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    IV/EV/Nature Guide by Daredevilry

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    Have you ever wondered why your Pokémon, as high as their levels might be, just aren't good enough to win battles against your friends? Chances are your friends know much more about this game than you do. Pokémon, despite its friendly feel, is quite in-depth. There's more to battling that just having the best moves, the best items, and the best Pokémon. Actually there isn't, but to get the best Pokémon, you have to work for it (no hacking!).

    There are three mechanics that determine how good a Pokémon's stats will be. They are individual values (often abbreviated IVs), effort values (often abbreviated EVs), and natures. In this topic, I will explain to you how these mechanics benefit your Pokémon, which will ultimately benefit you in becoming an ultimate Pokémon trainer.

    Let's start with the value that you can never alter, the individual values.


    IVs are preset values that determine the basis of your Pokémon's stat growth. They can range from 0-31, the higher the better. A Pokémon's IVs are determined by the game when you encounter it in the wild or if breeding, when the egg is received from the Daycare Man.


    Entei, Raikou, and Latias [HeartGold]/Latios [SoulSilver] are exceptions to IVs being set when you encounter them. Check the spoilers to find out when they're set.

    SPOILER! Highlight to View

    Entei's and Raikou's IVs are set when they run away from the Burned Tower. Latias'/Latios' is set when Steven tells you about it.


    If you are not happy with the natures and/or IV values the above three Pokémon have, you can faint them, beat the Elite Four again, and they will reappear roaming the maps again. You can do this as many times as you want until you get the desired values.

    Every stat (Hit Points, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed) has an individual value of their own. These numbers (0-31) are "additional stats." If a Pokémon has an Attack IV of 25, it will have 25 more Attack points than a Pokémon with an IV of 0 in Attack.

    It's nearly impossible to get perfect IVs (31 all across) for your Pokémon. Instead of aiming for perfection, you should always try to get decent IVs in stats that fit the Pokémon's role. For example, if you want to use Alakazam as a "special sweeper," you would have to try to get 31 IVs in Special Attack and Speed. The other stats are not as important to a special sweeper, so you can let them slide.

    Now that I have told you why they're important, let's go on to how you can actually find out your Pokémon's IVs and see if they're good enough for your Pokémon.


    There is no way of knowing the exact IVs of your Pokémon from the game, however there are plenty of resources on the web that you can use to help you derive to the exact value. There are tools, called IV calculators, which can accurately determine the IVs of your Pokémon. Here, I'll link you to the IV calculator I use, which is probably the most accurate if used properly:


    (Note: you will have to know your Pokémon's effort values for an accurate answer; scroll down in this topic for information on effort values)

    IV calculators work better when the Pokémon is at a higher level and the final stats take into shape. That means you have harder time determining the IVs (even with a calculator) of a Pokémon that just hatched than a high level Pokémon. People with access to Wi-Fi participate in what they call "IV Battles" to see the final stats of their Pokémon. Wi-Fi battles automatically raise your Pokémon's level to 100 during the battle, so all the stats are fully established. During the battle, go check the Pokémon's summary screen and write down the stats you see. Then input the stats in the calculator (along with the level, which should be 100) to get an accurate result.


    The game however does hint at which stat has your Pokémon's best IV out of the others. However, note that just because the game suggested that the stat's IV is the best, it does not mean your Pokémon has a 31 IV in that stat. It could have a 4 and still be considered the best if all your other stats are below or equal 4. If two of the stats have the same, highest IV, the game will select one of the phrases describing the Pokémon's characteristic for one of the stats for you to see. Characteristics can be found on the Pokémon's info page in its summary.

    • If the highest IV out of all the other stats is from the HP stat, the game might say the following depending on its value:
    CharacteristicIV Value
    "Likes to relax"Either 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, or 29
    "Loves to eat"Either 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30
    "Often dozes off"Either 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, or 31
    "Often scatters things"Either 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, or 27
    "Scatters things often"Either 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, or 28
    • If the Attack stat has the highest IV, the game might say:
    CharacteristicIV Value
    "A little quick tempered"Either 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, or 27
    "Likes to fight"Either 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, or 28
    "Likes to thrash about"Either 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, or 31
    "Proud of its power"Either 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30
    "Quick tempered"Either 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, or 29
    • The characteristic for the Defense stat having the highest IV might read:
    CharacteristicIV Value
    "Capable of taking hits"Either 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, or 31
    "Highly persistent"Either 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, or 27
    "Good endurance"Either 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, or 28
    "Good perseverance"Either 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, or 29
    "Sturdy body"Either 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30
    • The phrases for having the highest Special Attack IV are:
    CharacteristicIV Value
    "Highly curious"Either 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30
    "Mischievous"Either 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, or 31
    "Often lost in thought"Either 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, or 28
    "Thoroughly cunning"Either 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, or 27
    "Very finicky"Either 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, or 29
    • If the Special Defense stat has the highest IV, the characteristic might be:
    CharacteristicIV Value
    "Hates to lose"Either 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, or 28
    "Somewhat stubborn"Either 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, or 29
    "Somewhat vain"Either 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, or 31
    "Strong willed"Either 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30
    "Strongly defiant"Either 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, or 27
    • And lastly, for Speed stat having the highest IV:
    CharacteristicIV Value
    "Alert to sounds"Either 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, or 31
    "Impetuous and silly"Either 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, or 27
    "Likes to run"Either 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30
    "Quick to flee"Either 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, or 29
    "Somewhat of a clown"Either 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, or 28

    The Judge

    In addition to characteristics, there is a Pokémon Judge in the Battle Tower standing near the PC that will evaluate your Pokémon's "potential." He will not tell the exact values, but he will give a range.

