That aside, no Pokémon game will ever force you to get into the game’s deep mechanics to enjoy the fun and beat the story. till in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can get mostly just by knowing the advantages of the type. On the other hand, end-game content and competitive players are given a lot of depth and mechanics to make their team the absolute best it can be by looking under the hood. Perhaps the most important of these more fanatical systems are what are called IVs, or individual values.
IVs are essentially your Pokémon’s stats. Just because you have two Pikachus, for example, doesn’t mean they’ll be identical because they’ll each have their own IV that potentially makes one better than the other. Coaches who want to build the best possible team need to consider IVs in addition to every other factor, such as team structure, they need to come out on top to lead the fight. It may sound a little intimidating for newcomers, but growing IVs isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Here’s Everything You Need to Know About How to Increase IVs Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl,
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What are IVs?
If you’re new to IVs in general, maybe just the name doesn’t give you an idea of what they are or why they’re important. We already mentioned that IV is short for individual values, but even that name tells you nothing. What they are, in essence, are the random stats that each Pokémon gets that are hidden from the player. They are determined by a few factors, such as the base value of the Pokémon, their EV (effort value), and nature.
IVs come on a scale from 1 to 31, the higher the number, the better the stats. There are six different stats, each with its own IV rating: HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. Naturally, you want a Pokémon with 31 IVs in each stat, but the chances of that happening naturally are too small to count. That’s where rising IVs come in.
How to Check IVs
Before you can start increasing IVs, you need to know what your Pokémon’s IVs are to begin with. As mentioned, IVs are initially hidden from the player, but you gain access to a system for checking IVs by defeating the Elite Four. Head to Snowpoint City and use the boat to visit Survival Island, where the Battle Tower is located. Once inside, talk to the NPC standing next to the PC. He will open the new judge function using the Pokemon box.
With it unlocked, use a PC or open your Pokémon team menu and hit R. Navigate to your list of Pokemon and press plus Button twice to use the judge function. It’s your chosen Pokémon’s IVs using a phrase that will break. Here’s what each phrase means in terms of the actual IV number:
- Best: 31 IV
- Fabulous: 30 IV
- Very good: 26 to 29
- Very good: 16 to 25
- Civilized: 1 to 15
- not good: 0
Once you know where you stand, you can start looking at which IVs you want to improve.
How to Increase IVs
Fertility is going to be the main method for promoting IVs. When you breed a Pokémon, the parent Pokémon’s IV is passed to the child. The most tried-and-true method for breeding for high IVs is to get a Ditto with the highest possible IVs since a Ditto can breed with any other Pokémon in the game besides a Legendary one. To breed a Pokémon, you simply put two parent Pokémon together at the Pokémon Nursery in Solaceion Town.
To speed up the process significantly, you’ll want to make sure your Ditto is holding a Destiny’s Not item. This will guarantee that 5 of Ditto’s 6 IVs are passed on to the offspring instead of 3 of the usual 6. Since we’re using dittos with stronger IVs than the Pokémon you want to improve, we want as many of those stats passed as possible. Once you are able to pass through Victory Road you can pick up the Destiny Knot on Route 224.
As you breed Pokémon, keep checking their stats to see when they’ve exceeded their parent’s IVs, and then swap them out to be the new parent. However, the key here is ultimately getting Dittos the best in all stats, or with a 31, IV rating. A Ditto Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect In Everything As Long As You Have That does Each IV stat has 31 so you can swap them and turn those stats into a Pokémon.
To get started, you want a ditto with as high IVs as possible. The most reliable place to get detoxes is in Canaleve City. Use Super Repel and Poké Radar to find nearby Pokémon. Don’t be bothered by anyone other than Ditto. repeat the process, but make sure you Only Catch Dittos to increase your Chain Encounter. The more Ditto you catch in a row, the better their IVs. It’s wise to save before starting this process, as well as after every Ditto is caught, just in case you accidentally break your chain.