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Bobhead's Guide to EVs and IVs

#1bobheadPosted 4/11/2007 8:43:23 PMmessage detail
Will be several posts long... PLEASE DO NOT POST UNTIL I HAVE POSTED THE ENTIRE GUIDE. THANK YOU

Contents -- ** Covered in this post
** Introduction
** How to get EVs
** Vitamins
- IVs
- Making a Good EV Spread
- Places to Train
- The Undo Button
- Conclusion

Introduction
Effort Values, or EVs for short, can have a huge impact on your pokemon and the battles they participate in. EVs will let swampert survive Hidden Power Grass, or will let skarmory outspeed magneton, and many other things. Having a proper EV spread (distribution of EV points on a pokemon) can mean the difference between a win and a loss.

A total of 255 EV points can be put onto any one stat, and a total of 510 points total can be given to any pokemon. However, it is important to note that a stat will only increase after every four EV poins. In other words, putting 12 EVs and putting 15 EVs both result in the same thing: a 3 point increase to the stat.

How to get EVs
In Netbattle, and in the un-released Competitor, you only have to "decide" how many EV points you want on each stat, and you can fully customize each pokemon's EV spread in minutes. However, in the Pokemon games, it isn't so easy.

After you defeat a certain pokemon, every pokemon that receives experience in battle (meaning level 100 pokemon do not receive EVs in battle) also receive a certain number of EV points depending on the defeated pokemon. Every pokemon gives at least one EV point, and no pokemon gives more than three. Which means you will be fighting a lot of battles to get your pokemon's stats the way you want them. Luckily, Nintendo gave you a couple of things to help you along the way.
- Macho Brace: A hold item that doubles the amount of EV Points that the pokemon holding it receives in battle. Keep in mind it also halves your Speed in-battle.
- PokeRus: A rare "virus" that has no negative effects. When a pokemon has it, it gets twice as much EVs. When you notice one of your Pokemon has PokeRus, it is important that you try to benefit as much as possible from it. That means you should spread it around and always save one Pokemon with PokeRus in your box. The reason for this is that PokeRus can wear off to an extent - it will still gain twice as much EVs, but it will not be able to spread it. This will be referred to as "passive" PokeRus as opposed to "active" PokeRus. PokeRus is spread simply by keeping a Pokemon with active PokeRus in your party along with others. Every time you battle there's a chance it spreads. Pokemon with passive PokeRus can be infected again and get the active form again.

Vitamins
Vitamins can also speed up the EV training process. There are six different vitamins, one for each stat, and each vitamin adds 10 EVs and increases your pokemon's happiness. Unfortunately, vitamins cannot be used on stats that already have 100 EVs on them, which means you will still need to do some EV training. Regardless, they do save time. I recommend you save your money until a day where all vitamins are half-priced (it will be announced on TV), and splurge away. Here is what each vitamin does:
- HP Up raises HP
- Protein raises Attack
- Iron raises Defense
- Calcium raises Special Attack
- Zinc raises Special Defense
- Carbos raises Speed
#2bobhead(Topic Creator)Posted 4/11/2007 8:44:19 PMmessage detail
Contents -- ** Covered in this post
- Introduction
- How to get EVs
- Vitamins
** IVs
** Making a Good EV Spread
- Places to Train
- The Undo Button
- Conclusion

IVs
Like EVs, Individual Values also have a large effect on the stats of your pokemon. However, unlike EVs, you cannot change the IVs of your pokemon. For each stat, the IV itself is a number from 0, which gives you the lowest possible stat, to 31, which gives you the highest. For example, if you take two vaporeons (at level 100), one with an ATK IV of 31, and another with an ATK IV of 0, you will see that the difference between the stats is exactly 31. At half the level, the difference becomes half of 31, and so on.

Stats aren't the only thing affected by IVs. The type and base power of Hidden Power is also determined by the pokemon's IVs. In general, the higher the IVs, the stronger Hidden Power will be (with a maximum base power of 70). However to control the type, you must specific combinations of IVs. For example, a pokemon with an IV of 31 in every stat will have a dark-type Hidden Power, and if that pokemon instead had a special attack IV of 0, the Hidden Power becomes type electric, and has a base power of 59.

While you cannot change the IVs of a pokemon, you can have a large influence on what IVs a newly hatched pokemon have. When breeding, 3 of the baby pokemon's IVs are chosen completely at random. The other three IVs come from its parents. At least one comes from its father, and at least one from its mother, the third comes is randomly from either parent. After you have hatched a pokemon, you can take it to the Battle Frontier (Emerald version only). Directly north of the Pokemon Center, there is an old man that gives you an estimate of what the overall IVs are, as well as what stat the highest IV is in. If you don't have Emerald Version (or you want more accurate information) you can use an IV calculator, which compares the stats of your pokemon (you will have to level up the pokemon a bit, because IVs have a smaller impact on the stats at lower levels).

