WELL MY FELLOW CHAMPIONS OF KALOS. I have noticed some confusion about "PERFECT POKEMON" AND INDIVIDUAL VALUES (IVs) here on Tumblr SO IT’S TIME FOR ME TO LEARN YOU THIS THING.
Understanding IVs will make playing the game much easier/better because you will raise pokemon that crush the competition under their furry toes of awesome!!
Biggest confusion: you cannot see the values of your pokemon’s IVs from the summary screen!! (Shown in the top picture.) THROW THAT IDEA AWAY BECAUSE IT IS VERY WRONG. These are their STATS, which are not the same. Your IVs are the most important factor for raising stats while leveling, but they are NOT the same numbers! NOT EVEN KINDA.
You cannot see IVs in your pokemon’s summary. EVER. Not at level 1, not at level 100. So contrary to what you first thought were perfect IVs, our darling little Amaura here just has some deceptively promising-looking baby stats. DAMN.
FEEL FREE TO BE SAD NOW IF YOU THOUGHT IT WAS THAT EASY. IT GETS WORSE FROM HERE.
Let’s Get Started!!
The only way you can find out if your pokemon has perfect IVs is to talk to the weird kid on the left side of the Pokemon Center in Kiloude City. (Shown in the bottom picture.) This requires beating the Elite Four and Champion. This little creeper is the STATS JUDGE. Get used to him, you will be visiting him A LOT if you are trying to breed or even just raise awesome pokemon. We will call him weird kid here, because he fucking is.
Whichever stats categories he tells you CAN’T BE BEAT, those are 31 IVs. Whichever stats the kid named off, your pokemon is genetically superiour in (yaaay). This generation, he will tell you ALL of your IVs that are 31. These will not, and cannot, change.
How do you find out their other IV values? Well, my wonderful pokepals, the answer is even more asinine!! Your game will not tell you this at all. (Although at a higher level your pokemon’s stats will indicate approximate IV levels — while untrained.)
You have to use an IV CALCULATOR that you find online! But wait, there’s more: MAKE SURE IT IS FOR 6th (VI) GENERATION or it will not be right!
Personally, I like to use THIS CONFUSING BASTARD RIGHT HERE! You do not have to fill in everything. Just what you know.
BUT there are other calculators out there, so find the (SIXTH GEN) one that makes you the least sad. You will NEED to talk to the weird kid in Kiloude to fill out an IV calculator. (Send me questions if your brain hurts, maybe.) The more you fill out, the more accurate your return will be. THERE IS A LOT OF SHIT TO FILL OUT.
The weird kid will tell you your pokemon’s POTENTIAL (overall IV sum, which I am not getting into right now) and then the BEST/HIGHEST IV LEVELS your pokemon has. IVs are described using the phrases: “Rather Decent / Fairly Good / Fantastic / Can’t Be Beat”
These phrases will indicate the level of your pokemon’s INDIVIDUAL VALUES on a scale from 31 (PERFECT PERFECTION) to 0 (meaning your pokemon really fucking sucks like oh my god I am told this is possible but how unfortunate could you be, quarantine that shit immediately). Sometimes weird kid will also go on to tell you very obviously which of your stats totally blow, which is VERY BAD. That means your pokemon has a really big weak spot in that area. Sometimes you can get around one awful IV with diligent and specific training, but it’s best to avoid them to maximize badassery.
If your pokemon’s best stats are just “decent” it means their IVs are ALL going to be LESS THAN 15. There is nothing to save here, let it run away to live at the llama farm upstate with the pet turtle you used to have. NOW maybe you say, "I have an emotional attachment to this adorable collection of data" and you feel the need to keep it. Make a nice place in a box for it to fade into obscurity because the hard truth is that CHESSIE SUCKS and is not competitive battle team material.
Now you may be wondering, how do IVs work in BREEDING? Well, that’s kind of like putting together a thousand-piece puzzle on your own in a dimly lit room so feel free to assume THAT IT WILL PROBABLY NOT BE AWESOME EXCEPT FOR THE 0.5% OF THE TIME THAT YOU GET THE RIGHT PIECE.
So we are NOT DOING THAT RIGHT NOW. HERE is a bunch of information to cry over on the subject. If you think breeding looks like so much fucking work, YOU ARE CORRECT, MY FRIEND. BECAUSE ALL OF THIS WAS ONLY ABOUT INDIVIDUAL VALUES.
Now you know what people are talking about when they say “31 IVs” AKA “Perfect IVs.” You can have up to SIX perfect values because that is ALL OF THEM.
GOOD JOB READING THIS SHIT.