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What Are Individual Strengths (IVs)?

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Learn more about Individual Strengths (Individual Values, IVs) in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH). Find out how to check your Pokemon's IVs, and how to pass them down!

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What Are Individual Strengths?

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

Each Stat Has An Individual Value

Each stat, such as Speed or Attack, has an Individual Strength (also known as Individual Value, or IV) assigned to it. This value ranges from 0 to 31. It is random and typically cannot be changed

1 Individual Strength = 1 Stat

A Pokemon with a 31 Attack IV will have 31 more Attack than a Pokemon with a 0 Attack IV at level 100.

How Do You Check Them?

Check At The PC

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▲"Hyper trained" meant that your Pokemon's IVs were at their maximum (31).

In Pokemon Sun and Moon, it was possible to check the IVs of your Pokemon at the PC after you unlocked the Judge feature. Perhaps something similar to this will return in Sword and Shield?

Hyper Training

A new feature called Hyper Training was added in Sun and Moon. You could go to a man in Hau'oli City and pay him Bottle Caps to increase the Individual Strengths of your Pokemon to 31. However, your Pokemon had to be level 100 to do this.

How To Pass Them Down

Use The Destiny Knot

The Destiny Knot is a held item added in previous games which allowed you to pass down 5 of the 6 IVs of a parent Pokemon to its child when breeding. Once you get a Pokemon with great Individual Strengths, you can breed it to pass down those stats.

Pass Down A Specific Stat With Power Items

In previous games, you could use "power" items to pass down specific IVs. This is very important when you're trying to make a Perfect IV Pokemon.

Power Weight Passes down the holder's HP IV
Power Bracer Passes down the holder's Attack IV
Power BeltPasses down the holder's Defense IV
Power LensPasses down the holder's Sp. Attack IV
Power BandPasses down the holder's Sp. Defense IV
Power AnkletPasses down the holder's Speed IV
Learn More About How To Raise The Strongest Pokemon

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