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When we see description/information of Pokemon in the game,we see characteristic saying like to run,alert to sound etc.So,does certain characteristics help in boosting certain stat or did game freak simply added that.

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Characteristics are a feature in the Pokémon games, introduced in Generation IV. A Pokémon's Characteristic indicates which stat contains a Pokémon's highest IV. It is displayed on the Pokémon's profile screen where its Nature, date met, place met, and flavor preference (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum only) are shown.

>A Pokémon's Characteristic is determined by the remainder of its highest IV divided by 5 (known as modulo operation in programming). Since it is built this way, Pokémon transferred from the games of Generation III via Pal Park have a Characteristic without their stats being changed.

Source: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Characteristic

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