Breeding 911: The Statistics of Pokémon

Hey there guys, Kenny here again with some more (hopefully) useful breeding information for you all! Not having gotten any questions from anyone, I asked Steve what I should talk about. He suggested talking about the statistics behind Individual Values (IVs for short) in breeding. As most of you know IVs are, essentially, hidden stat bonuses. When a Pokémon is caught, or a Pokémon Egg is laid (yes, they are calculated before the Pokémon actually hatches!) a random number from 0 – 31 is distributed to every stat. These numbers are how many extra points are in said stat. IVs are permanent once the Pokémon is encountered or the Egg is received, and cannot be legally changed under any circumstances.


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Breeding 911: Easy Way for Perfect IVs?

Heya everyone, Kenny here! Today I’m here to help everyone with their Pokémon-related questions. Have you ever had questions about EVs, IVs, Abilities, moves, or anything related to creating that perfect Pokémon? Well, look no further! Every week, I’ll be an email or two in depth, and posting it on the website. Not only will you get your answer, but you’ll be credited for asking a great question, too! Don’t worry though if your question doesn’t get picked. I promise I’ll still do my best to provide an answer to any and all questions asked. Alright, let’s delve into those questions!
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Team Tactics: Introduction to Destruction

Last we spoke, I was younger.  I had a sweet pompadour, and a devil-may-care attitude.  My jeans were tight and I wore a leather jacket of passion.  You had long flowing hair, and we discussed many things.  In particular, how to force Pokémon to breed for our amusement.  They became violent extensions of our very being, and the world was a beautiful place.

I want to get that feeling back Pokémaniacs.  Breeding was only the tip of the iceberg.  I want to get into the nitty gritty.  I am not going to swamp you with more numbers.  Okay, there will be some numbers, but they won't be nearly as complicated or involved as IV breeding.  Though if you want to get the most out of this series, you will probably want to go back and review the Breeding 101 series as I will build upon that knowledge in this series.  A series I like to call…

Team Tactics!  Go ahead, yell it out.  It feels good.

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Hey Guys,

It's Steve... aka.. sbj. I am on vacation this week until Friday, so there will be no Featured Team or Rare article this week. Don't worry though, they will all come back next week. We still did a PKMN of the week, along with a Breeding 101 recap. Aaron will have the Weekly Move up on Wednesday. Episode 016 will probably go live on Friday too, so you won't have to worry about that.

In case you feel Pokémon withdraw, jump over to our new PokéTalk forums. You could also catch up on your breeding articles. My week off will give us a chance to catch up of Featured Team talk for the Podcast too. 

You guys enjoy your week as much as I should. 

Vacation here I come.

Editor in Chief

Breeding 101 Recap

The last 6 weeks have been a one stop place for your weekly dose of Breeding. Breeding 101 has been a corner stone of the Pokémon Podcast. We are sad that we have to wrap it up for now. Here is the whole list of articles if you missed a week... or if you are new to the site. 
Don't worry, Breeding 101 won't be done forever, we still have many surprises to come with Breeding our friendly little Pocket Monsters. :)
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Breeding 101: Hidden Power

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!

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Sunday Recap (Sept 27 - Oct 2)

If you new to the site and Podcast, well then... WELCOME! For everyone else, here is your weekly run down of everything we posted, did you miss anything?

Breeding 101: Natures - Breeding 101

PKMN of the Week: Poliwrath Vs. Politoed - PKMN of the Week

Featured Team of the Week - Featured Team

Let's Draw Pokémon Day! - News

MOTW: Brick Break - Weekly Move

Pokémon Comics - Rare Article

Hippopotas - Found Item

Breeding 101: Natures

Pokémon have distinct personalities.  Some are sassy, others are quite serious, and some are just plain rash.  To the untrained eye, these seem like mere personality traits, but to us, the Pokémon breeders, they mean so much more.  A Pokémon's nature determines which of its stats get a slight boost, and which take a slight decrease.  It also determines what flavor of Pokéblock and berry your Pokémon enjoy, but we will not be covering that in this article as it is not particularly pertinent to breeding.  If you want to know more about berries and flavors I suggest you take a look at Serebii's nature guide for that information.

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.
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Sunday Recap (Sept 20-24)

We got a lot of traffic this week! That's awesome and we thank you guys so much. Here is a recap of what you missed the last week. We have a ton of new stuff to come too! Also, congrats to the winner of the PokéDex contest, and thanks so much for everyone who participated. 

011 The Shiny Ponyta - Podcast

Breeding 101: Individual Values (The Final Conflict) - Breeding 101

PKMN of the Week: Ponyta - PKMN of the Week

Featured Team of the Week - Featured Team

Pokémon Apokélypse: Live Action Movie - Found Item

MOTW (Move of the Week): Earthquake - Weekly Move (New Feature!)

Who Likes HMs? - Rare Article

Facebook Love - Found Item

012 The Winner - Podcast

Who Are You? - Found Item

Breeding 101: Individual Values (The Final Conflict)

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!

Inheriting IVs

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:

  1. 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.
  2. One random IV value is inherited from either parent.
  3. A second random IV value is inherited from either parent.  This value will not be the HP IV.
  4. A third random IV is inherited from either parent.  This value will not be the HP or Defense IV.
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