    SayingOveral range of IVs
    "This Pokémon's potential is decent all around"0-90
    "This Pokémon's potential is above average overall"91-120
    "This Pokémon has relatively superior potential overall"121-150
    "This Pokémon has outstanding potential overall"151-186

    In addition to the range, he also tells you the range of your Pokémon's highest IV. He will tell you about its impressive stat and give another blurb about it.

    SayingRange value of highest IV
    "Rather decent"0-15
    "Very good"16-25
    "It can't be better in that regard"31


    When breeding a Pokémon, IVs from both the parents can be passed down to the baby. However, all of that is mostly random.

    In these games, you have some control over which IVs are passed down. If the parent is holding a power item while breeding, depending on which power item, that IV will be guaranteed to pass down to the offspring.

    A parent holding the following items will result in the offspring having their IVs in that stat:

    ItemIV passed down
    Power WeightHP
    Power BracerAttack
    Power BeltDefense
    Power LensSpecial Attack
    Power BandSpecial Defense
    Power AnkletSpeed

    Because a Pokémon is limited to holding one item, you can only control a maximum of two IVs passing down (one from the father, the other from the mother).

    Hidden Power

    IVs are the sole factor behind determining the Pokémon's Hidden Power move. Hidden Power can have a base attack ranging from 30-70 and can be any type (except Normal) depending on your Pokémon's IVs. I won't discuss much about Hidden Power, but the calculator I linked to earlier also calculates this, so you should check it out.

    So yeah, that's all the average player needs to know about IVs. That +31 to the stats doesn't seem as much, but it can help. Some people are known to obsess over IVs; they want the best and tend to be perfectionists. Not that there's anything wrong with it, mind you, but reaching that goal is time consuming. That's the reason why I recommended that you focus on the crucial stats the most.


    Effort values on the other hand, you have complete control over. EVs give much more additions to stats than IVs. Every stat can have a maximum of 255 EVs, however the maximum amount of EVs a Pokémon overall is 510. This means you can not have 255 EVs in all six stats at once.

    Anyway, onto how EVs are related to stats. For every 4 EVs in a stat, the Pokémon gains 1 stat point accordingly. For example, a Pokémon that gained 4 EVs in HP will get their actual HP stat boosted by 1 point. This "+1" for every 4 EVs may or may not be shown in the stat screen when leveled up, however it will be accommodated eventually.

    Stats will only be gained for every 4 EVs, so 5 EVs will not result in +4.25. Pokémon stats are always rounded down; and because EVs work when divisible by 4, many people choose to nourish their Pokémon with 252 EVs rather than the maximum of 255. 255 divided by 4 is 63.75, but because stats are rounded down, it is essentially the same as 252 divided by 4, which equals to 63 points added to the stat. Often you will see people using a 252/252/6 EV "spread" rather than a 255/255 because of the added 1 stat point in another stat from the remaining 6 EVs you get if you use the 252/252 guideline (63/63/1 rather than 63/63).

    "EV spreads" are how trainers decide to divide EVs into their Pokémon's stats. They can be 252 Attack/252 Speed/6 Defense, 128 HP/128 Speed/254 Special Attack, 10 HP/100 Attack/100 Defense/100 Special Attack/100 Special Defense/100 Speed or whatever!

    Every new Pokémon you get in the game (hatched/caught/in game trade/gift) start with 0 EVs.


    The game does not tell you how many EVs your Pokémon have, so you have to keep track of them by yourself! The only thing the game tells you is if a Pokémon has reached its EV cap of 510, nothing less than that.

    To see if your Pokémon has reached the 510 EV cap, there is a lady in Blackthorn City (in the same house with another lady who trades you her Dodrio for your Dragonair) who will award your Pokémon with an effort ribbon if and only if your Pokémon has 510 EVs.

    As mentioned, "EV training" can be tedious, but there are items that help hasten the process.


    Vitamins give 10 EVs to a particular stat.

    HP UpHP
    CalciumSpecial Attack
    ZincSpecial Defense

    You can only use these items for the first 100 EVs in each stat! Past that, you have to manually train to get the remaining EVs.

    Vitamins can be purchased in any mega department stores (in Goldenrod City and Celdaon City). They are expensive though, 9800 each. Trainers are known to give you vitamins after beating them in rematches. Additionally, they can be exchangeable for 1BP at the Battle Frontier.

    Macho Brace

    A Pokémon holding a Macho Brace will get double the EVs! A Machop that would regularly give 1 Attack EV would now give 2!

    To get the Macho Brace, you need to trade your Drowzee for the Machop in Goldenrod City's Department Store. The Machop will be holding the item.

    Macho Brace lowers the speed of your Pokémon during battle. This is only temporary, and the drop does not effect the gain of Speed EVs. Just in case if it wasn't obvious, you have to have your Pokémon hold the item for it to have effect.