Making a Good EV Spread
Most of the time, there won't be one proper EV spread for any particular pokemon. When choosing the right EV spread you have to consider, what moves you plan on using, and what areas the rest of your team can cover. For example, surviving Raichu's Thunderbolt isn't as important if you have a Dugtrio on your team. A good EV spread should take advantage of a pokemon's strong points, while at the same time protecting it from the most obvious weaknesses. For example, giving special defense EVs to Marowak will allow it to survive any super effective attack, making it harder to counter. But if you waste too many EVs on special defense, it won't have enough attack to KO that pokemon in one hit, or it won't have enough speed to outspeed other important pokemon. As you can see, making an EV spread can quickly become complicated, but here are a few tips on making and perfecting EV spreads:

- Battle. See what stats are most important on the particular pokemon, do you need to outspeed a lot of things, or do more damage?
- Calculate. Having enough power to do 70% to a pokemon is not very useful. Set your attack (or special atttack) so that you can OHKO (100% damage) them, or so that you can 2HKO them (54% with leftovers). If it's somewhere in the middle, you are wasting EVs.
- Analyze. Consider what weaknesses your other pokemon have. If your five other pokemon are Heracross, Machamp, Medicham, Breloom, and Blaziken (not recommended you use this as a team) Then your Zapdos will need a lot more defense EVs so that it can repeatedly switch in on flying attacks.
#3JacK_1S_BKPosted 4/11/2007 8:45:48 PMmessage detail
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#4bobhead(Topic Creator)Posted 4/11/2007 8:47:32 PMmessage detail
Contents -- ** Covered in this post
- Introduction
- How to get EVs
- Vitamins
- IVs
- Making a Good EV Spread
** Places to Train
** The Undo Button
** Conclusion

Places to Train
These are best places to train in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Note that some are trainers and some are wild pokemon. Trainers give more experience, but it can take some time before they fight you, and you might have to fight them a couple of times before they have the pokemon listed below

**Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald**
HP
Whismur - Rusturf Tunnel - 1 EVs
Expert Timothy - Route 115 - 2 EVs
Tuber Lola - Route 109 (on land) - 6 EVs

Attack
Shuppet (rare in Ruby version) - Mt. Pyre - 1 EV
Triathlete Maria - Route 117 - 2 EVs
Triathlete Dylan - Route 117 - 2 EVs
Black Belt Nob - Route 115 - 8 EVs

Defense
Clamperl - Underwater - 1 EVs
Pokemaniac Steve - Route 114 - 5 EVs
Kindler Bernie - Route 114 - 4 EVs
Hiker Trent - Route 112 - 9 EVs

Special Attack
Spinda - Route 113 - 1 EVs
Triathlete Abigail - Route 110 - 2 EVs
Triathlete Benjamin - Route 110 - 2 EVs

Special Defense
Tentacool - Abandoned Ship - 1 EV
Tentacruel - Abandoned Ship - 2 EV

Speed
Electrike, Wingull, Zigzagoon - Route 118 - 1 EV
Linoone, Manectric - Route 118 - 2 EVs
Pokefan Isabel - Route 110 - 2 EVs
Twins Amy + Liv - Route 103 - 2 EVs

**Fire Red and Leaf Green (credit to Amazing Ampharos for this section)**
HP
Dunsparce - Three Island (through cave) - 1 EV

Attack
Paras - Mt. Moon (B1) - 1 EV
Pokemon Ranger Nicolas - Sevault Canyon - 6 EVs

Defense
Tangela - Route 21 - 1 EV
Biker Ruben - Cycling Road - 6 EVs

Special Attack
Gastly - Lavender Tower - 1 EV
Haunter - Lavender Tower - 2 EVs
Slugma - Mt. Ember (B3) - 1 EV
Pokemon Ranger Madeline - Sevault Canyon - 6 EVs

Special Defense
Tentacool - One Island (water - 1 EV
Tentacruel - One Island (water) - 2 EVs
Aroma Lady Miah - Sevault Canyon - 6 EVs

Speed
Diglett - Diglett's Cave - 1 EV
Dugtrio - Diglett's Cave - 2 EVs
Picnicker Becky - Route 115 - 6 EVs

The Undo Button
If your pokemon was already trained, or your dog trained it for you, that pokemon probably has EVs you don't want. In Emerald version, there are six berries you can use to remove these EVs. Each berry removes 10 EVs and increases your pokemon's happiness.
- Pomeg Berry lowers HP
- Kelpsy Berry lowers Attack
- Qualot Berry lowers Defense
- Hondew Berry lowers Special Attack
- Grepa Berry lowers Special Defense
- Tamato Berry lowers Speed

Conclusion
EVs are an important part of pokemon and can be the key to victory. Whether you are battling a friend, playing Battle Frontier, or battling on Netbattle, make sure you always consider EVs when raising (or choosing) your pokemon. Always be sure you are using the "snap" feature on Netbattle, and, as always, experiment to your heart's content.
#5gooch69Posted 4/12/2007 6:30:40 AMmessage detail
isn't this the one on smogon?
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#6bobhead(Topic Creator)Posted 4/12/2007 12:50:13 PMmessage detail
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#7bobhead(Topic Creator)Posted 4/12/2007 12:51:32 PMmessage detail
yep, but this isn't smogon, and I see a lot of questions on this subject so I figured I would post it here as well.
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#8Guitarguru22Posted 4/12/2007 2:31:23 PMmessage detail
The Undo Button
If your pokemon was already trained, or your dog trained it for you, that pokemon probably has EVs you don't want. In Emerald version, there are six berries you can use to remove these EVs. Each berry removes 10 EVs and increases your pokemon's happiness.
- Pomeg Berry lowers HP
- Kelpsy Berry lowers Attack
- Qualot Berry lowers Defense
- Hondew Berry lowers Special Attack
- Grepa Berry lowers Special Defense
- Tamato Berry lowers Speed

^^^Most useful info I have learned today, thats with going school and news. I can now go back and make my pkmn from before I knew about EVs beasts. Thank you so much. Also, is it true that IV calcs are less accurate the farther your level is from 50 or is that bs?
#9HariyamaPosted 4/12/2007 2:49:56 PMmessage detail
The higher level, the more accurate you can tell your IVs, but, Level 20 is most preferred.
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#10bobhead(Topic Creator)Posted 4/12/2007 3:03:24 PMmessage detail
all stat modifiers are multiplied by (<pokemon's level/100). So that is indeed true.
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