Gather around the campfire children, today is the final installment in this wonderful series I like to call Breeding 101. You are already armed with everything you need to breed competitive Pokémon. You know how to breed for moves, Individual Values, and nature. You can speed up hatching time with some handy Pokémon, and you know how to figure out your Pokémon's strengths and weaknesses. But nothing can prepare you for the gelatinous hell-beast we in the breeding business like to call Hidden Power.
This week's installment comes to you with a very large disclaimer: No matter what you do, Hidden Power is going to be random. No matter how much influence you have over your Pokémon's stats in the form of Power Items, you never truly have any sort of control over it. So if you want to leave our digital band of heroes, I can't say as I blame you. For those who are strong of heart, venture forth. We shall slay this beast!
Naughty by Nature
Every Pokémon in Generation IV has a Nature Value which can be found on its Summary screen. Nature Values, or natures, adjust your Pokémon's stats by ten percent for two individual statistics. There are exceptions to this in the form of Neutral Natures, which do not modify any stat.
Today is the day when things start coming together. We have been on a magical journey, you and I. From backpacking through the Alps to swimming the Nile while dragging a tugboat behind us via a rope in our teeth. But nothing is more important than today's adventure. This is the glue that will hold together everything we have been working toward. Individual Value inheritance will give you a bit of control over your Pokémon's strongest stats. Get on your trailblazing gear Pokémon breeders; today we enter the wilderness as children, and come back as children with more information on Pokémon breeding!
When breeding, you are able to pass a maximum of three IVs down to your baby Pokémon. That means that no matter how amazing your parent Pokémon are, in the best case scenario your baby has three IVs generated at random. Here is a run-down on how IVs are inherited when breeding:
- The baby's IVs are randomly generated for all 6 statistics (HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed). From here the baby will inherit IVs from its parents, which will overwrite some of these random values.
- One random IV value is inherited from either parent.
- A second random IV value is inherited from either parent. This value will not be the HP IV.
- A third random IV is inherited from either parent. This value will not be the HP or Defense IV.
This week I am only going to cover what Individual Values are, and how to determine your Pokémon's IVs. We will get into IV inheritance and how to actually breed for better IVs next week.
Warm Eggs = Happy Eggs
Every Pokémon takes a different number of steps to hatch from its egg. For example, the Lapras from last week would take approximately 10455 steps to hatch. A baby Cubone on the other hand will hatch in approximately 5355 steps. You can find out how many steps it takes to hatch your Pokémon by searching for your Pokémon on Bulbapedia. It will list cycles and steps in the breeding section of the information card on the page.