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PostSubject: IV Help and Information   Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:55 pm

Hi forumites. I found some great info on Individual Values so said i'd share the knowledge with you all and earn my spot as Breeder. So the following is a guide to IV's:

IV stands for Individual Value. Put simply, they are values that range from 0-31 that are set on a pokemon in each of it's stats. The higher the value, the higher your stat will be. At level 100, these values become very important as they can result in a 31 point boost or drop in a stat. These values are defined permenantly when you receive an egg or catch a pokemon. They can never be changed. This is why people breed for IVs, as they want the best possible result that can never be changed. They're like pokemon Genes.

IVs are hidden in game and the only way to find them is with an online IV calculator. I will leave a couple of links for those later.

So to demonstrate IVs I'll give you an example. I'll use Heracross.

These are the stats of a Hardy Heracross at level 100, with no EVs. I'm using Hardy so that the stats stay completely neutral and therefore display IVs in a clearer way. For this set, my Heracross has an IV of 0 in every stat.

HP: 270
Atk: 255
Def: 155
Spa: 85
SpDef: 195
Spe: 175

Now to show you what a Hardy Heracross looks like with every IV at 31.

HP: 301
Atk: 286
Def: 186
Spa: 116
SpDef: 226
Spe: 206

You can see that the second Heracross is MUCH better than the first, as it has what is called perfect IVs (i.e an IV of 31 in every stat). This is the Heracross that I'd much rather take into a fight with me, as it's stats are much higher thanks to the IVs.

Unfortunitely, IVs are never so straightforward. An IV spread is completely random, decided by a random number generator, so the best you can do is manipulate the results to suit you. The best way to do this is by breeding for those perfect IVs, which I will cover later.

With legendary pokemon you only receive once, people tend to do what is called soft resetting. This is saving in front of the pokemon, catching it, checking the IVs then if you are unsatisfied with what is presented to you, you press Start + Select + L + R all at once, catch it again and check the IVs again. Keep doing this until you are happy with the IVs of your Pokemon. This goes for all legendaries save wondering legendaries. The wondering pokemon are pre-determined so there's nothing you can do about them. Feel free to soft reset for Dialga / Giratina / Palkia / Heatran and other event legendaries.


So how do you check your IVs? Well....


Yeah, this can be kind of tricky. In game there is only one hint as to what your highest IV is and this is the flavour text given. "Likes to thrash about" and "impetuous and silly" are examples. This is the most immediate clue as to what your IVs are. As we haven't fragmented the text in a while with a nice list, here's a nice helpful list.

In game, finding your highest IV:

HP IV Value

31-Often dozes off
30-Loves to Eat
29-Likes to Relax
28-Likes to scatter things
27-Often Naps

Attack IV Value

31-Likes to thrash about
30-Proud of its' Power
29-Hot Tempered
28-Quick tempered
27-A little Quick-Tempered

Defense IV Value

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

Speed IV Value

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

Special Attack IV Value

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

Special Defense IV Value

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

Using this, you can read off your pokemon what their highest IV is.

The only problem with this list is that all of those characteristics correspond to a set of possible IVs. For example, in the HP category "often dozes off" could possibly mean a 31 IV, however, it could also possibly be 26, 21, 16, 11, 6 or 1. The thing is, considering the best IV for a bred pokemon; it's pretty unlikely that a pokemon's best stat will be 16, 11, 6 or 1. Just bare that in mind. Usually that list is spot on.

If you have access to lots of rare candies then you can (SAVE THE GAME FIRST) rare candy the pokemon to level 100, use an IV calculator to calculate the IVs of the pokemon. Write them down somewhere then reset the game.


Ok thats all I have for now, if you have any questions on what is posted or if I haven't covered something your unsure about then please post this thread and ask me. Also, other guides on training and breeding will follow. Cheers guys!

oh and special thanks to Easykoer on youtube for the guide.

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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:35 pm

Great IV guide OHKO. To add to it another way to determine the stats at level 100 is thru PBR. If you place them in a team and enter a battle with rules at level 100 you would see their stats as well. Great beginning to a difficult subject. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Mon May 24, 2010 11:00 pm

great guide man!!! also another way to get ur poke to lv 100 fast and efficiently is through an iv battle where ur poke automatically goes to lv 100 and u can compare them together to see which is better. This usually works for me cause its fast and easy.
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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:04 pm

Thanky uo so much for this guide OHKO! It really helped!
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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:59 am

i have a great question for you about ivs, but more about the breeding part. I asked this on MambaStorms, but no one really knew. here is the question straight from their forum:

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I been breeding pokemon in HG for good ivs using that Power Bracelet trick. I have a male Cacnea with 31 ivs in speed with a power anklet with a female Carnivine with 31ivs in attack with a power bracer. I finally got an adamant Carnivine, but when i recorded its iv stats at level 50 on serebii. it had 30 ivs in speed, and only 5 in attack! i know ivs grow over time, so the speed is excusable; but the attack is extremely low! does anyone know the problem?
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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:08 pm

yup i have the answer for you Cmndr and its simply try again, because the power items are quite like the everstone in terms of breeding in that there is only a 50% chance of passing on the exact IV from parent to egg. So the reason your attack was so low is just that you got unlucky but the technique your using will guarantee the 31IV in speed and attack 50% of the time.

Hope that cleared it up, if not i can try explain it another way for you, but a very good question though and something i did not cover originally as it is exclusive to breeding in soulsilver and heartgold, ie i forgot lol

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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:22 am

Cheers! It really helped! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:01 am

Cmndrkool321 wrote:
i have a great question for you about ivs, but more about the breeding part. I asked this on MambaStorms, but no one really knew. here is the question straight from their forum:

Cmndrkool321 wrote:
I been breeding pokemon in HG for good ivs using that Power Bracelet trick. I have a male Cacnea with 31 ivs in speed with a power anklet with a female Carnivine with 31ivs in attack with a power bracer. I finally got an adamant Carnivine, but when i recorded its iv stats at level 50 on serebii. it had 30 ivs in speed, and only 5 in attack! i know ivs grow over time, so the speed is excusable; but the attack is extremely low! does anyone know the problem?

Actually Oak, these tricks only work with one stat at a time. You cannot have 2 power items on during breeding or else neither works. I found this out recently too =P
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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:04 pm

........what frog said lol. My above statement is true for one item only *blushes* my bad.

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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:56 pm

MrOHKO wrote:
........what frog said lol. My above statement is true for one item only *blushes* my bad.

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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:39 pm

Aw, it doesn't work? Oh well

I got lucky with my Pokemon, 31 Speed IVs Modest Yanmega, 31 HP IVs Modest Illumise, and 31 Speed IVs Modest Masquerain.

And I wasn't even trying to get them o_0
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PostSubject: Re: IV Help and Information   Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:38 am

Thanks for the help
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