    Power Items

    There are superior hold items for "EV training" to the Macho Brace, the power items. Yes, the same power items that help pass down IVs also help gain EVs. The power items give an additional 4 EVs to their respective stats.

    Power WeightHP
    Power BracerAttack
    Power BeltDefense
    Power LensSpecial Attack
    Power BandSpecial Defense
    Power AnkletSpeed

    So! A Pokémon that fought a Machop while it was holding a Power Band would get 1 Attack EV and 4 Special Defense EVs. 5 Attack EVs if the Pokémon was carrying a Power Bracer.

    You can get the power items in the Battle Frontier in exchange for 16BP each.

    Like the Macho Brace, a Pokémon that is holding any of the power items has its Speed halved temporarily (in battle). Again, Speed EV gains are not affected.

    Exp. Share

    Also, the item Exp. Share splits the experience points gained between Pokémon; however, every single participant of the battle (and holders of Exp. Shares) will get the full amount of EVs each. If three of your Pokémon were to fight an Alakazam (it gives 3 Special Attack EVs), they would each get 3 Special Attack EVs.

    To get the Exp. Share, you have to take the Red Scale to Mr. Pokémon in his house north of Cherrygrove City. Check the spoilers to find out where you can get the Red Scale.

    SPOILER! Highlight to View

    You get the Red Scale from beating or capturing the Red Gyarados at the Lake of Rage.

    If you mess up in your EV training, as in, get an extra EV in a stat you did not intend to get it in, there is a way to remove EVs from a Pokémon.

    "EV Berries"

    There are certain berries that reduce a Pokémon's EVs in a stat by 10 each, if the EVs in the stat are below 100. If the value is over 100, the first berry used drops the value to exactly 100.

    HondewSpecial Attack
    GrepaSpecial Defense

    You can acquire these berries from playing the scratch off game at the Battle Frontier. You can trade with a juggler in Fuschia City for the berries, he will ask for shards in return. Some berries can be found in Pokéwalker courses.

    So for example, if your Pokémon has 165 EVs in HP and you want to completely remove all of them, you would have to use 11 Pomeg berries. 1 berry to drop it to 100, and 10 to drop the value by 10 each (100 to 90, 90 to 80, 80 to 70, and so forth).

    These berries also raise the Pokémon's happiness. If the game says "It won't have any effect," it means the Pokémon has maximum happiness and no EVs.

    If it reads "[Pokémon's name] became more friendly! [Pokémon's name] base [Stat] dropped," it indicates that the Pokémon does have (or had before you used it) EVs in that particular stat. If you want to deplete it of that particular stat, you should continue to use the berries.

    If the Pokémon no longer has any EVs in the particular stat, but the Pokémon can still get happier, it will read "[Pokémon's name] became more friendly! [Pokémon's name] base [Stat] can't go any lower."

    If the Pokémon's happiness is maxed, the game will then only mention the stats dropping.

    If you lost track of the EVs, you can save the game and then use the berries to deduce and find an approximate value, assuming it's not over 100 points (because then it will just drop it to a 100). If your Pokémon's EVs deplete with 7 berries, than it has 61-70 EVs in the stat.

    To find the exact value below 100, you first need to find out how many berries it takes to deplete the Pokémon's EVs (same step as to finding the approximate value). For the sake of consistency, we'll use the same range of EVs from the last example. Now, restart your game and carefully battle Pokémon that give 1 EV point in that particular stat, and after the battle, check with the berries to see if you needed an extra berry to deplete it. If you did, your Pokémon had, in this case, 70 EVs prior to gaining that additional EV. If you did not, restart the game and gain 2 EVs this time around and check. Continue restarting and gaining that incremental EV point until you need to use that one additional berry to deplete all the EV points. When that happens, subtract how many EVs you had to gain to go past that multiple of 10 (70 in this case) from the current number of EVs your Pokémon has past 70 (you still have to keep track).

    Remember not to save during these processes. If you just restart the game so you can retain your berries and EVs, while still having figured (or have tried to) out how many EVs your Pokémon has.


    There is also this rare "virus" known as the Pokérus. When a Pokémon is "infected" with Pokérus, it gains double the EVs, just like a Macho Brace. However, because Pokérus is a condition and not an item, you can gain even more EVs if you have a Macho Brace or a power item attached.

    It would be calculated like this:

    Power item = 2 (Regular EV gain from Pokémon + 4)

    Macho Brace = 2 (Regular EV gain from Pokémon x 2)

    The chances of getting this virus are very rare; 3 out of 65,536 Pokémon have it. Once a Pokémon gets the virus, you can spread the virus to your other Pokémon by having the infected Pokémon battle, which will result in the Pokérus spreading to your party Pokémon. You can preserve Pokérus by keeping an infected Pokémon in your PC. It is highly recommended that you do so because Pokérus will eventually go away, so it will not spread to your other Pokémon. However, if a Pokémon that was once infected no longer has Pokérus, it will still gain double the EVs. Because this conditional is beneficial, the only problem would be not being able to spread it to your other Pokémon.


    "Hotspots" are convenient areas that contain Pokémon that only give specific type of EVs. These areas make EV training easier because the rates of encountering Pokémon that give you particular EVs are 100%. Do NOT tune in on the Hoenn or Sinnoh radio channels in these locations; this list was compiled ignoring their changes to Pokémon encounters. The time of the day also does not alter the encounters in these locations.


