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What Are Base Points (Effort Values, EVs)? - Efficient Way To Farm EVs
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What Are Base Points (Effort Values, EVs)? - Efficient Way To Farm EVs

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Learn more about Base Points (Effort Values, EVs) in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH). Raise the strongest Pokemon by learning how to do EV training efficiently.

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What Are Base Points (EVs) ?

EVs Are Hidden Parameters Which Improve StatsP

Base Points, which are also known as "Effort Values" or "EVs", are one of the main ways you can customize your Pokemon's stats. Every Pokemon can add a total of 510 points to their Base Stats. A maximum of 252 points can be put into one individual pokemon stat.

EVs Make Huge Difference

Merits of EV Training
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Compare the two level 100 Pikachu above. The one on the left has no Base Point training, while the one on the right has the maximum of 252 in Speed.

Earn EVs By Defeating Pokemon

Every Pokemon you defeat gives Base Points to one specific stat. Note that all Pokemon in your team gets same EV.

Each Pokemon Gives A Specific Base Point

The type of Base Point a Pokemon gives when you defeat is determined by that Pokemon's species!

Example: Diglett


When you defeat any Diglett, regardless of level, your Pokemon will gain 1 Speed Base Point. This means, if you take down 252 Diglett, you will give the maximum number of bonus points to your Speed stat!

Check Our Pokedex To Know Which Pokemon Gives Which Base Point

Efficient Ways To Get EVs

Use Vitamins To Earn EVs

BP Shop

Use Vitamins (Calcium, Carbon, Protein, and others) to get 10 Base Points on one specific stat. Unlike previous generation, you can reach max EVs with Vitamin only. You can purchase vitamins at the BP Shop in Hammerlocke or purchase with money at the pokemon center in Wyndon.

Use Feather To Earn EVs

health Feather

You can also use Feather Item such as Clever Feather and Health Feather to increase EVs. Feathers are often found while walking on the bridge.

Power Items Increase The EVs You Get

There are in-game held items which, when given to a Pokemon, increase the amount of Base Points it receives after every battle. These can really speed up your training! You can also purchase Power Items in the Hammerlocke BP Shop.

Read About Breeding and the Power Items Here!

Pokerus Status Boosts EVs

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When your Pokemon is infected with Pokerus, that Pokemon gets more EVs. You get infected by Pokerus on very rare occasions, so try finding a friend who already has a Pokerus infected Pokemon. Once you've got one, Pokerus will be passed down as long as the Pokerus infected Pokemon is in your team.

Find Partners To Trade Pokerus With In This Forum!

Earn EVs With PokeJobs


Pokemon will be able to earn EXP and Base Points when sent out on PokeJobs. Your Pokemon will get more exp. and Base Points the longer the mission is, so this might be an efficient way to raise the Base Points of your Pokemon!

Check Out Pokemon Jobs Here!

How To Get Best Effort Ribbon

Talk To The Lady In Hammerlocke

effort ribbon

Bring your pokemon with max EVs and talk to the lady in Hammerlocke. She will give you the Best Effort Ribbon as a reward.

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