Trainer Tips: A brief guide to EV Training


Hey guys it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. It is time for another edition of Trainer Tips. This week I focus on EV Training Pokemon. So come on inside to see what I have to say. You may learn a thing or two.

While I am not a complete expert on competitive Pokemon battling, I do know enough about EV Training to cover the basics and share a rough guide on how to EV Train your Pokemon.

If you are wondering what EVs are then I shall explain, EVs are something that Pokemon give out to you when they are defeated in battle, kind of like experience, but it doesn’t tell you what it is or that you even have it. EVs can raise a Pokemons stats and by specially training your Pokemon against other Pokemon that give out an EV for a specific stat you can make your Pokemon stronger than average Pokemon that were trained against a mixture of other Pokemon.

Each Pokemon can have up to 255 EVs in each stat, but can only have a total of 510 EVs overall.

For the sake of this walkthrough we will be training in Attack and Speed. This example will also be using Unova from Black and White 1.

For this guide you will need:

The Pokemon you wish to train

A Calculator to Track the EVs your Pokemon has Gained this can be done either online using an EV counter, on paper or on a standard calculator

Plenty of Time

Other Helpful Things:

Pokerus (I will explain this in greater detail below)

Power Items such as “Power Band and Power Lens” (Again, I will explain this below)

A Helpful Nature (Like before, in more detail below)

Step One: Breeding/Catching, Natures and Pokerus

The best way to EV Train a Pokemon is to either have it freshly caught or more commonly born from an Egg. Pokemon that you have caught and not battled with or Pokemon that have just hatched and have not battled start with 0 EVs. Another good place to start is to have bred for a good nature, Pokemon Natures can dictate what stat your Pokemon specialises in and these can be good or bad. By looking up the Pokemon you want to train you can tell what its best stats are. An example of this would be if a Pokemons best stat is attack then you will want a nature that boosts attack. Another helpful tip at this point would be to infect your Pokemon with Pokerus if you can, Pokerus is a clever little “Virus” that doubles the EV yield your Pokemon receives, your Pokemon will only be infected with Pokerus for 24 hours but the effect of Pokerus is permanent. To “Preserve” the infective stage of Pokerus all you have to do is store it in the PC.

To infect your Pokemon with Pokerus you can either battle or catch another Pokemon that has it (Which is incredibly rare) but a lot of People have an infected Pokemon for the sole Purpose of spreading Pokerus (In my case an Eevee) place your Pokerus infected Pokemon at the front of your team and battle with it until the Pokemon you are training has PKRS on its status screen.

Step Two: Final Preparation

It is a good idea now to switch the Pokemon you wish to train to the front of your team. It is also now a good idea to equip it with a Power Item. For the sake of this guide we will train in Speed and Attack stats so we will need a Power Anklet for Speed and a Power Bracer for Attack. These items give your Pokemon 4EVs in their respective stats regardless of the Pokemon you battle and their effect is doubled by Pokerus, so that is a whopping 8 EVs per battle right off the bat. The next thing you want to do is choose the Pokemon you are going to battle, we’re going to train in Attack first so for now I would suggest Patrat and Lillipup as your Pokemon is quite low levelled and those two are really common Pokemon that contain everything we need to train in attack and speed.

Step Three: Location is Key

When EV Training in attack and Speed I would suggest Route 1. Why? Because it contains Patrat and Lillipup who granted only give 1 EV in Attack but when you add in Pokerus and Power Bracer you are gaining a respectable 10 EVs per battle and don’t leave the route just because you are getting over levelled and squashing the Pokemon like flies. Just stay there and focus on getting 252 EVs in attack. This is where a calculator comes in handy, at the end of every encounter you defeat a Pokemon add the EV Gain into your calculator. After 25 battles using the strategy I posted above you should remove the Power Bracer and do one more battle, this will give you 2 EVs in attack but will push your total to 252.

Now you have 252 EVs in attack, lets get 252 EVs in speed. Equip the Power Anklet and surf on the water on Route 1, this has a 100% encounter rate with wild Basculin who give out 2 speed EVs per battle. This means with Pokerus, Power Anklet and the yield from Basculin you will be getting 12 EVs Per Battle. After you have defeated 21 Basculins you should have 252 EVs in speed.