    • Surfing in the first level of Slowpoke Well; Slowpoke (1).
    • Surfing in Ruins of Alph; Wooper (1) and Quagsire (2).
    • Surfing in Cliff's Edge Gate; Wooper (1) and Quagsire (2).


    • Using the Super Rod in the first floor of Mt. Silver; Gyarados (2) and Seaking (2). You can encounter Goldeen (1) and Seaking (2) surfing on the same level.
    • Surfing on Route 42; Goldeen (1) and Seaking (2).
    • Surfing everywhere in Mt. Mortar; Goldeen (1) and Seaking (2).
    • Surfing in Cerulean City; Goldeen (1) and Seaking (2).
    • Surfing on Routes 24 and 25; Goldeen (1) and Seaking (2).


    • Rock smash boulders in Ruins of Alph; Geodude (1).
    • Rock smash boulders in Rock Tunnel; Geodude (1).
    • Rock smash boulders in Cerulean Cave; Geodude (1) and Graveler (2).

    Rock smashing is a bit tedious, as the chances of encountering Pokémon aren't really reliable. Out of rock smashing, there is no area that has a 100% chance to encounter Pokémon that only give defense EVs. The next best thing would be the patch of grass right below Pallet Town, on Route 21. Over there, you will mostly encounter Tangela, which give 1 Defense EV each, but also rarely Mr. Mime, which give you 2 Special Defense EVs.

    Special Attack

    • Surfing in Ilex Forest; Psyduck (1) and Golduck (2).
    • Surfing on Route 35; Psyduck (1) and Golduck (2).

    Special Defense

    • Surfing in Cherrygrove City; Tentacool (1) and Tentacruel (2).
    • Surfing in Olivine City; Tentacool (1) and Tentacruel (2).
    • Surfing in Pallet Town; Tentacool (1) and Tentacruel (2).
    • Surfing in Cinnabar Island; Tentacool (1) and Tentacruel (2).
    • Surfing on Routes 20 and 21; Tentacool (1) and Tentacruel (2).


    • Surfing on Route 30; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2). Using any type of fishing rod, you can encounter Magikarp (1) and Poliwag (1).
    • Surfing in Violet City; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2). Using any type of fishing rod, you can encounter Magikarp (1) and Poliwag (1).
    • Surfing in Ilex Forest; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Surfing in Ecruteak City; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Using any type of fishing rod in Cliff's Edge Gate; Magikarp (1) and Poliwag (1).
    • Using the Old Rod in Lake of Rage; Magikarp (1)
    • Surfing on Route 43; Magikarp (1).
    • Surfing on Route 44; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Surfing on Route 45; Magikarp (1). You can also use the Super Rod to encounter Poliwag (1) and Magikarp (1).
    • Surfing in Blackthorn City; Magikarp (1).
    • Surfing on Route 28; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Surfing in Mt. Silver (outside the cave); Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Surfing on Route 22; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Surfing in Viridian City; Poliwag (1) and Poliwhirl (2).
    • Surfing in Fuschia City; Magikarp (1).
    • Diglett Cave; Diglett (1) and Dugtrio (2).

    Table of Pokémon and their EV output

    Alternatively, using the following list, you can determine your own training area. Try to find out which trainers have

