This post is a guide to help people who want to learn how to play Pokemon competitively. Everything in this post is designed for Pokemon Sun and Moon. NOTE: some of the article will not work in older Pokemon games. This post is not teaching the basics mechanics of Pokemon games and is designed for people who know the basics about Pokemon.
What are EVs?
EV is short for Effort Values, EVs determine what stats your Pokemon gets when gaining experience through battling a Pokemon.
Investing EVs in to stats
When training always remember 252 because that is the most EVs you should put in a stat. You can put a total of 255 into a stat, but because EVs are calculated in multiples of 4, three are wasted when 255 is invested in to one stat. With 510 EVs being able to be invested in to one Pokemon, there will be 4 EVs left over when two stats have 252 EVs invested in to them. There are different ways to gain more EVs per battle, one being the Power Items which boost the amount of EVs gained from one battle by 8, so every battle will give your Pokemon 8 EVs in one stat no matter what. Other ways of gaining EVs is through a virus that Pokemon can get that’s called Pokerus, which does nothing to the Pokemon other than doubling the EVs it gains from a battle. S.O.S. battles also double the EVs gained in a battle. With all three of these thing boosting your Pokemon’s EVs only seven battles have to be fought in order to gain exactly 252 EVs.
Everything else I need to know about EVs
EVs are passed through the E.X.P. share so all the Pokemon in your party will gain EVs when you knock out a Pokemon. In order to tell if your EVs are maxed out you have to look in the summary of the Pokemon and press the Y button and it will show the EVs’ progress. If the stat name is sparkling then that stat is maxed out, and if the progress is blue then you have 510 EVs in that Pokemon.
You will find the spots to train later in this article.
What are IVs
IV is short for Individual Values. IVs are the stats your Pokemon has when it is either hatched, caught, or given to you. IVs can be at max 31 and at minimum 0. In order to see your Pokemon IVs you have to hatch 20 eggs, then go to the battle tree and talk to the man right by the PC box. He will then give you a feature in your PC box to check the IV of any Pokemon. In the PC box there will be a button that says “Judge”. Press that button and you can see the IVs in an hexegon shape. Each stat will have a blue arrow pointing toward it that shows how close that stat is to maxed out. Each stat will have a word or two underneath it which means it has a different IV number:
- No Good = 0 IV in that stat
- Decent = 1-15 IVs in that stat
- Pretty Good = 16-25 in that stat
- Very Good = 26-29 IV in that stat
- Fantastic = 30 in that stat
- Best = 31 in that stat
In order to get the IVs you want, you have to breed. If you do not want to do as much breeding, reaching a chain of 40 Pokemon in an S.O.S. battle will cause all the Pokemon after 40 to always have 4 max out IVs. There is one more way to max out a Pokemon’s IVs and that is through Hyper Training which is a way to max out any IVs using Bottle Caps and/or Gold Bottle Caps. In order to do this, though, the Pokemon you want to Hyper train has to level 100 which is very hard to do. Later on you will see ways to help get your Pokemon to level 100 faster.
How do I breed?
In breeding there are many different things to consider, but it is not too hard to understand. In order to breed you will need a Ditto and the Pokemon that you will be breeding with. In order to get what you want from your eggs, you will need the special items Everstone and Destiny Knot. Natures are passed down through the parent holding an Everstone, and the Destiny Knot transfers up to 5 maxed out IVs to the babies. If the holder has less than 5 max IVs only that many will be given to the baby. In order to get the ability you want all you need is the parent to have the same ability. To hatch eggs your character has to travel a certain amount of steps, and riding on the Tauros Pokeride can hatch eggs very fast.
What do natures do?
Natures can be a big game changer because the nature will boost one stat by 10% and lower another by 10%. All the natures listed will raise one stat and lower another. Any that are not listed are neutral, they raise and lower the same stat. Any Natures that are in Bold are commonly used.
|Rash||Special Attack||Special Defense|
|Careful||Special Defense||Special Attack|
How do I get a Pokemon that I can’t Breed?
You might be wondering how do I get Legendaries, Ultra beast, Tapus, and Mythical Pokemon without being able to breed them? Well, in order to get any of them you have to soft reset which is like shutting off your game, but it just goes back to the beginning screen. By pressing the L and R buttons, and the Start button at the same time, you can soft reset your game. First, save before you fight the Pokemon. Then, encounter the Pokemon and catch it. Go to your PC box and check its nature and IVs. If it is not the nature or IVs you want soft reset and try again. That works for everything except for events, but events are very similar. Instead of catching the Pokemon, it is given to you. Most event Pokemon will be given to you from someone in the Pokemon Center. Just do the same things as you do for Legendaries.
Useful Pokemon to catch
These Pokemon are being used for their ability Flame Body, which hatches eggs twice as fast when it’s the first Pokemon in your party. Being found on Route 8, Fletchinder is easy to catch and requires no training; it is ready as soon as you catch it.
These Pokemon are used for their ability Syncronize, which makes the Pokemon you encounter in the wild have a 50% chance to have the same Nature as the Pokemon with Syncronize. Found in Hau’oli City, Abra can either be bred to get the nature you want, or you can keep catching them until you find the right nature. Using Abra you can find the Pokemon you want in the wild with Abra as the lead Pokemon to help get the nature you want without using random chance.
Carbink is not used as much as the other Pokemon listed, but is very useful when it’s needed. Carbink is used to find the Hidden ability of Wild Pokemon using Skill Swap, which switches the abilities with the user and the target. Found in Vast Poni Canyon, Carbink will require a little leveling up to learn Skill Swap. In order to have the highest chance at finding the hidden ability on a Pokemon, you have to S.O.S. battle to about a chain of 40, then you should begin to Skill Swap the called Pokemon to check its abilities. Once you find the one you want, catch it.
