Here's what I do (I'll type this in step form so it's cleaner):
- I try to catch either a female with the nature I want, or any gender with good IVs, whichever comes first. The goal is to have a female with the right nature and decent IVs (meaning around 20, just to start with) so that I can have it hold the everstone to make it pass the nature 50% of the time.
- Once I have said female, I start looking for a way to breed the IVs in. Either I pass perfect IVs from other pokemon between egg groups, or I go out in the wild armed with quick balls and mindlessly catch a box full of the same pokemon until I get one with a 31 in whatever stat the pokemon needs. This is all much easier to do if you are familiar with characteristics. For each stat, there are 5 characteristics, but only ONE that has the possibility of being perfect. Those are "Often dozes off" (HP), "Likes to thrash about"(Attack), "Capable of taking hits" (DEF), "Mischievous" (SP.ATK), "Somewhat vain" (SP.DEF), and "Alert to sounds" (SPD). IMO, pokemon with these characteristics are the only ones worth using an IV calculator on. The man inside battle tower that "rates" your pokemon's IVs is also very helpful, especially if its level is too low to use the calculator on it.
- I begin breeding 10,000,000+ eggs until I get one with the right IVs and nature. I'm usually satisfied with one stat being perfect, two is wonderful, and the rest need to be at least 15+, preferably 25+. This is even further complicated if I'm trying to keep an egg move rolling (moves get deleted in the daycare), or I need a certain gender so that my team isn't all male/female, therefore not being completely vulnerable to attract or other gender based attacks.
These first three steps comprise 90% of the time it takes to "make" a pokemon. They are also the steps which may cause me to stop playing pokemon for weeks out of frustration.
- I begin EV training. I fight in the Battle Tower a lot, so I usually have plenty of battle points to spend on vitamins. I get 10 of each that I need and feed them to my pokemon.
- I spread pokerus to the pokemon, attach the power item to it, and start battling Gastly's, Golbats, or whatever stat I'm working on.
- When I think I'm done, I'll go to Sunnyshore to get an effort ribbon.
- Finally, I train the pokemon to LV50 so it can fight in the Battle Frontier.
An easier way to keep up with EVs is to note how much PP you've used. Of course, this only works if you are 1HKOing pokemon, and you know how much PP you had to start with. It's just a suggestion, tho. I personally have trouble using the counter app b/c I'll forget to add a count after the battle. Maybe it's just me.
Originally Posted by neo darkrai
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