosted 10/18/2013 7:50:27 AM
Request Sticky.
#3Terotrous(Topic Creator)Posted 10/18/2013 7:50:58 AM
If you want an Egg Move, bring it in at the last possible step. Get the male that has the right egg move, and breed it with a ditto so that it hatches with the right nature (its IVs do not really matter). Then breed this with your female baby with 4-5 perfect IVs, with the female holding the destiny knot and the male holding the everstone. You should hatch a male baby of your desired pokemon type that has the egg move and 3-4 perfect IVs. Make that one of the new parents and continue the process.
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#4Terotrous(Topic Creator)Posted 10/18/2013 7:53:52 AM
Bump because the board is out of control right now.
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#5RoyMaster4Posted 10/18/2013 7:54:46 AM
I find it easier to just mark a Ditto based on which ones are 31s. You have 6 marks available, one for each stat.
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#6Jabroni2000Posted 10/18/2013 7:54:48 AM
The great thing is that the vast majority of Pokemon do not need perfect IVs in all six stats because they are geared toward physical or special attacks (so you can have non-perfect IV in attack on Chandelure for example, who should never be using physical moves anyways). So for most intents and purposes you can skip the last step where you hope to get that last IV perfect randomly.
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#7WhiteFoxBloodPosted 10/18/2013 7:54:49 AM
Great job! Thanks for this!
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#8StrangerAeonsPosted 10/18/2013 7:55:38 AM
How do we sticky request?
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#9StrangerAeonsPosted 10/18/2013 7:56:12 AM
Nvm, requested
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#10Terotrous(Topic Creator)Posted 10/18/2013 7:57:36 AM(edited)
Jabroni2000 posted...
The great thing is that the vast majority of Pokemon do not need perfect IVs in all six stats because they are geared toward physical or special attacks (so you can have non-perfect IV in attack on Chandelure for example, who should never be using physical moves anyways). So for most intents and purposes you can skip the last step where you hope to get that last IV perfect randomly.

Yes, the 6th perfect IV is almost always redundant, only mixed attackers use both of their attacking stats. In fact, if you want a specific hidden power type, you need the last IV not to be perfect.

The hidden power formula in this gen is not totally known yet, but I suspect you can all hidden power types with 5 perfect IVs and the other IV having some specific value.

Of course, this means that when choosing the Dittos to breed with, don't use one that has a perfect IV in the stat you don't care about.
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