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Pokémon Black and White FAQ


EV Training Guide


Welcome to Unova. Here you will learn some stuff about EV Training in Unova and how to go about it, my strategies and the quickest way to go about doing it. This will also tell you everything you will need and where to get those things, how to get them etc etc.

What are EV's?


EV (Effort Value) Training is a form of training where you battle specific Pokemon to get more points into those stats you want. Training on the same stat will prove to be beneficial, as you will get a lot of points in your stats when done properly. For example, let's say you battle a Lillipup, which harvests 1 Attack EV. Battling a lot of Lillipup will give you a lot of attack points, thus having a much larger attack stat than if you didn't spend a lot of time.

Also, there is some maths with EV Training. Every single pokemon can only have 510 EV Points at once, so once you reach that limit, you're not getting anymore points in your stats. Along with that, each stat may have up to 255 EV points, which means you can max out up to 2 stats for each Pokemon. To make it more confusing, for every 4 EV points in a stat, means one extra point in that stat for when it reaches level 100.

I'll make it easy for you. 252 EV points is the most amount of points one Pokemon can have in a stat without any wasted. Having 252 in two stats means you get 504 EV points all up, which leaves 6 leftover points, which can be put into another stat for that extra point. It doesn't really matter or anything, but that one point could mean the difference between getting that kill on another Pokemon or not.

All the Important Stuff


So now you understand what it is, let's get to the important stuff which is necessary to getting the best results.

Pokérus: It's a strange virus which seems to increase the rate of training through this method. Pokérus is simple to deal with, and goes away after a while. Nurse Joy in the Pokemon Center will tell you when you get it the first time. Pokérus doubles the amount of EVs you get after a battle. To spread Pokérus, simply battle with the infected Pokemon in the first slot, and the Pokemon you want to infect in the second slot of your party.

You should probably note that Pokérus is the last thing that comes into effect. So after calculating everything from the Power Items, including the Pokemon's EV yield, then you work in the Pokérus, which is simply doubling the amount you get for that battle.

This is completely random to encounter, and you have a better chance of finding a shiny Pokemon than finding a Pokemon with this. Best bet is to ask someone to trade over a Pokemon with it for you.


Macho Brace: It's pretty much the held equavelent of the Pokérus virus, and can be used in conjuction with it. It has the same effect as the virus as well, except you don't get to use any Power Items (explained below) with it.

It can be found by talking to a man in the Eastern Gate (near Route 16) in Nimbasa City.

Power Items: These are special items which increase the amount of EVs you get from a battle by 4. There are 6 different Power Items, which all work for different stats. Please note your speed is cut in half while you hold these items. They are:
Power Weight: For every battle while holding this item, the Pokemon will receive 4 HP EVs.
Power Bracer: For every battle while holding this item, the Pokemon will receive 4 Attack EVs.
Power Belt: For every battle while holding this item, the Pokemon will receive 4 Defense EVs.
Power Lens: For every battle while holding this item, the Pokemon will receive 4 Special Attack EVs.
Power Band: For every battle while holding this item, the Pokemon will receive 4 Special Defense EVs.
Power Anklet: For every battle while holding this item, the Pokemon will receive 4 Speed EVs.

Power Items can be bought from the Battle Subway in Nimbasa City for 16 Battle Points (BP) each.


Vitamins: These are essentially, the best starting point of EV Training in general for the games. These little babies will increase the EVs of the selected stat by 10 points, but you can only use them until you have gained 100 EVs from them, so essentially, you can only use ten of them. They are:
HP Up: This vitamin will increase the select Pokemon's HP EVs by 10 points, until it has 100 EVs from them.
Protein: This vitamin will increase the select Pokemon's Attack EVs by 10 points , until it has 100 EVs from them .
Iron: This vitamin will increase the select Pokemon's Defense EVs by 10 points , until it has 100 EVs from them .
Calcium: This vitamin will increase the select Pokemon's Special Attack EVs by 10 points , until it has 100 EVs from them .
Zinc: This vitamin will increase the select Pokemon's Special Defense EVs by 10 points , until it has 100 EVs from them .
Carbos: This vitamin will increase the select Pokemon's Speed EVs by 10 points , until it has 100 EVs from them .