    National Dex #PokémonEV Output
    1Bulbasaur1 Special Attack
    2Ivysaur1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    3Venusaur2 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    4Charmander1 Speed
    5Charmeleon1 Special Attack, 1 Speed
    6Charizard3 Special Attack
    7Squirtle1 Defense
    8Wartortle1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    9Blastoise3 Special Defense
    10Caterpie1 HP
    11Metapod2 Defense
    12Butterfree2 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    13Weedle1 Speed
    14Kakuna2 Defense
    15Beedrill2 Attack, 1 Special Defense
    16Pidgey1 Speed
    17Pidgeotto2 Speed
    18Pidgeot3 Speed
    19Rattata1 Speed
    20Raticate2 Speed
    21Spearow1 Speed
    22Fearow2 Speed
    23Ekans1 Attack
    24Arbok2 Attack
    25Pikachu2 Speed
    26Raichu3 Speed
    27Sandshrew1 Defense
    28Sandslash2 Defense
    29Nidoran [Female]1 HP
    30Nidorina2 HP
    31Nidoqueen3 HP
    32Nidoran [Male]1 Attack
    33Nidorino2 Attack
    34Nidoking3 Attack
    35Clefairy2 HP
    36Clefable3 HP
    37Vulpix1 Speed
    38Ninetales1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    39Jigglypuff2 HP
    40Wigglytuff3 HP
    41Zubat1 Speed
    42Golbat2 Speed
    43Oddish1 Special Attack
    44Gloom2 Special Attack
    45Vileplume3 Special Attack
    46Paras1 Attack
    47Parasect2 Attack, 1 Defense
    48Venonat1 Special Defense
    49Venomoth1 Special Attack, 1 Speed
    50Diglett1 Speed
    51Dugtrio2 Speed
    52Meowth1 Speed
    53Persian2 Speed
    54Psyduck1 Special Attack
    55Golduck2 Special Attack
    56Mankey1 Attack
    57Primeape2 Attack
    58Growlithe1 Attack
    59Arcanine2 Attack
    60Poliwag1 Speed
    61Poliwhirl2 Speed
    62Poliwrath3 Defense
    63Abra1 Special Attack
    64Kadabra2 Special Attack
    65Alakazam3 Special Attack
    66Machop1 Attack
    67Machoke2 Attack
    68Machamp3 Attack
    69Bellsprout1 Attack
    70Weepinbell2 Attack
    71Victreebel3 Attack
    72Tentacool1 Special Defense
    73Tentacruel2 Special Defense
    74Geodude1 Defense
    75Graveler2 Defense
    76Golem3 Defense
    77Ponyta1 Speed
    78Rapidash2 Speed
    79Slowpoke1 HP
    80Slowbro2 Defense
    81Magnemite1 Special Attack
    82Magneton2 Special Attack
    83Farfetch'd1 Attack
    84Doduo1 Attack
    85Dodrio2 Attack
    86Seel1 Special Defense
    87Dewgong2 Special Defense
    88Grimer1 HP
    89Muk1 HP, 1 Attack
    90Shellder1 Defense
    91Cloyster2 Defense
    92Gastly1 Special Attack
    93Haunter2 Special Attack
    94Gengar3 Special Attack
    95Onix1 Defense
    96Drowzee1 Special Defense
    97Hypno2 Special Defense
    98Krabby1 Attack
    99Kingler2 Attack
    100Voltorb1 Speed
    101Electrode2 Speed
    102Exeggcute1 Defense
    103Exeggutor2 Special Attack
    104Cubone1 Defense
    105Marowak2 Defense
    106Hitmonlee2 Attack
    107Hitmonchan2 Special Defense
    108Lickitung2 HP
    109Koffing1 Defense
    110Weezing2 Defense
    111Rhyhorn1 Defense
    112Rhydon2 Attack
    113Chansey2 HP
    114Tangela1 Defense
    115Kangaskhan2 HP
    116Horsea1 Special Attack
    117Seadra1 Defense, 1 Special Attack
    118Goldeen1 Attack
    119Seaking2 Attack
    120Staryu1 Speed
    121Starmie2 Speed
    122Mr. Mime2 Special Defense
    123Scyther1 Attack
    124Jynx2 Special Attack
    125Electabuzz2 Speed
    126Magmar2 Special Attack
    127Pinsir2 Attack
    128Tauros1 Attack, 1 Speed
    129Magikarp1 Speed
    130Gyarados2 Attack
    131Lapras2 HP
    132Ditto1 HP
    133Eevee1 Special Defense
    134Vaporeon2 HP
    135Jolteon2 Speed
    136Flareon2 Attack
    137Porygon1 Special Attack
    138Omanyte1 Defense
    139Omastar2 Defense
    140Kabuto1 Defense
    141Kabutops2 Attack
    142Aerodactyl2 Speed
    143Snorlax2 HP
    144Articuno3 Special Defense
    145Zapdos3 Special Attack
    146Moltres3 Special Attack
    147Dratini1 Attack
    148Dragonair2 Attack
    149Dragonite3 Attack
    150Mewtwo3 Special Attack
    151Mew3 HP
    152Chikorita1 Special Defense
    153Bayleef1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    154Meganium1 Defense, 2 Special Defense
    155Cyndaquil1 Speed
    156Quilava1 Special Attack, 1 Speed
    157Typhlosion3 Special Attack
    158Totodile1 Attack
    159Croconaw1 Attack, 1 Defense
    160Feraligatr2 Attack, 1 Defense
    161Sentret1 Attack
    162Furret2 Speed
    163Hoothoot1 HP
    164Noctowl2 HP
    165Ledyba1 Special Defense
    166Ledian2 Special Defense
    167Spinarak1 Attack
    168Ariados2 Attack
    169Crobat3 Speed
    170Chinchou1 HP
    171Lanturn2 HP
    172Pichu1 Speed
    173Cleffa1 Special Defense
    174Igglybuff1 HP
    175Togepi1 Special Defense
    176Togetic2 Special Defense
    177Natu1 Special Attack
