Trainers looking to train EV in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet should know that the entire process is very accessible in these two games. For those who don’t know, EV is short for Effort Value. You mainly gain effort values by defeating other Pokemon, with the exact amount varying from species to species.
How many EVs affect your Pokemon’s stats varies from level to level. For example, a Pokemon at level 100 gains one stat for every four effort values assigned to it, which means you can potentially add 63 points to a given stat since the limit is 255 EVs. 4 EVs equals one stat point, so getting 252 EVs is only useful if you want to max out a stat.
The total limit is 510 EVs, which is why some builds often have 252/252/4 as that’s easy to do.
EV Training every stat in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Here are some important notes on this EV training in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet:
- Pokérus no longer exists as it used to, so it’s irrelevant to this guide.
- The Let’s Go feature doesn’t give you effort values, so don’t use it if you want to train EV.
- All Power items are available at the start of the game and can be purchased from Delibird Presents for ₽10,000.
All Power items give you +8 effort values. Since all Pokemon fall somewhere between 1 and 3 effort values in a stat, that +8 bonus is extremely significant. It is highly recommended to get at least one Power item for each stat. The following items reinforce these effort values:
- Power Weight: PK
- Power Bracer: Attack
- Power belt: Defense
- Power Lens: Sp. Atk
- Power band: Sp. final
- Power anklet: Speed
You can also buy vitamins that give you +10 effort values in a single stat. You need at least three Gym badges to buy them for ₽10,000 each from Chansey Supply:
- HP up: PK
- Egg white: Attack
- Iron: Defense
- Calcium: Sp. Atk
- Zinc: Sp. final
- carbos: Speed
You can use vitamins to reach the limit of 252, but it will cost you ₽260,000. The rest of this Scarlet and Violet guide is about who to fight to save money.
HP (Farmers Azurill, Lechonk, and Paldean Wooper)
The easiest option you have for EV training HP is to beat Azurill, Lechonk, and Paldean Wooper. Each of them gives you one effort value in HP. If you have the Power Weight enabled, beating one of them will give you +9 HP. You only need to defeat 28 Azurills, Lechonks, or Paldean Woopers when using a Power Weight as held point.
The reason these three are recommended is because the area containing all three enemies is available at the start of the game. That means they’re incredibly low, so beating 28 of them will be a breeze.
Attack (Flamigo Breeding)
Another easy area to train EV is the area close to the previous location. This time you are looking for Flamego, which is near level 10 in the area marked by the circle. They drop two attack effort values, so having a Power Bracer increases that to +10 Attack.
That means you only need to defeat 26 Flamigos to max out Attack when using Power Bracer as a held item.
Defense (growing tarountula)
Tarountula loses 1 Defense Effort Value when defeated in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Using a Power Belt brings that to +9, meaning you only need to defeat 28 Tarountulas to fully EV train the defense.
They are very easy to spot at the start of the game, so taking them out shouldn’t be a problem.
Sp. Atk (Agriculture Psyduck)
Psyduck let a Sp. Attack Effort Value when defeated. You only need to defeat 28 with a Power Lens on your Pokemon to get its Sp. Attack in Scarlet and Violet.
The river at the start of the game has plenty of them, so you can start there if you can’t find them in their other common areas.
Sp. Def (Agriculture Spoink)
Spoink releases a Sp. Def Effort Value after being defeated in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Give your Pokemon a Power Band and it only needs to beat 28 to get its Sp. final Spoink is a bit higher than the previous EV training locations, but it’s still very low here.
Speed (beginning Rookiedee and Fletchling)
A location with two weak Flying types is east of Mesagoza. Both Rookidee and Fletchling drop one speed effort value after being defeated. Therefore, you can have a Pokemon hold a Power Anklet and beat 28 of them to fully EV train their speed.
How to Reduce EVs in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
It is possible to make mistakes during EV training. Perhaps a Pokemon you’ve used during your casual run through either game has effort values all over it, making them less efficient than a more specialized build. That’s not a problem though as you can give them certain berries that will reduce their moisture Effort values.
Here’s a list of those berries and the stats they reduce:
- Pomegberry: PK
- Kelpsy Berry: Attack
- Qualot Berry: Defense
- Dog Berry: Sp. Atk
- Grepa Berry: Sp. final
- Tamato Berry: Speed
These berries are useful for EV training, as they reduce the user’s effort values by ten in their respective stat. For example, Pomeg Berry gives you -10 HP, Kelpsy Berry gives you -10 Attack, etc.
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