Vitamins can be bought from the Route 9 Department Store for $9800 Poké dollars each. It's recommended you have a lot of money for these.


Wings: These are essentially the same as vitamins, except they do not provide as many EVs, but can be used until the max amount of EVs for that stat are filled up. They are:
Health Wing: A wing that gives the select Pokemon 1 HP EV point, and can be used until the Pokemon reaches the max amount of EVs in that stat.
Muscle Wing: A wing that gives the select Pokemon 1 Attack EV point, and can be used until the Pokemon reaches the max amount of EVs in that stat.
Resist Wing: A wing that gives the select Pokemon 1 Defence EV point, and can be used until the Pokemon reaches the max amount of EVs in that stat.
Genius Wing: A wing that gives the select Pokemon 1 Special Attack EV point, and can be used until the Pokemon reaches the max amount of EVs in that stat.
Clever Wing: A wing that gives the select Pokemon 1 Special Defense EV point, and can be used until the Pokemon reaches the max amount of EVs in that stat.
Swift Wing: A wing that gives the select Pokemon 1 HP EV point, and can be used until the Pokemon reaches the max amount of EVs in that stat.

These can be found on the Driftveil Drawbridge and the Marvelous Bridge, under the many shadows that appear there.


Berries: These are for if you go over the top with your EV Training, and can be used for reducing the amount of EVs you have. These are pretty much reverse vitamins, and decrease the amount of EVs in a stat by 10 points Note that these can be used as much as you want.. These berries are:
Pomeg Berry: Decreases the amount of HP EVs you have by 10 points.
Kelpsy Berry: Decreases the amount of Attack EVs you have by 10 points.
Qualot Berry: Decreases the amount of Defense EVs you have by 10 points.
Hondew Berry: Decreases the amount of Special Attack EVs you have by 10 points.
Grepa Berry: Decreases the amount of Special Defense EVs you have by 10 points.
Tamato Berry: Decreases the amount of Speed EVs you have by 10 points.

There is an unknown location for these berries so far.

Now for the fun part...


Okay, so now that we've covered all the items and whatnot, it's time to cover the Pokemon and where to get these EVs!

HP EVs:

Pokemon: Stunfisk, Palpitoad, Audino
EV Yield: 2 Points each
Level: 30-33
Where: Icirrus City
Encounter rate (together): 60%
Notes: Stunfisk and Palpitoad are not available in the Winter.

Okay, so our HP Pokemon are Stunfisk, Palpitoad and Audino. These give 2 HP EVs each, so you're not going to battle as much as you would the others. Make sure your Pokemon is holding the Power Weight and has Pokérus on it and you can start. Stunfisk and Palpitoad are quite common in the water puddles around Icirrus City, whereas Audino can be found in multiple routes.

The maths is that you should have your 100 EVs from HP Ups already, which is easy. Then you should battle 12 Stunfisk/Palpitoad or Audino with the item and Pokérus, then two more battles without your Pokemon holding the Power Weight, which should give you the full 252 HP EVs for your Pokemon.

100 EVs + (12 EVs x 12 Battles) + (2 Battles x 4 EVs) = 252 EVs.


Attack EVs:

Pokemon: Patrat, Lillipup
EV Yield: 1 point each
Level: 2-4
Where: Route 1
Encounter Rate: 100%
Notes: Only direct grass from Nuvema to Accumula. Avoid Shaking Spots.

Attack is by far, the easiest stat to EV train in this game, as you can only really find these two Pokemon in the grass. These both give 1 EV point for each win, so it's a few more battles than HP. Again, you'll need Pokérus and the Power Bracer for training here.

