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Please Explain EV training

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I don't quite understand it; but I have seen the results of an EV trained Espeon trained by my cousin. You see, I am trying to EV train my Excadrill. Any help will do!

asked Aug 20, 2011 by [MEGA]StellarLucario

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EV training: a primer.

Every pokemon can have a maximum of 510 Effort Values, or EVs. They can hold a maximum of 255 Evs per stat. You can invest EVs in HP, attack, defense, special attack, special defense, and speed. In every pokemon game past generation II, 4 Evs in a stat will give you one point in that stat, and since 255 does not divide evenly by 4, the most you can give a pokemon without wasting EVs is 252. This is the ideal amount to give a pokemon if you're gonna max out your pokemon's stats. Every pokemon has a set number of EVs it gives you when you faint it, which can be seen here. For instance, Gengar will give you 3 Special attack Evs when you defeat him.

Generally, you want to invest those EVs in stats that compliment the pokemon. If your Umbreon is going to be a wall, you shouldn't waste time putting EVs in his special attack.

One important note: Investing EVs in a stat will not necessarily make a pokemon good at that role. For instance, putting EVs in Infernape's defenses won't make him a good wall, even if you put full EVs in both defenses. His defenses will still only be 265 at the very most.(and that's with a beneficial nature!)

If you accidently give EVs in a stat you don't want, you can use the following berries to reduce your EVs and try again.

  • #21 Pomeg Berry (HP)
  • #22 Kelpsy Berry (Attack)
  • #23 Qualot Berry (Defense)
  • #24 Hondew Berry (Sp. Attack)
  • #25 Grepa Berry (Sp. Defense)
  • #26 Tamato Berry (Speed)

There are a few items listed on the EV guide link above that you can use to make things go a bit faster.
There's this question, but it ultimately links you to the EV guide on this site.

answered Aug 20, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
selected Dec 13, 2012 by Mewderator
wow now i get it thanks!
your pokemon has to level up to redeem its evs, right?