By: Ashley Quirke
So after a lot of hard work and complicated breeding, you finally got your perfect 6IV Pokémon, just waiting to be leveled up and put into battle. It has an excellent nature and egg moves for days, but you know what it doesn’t have? EV’s. And EV’s are pretty important when it comes to training your Pokémon to optimize it for competitive play.
So what’s an EV? EV stands for Effort Value. These Effort Values are stat bonuses that usually come from battling and defeating other Pokémon. Your Pokémon can have up to a grand total of 510 EVs through battling, then they cannot gain any more. But it gets a little more complicated. Ever hear the saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? When it comes to giving your Pokémon EVs, you can’t put all 510 into one stat. You can put a maximum of 252 into each stat. 4 EV points make for 1 stat point at level 100, so putting in this little bit of extra effort really does make a difference!
So now that we’ve got all the math out of the way, let’s talk about the important stuff. How does one do EV training? Well, luckily for us, Gen 6 makes this SUPER easy. Much, much easier than in previous generations. There are two ways to do EV training; Super Training and Horde Battles.
I’ll start with Super Training. Often times, when people are first getting into competitive Pokémon, they opt for Super Training as their preferred EV training method. With super training, you play a mini game that involves hitting targets with your Pokémon. Different Pokémon have different colored balls they fire at the targets. Some are rapid-fire, but do less damage. Some hit hard, but are slow. Once you’ve completed the mini game, you’ll be awarded EV points based on the difficulty you selected – 4 for easy, 8 for intermediate, 12 for hard. You’ll also get a punching bag for the stat you just trained up – either a small 1 EV, medium 2 EVs, or large4 EVs that when used, will increase stat EVs further. Super training is a great method for when you’re first starting out. Though it isn’t the fastest. It’s also a great way to get rare items, such as evolution stones, as well as the coveted Reset Bag. Reset bags are great for two reasons: If you mess up, it’s possible to start over again. As well, you can use it to see how many EVs you have invested into each stat by saving first, then using it. Take note of the numbers and reload your game. This is great if you’re distributing your Pokémon’s EVs over several stats, instead of maxing out just two.
Horde battles are a much, much quicker way for getting EVs up then Super Training. It’s not hard, there are just a few basics you need to know before you get started! First off, you’re going to need a Pokémon that knows Sweet Scent. Using sweet scent in the tall grass triggers a horde battle. Next, different Pokémon give different EV yields (that is, the amount of EVs you get from defeating it). For example, defeating a Taillow will yield one speed EV while defeating a Zangoose will yield 2 attack EVs. In hordes, you’re defeating 5 of these Pokémon per battle, so if you fight a Taillow horde, you’re going to gain 5 Speed EVs. If you fight a horde of Zangoose, you’ll gain 10 attack EVs.
Sounds pretty good right? Now what If I told you there are ways to make this even faster. First things first, you’re going to need Pokerus. Pokerus is something your Pokémon can “catch” from being in a party with a Pokémon that already has it, kind of like the flu. Be sure to always have a few Pokémon with Pokerus in your PC, because the condition does go away after a while in your party. Pokémon left in the PC will stay contagious. (You can tell if a Pokémon has had Pokerus already because there will be a little pink mark next to their name). What’s so great about Pokerus anyways? Well, it DOUBLES the rate at which your Pokémon gain EVs from horde battles. So you were gaining 10 Attack EVs from the Zangoose horde? Now you’re gaining 20.
Still seems slow? Give the Pokémon that you’re EV training a macho brace, this will double the EVs it’s getting from defeating the horde., so now if you’re fighting the Zangoose horde, you’re now gaining a base of 20 attack EVs per battle Pokerus doubles this to 40.
Still not fast enough for you? If you have the BP to spare, pick up a power item for the stat you wish to train. Power items increase a stat’s EVs by 4 for every Pokémon you defeat, ON TOP OF the amount you would gain from defeating that Pokémon anyways. There is one power item for each stat:
Power Weight – HP
Power Bracer – Attack
Power Belt – Defense
Power Lens – Special Attack
Power Band – Special Defense
Power Anklet – Speed
So you were getting a base of 10 EVs from beating up the Zangoose horde. With the Power Bracer – the one that gives you +4 attack EVs for every Pokémon you defeat, you’re getting an extra 4 EVs from every Pokémon you defeat, so you’re now getting 6 attack EVs for every Zangoose. This makes a new total of 30 for the horde. If the Pokémon you’re training has Pokerus, this doubles to 60 EVs, per battle. Your attack stat will be maxed in no time!
If you’re worried about your newly hatched pokemon getting the training started. No worries, because the good people at Pokémon have truly thought of everything. Remember EXP share? Well guess what else it shares. EVs. So you can send out a much higher level Pokémon – Talonflame with Overheat is a really good choice – to do the fighting, while your baby Pokémon sits back, relaxes and builds up those sweet, sweet EVs.
Not sure where the right hordes are for the EV you’re trying to level up? Here’s a list of good leveling spots in the newer ORAS game that I modified slightly from www.nuggetbridge.com. The encounter rate for each of these hordes is 100, so it’s easy to build up EVs quickly.
EV Yield: 1 HP
Location: Rusturf Tunnel
EV Yield: 1 Attack
Location: Mt. Pyre Cemetery
EV Yield: 1 Defense
Location: Route 111
EV Yield: 1 Special Attack
Location: Route 119
EV Yield: 1 Special Defense
Location: Route 115
Pokémon: Zigzagoon and Wingull/Taillow
EV Yield: 1 Speed
Location: Route 104 – Route is split by Petalberg woods. North has Wingul, South has Taillow.
I know that can be a lot to take in, so here’s a quick recap:
- Super Training and Horde battles are ways to train your Pokémon’s EVs.
- Use a Pokémon with Sweet Scent to trigger a horde battle in tall grass.
- Pokerus doubles EV yield from Horde Battles.
- Use macho brace and power items to further increase EV yield from horde battles
- There are certain spots in game that are optimal for training various stats, due to the stat increasing horde’s encounter rate being 100%.
Thanks for listening Pokémon trainers! I hope this guide helps to get your Pokémon fighting fit and ready to take on any challenge that comes their way.