    178Xatu1 Special Attack, 1 Speed
    179Mareep1 Special Attack
    180Flaaffy2 Special Attack
    181Ampharos3 Special Attack
    182Bellossom3 Special Defense
    183Marill2 HP
    184Azumarill3 HP
    185Sudowoodo2 Defense
    186Politoed3 Special Defense
    187Hoppip1 Special Defense
    188Skiploom2 Speed
    189Jumpluff3 Speed
    190Aipom1 Speed
    191Sunkern1 Special Attack
    192Sunflora2 Special Attack
    193Yanma1 Speed
    194Wooper1 HP
    195Quagsire2 HP
    196Espeon2 Special Attack
    197Umbreon2 Special Defense
    198Murkrow1 Speed
    199Slowking3 Special Defense
    200Misdreavus1 Special Defense
    201Unown1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    202Wobbuffet2 HP
    203Girafarig2 Special Attack
    204Pineco1 Defense
    205Forretress2 Defense
    206Dunsparce1 HP
    207Gligar1 Defense
    208Steelix2 Defense
    209Snubbull1 Attack
    210Granbull2 Attack
    211Qwilfish1 Attack
    212Scizor2 Attack
    213Shuckle1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    214Heracross2 Attack
    215Sneasel1 Speed
    216Teddiursa1 Attack
    217Ursaring2 Attack
    218Slugma1 Special Attack
    219Magcargo2 Defense
    220Swinub1 Attack
    221Piloswine1 HP, 1 Attack
    222Corsola1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    223Remoraid1 Special Attack
    224Octillery1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    225Delibird1 Speed
    226Mantine2 Special Defense
    227Skarmory2 Defense
    228Houndour1 Special Attack
    229Houndoom2 Special Defense
    230Kingdra1 Attack, 1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    231Phanpy1 HP
    232Donphan1 Attack, 1 Defense
    233Porygon22 Special Attack
    234Stantler1 Attack
    235Smeargle1 Speed
    236Tyrogue1 Attack
    237Hitmontop2 Special Defense
    238Smoochum1 Special Attack
    239Elekid1 Speed
    240Magby1 Speed
    241Miltank2 Defense
    242Blissey3 HP
    243Raikou1 Special Attack, 2 Speed
    244Entei1 HP, 2 Attack
    245Suicune1 Defense, 2 Special Defense
    246Larvitar1 Attack
    247Pupitar2 Attack
    248Tyranitar3 Attack
    249Lugia3 Special Defense
    250Ho-Oh3 Special Defense
    251Celebi3 HP
    252Treecko1 Speed
    253Grovyle2 Speed
    254Sceptile3 Speed
    255Torchic1 Special Attack
    256Combusken1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    257Blaziken3 Attack
    258Mudkip1 Attack
    259Marshtomp2 Attack
    260Swampert3 Attack
    261Poochyena1 Attack
    262Mightyena2 Attack
    263Zigzagoon1 Speed
    264Linoone2 Speed
    265Wurmple1 HP
    266Silcoon2 Defense
    267Beautifly3 Special Attack
    268Cascoon2 Defense
    269Dustox3 Special Defense
    270Lotad1 Special Defense
    271Lombre2 Special Defense
    272Ludicolo3 Special Defense
    273Seedot1 Defense
    274Nuzleaf2 Attack
    275Shiftry3 Attack
    276Taillow1 Speed
    277Swellow2 Speed
    278Wingull1 Speed
    279Pelipper2 Defense
    280Ralts1 Special Attack
    281Kirlia2 Special Attack
    282Gardevoir3 Special Attack
    283Surskit1 Speed
    284Masquerain1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    285Shroomish1 HP
    286Breloom2 Attack
    287Slakoth1 HP
    288Vigoroth2 Speed
    289Slaking3 HP
    290Nincada1 Defense
    291Ninjask2 Speed
    292Shedinja2 HP
    293Whismur1 HP
    294Loudred2 HP
    295Exploud3 HP
    296Makuhita1 HP
    297Hariyama2 HP
    298Azurill1 HP
    299Nosepass1 Defense
    300Skitty1 Speed
    301Delcatty1 HP, 1 Speed
    302Sableye1 Attack, 1 Defense
    303Mawile1 Attack, 1 Defense
    304Aron1 Defense
    305Lairon2 Defense
    306Aggron3 Defense
    307Meditite1 Speed
    308Medicham2 Speed
    309Electrike1 Speed
    310Manectric2 Speed
    311Plusle1 Speed
    312Minun1 Speed
    313Volbeat1 Speed
    314Illumise1 Speed
    315Roselia2 Special Attack
    316Gulpin1 HP
    317Swalot2 HP
    318Carvanha1 Attack
    319Sharpedo2 Attack
    320Wailmer1 HP
    321Wailord2 HP
    322Numel1 Special Attack
    323Camerupt1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    324Torkoal2 Defense
    325Spoink1 Special Defense
    326Grumpig2 Special Defense
    327Spinda1 Special Attack
    328Trapinch1 Attack
    329Vibrava1 Attack, 1 Speed
    330Flygon1 Attack, 2 Speed
    331Cacnea1 Special Attack
    332Cacturne1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    333Swablu1 Special Defense
    334Altaria2 Special Defense
    335Zangoose2 Attack
    336Seviper1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    337Lunatone2 Special Attack
    338Solrock2 Attack
    339Barboach1 HP
    340Whiscash2 HP
    341Corphish1 Attack
    342Crawdaunt2 Attack
    343Baltoy1 Special Defense
    344Claydol2 Special Defense
    345Lileep1 Special Defense
