So you want to get into competitive battling? Do you want to be the very best like no one ever was? Do you want the absolute best in Pokemon to topple over your friends? Well you’ve come to the right place! The Pokemon Dungeon will teach you how to IV breed in the simplest way possible! Be warned: the process is long and treacherous, but the end results are so worth it!
What are IVs you ask? IVs, or Individual Values, are like genetic structures of Pokemon. Like in humans, some people are just better at other things than others due to genetics. It’s the same with Pokemon! One Charmander might have 20 IVs in Special Attack while another has only 10, but 20 IVs in Speed. The maximum amount of IVs a Pokemon can have (also known as a Perfect IV) is 31, and they can have 31 in all 6 stats (HP, Attack, Defense, Sp.Atk, Sp.Def, and Speed). Every 1 IV adds +1 to that stat, making it invaluable to any competitive team.
Now how do you pass IVs you ask? Through breeding. And lots of it. Certain items guarantee an IV be passed down while others pass down a number of IVs at random. The IVs can come from either parent, which makes this process very tedious and long, but also helps us in the long run.
What you need:
Once you get your eggs, fly to the center of Lumiose City where Prism Tower stands. Get on your bike and go to about the center. Now, place your dime underneath the left side of circle pad so it continues right. This should be a continuous loop of you biking until an egg hatches. I usually do this and keep it on my desk until I notice “Oh?” at the corner of my eye.
Females have a chance of passing down Hidden Abilities if bred with Males of the same egg group, Males do not. Males have a chance of passing down Hidden Abilities if bred with Ditto.
Go to the Pokemon Center in Kiloude City. Talk to the guy in the purple suit. If he says your Pokemon has “Outstanding potential”, they have a large sum of IVs. He then will tell you what your best stats are. If he says, “These stats, they can’t be beat”, it means it had 31 IVs.
1. Breeding for Egg Moves
The first thing you’re gonna need is obviously a Pokemon you want to breed. Here, I’ll be using a Swinub (since that’s what I’m breeding now). You’ll also need any Pokemon with Egg Moves you want to pass down and Ditto. Lots and lots of Ditto. The best thing to do is to catch Ditto in a Friend Safari, since they are guaranteed 2 or more perfect IVs. Now the first thing we’ll do is breed for Egg Moves. Place a female of the Pokemon that you want to an egg of with a male Pokemon of the same egg group with the move that you want. Here, I’ll be breeding a female Piloswine and a male Smeargle with Stealth Rocks. Fill up your party with 5 eggs, then use the Hatching Trick until you get a male.
2. Breeding for Natures
Now that you have Pokemon with your egg move, now it’s time to breed for Natures. If you already have the nature you want, then you can skip this step. If not, then take a male Pokemon from the same egg group with the nature you want. Here I want Jolly, so I’ll be using my Jolly Gogoat, but I can use any Pokemon within the Field Egg Group with that nature. Attach an Everstone to that Pokemon. Now, breed that with the Female Pokemon you want an egg of (So once again, I’ll be using Swinub/Piloswine). Breed and use the Hatching Trick until you get a Female with that nature.
3. The Egg Move/Nature Combo
Here’s where the two come together. Take the Male Pokemon from step one and place it into the Daycare. Take the Female Pokemon from step 2 and give it an Everstone. Now breed the 2 Pokemon until you get a Male. Now this male should have the Egg Moves, the Nature, and the ability you want! But we’re FAR from finished.
Now it’s time to pass down abilities. Take the original female you bred and breed it with the newly hatched Male from step 3 (Make sure to give it an Everstone). Now breed until you get a Male with the ability. This baby should have the Egg Move, the Nature, and the Ability you want. One step closer to the perfect Pokemon, but still far far off.
Here’s the most time consuming part, breeding for IVs. Take the new Pokemon from step 4 and give it an Everstone. Take a Ditto out of your box and add it to your party. Now, here comes the most relative part. If the Ditto has 3 or more Perfect IVs, give it a Destiny Knot. If knot (get it), then give it a Power Item corresponding with its perfect stat:
|Power Lens||Special Attack|
|Power Band||Special Defense|
If your Ditto has 2 Perfect IVs, breed it once with one power item, then once with another until you get 2 eggs of opposite genders and 2 different perfect IVs (i.e. Male Swinub with 31 HP and a Female Swinub with 31 Attack). Now breed those 2 Pokemon together until you get a Male with both Perfect IVs and the ability. Give that an Everstone and breed it with another Ditto (giving it its corresponding power item) until you get a female with the ability and at least 1 IV that’s different from the Male. Now, replace that Ditto with the Female and give it the Destiny Knot (if it has 2 or more perfect IVs), until you get a Pokemon with 3 Perfect IVs and the right ability. Continue this process until you get a perfect 6/6 Pokemon.
If your Ditto has 3 or more Perfect IVs, breed it with the Destiny Knot until you get 2 Pokemon of opposite genders with different Perfect IVs (i.e. a Male with 31 Hp and Attack and a Female with 31 Hp and Speed). Give one an Everstone and one a Destiny Knot until you get a Male with 3 Perfect IVs. Breed that Male (holding an Everstone) with another Ditto of different IVs (i.e. Defense) until you get a female with the ability and at least 1 IV that’s different from the Male. Now, replace that Ditto with the Female and give it the Destiny Knot, until you get a Pokemon with 3 Perfect IVs and the right ability. Continue this process until you get a perfect 6/6 Pokemon.
The process is very complicated and I tried my best explaining it. It’s a lot easier in practice. If you have any questions, ask them in the comments section. You can also ask us on Facebook or Tumblr. There are also some great videos that explain here and here.