Road to Competitive – Pokémon X/Y & ORAS: Nature 101
Are you planning on hitting the competitive scene of Pokémon? If you do, there are a few important mechanics that you should take into consideration: Breeding, Nature, Individual Values (IVs) and Effort Values (EVs). Although each mechanic has its own importance when it comes to creating your Pokémon team, they are all necessary – if you want to have that edge over other players, you must understand what they are, how they work, and most importantly, how can your Pokémon benefit from them.
What is Nature?
Thanks to the Internet, I was able to find a beautiful statistic image (above) for a Female Lv. 40 Alakazam. If you look over his chart, next to NATURE, is says Serious. Looking back at some of your Pokémon, you might notice that many of them have different Natures. Competitively, it is important to have the right Nature.
When you look for a Pokémon, the moment you encounter each creature, it has a set Nature. When breeding, the resulting baby will also have a Nature. Unless the proper items are used and conditions are met, you cannot control the Nature of the offspring. Now, over the last few sentences, you have read the word quite a few times, but what exactly does it do?
Pokémon Natures have two important roles. While the first one determines your creatures favorite and less favorite berries, which are used to raise happiness and friendship levels, the second role impacts how your Pokémon will grow. It is a set rule that each Nature, by level 100, increases a stat by 10% and lowers one by 10%. There is a total of 25 Natures, but five of them increase and decrease the same stat, which end up having no effect at the end of the day.
In the image below, you can clearly identify all 25 Natures, as well as the stat they increase and the one they decrease. You may have noticed that no Nature influences Hit Points (or HP).
Looking back at the Alakazam picture, his Nature promotes the growth of Speed and lowers is as well. This will result in a cancellation of power distribution, thus ending with a Pokémon neither gaining nor losing any points in any stats. However, since the Alakazam is being levelled up with a focus on Special Attack and Speed, with low Defense and Attack, good Natures would have been Modest and Timid. Why not also add Mild and Hasty to the list? Simply because in general, defense isn’t a stat you want to have as low as possible.
Getting the Nature You Need
When you break it down, there are two methods for getting a Pokémon with the Nature you need:
- You capture tons of the creature you are hunting and hope that one of them has what you are looking for.
- Breed the Pokémon over and over again until the offspring has the Nature you are looking for.
While the first method is somewhat faster, the second one, on a competitive perspective, makes a lot more sense to practice due to the fact that the offspring will be a level 1 Pokémon.
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