    346Cradily2 Special Defense
    347Anorith1 Attack
    348Armaldo2 Attack
    349Feebas1 Speed
    350Milotic2 Special Defense
    351Castform1 HP
    352Kecleon1 Special Defense
    353Shuppet1 Attack
    354Banette2 Attack
    355Duskull1 Special Defense
    356Dusclops1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    357Tropius2 HP
    358Chimecho1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    359Absol2 Attack
    360Wynaut1 HP
    361Snorunt1 HP
    362Glalie2 HP
    363Spheal1 HP
    364Sealeo2 HP
    365Walrein3 HP
    366Clamperl1 Defense
    367Huntail1 Attack, 1 Defense
    368Gorebyss2 Special Attack
    369Relicanth1 HP, 1 Defense
    370Luvdisc1 Speed
    371Bagon1 Attack
    372Shelgon2 Defense
    373Salamence3 Attack
    374Beldum1 Defense
    375Metang2 Defense
    376Metagross3 Defense
    377Regirock3 Defense
    378Regice3 Special Defense
    379Registeel2 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    380Latias3 Special Defense
    381Latios3 Special Attack
    382Kyogre3 Special Attack
    383Groudon3 Attack
    384Rayquaza2 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    385Jirachi3 HP
    386Deoxys1 Attack, 1 Special Defense, 1 Speed
    386Deoxys [Attack]2 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    386Deoxys [Defense]2 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    386Deoxys [Speed]3 Speed
    387Turtwig1 Attack
    388Grotle1 Attack, 1 Defense
    389Torterra2 Attack, 1 Defense
    390Chimchar1 Speed
    391Monferno1 Special Defense, 1 Speed
    392Infernape1 Attack, 1 Special Defense, 1 Speed
    393Piplup1 Special Attack
    394Prinplup2 Special Attack
    395Empoleon3 Special Attack
    396Starly1 Speed
    397Staravia2 Speed
    398Staraptor3 Attack
    399Bidoof1 HP
    400Bibarel2 Attack
    401Kricketot1 Defense
    402Kricketune2 Attack
    403Shinx1 Attack
    404Luxio2 Attack
    405Luxray3 Attack
    406Budew1 Special Attack
    407Roserade3 Special Attack
    408Cranidos1 Attack
    409Rampardos2 Attack
    410Shieldon1 Defense
    411Bastiodon2 Defense
    412Burmy1 Special Defense
    413Wormadam [Plant]2 Special Defense
    413Wormadam [Sandy]2 Defense
    413Wormadam [Thrash]1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    414Mothim1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    415Combee1 Speed
    416Vespiquen1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    417Pachirisu1 Speed
    418Buizel1 Speed
    419Floatzel2 Speed
    420Cherubi1 Special Attack
    421Cherrim2 Special Attack
    422Shellos1 HP
    423Gastrodon2 HP
    424Ambipom2 Speed
    425Drifloon1 HP
    426Drifblim2 HP
    427Buneary1 Speed
    428Lopunny2 Speed
    429Mismagius1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    430Honchkrow2 Attack
    431Glameow1 Speed
    432Purugly2 Speed
    433Chingling1 Special Attack
    434Stunky1 Speed
    435Skuntank2 HP
    436Bronzor1 Defense
    437Bronzong1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    438Bonsly1 Defense
    439Mime Jr.1 Special Defense
    440Happiny1 HP
    441Chatot1 Attack
    442Spiritomb1 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    443Gible1 Attack
    444Gabite2 Attack
    445Garchomp3 Attack
    446Munchlax1 HP
    447Riolu1 Attack
    448Lucario1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    449Hippopotas1 Defense
    450Hippowdon2 Defense
    451Skorupi1 Defense
    452Drapion2 Defense
    453Croagunk1 Attack
    454Toxicroak2 Attack
    455Carnivine2 Attack
    456Finneon1 Speed
    457Lumineon2 Speed
    458Mantyke1 Special Defense
    459Snover1 Attack
    460Abomasnow1 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    461Weavile1 Attack, 1 Speed
    462Magnezone3 Special Attack
    463Lickilicky3 HP
    464Rhyperior3 Attack
    465Tangrowth2 Defense
    466Electivire3 Attack
    467Magmortar3 Special Attack
    468Togekiss2 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    469Yanmega2 Attack
    470Leafeon2 Defense
    471Glaceon2 Special Attack
    472Gliscor2 Defense
    473Mamoswine3 Attack
    474Porygon-Z3 Special Attack
    475Gallade3 Attack
    476Probopass1 Defense, 2 Special Defense
    477Dusknoir1 Defense, 2 Special Defense
    478Froslass2 Speed
    479Rotom1 Special Attack, 1 Speed
    480Uxie2 Defense, 1 Special Defense
    481Mesprit1 Attack, 1 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
    482Azelf2 Attack, 1 Special Attack
    483Dialga3 Special Attack
    484Palkia3 Special Attack
    485Heatran3 Special Attack
    486Regigigas3 Attack
    487Giratina3 HP
    488Cresselia3 Special Defense
    489Phione1 HP
    490Manaphy3 HP
    491Darkrai2 Special Attack, 1 Speed
    492Shaymin3 HP
    493Arceus3 HP

