Dear baby Bulbasaur where am I?! If I’m seeing baby Pokémon there can only be one answer, we are at the Pokémon Daycare! By now you’ve caught them all and you have the Oval Charm, this is good because like me I am sure you are incredibly impatient. Now that we can breed like crazy we better well…breed like crazy.
What are the things that a user would want to do with breeding? You’d want to build your favorite Pokémon with perfect IVs, you’d want to build your Pokémon with moves to best accent their types and abilities, and you’d want to get Shiny Pokémon whenever possible.
Those are admirable ends and we’ll cover each one. I’ll cover them in order over the next three days. The first is Pokémon IVs which is arguable the hardest. There are two ways to do this, the easy way, and the hard way. The hard way involves no complicated install guides and computer programs, so we’ll cover it first.
First you need to know if your Pokémon are even going to batter the baby bakery. This can be done one of three ways. The first is to find out what the Egg Groups of your two Pokémon are, you can use a ditto (which works for all non-legendary Pokémon) as your second Pokémon, or you can put them in the daycare and speak with the man out front.
In the case of the latter option he will tell you one of a series of things. The first three mean sexy time.
“The two seem to get along very well!”
“The two seem to get along”
“The two don’t seem to like each other”
But sometimes you’ll have two Pokémon that aren’t feeling it. They aren’t members of the same egg group or they are just complete douchebags. In those cases the guy will say:
“The two prefer to play with other Pokémon more than with each other.”
You can increase the breeding likelihood by having the Pokémon be from different trainers (you and someone else) but frankly your Oval Charm means that you’ll have eggs coming out of everywhere. I routinely fill up boxes upon boxes with eggs before I know what is going on.
Additionally if you are trying to get a shiny you will, by necessity, be more likely to get shiny Pokémon. But we’ll talk about that more later.
Now that you know if your Pokémon are slapping crotch koalas you can move onto the next part. Getting the Perfect IVs. The slow way involves breeding two Pokémon and checking the babies they make with the IV Guy in the Kiloude City Pokémon Center. He’s in the top left corner of the Center just chilling against the wall.
He will tell you what the best stats on your Pokémon are and then if he says “They simply can’t be beat! That’s how I judge it.” you know your Pokémon has perfect IVs in those stats.
A great video on how to handle this process comes from Tamashii Hiroka on YouTube. I’ll give you a minute (or 11) to watch it and get accustomed to the system.
There are a few tricks you can use with IV training. The first is the Destiny Knot which guarantees that 5 of your 6 stats of the parents will transfer to the offspring. This is great if you have two Pokémon who already have Perfect IVs in lots of stats. The next are the Power items that you can get from the Battle Maison: Power Weight, Power Bracer, Power Belt, Power Lens, Power Band, and Power Anklet. Whatever one you put on a Pokémon they will 100% pass on that IV on to the next Pokémon.
Holy heck I’m tired…we’ll continue this review tomorrow. But hopefully this is getting you on the right path.