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!