Read this guide on how to raise strongest pokemon in Pokemon Sword & Shield(SWSH). Including info on breeding, Base Stats, Base Points(Effort Values, EV), Characteristic, Ability.
Table of Contents
|Base Stats||Base Points (EVs)|
|Individual Strengths (IVs)||Breeding Guide|
|Pokemon Natures||Abilities & Hidden Abilities|
Breeding In Sword And Shield
The following is based on currently released information from an interview with the developer. It will updated when more information is revealed.
Changes Made To Breeding
A Pokemon Sword and Shield had implied in a recent interview that breeding may not be necessary anymore for competitive Ranked Battles in new games.
This information is courtesy of Game InformerLearn More About Ranked Battles In Sword and Shield Here!
Change Natures Using Mints!
You will be able to change the nature of your Pokemon by buying a Mint! This will make nature selection much easier!
Pass Down Egg Moves To Pokemon!
You will be able to transfer egg moves to Pokemon of the same species in Sword and Shield! This means that you no longer need to breed a new Pokemon to pass down an egg move!
How To Raise Strong Pokemon
The following article is based on previous generation. Will be updated once SWSH is released.
Terms For Raising Strong Pokemon
|Breeding||A method of getting new Pokemon by hatching Pokemon eggs. By hatching many eggs you can select the strongest Pokemon among them.|
|Base Stats||Base Stats differ by each species of Pokemon. They determine which stat will likely be higher when compared with another species.|
-> Guide On Base Stats
|Individual Strengths||Individual Strengths differ by each individual Pokemon. They determine which stats will grow higher than others.|
-> Guide On Individual Strengths
|Base Points||Base Points are hidden points you gain mainly by defeating other Pokemon. Base Points increase the stats(ex. Attack, Speed) of the Pokemon.|
-> Guide On Base Points
Breed To Get Max Stats
In order to win ranked battles with other players, breeding your Pokemon is key. By breeding two strong Pokemon and hatching multiple eggs, you can select the Pokemon which has the best stats and growth potential.
Earn Base Points And Maximize Stats
Base Points, which are also known as "Effort Values", are one of the main ways you can customize your Pokemon's stat. Base Points can mainly be earned by defeating other pokemon.
Stats Increase As You Earn Base Points
The picture above is the comparison between two level 100 Pikachu. The right one has Base Point training while the left one has no Base Points.Learn More About Base Points From Here
Preparation Before Breeding
Finish The Storyline First
In the previous generation, there were some limited features and items you could use for breeding. You could unlock all these features and items by finishing the storyline first to breed in most efficient way.
Choose Which Pokemon To Breed
Each Pokemon's Base Stats differ by their species. Choosing strong Pokemon with high Base Stats is important.Learn More About Base Stats From Here
Best Breeding Method
What Is Breeding?
Breeding is a method of getting new Pokemon by hatching a Pokemon egg. Compared to wild Pokemon, Pokemon which were hatched from an egg sometimes have higher stats or stronger moves and abilities.
Choose Pokemon With The Highest Individual Strengths
A Pokemon's stats are not only determined by the species' Base Stats, but also by the Individual Strengths of that particular Pokemon. By hatching many eggs, you can choose Pokemon with higher Individual Strengths. This will affect the final stats of the Pokemon.
Choosing The Right Nature
The nature of a Pokemon determines the growth rate of its stats. For example, an Adamant Pokemon's Attack grows faster while its Sp. Atk grows slower.Find Out The Best Natures Here!
Pass Down Individual Strengths And Natures With Items
In previous games, the following items allowed you to pass down natures or certain IVs to your Pokemon.
|Everstone||Passes down the holder's nature|
|Destiny Knot||Passes down 5 of the holder's IVs|
|Power Weight||Passes down the holder's HP IV|
|Power Bracer||Passes down the holder's Attack IV|
|Power Belt||Passes down the holder's Defense IV|
|Power Lens||Passes down the holder's Sp. Attack IV|
|Power Band||Passes down the holder's Sp. Defense IV|
|Power Anklet||Passes down the holder's Speed IV|
Best Training Method
Increase Stats By Earning Base Points
Every time you defeat a Pokemon, you acquire Base Points. The type of Base Point you earn determines which stat will grow.
Each Pokemon Gives A Specific Base Point
Every Pokemon you defeat gives certain amount of Base Points to one stat. The type of Base Point the defeated Pokemon gives are different by species. For example, Diglett gives you 1 Speed Base Point.Learn More About Base Point From Here