Road to Competitive – Pokémon X/Y & ORAS 101: Effort Values (EVs)
Previously, I have explained what Nature, Individual Values (IVs) and Breeding are and how they can be used to creating perfect Pokémon for use in the competitive scene. Once all of the steps are taken care of, the last one would be maximizing each specimens’ Effort Values (EVs).
To simplify it, Effort Values are extra points your Pokémon gets when battling certain creatures. For example, if you fight a Zubat, you will get 1 EV in Speed. If you fight a Gengar, you will get 3 EVs in Special Attack. For every 4 EV obtained in a stat, it will get plus 1 extra point by level 100. It is important to note that each Pokémon can get a maximum of 255 EV per stat, for a maximum of 510 overall. However, since it takes 4 EV to make 1 stat point, it is better to put 252 EV per stat.
Usually, trainers put 252 in one stat, 252 in another, and the remaining 4 in the third important stat. Since Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, a new system called Super-Training was introduced. Now, trainers have various methods to EV train their Pokémon, so I will explain the two most useful ones.
Train Hard with Super-Training
Introduced in Pokémon X/Y and added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Super-Training is a simple method to train Pokémon EVs. The idea is simple, when you play mini-games, or tap on your 3DS screen on the punching bag, you receive bags. These bags have various effects, such as increasing a specific EV, resetting your Pokémon’s current EVs, give you double the amount you gain from mini-games, sooth your Pokémon, and more.
Using bags means that you will have to tap on your 3DS a few times in order to use the bag in question. Depending on its size, you will get a set amount of EV in the stat the bags designates. If it’s a large Speed bag, you will get 12 EV in your Speed stat. Don’t worry about going over, the Super-Training module will ensure that you don’t put over 252 EV in a single stat.
Another way you can use the module is with the mini-games it offers. Playing the games where you must hit the Pokémon balloon with balls ultimately gives you EV as well. The harder the difficulty, the more EV points you get.
On average, it can take a level 1 Pokémon to be fully EV trained in 20 to 60 minutes.
The Somewhat Traditional Method
Another trick you can use to EV train your Pokémon is by having it fight specific Pokémon. In the Pokémon universe, each creature has what is called a EV yield. For example, a Zubat has an EV yield of 1 Speed while a Seaking has an EV yield of 2 Attack. This means that every time you down a Zubat, you will get 1 EV in your Speed stat and every time you down a Seaking, you get 2 EV in your Attack stat. This means that you need to find and defeat 252 Zubats in order to max the EV in your Speed. Sound like a pain, but there are ways around it.
Once you understand how EV yielding works, you should be aware that fighting hordes makes things go faster! Still using Zubat as an example, when you encounter a horde of them, winning the fight will allocate you 1 EV in Speed for each. Since it’s a horde, you will get 5 EV instead of 1. Forget about 252 encounters, now you only need 50 Zubat horde encounters plus 2 normal Zubat encounters to max your Speed EV. If you know where to go, and you have a Pokémon with Sweet Scent (a move that attracts hordes), it’s a piece of cake.
Here are the horde hotspots (ORAS):
- HP = Rusturf Tunnel
- ATK = Mt. Pyre (Cemetery Area)
- DEF = Route 111
- SP.ATK = Route 119
- SP.DEF = Route 115
- SPE= Route 104
*Please note that using Sweet Scent at these locations will guarantee a 100% horde encounter rate. Pokémon at these locations are low level and provide little experience.
Is there any way to make things even easier and faster? As a matter of a fact, yes there is. Once you unlock the Battle Mansion, you can purchase the famous Power items:
Power Weight = Gives 4 HP EVs when xp is gained, lowers Speed in battle
Power Bracer = Gives 4 ATK EVs when xp is gained, lowers Speed in battle
Power Belt = Gives 4 DEF EVs when xp is gained, lowers Speed in battle
Power Lens = Gives 4 SP.ATK EVs when xp is gained, lowers Speed in battle
Power Band = Gives 4 SP.DEF EVs when xp is gained, lowers Speed in battle
Power Anklet = Gives 4 SPD EVs when xp is gained, lowers Speed in battle
Now let’s go back to the hordes. Since you get 4 extra EVs when equipped with one of the aforementioned Power items, if you give your Pokémon a Power Anklet, for example, and fight a Zubat horde, you get 1 EV in Speed plus 4 EVs in Speed, for a total of 5 EVs per Zubat. Since there are 5 in a horde, you get 25 EVs in Speed. Now, you will only need 10 horde encounters plus 2 normal Zubat encounters to fill 252 EVs in a stat.
Enabling EXP Share gives the EVs to all of the Pokémon in your team – it doesn’t spread – and having one with Pokérus doubles the EV you gain. Now, you will need to do 5 horde encounters plus 2 normal Zubats. If you can manage to down the horde in a single move, you should be able to get 252 EVs within 3 to 5 minutes.
I hope that with these tricks, you will be able to get your own perfect Pokémon and train him for battle. As for the moves, you should prepare and build your move sets based on your fighting skill and the team you are making.
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