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How Important Are Pokemon Natures?

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Learn how important natures are in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH). Includes recommended Natures, how to change them with Mints, how to choose a nature, & a list of all natures.

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What Are Natures?

The following article is based on previous generation games. It will be updated as soon as more information on Sword and Shield is released!

Change The Growth Of Stats


Natures are a Pokemon's unique personality, which affects how their stats develop. Usually, one stat will grow 10% faster, while one stat will grow 10% slower. There are a total of 25 different natures! The HP stat is not affected by natures. Even Pokemon of the same species will have different natures!

Pokemon Natures Are Random

The nature of a wild Pokemon you catch is totally random. Also, your Pokemon's nature cannot be changed! You can selectively breed to pass down certain natures, however.

How Important Are They

Allow You To Specialize Your Pokemon

PIkachu natures

Natures allow you to maximize the potential of your Pokemon by increasing a certain stat. In the above picture, the Pikachu on the left has a neutral nature (no stat changes), while the one on the right has a Timid nature (increases speed but lowers attack). The difference at level 100 for Pikachu is 10 stat points (10%).

List of Natures

Legend: ↑ = +10%↓ = -10%

NatureAtkDefSp. AtkSp. DefSpeed

How To Choose A Nature

Boost Your Pokemon's Strengths

It's recommended to boost a stat your Pokemon is already good at, rather than boosting a weak stat. This will maximize its potential in one specific role. We recommend having a Pokemon who is dedicated to one role (attacker, tank, etc), rather than many Pokemon with average stats.

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Speed Is Often Key

The speed stat determines which Pokemon goes first. This can be extremely important in deciding the outcome of a battle. As a result, we recommend considering natures that increase speed for at least some Pokemon on your team. Timid, Naive, Hasty, and Jolly are the speed increasing natures.

Pass Down Natures Using An Everstone!

In previous games, if you wanted to pass down a nature from one Pokemon to another, you could make the Pokemon with your desired nature hold an item called an Everstone. This guaranteed your new Pokemon would inherit the nature you wanted. In Sword and Shield, the Everstone can be found in Turffield!

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How To Change Natures With Mints

Change Natures Any Time Using Mint


In Sword and Shield, you can purchase Mints which change the nature of a given Pokemon. The mints are named according to the Nature they provide, so they will be intuitive to purchase.

Purchased With BP

Purchased mint With BP

Mints will be purchasable with BP, which can be earned at the Battle Stadium with Rank Battles.

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