But wait, the combined total EV Yield you currently have will be 504. This isn’t just to allow for mistakes, this is because when at level 100 your Pokemon gets +1 in each stat for every 4 EVs it has. This left over space you have is enough to raise 1 more stat by 1.

One final tip I have is this, HP also has EVs and if you are EV Training in HP I would suggest battling Audino. They give 2 HP EVs per battle and give out generous amounts of EXP.

So there you have it, a rough guide on EV Training. I hope it wasn’t too confusing and that I didn’t make many mistakes. Feel free to write your opinions in the comments section below!

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15 Responses to “Trainer Tips: A brief guide to EV Training”

  1. pokemon brown says:

    This was a great guide, but you forgot to mention the vitamin items that you can buy on route 9.
    These items instantly give 10 EVs to a certain stat and you can give a pokemon up to 10 vitamins for each stat you want to increase. So for the example in this post, you would want to give the pokemon you’re training ten proteins and ten carbos. The ten proteins will give the pokemon a total of 100 attack EVs and the ten carbos will give it a total of 100 speed EVs. These items significantly reduce the training time for your pokemon.

    • JJgenesis says:

      Hey I’m the news reporter here ;)

      Main reason I didn’t include them is that I personally feel like they are a waste of money and would rather use my BP on them ;)

    • RaltsFTW says:

      you know even though i don’t pruposely train in EVs, i often find i max some stats out anyways just from battling continously. i’ll try to use a vitain drink and it won’t let me on some of my pokemon. i don’t even purposely raise the stats, but still get the benefits from a simple training system. not to say EV training isn’t useful. if you want to battle competively (live or wifi) its pretty much necessary for a strategy that works when everybody has lv 100 pokemon.

      • meee says:

        well that is not shocking because all pokemon give EVs. Your game wont say it, but ever trainer gets their pokemon EVs. But normal training normaly results in even stats all across the board

  2. James Best says:

    EV training is a pain in the butt. I did it once only to find out most of the Pokemon I EV trained are banned in competitive battling.

    • RaltsFTW says:

      yeah that might have been something to look up first (some pokemon, like Chatot you don’t expect to be banned, others are a no brainer, like Arceus) it sucks cause alot of my best pokemon, albeit events, are banned as well. and Zoroark, to be honest, sucks. :(

      • James Best says:

        When used right, Zoroark’s Illusion can make him into quite a beast. If the opponent falls for the Illusion, Zoroark will have a free turn to attack or boost stats, which can really turn the tide of a battle.

  3. MistyDragon says:

    I tried EV training once…didn’t work out well without a calculator, but I did walk out of it with a nice Togetic and had fun trolling friends with it.

  4. RaltsFTW says:

    that actually made more sense then the battle primers provided in the official guides, where they vaguely refer to EVs. too bad i really don’t bother with this stuff. maybe when the pokedex story and other sidequests are finished i can give this kind of training a try, but with all the stuff to do in the newer games i may never get to it! you also forgot about vitamin drinks, which also boost EVs and increase friendship and are, although expensive, easier to ge than pokerus, which i have only encountered once or twice in Emerald and Platinum. i only use the drinks either spontaneously or to raise friendship for evolution. my training system is basically two parts: 1: catch wild pokemon and pick the highest leveled among them. 2: Battle! i only battle against trainers since wild pokemon seem like a waste of time. an exp. share for the weakest on my team is useful too. by the league i usually have a starter in the lv 60s and everyone else in the 50s, and if i need the help i’ll us a legendary or two (they’re usually pretty weak, albeit in BW my lv 70 Mewtwo downed every pokemon in the league in one shot each.) i may not be able to battle competively, but its enough for me to enjoy the game and get through the story at the same time being able to 100% (if that’s possible”) complete the game.

  5. radioactivehylian says:

    I never really got into competitive battle or EV training, but I want to get into it someday in the (near) future. Thanks JJ, most of the things you explained i didn’t really know about.

  6. Oscar Vaughn says:

    Will it work with level 100 Pokemon who have vitiamnen trained

  7. meee says:

    I did research and found other good pokemon for ev’s. Roggenrola: defence, petilil: sp attack, ducklett: hp

  8. dinolfos says:

    OMG i think i have 2 pokemon with pokerus!!!!!!

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