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Guide to IV's

Post by ButteredToast1122 on Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:35 pm


Ever had one of those days where your Electivire just can't kill that stupid Gengar? "Why can't I kill that dumb ghost! I EV'd my Pokemon! What am I doing wrong!?" Well Sir, you may not be IV-breeding, or looking for "good IVed" Pokemon!

What are Individual Values?

When training a Pokemon, there are multiple influences on it's final power. Let's say that Electivire from earlier battles another Electivire. You both use Cross Chop, but yours only takes away half of your opponent's HP, and your Opponent almost OHKOs you. Why did they do different damages? This is where all these influences come into play. One of the most important influences in this are Individual Values.

Individual Values (to be referred to as 'IVs') are a key influence in a Pokemons power. When you catch a pokemon, it has six IVs, one for every stat (HP/Atk/Def/SpA/SpD/Speed). Each individual value can be at a value anywhere from 0 to 31. Let's say you just caught an Pinsir. Let's say this Pinsir has a neutral nature such as quirky. With all 0 IVs and no EVs, the Pinsir's stats (at lv. 100) should be 240/255/205/115/145/175. However, let's say it's IVs are all 10. Then, the Pinsirs stats would go up to 250/265/215/125/155/185. Notice the difference? Each Stat went up by 10, the same as the IV! Each IV number raises that stat by one. If all of the IVs are 31, each stat will be raised by 31.

How can I control my Pokemon's IVs?

IVs are a key aspect in battle. Whether your pokemon have good IVs can make or break your team. The best way to control your pokemons IVs is to breed your pokemon specially, via IV breeding. Of course you could constantly battle Pokemon in the wild, and hope for a Pokemon with good IVs (this is referred to as soft-resetting, or in short SRing), but this will prove to be much, much more time-consuming.

To IV breed, you do the same thing you would do to breed normally, place the pokemon you wish to breed in the Daycare. However, which parents you choose are a key factor in your offsprings IVs. Let's say you have a Gyarados with the IVs 31/31/31/31/31/31 and a Ditto with the IVs 0/0/0/0/0/0. When you breed them, the Magikarp's they produce may have the IVs 31/0/31/0/31/0, 0/0/0/0/0/31, or even 12/11/17/30/1/8.

The Parent's IVs help determine your offspring's IVs. If both parents have all 31s for IVs, your egg will more-than-likely have a few 31s, but not all! Even if you're breeding two parents with perfect IVs, you can still even get a 0, just because that's how IV breeding works. IV-breednig requires a LOT of patience.

One helpful tool for IV breeding is a Ditto. Ditto's are NOT necessary, but they work well because they can breed with any pokemon breedable. By using a Ditto with a certain Nature and high IVs as the mother in your IV-breeding, you can essentially pass down a few good IV stats, as well as pass down the Ditto's Nature!

I still don't get it!

Let's go through a step-by-step example. Let's say you want a good-IVed Magmar. The best way of doing this is getting a Ditto with the Nature that you want the Magmar to have (in this case, we'll say Naive). The Ditto, for IV-breeding purposes, should have high IVs in itself (31 is commonly the standard, but 25+ is recommended for all stats).

This is an Everstone. By giving this to the Ditto and using a MALE Magmar for breeding, the Magby that will result from this IV-breeding process will have a 50% chance of becoming Naive. Naive as the Nature is only because the Ditto itself is Naive. If the Ditto was Adamant, there would be a 50% chance that the baby would be Adamant. This procedure only works on the mother, however. If you had a female Magmar and gave the Everstone to the Ditto, the game would presume that Ditto was the father, and so the trick would not work.

These are the 5 "power" items in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum above. They are the Power Weight, Power Bracer, Power Belt, Power Anklet, Power Lens and Power Belt. Each one normally raises a specific stat's EV reward by 4 if a Pokemon beats another in battle. But in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, these items are valuable in breeding! If you give one of these to one of the parents, that parents' IV stat for a particular stat will automatically be passed down to the baby! Here's a list of what each one will pass down:

  • Power Weight-HP IV stat
  • Power Bracer-Attack IV stat
  • Power Belt-Defense IV stat
  • Power Lens-Special Attack IV stat
  • Power Band-Special Defense IV stat
  • Power Anklet-Speed IV stat

What this means is that if you give the father a Power Anklet, and the father has a Speed IV of 31 (in this case, it would be our male Magmar), the Magby's Speed IV will always be 31! This is very useful in IV-breeding, although the other 5 stats are still a gamble. This trick ONLY works in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, not Diamond, Pearl or Platinum!

