Advanced EV and IV and Nature Guide: what they are, their hotspots, and more!
Hello this is a guide to explain EVs to everyone but it has a little twist. In many EV guides they say: for speed go to Golbats in Victory Road or the Magicarp Fisherman. Well how about if your Pokemon is too good or too weak for those places? This guide explains a place for every stat and every level group and more.
Table of Contents:
1. What are EVs?
2. EVs in competitive battling.
3. Where the best places are for every level.
4. Extra tips.
What are EVs?
EVs, or effort values are hidden properties in R/S/E/D/P which determine how much a specific stat grows. Each Pokemon gives one or more type(s) of EVs. Let’s just say you want your new lv. 36 Blaziken to be a physical powerhouse, you would train it against Pokemon who give attack EVs: Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Carvhana… Once you get 4 EVs in the same stat, you will get an additional +1 in that stat when you get to lv.100. So, if a Blaziken defeats 36 Machops (all 1 att. EV) when he levels up he will get an extra +9.
EVs in Competitve Battling:
In competitive battling, EV training is mandatory for all good battlers. Here is a simple way to put it. You have a Porygon-Z that is not EV trained and your opponent has one that is. You use Psychic, knocking him into the red-orange. He uses Psychic and it OHKOs you. Why? It’s the same move, same Pokemon. This is where EVs come in. His Porygon-Z might have had 405 Sp. Attack, the max because of EV training. You might have had 380 MAX. In this example you see how much of an effect it makes if you do or don’t EV train. 380<405.
Best places for each stat and level:
lv. 5 Route 201, 202, Bidoof. (1 HP EV)
lv. 10 Phanpy Swarm (1 HP EV) Slakoth, Swarm Eterna Forest (1 HP EV), Shellos, Route 205 (1 HP EV)
lv. 20 Route 209, Cowgirl Shelly (5 Bidoofs lv. 15) (5 HP points)
lv. 30-40 Route 218 Pokeradar Ditto (1 HP EV) Hoothoot (1 HP EV) Noctowl (2 HP EV) Route 210 North.
lv. 50 Makuhita Swarm Route 225 (1 HP EV) Wailmer and Wailord (1 and 2 HP EV) Super Rod Route 223 and 230.
lv 60 and up: none.
lv. 5 Route 207 Machop (1 Att EV)
lv. 10 Route 207 Machop (1 Att EV)
lv. 20 Solaceon Ruins Uknown (1 Sp. and Att. EV)
lv. 30 Lake Verity Super Rod Gyarados and Seaking (2 att. ev each) Acuity Lakefront, Snover (1 Att. EVs) Machoke (2 Att. EVs)Seaking and Gyrados ponds above Jubilife. The route towards Floraoma town.
lv. 40-50 Victory Road Machoke (2 Att. EV)
lv. 60 an up: none
lv. 5 Geodudes (1 Def. EV) Oregburgh Mine
lv. 10 Geodudes (1 Def. EV) Oregburgh Mine top floor.
lv. 20 Collector Dominique Route 212 Three geodudes (3 Def. EV)
lv. 30 Aron Pokeradar Fugeo Ironworks
lv. 40-50 Iron Island Onix (1 Def. EV) Steelix (2 Def. EV) Graveler (2 Def. EV)
lv. 60 Elite four Bertha 7 Def. total and 4 HP also.