Absol is used for S.O.S. chaining because of many reasons. First, its ability, Pressure, ups the chance that the wild Pokemon will call for help. Second, it learns False Swipe. False Swipe will never KO the target, but it will always leave it with 1 HP and the lower the wild Pokemon’s HP the higher the chance to call for help. Third, Absol learns Thunder Wave which helps when catching a Pokemon in an S.O.S. battle because it paralyzes the Pokemon and stops it from calling for help and ups the chance to catch it. Finally, Absol learns powerful attacks and has a high attack stat to KO Pokemon quickly. It is found on Mount Lanakila at a high level which helps to KO Pokemon.
Porygon, Hypno, & Ditto
Ditto is probably the most useful and needed Pokemon on this list because it helps make the most tedious and boring parts go a lot faster. Ditto can be bred with every single Pokemon (excluding Legendaries and mythicals)which helps because you never have to catch two of the same Pokemon. Being able to have one with good IVs will help when breeding because of the amount of IVs being transferred. Found on Mount Hokulani, all you need to do is S.O.S. chain it, but it is harder than it seems:
1. Porygon is given to you in the Aether House and learns the move Recycle which allows you to recycle a used or consumed item (like berries and one time use items). Porygon learns this move at level 34 and is given to you at level 30. Once it has learned Recycle, you have to delete all its other moves at the “Move Deleter” in the Pokemon Center in Hau’oli city.
2. Hypno, found in Poni plains, can learn the move Switcheroo, which switch items with the target, form the move relearner who is in the Mount lanakila Pokemon Center. He can make your Pokemon learn any move they could have learned at a lower level.
3. Lastly go and get a Leppa berry found on Route 2. Now that you have all these things you can chain for Ditto. First, have Hypno hold the leppa berry (Make sure not to use it on Hypno). Second find a Ditto leading with Porygon. Let Ditto transform into Porygon. Then switch in to Hypno and use Switcheroo so that the Ditto is holding the Leppa Berry. Finally, switch into Absol and start chaining. Now NEVER KO the Ditto that is a Porygon because it has the Leppa berry; it will never struggle. Once you reach a chain of 40, the 40th Ditto will have 4 maxed out IVs, then you catch it.
Items to help
The Power Items are items that your Pokemon can hold to raise their EVs by 8 every time a Pokemon is defeated. There are six different Power items: Power Weight = raises HP EVs, Power Bracer = raises Attack EVs, Power Belt = raises Defense EVs, Power Lens =raises Special Attack EVs, Power Band = raises Special Defense EVs, and the Power Anklet = raises Speed EVs. All of the Power items can only be bought at the Battle Royal shop for 16 BP each. Also all these items cut your Pokemon speed in half.
Destiny Knot is an item that will make the breeding process go much faster. The Destiny Knot transfers 5 IVs from the parent holding it. So while breeding if your 4 max IV Ditto holds the Destiny Knot, all 4 IVs will be passed down to the baby. Having this item will help you probobly more than any other item on this list. Also, sadly, it will cost 48 BP at the Battle Tree.
The Everstone is also an item used in breeding and is very useful because the holders nature will be passed down to the baby Pokemon. Found in Hau’oli it is easy to get and is arguably needed to competitively breed.
EV lowering Berries
All these berries allow you to reset the EVs of a Pokemon so you can retrain it: Pomeg Berry = lowers HP EVs, Kelpsy Berry = lowers Attack EVs, Qualot Berry = lowers Defense EVs, Hondew Berry = lowers Special Attack EVs, Grepa Berry = lowers Special Defense EVs, and Tamoto Berry = lowers Speed EVs. All these berries can be found on route ten and are used just in case you battle with your Pokemon, but are not training.
Lucky Egg/Rare Candy
Lucky egg and Rare Candy are used for leveling up your Pokemon. The Lucky Egg allow your Pokemon to gain EXP 1.5 times as fast. Sadly, you can only get one Lucky Egg in this game, and you can get it on route one from Professor Kukui in his house on the beach. Rare Candy levels up your Pokemon once every time you use one, and the best part is you can get as many as you want. First get Poke Beans from Poke Palago. Second, feed them to your Pokemon in Pokemon Refresh. Third, talk to the man at the drink shop in the Pokemon center and sometimes he will give you a Rare Candy. Just keep feeding new Pokemon and he will never stop giving you Rare Candy.
Places & Pokemon to EV and EXP train in Pokemon Sun and Moon
Once you have bred for all your Pokemon and caught Legendaries, Tapus, Ultra beasts, and Mythicals, you can begin training. All the places listed are good, easy places to train.
1 EV Caterpie LV 2-3 Route 1
2 EVs Alomamola LV 10-15 Brooklet Hill Bubbling Spot
1 EV Pikipek LV 2-3 Route 1
2 EVs Trumbeak LV 17-20 Route 8
1 EV Nosepass LV 20-23 Akala Outskirts
2 EVs Metapod LV 9-12 Melemele Meadow
1 EV Spinda LV 10-13 Ten Carat Hill
2 EVs Haunter LV 29-32 Thrifty Megamart
1 EV Drowzee LV 7-10 Route 2
2 EVs Ledian LV 24-27 Route 10
1 EV Zubat LV 10-13 Ten Carat Hill
2 EVs Golbat LV 29-32 Thrifty Megamart
S.O.S. chaining beware (always use a ghost type) Poni Gauntlet
Elite Four and the Battle Cafe
If you have any questions, or if you think I missed something, please leave it in the comments section below!
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