    As you can see from the table above, every Pokémon gives at least 1 EV, and no Pokémon gives more than 3.

    Beware of Pokémon that give more than one type of EVs, for example, the Pokémon Unown. It gives 1 EV for Attack and Special Attack. It can disrupt your "EV training" if you did not wish to get EVs in another stat.


    • Start EV training after you have completed all of the story line and have unlocked everything. You will have access to more resources and areas to make your training quicker and easier.
    • Avoid training in areas where wild Pokémon know moves such as Mean Look and Block or with abilities such as Arena Trap and Shadow Tag unless they are part of your training. They can disrupt your training by forcing you to faint them, which subsequently gives your Pokémon unwanted EVs. If you see a good area for training, but it includes these hazards, stock up on Poké Dolls or Fluffy Tails to force an escape. Poké Dolls can be bought from the shop by Mt. Moon and Goldenrod Department Store.
    • If training in an area with only one species of Pokémon, for example surfing in Blackthorn City (Magikarp only), you can use your Pokémon's moves' PP to help keep track. You have to be absolutely sure that you can eliminate the Pokémon with consistent amount of PP for this to be accurate. It won't be useful if it takes 2 to 4 moves to defeat a single Pokémon. If you can defeat a Magikarp with one Thunderbolt, one PP used from Thunderbolt equals one EV in speed.


    Also, though not hidden from you in the game, it's good to know about natures as well. They aren't complicated at all, so it's easy to remember the basics.

    Table of natures that alter stats, arranged alphabetically:

    AdamantAttackSpecial Attack
    CalmSpecial DefenseAttack
    CarefulSpecial DefenseSpecial Attack
    GentleSpecial DefenseDefense
    ImpishDefenseSpecial Attack
    JollySpeedSpecial Attack
    LaxDefenseSpecial Defense
    MildSpecial AttackDefense
    ModestSpecial AttackAttack
    NaiveSpeedSpecial Defense
    NaughtyAttackSpecial Defense
    QuietSpecial AttackSpeed
    RashSpecial AttackSpecial Defense
    SassySpecial DefenseSpeed

    Bashful, Docile, Hardy, Quirky, and Serious natures do not alter any stats.

    You really don't need to memorize the list, as the game literally tells you the nature and indicates the natures' effects. Look in your Pokémon's stat tab in the summary menu. Look in your Pokémon's stat tab in the summary menu. The stats in red indicate an increase while the states in blue indicate a decrease. These are a bit difficult to see, but you can differentiate them if you look closely. If there are no colors, it's a neutral nature.

    You can not change your Pokémon's nature; however you can always increase your chances of getting a specific nature for a new Pokémon.

    When looking for Pokémon in the wild, having your own Pokémon with the ability Synchronize in the lead (of your party) increases the chances of encountering a wild Pokémon with the same nature of your Pokémon. If you want an Adamant Machop, you could use an Adamant Alakazam with the ability Synchronize to help. A fainted Pokémon in the lead slot still has its field ability active.

    If breeding for Pokémon, you can have the mother hold an Everstone to increase the chances of the offspring having the same nature as the mother.

    A special note

    If you are using the Pokémon Ditto as a parent, it is always treated as the mother, even if the other parent is female.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Do Pokémon gain EVs from battles conducted in the Pokéwalker? No, they do not. Technically speaking, you don't get experience from battles in the Pokéwalker (the enemy Pokémon just flee away rather than faint). I should also mention that only experience from battles net your Pokémon EVs, experience gained from the Pokéwalker by walking do not. Similarly, your Pokémon do not gain EVs from the experience gained from putting them in the Daycare. The Daycare experience functions the same way as the Pokéwalker, experience through steps, not battles.

    Question: Do you get EVs from every battle? Nope, there are some exceptions. You get EVs from experiences points, but there are some scenarios that do not net your Pokémon their experience, so therefore no EVs:

    1) Battles from the Battle Frontier. 2) Battles over Wi-Fi and wireless communications. 3) Level 100 Pokémon.

    Because level 100 is the maximum for a Pokémon, it can no longer gain any experience. However, it can still get EVs through vitamins.

    Question: When is the natures and IVs set for Pokémon caught in the Pokéwalker? According to my son, NebulaBlue, the Pokéwalker isn't complex enough to generate natures and IVs on the spot, so we're assuming that everything is generated when the Pokémon are transferred to the DS. If you have a definite answer, feel free to email me about it.

    Question: Are 31 IVs always good? Generally speaking, yes. But there are some moves that may work best with the lowest IVs. For example, moves like Gyroball work best the slower your Pokémon is, so you might want to use a Pokémon with 0 IVs in its Speed stat. Similary, the move Trick Room allows the slower Pokémon to go first, so the slower your Pokémon are, the better it is for you in this environment. On another note, I mentioned that IVs also determine the Pokémon's Hidden Power type and power. All 31 IVs across the stats is Hidden Power Dark type with the base power of 70. If you want a different type of Hidden Power, you will have to tweak your IVs to get a desired type and power (70 is best).


    So now you know of the factors that determine a Pokémon's stats. With this newfound knowledge, you can be sure to expect your win rate to increase drastically! Next time your not so knowledgeable friend asks your for a battle, you can rest assure knowing that you can whip that candy ass just like that! Such knowledge is also useful when the time comes for you to conquer the Battle Frontier.


    I'd like to thank the following people for their contributions to this guide:

    • Jack_1s_BK, legendary solo runner
    • Muc Schwartz, legendary shiny collector
    • NebulaBlue, aka Zordon of Eltar
    • WordPress

    I'd also like to thank the people behind the following sites:

    psypokes.com, where I got the characteristics information from.

    metalkid.info, great IV calculator.

    bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net, for the IV Judge sayings.

    Special shout outs to Ziploc, Obama, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rangers, Grendleson, King Kai, King Kevles of the SSBBSB, the PDPPSB, and all my fans out there, all 7 billion+ of them.

    There you have it, a guide that teaches you about stats.

    Thank you. Have a nice day.

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