lv. 5 Abra Route 203 (1 Sp. Att. EV)
lv. 10 Budew (lv 10 to 12) Eterna Forest (1 Sp. Att. EV)
lv. 20 Roselia Trpohy Garden (2 Sp. Att. EV) Uknown Solaceon Ruins (1 Sp. Att. EV) Gastly Haunter Gengar Old Chateau (1, 2, 3 Sp. Att. EVs) Collector Douglas Route 214, 3 Roselias lv. 20 (6 Sp. Att. EV)
lv 30 (Pearl Only) Houndoom Pokeradar Route 214 (2 Sp. Att. EV)
lv. 40-50: Golduck Pond in Resort Area. Only Pokemon there. (2 Sp. Att. EV)
lv. 60 and up: none
lv. 5 none
lv. 10 none
lv. 20 Surf Route 205 South Tentacool Route 215 Swarm Dowzee (1 Sp. Def. EV)
lv. 30 Route 218 Mr. Mime (2 Sp. Def. EV)
lv. 40 route 222 Mr. Mime (2 Sp. Def. EV) Route 223 Tentacruel (2 Sp. Def. EV) Mantyke (1 Sp. Def. EV)
lv. 50 Route 230 Swimmer Mallory 3 Sp. Def. EVs
lv. 60 and up: Lucian but has 4 Sp. Def but rest is att. and sp. att.
lv. 5: Starly Route 201, 202, 203 (1 Sp. EV)
lv. 10 Magicarp Fisherman on Route 205, second last one on bridge. 6 Magicarps (6 Sp. EV) Top floor of Oregburgh Mine Zubat (1 Sp. EV)
lv. 20 Trophy Garden, Pichu, Pikachu, Staravia (1, 2,2 Sp. EV)
lv.30 Floatzel Route 218 (2 Sp. EV)
lv. 40-50 Canalave City Super Rod Staryu. (1 Sp. EV) Voltorb Swarm Route 225 (1 Sp. EV) Victory Road, Water with two waterfalls, only Golbats are there (2 Sp. EV)
lv. 60 and up: none
Use Macho Brace to get double the EV points in any fight. So if you beat a Machop you will get 2 att. EVs. Pokerus helps a lot but it is very rare and has the same the effect as Macho Brace without the speed lowering. It can be permanatly kept if a Pokemon infected is kept in the PC.
There are also Power Items, cut the Pokemon’s speed but only when it is holding it but adds 4 additional EVs in the stat it corresponds to, here is the list:
You can get them at the battle tower exchange corner for 16 BP each.
Power Anklet= 4 Extra Speed EVs (In every battle)
Power Belt= 4 Extra Defense EVs (In every battle)
Power Band= 4 Extra Sp. Defense EVs (In every battle)
Power Bracer= 4 Extra Attack EVs (In every battle)
Power Weight= 4 Extra HP EVs (In every battle)
Power Lens= 4 Extra Sp. Attack EV’s (In every battle)
Natures give a 10% Boost in one stat while decreases another one by 10%. About 4 natures raise every stat, but choose depending on the pokemon. Let’s just take Heracross, give him an adamant nature because it raises its dire attack stat, decreasing its not needed sp. attack stat. Some natures are neutral, meaning they raise no stat and decrease no stat.
Here is a list of all the natures and what stat they raise and decrease: http://www.psypokes.com/lab/natures.php
IVs, or individual values, like EVs, influence a lot on where a Pokemon’s strength goes. But unlike EVs, IVs cannot be changed. Every Pokemon has IVs, and they are most of the time, very different from one another. IVs are another way to class how strong a Pokemon is, they range from 0 to 31, 0 being the smallest. If you want to breed for the perfect Ninjask, you would breed for a Jolly one with 31 IVs in speed. But if they are random, how can I possibly find out what they are? Here is a link to an IV calculator:
Another thing that influences IVs are D/P specials: characteristics. Characteristics, like natures, influence how fast a stat grows. Like natures there are many different characteristic for each stat. If you get a characteristic that makes sp. attack better, the chances for you to get a higher sp. attack IV. Here is a link to chart for the characteristics:
Notice how they say numbers on the side of every characteristic? Those are the IV number you could get for that stat if you get that characteristic. One of these for each stat has the possibility of getting a 31, other lower. Some people would aim to get the characteristic in which you would get 31 in the Pokemon’s stat. So for that Ninjask you would breed to get a Jolly Alert to sounds one so you can get 31 IVs in speed.
I hope you liked my EV guide and I hope it will be useful to all people.