But what about the mother? This is where the risk and reward factor comes in. As you probably already know, only one item can be held by a Pokemon. If you give the mother a different Power item (say, the Power Bracer), and the mother (Ditto in our example) has a 31 stat for its Attack IV, this means that you would be able to breed a Magby with a guaranteed 31 in Attack and guaranteed 31 in Speed! This sounds very nice, but that means that you don't have the 50% chance of getting a Naive nature anymore because the Ditto has to have either a Power item OR an Everstone.

In our example, we're gonna give the Ditto an Everstone so that the baby is Naive, and Magmar a Power Anklet. This will result in a 50% chance of the Magby being Naive, and will guarantee that its Speed IV is 31.

After putting a Naive Ditto holding an Everstone in the Day-Care (it will be treated as the mother), and the male Magmar holding a Power Anklet into the Day-care, it's just a matter of luck and time. At this point, simply ride around until an egg is produced, hatch it, and hope for the best.

When an egg is produced, the Magby will have a 50% chance of having a Naive nature, and a 31 in its Speed IV (the max for any IV stat is 31). The other 5 stats are still determined by the parents. This in an eggshell is how IV-breeding is done.

How can I find an Offspring's IVs?

The easiest way is to ask a friend to go on Wi-Fi and battle. Bring all your hatched eggs and battle on "Lv. 100 Double/Single" mode. Then, go to your "Pokemon" menu, as if you were going to switch out your current Pokemon. Then, choose a pokemon, and copy down all of it's stats. Do this for the rest of your pokemon you wish to calculate. Then, take these stats and enter them into an IV Calculator (2 Popular IV Calculators are MetalKid's and Serebii's). This should give you the exact, or a small range of IVs possible for your pokemon. This whole process is referred to as an IV battle.

Are there any other ways I can determine a Pokemon's IVs without using an IV Calculator?

Yes, although this method isn't very accurate. Look at the picture below, and notice where it says "Alert to Sounds."

That is a Characteristic! Every pokemon has one characteristic that shows an IV of it.

31-Often dozes off
30-Loves to Eat
29-Likes to Relax
28-Scatters things often
27-Often scatters things
26-Often dozes off

31-Likes to thrash about
30-Proud of its Power
29-Quick Tempered
28-Likes to fight
27-A little Quick-Tempered
26-Likes to Thrash about

31-Capable of taking hits
30-Sturdy Body
29-Good perseverance
28-Good endurance
27-Highly persistent
26-Capable of taking hits

31-Alert to sounds
30-Likes to run
29-Quick to flee
28-Somewhat of a clown
27-Impetuous and silly
26-Alert to sounds

30-Highly Curious
29-Very Finicky
28-Often lost in thought
27-Thoroughly cunning

31-Somewhat Vain
30-Strong Willed
29-Somewhat Stubborn
28-Hates to lose
27-Strongly Defiant
26-Somewhat Vain

Note that the IVs repeat every six points, this means that a pokemon that is "Somewhat Vain", can have an IV stat of 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26 or 31 in special defense. This by no means gives you an exact stat value, but it can help you in estimating what the Pokemon's IVs could be. This is NOT a surefire way to tell what your Pokemon's IVs are, as they could be anything. But its characteristic gives you an idea of what they could be. The best way to tell is through an Action Replay code, or an IV battle.

Good luck with IV breeding! The whole process takes a LOT of time, and a LOT of patience, but it pays off in the end.

I DIDNT WRITE THIS, it's from another website, so i dont take any credit for it. im just posting it to be useful. the real page is

Last edited by ButteredToast1122 on Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:20 pm; edited 1 time in total

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Post by TheGoldenFerret on Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:45 am

Very nice guide! pretty much the basics of iv breeding, though one flaw, bayleef isn't strong willed?


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Post by ButteredToast1122 on Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:20 pm

xD nice job pointing that out. fixed.

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Post by Cobthecobbler on Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:11 pm

Stickied and neatened up a little bit. Great Guide Thanks for the post! Very Happy

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