Pokemon GO: Working with IV


I found this Jynx wandering around Main Street in Hartford this morning outside a sportswear shop. She was getting depressed at how thin all the mannequins in the window display were, and I was getting depressed right along side her. As we munched Razz Berries in shared suffering, she probably never even saw that Great Ball coming at her.

Yay! A rare! But that corner is a good place for them. But so she’s rare. Is she going to be any good in a gym battle, or is she just going to spend a lot of time sitting in her Pokeball. For that, I’d need to know her IV — her Individual Values. These are hidden scores for attack, defense and health that are assigned randomly when the Pokemon is encountered, and cannot be changed. If you have a weak Pokemon, all the stardust and candy you can throw at it won’t make it a star. But if you can find a perfect one, well… it’ll hit way above its weight.

If you’re just looking to catch them all, then IV isn’t important. But you know you’re going to want to do a gym someday. Some other team has six Vaporeons and a Snorlax in the gym right outside your bedroom window, and whenever you see that, you dream of taking them down.

You need to look at the IVs.

There’s two sites that, together, do a fairly decent job of determining just how uber your Pokemon is. Both are more accurate the higher level they are; if you have a 10CP Rattata, you’re just not going to be able to predict its potential.

Poke Assistant
Poke Assistant

Poke Assistant takes your Pokemon’s stats and gives you a range of possible IV. In this case, there were only two possible matches, and both are pretty decent; 80% perfect. 100% would be better, but 80% isn’t bad for a Pokemon I’ll likely never see another of. She’s near the top of her game. But while 665 is a decent CP, it’s nowhere near high enough to compete in local gyms, where the lowest CP defenders are 1100CP and above. Poke Assistant to the rescue again; it tells the potential CP and health for any level up to 40.5.

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The Jynx is 14 now. If I had enough candy to bring her to my current level, 17, then according to this table, she’d have 807 CP. And that’s just not enough to compete.

The Silph Road is another way to get pretty much the same information. It uses a graphical slider to position the arc above the Pokemon’s picture exactly as it appears in the game, giving a precision (if you position it correctly) that can give a more exact reading. I typically use Poke Assistant to get the Pokemon’s level, then put that into Silph Road to help narrow down the sometimes very many possible solutions to the IV equation.

Here’s what I get when I put her numbers into Silph Road:

She looks so happy!
She looks so happy!

Pretty solid ‘mon, there, right? Almost perfect battle stats. Her health is a little off, but she’d make her attacker remember they’d been in a fight. That they won.

IV isn’t the only thing that matters when choosing a Pokemon to power up for gym battling. The normal and special attacks matter quite a lot, and also how good you are at making your Pokemon dodge attacks. (Me = terrible at it). But if you’re planning to spend ten or twenty thousand stardust powering up a pocket monster, you want to be sure you’re powering up the right one. These tools can help you choose, and they do not break the Terms of Service!

Tomorrow: Maybe I’ll blog about an MMO! Maybe! And maybe it will be DC Universe Online!

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