--------------------------------------- Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver EV Guide --------------------------------------- Written by Raymond Padilla Taken from: http://bit.ly/cdTBWx Many people are under the impression that Pokemon is nothing more than a series of role-playing games geared toward youngsters. This is partially true. The Pokemon games are superbly-crafted titles that appeal to children of all ages. They're fun games that are easy for players of all skill levels to enjoy. Underneath it all is an amazingly complex system that most players don't even know about. It's called EV training. EV training can make an enormous difference in how strong your Pokemon becomes. If you take two Pokemon of the same species with the same nature and same attacks, they can be drastically different depending on how they're EV trained. A properly EV trained Pokemon will trounce one that's poorly trained or not trained at all (e.g. leveled up through Rare Candies). To become the best trainer you can be and to make your Pokemon as strong as possible, EV training is essential. This week's Pokemusings will give you the basics on this wonderfully intricate aspect of Pokemon. ------------- What are EVs? ------------- EV stands for effort values. These are points (that you'll never see accounted for in the game) that determine how your Pokemon's statistics will grow as you level it up. Four EV points equal one stat point at level 100. For example, if you've earned 16 EV points in Speed then your Pokemon will have four more Speed points in addition to its base when it hits level 100. Each Pokemon can earn 510 EV points in total. Each individual stat (Defense, Special Attack, Speed, etc.) can have up to 255 EV points allocated to it. Though in practical terms, you should go for 252 EV points if you want to max out a stat, since 255 is not divisible by four. This means that you can earn up to 63 additional points in a single stat through careful training. You absorb all that complex math yet? Good! Next we'll tell you how to snag EV points for your favorite Pokemon. ------------------------- How are EV points earned? ------------------------- Every time your Pokemon earns experience points from battling, it earns EV points as well. Every opposing Pokemon has a certain number of EV points assigned to it. For example, defeating a Starly will net you a Speed EV point, while beating a Geodude will earn you an EV point in Defense. More powerful Pokemon will give you even more points and sometimes a combination of points! Taking down a powerful Togekiss (yes, we still love this Pokemon) will earn you two EV points in Special Attack and one EV point in Special Defense. ------------------------------------------ How can I use EV training to my advantage? ------------------------------------------ A-ha! This is where the whole crazy system gets even more interesting and complicated. Simply maxing out stats through EV training is not enough. You need to consider your Pokemon's base stats and attacks for it to really matter. Here are two different Pokemon that present two very different types of EV training situations. First, let's take our Weavile from last week's issue. Weavile is all about Speed and Attack. Therefore you'll want to max out those stats to take full advantage of it. Its other stats are pretty poor, so it doesn't make sense to EV train for Weavile's Special Attack and Defense, just to change them from poor to mediocre. To make Weavile the best it can be, you'll want to pick on lots of Gyarados (two Attack EVs) and Pikachus (two Speed EVs). A Pokemon like Charizard is a little tougher to EV train since its stats are more balanced. Its base stats for Special Attack and Attack are only 23 points apart. For situations like these, you'll want to think about the kinds of moves you want to give your Pokemon and use EV training to maximize their effectiveness. For a Charizard that uses moves based on Attack (Dragon Claw, Fire Fang, Earthquake, etc.), you should have it trounce some Weepinbells (two Attack EVs). A Charizard with moves based on Special Attack (Flamethrower, Hyper Beam, etc.) should conquer some Magnetons for two Special Attack EVs. --------------------------- Prime EV Training Locations --------------------------- While it might be tough to grasp initially, EV training is well worth the effort. You'll be making your pokemon the best that they can be if you're mindful about the types of pokemon they defeat. Now that you know the basics of EV training it's important to know what areas are the most useful for your goals. Finding an area with predictable wild Pokemon is essential for EV training as it allows you to focus on a single stat and maximize it. * Hit Points- Slowpoke Well. This is extermely useful since when you swim here you will only encounter Slowpoke, allowing you to focus on HP EVS. * Attack- Surf Near Cerulean city. There are plenty of Goldeen and Seaking here. * Defense- Victory road. Focus on the Rhyhorn, Onix, Graveler and Geodudes here for maximum Defense Evs. * Special Attack- Route 35, if you Surf, the only thing you will encounter is Psyduck and Golduck. They all give Special attack EV. * Special Defense- Use Surf on Route 40. Tentacool and Tentacruel are the only thing you will encounter. * Speed- Powerplant/route 10- All the pokemon in Route 10 grass give speed EV. Another is route 30 since you can find Pidgeys and Weedle Everywhere. Ilex forest is also good for Weedle. The second option is for if you are low in level but the best place is route 10. Now you know about four excellent locations for optimum EV training! Now go out and help your pokemon reach their full potential. Not only will they be stronger forces in HeartGold/SoulSilver, a properly EV trained pokemon will give you an edge when you play against other trainers over wi-fi.