If you've used your Proteins already, then this will be a cake walk. Simply equip the Power Bracer, along with Pokérus, and battle 15 of these things until you have 250 Attack EVs. Then you can simply take the item off and battle 1 more for the full 252 EVs in Attack.

100 EVs + (15 Battles x 10 EVs) + (1 Battle x 2 EVs) = 252 EVs.


Defense:

Pokemon:
Sewaddle, Venipede
EV Yield: 1 point each
Level: 14-17
Where: Pinwheel Forest (Inside)
Encounter rate (together): 60%
Notes: Avoid dark/shaking patches.

Defense is pretty much the same thing as attack, but there's a little less luck in what you'll find, as you will encounter more Pokemon, like Cottonee/Petilil/Pidove, which you'll want to avoid. Good thing is that they don't appear as much as these. As always you'll need the Power Belt as well as the virus to start.

Exactly the same as attack. You'll want to battle 15 of these guys, and then take the item off and battle one more for the final two points of defense, so then you'll have your max amount of EV points in defense.

100 EVs + (15 Battles x 10 EVs) + (1 Battle x 2 EVs) = 252 EVs.


Special Attack:

Pokemon:
Litwick, Elgyem
EV Yield: 1 point each.
Level: 26-29
Where: Celestial Tower
Encounter Rate: 100%
Notes: None

Probably the second easiest stat to EV train, since all you can find in the Celestial Tower are Litwick and Elgyem, and they both give the Special Attack Boost! The Power Lens is needed for this, as well as Pokérus, which is the same for everything.

This is pretty much attack all over again, except some stronger Pokemon. Pretty much battle 15 of these, take the item off, and battle one more, and you're done with special attack. Easy!

100 EVs + (15 Battles x 10 EVs) + (1 Battle x 2 EVs) = 252 EVs.


Special Defense:

Pokemon:
Frillish
EV Yield: 1 point each.
Level: 5-15
Where: Route 17
Encounter Rate: 100%
Notes: Requires Surf.

EV training for Special Defense is a cinch in these games, and it's all because of the new Tentacool rip-off, which makes it just so much easier to train in this area. Make sure you have the Power Band with you for this, and stock up on Potions, since it's quite the distance away from the Pokemon Center.

Same as always. 15 battles with the Power Band on, and then one battle without it on for the last two EV points for the max amount that you'll need for Special Defense.

100 EVs + (15 Battles x 10 EVs) + (1 Battle x 2 EVs) = 252 EVs.


Speed:

Pokemon: Woobat, Blitzle, Basculin
EV Yield: 1 point each; (Basculin gives 2)
Level: 8+
Where: Wellspring Cave (Woobat), Route 3 (Blitzle), Basculin (water/sea routes)
Encounter Rate: 50% (Woobat), 20% (Blitzle)
Notes: Purrloin can also be used, along with Zebstrika. The other form of Basculin may be used as well.

In my opinion, probably the hardest stat to train in the game, due to the lack of Pokemon which give the Speed EVs given. Make sure you have everything you need, including the Power Anklet before heading out to Route 3 for training.

Same as pretty much everything else. Complete the 15 battles with the item on, then go for one more with the item off for the full 252 Speed EVs.

100 EVs + (15 Battles x 10 EVs) + (1 Battle x 2 EVs) = 252 EVs.

Other things to Remember


- If you're ever looking for good EV spreads and movesets to use for your Pokemon, then Smogon is your best bet. Otherwise, you'll probably want to take a visit to the Competitive Battle Corner section.

- You'll most likely want a way to record this. If you have some sort of EV checker from an Action Replay, then that's the easiest way. Other than that, just go with the old-fashioned pen and paper to record any EVs you train in.

- If you're struggling to get any of the required tools, such as the Power Items or Pokérus, then the Trade Corners' Quick Trade Thread is going to be your best friend. Just ask there, and you might find someone who'd be nice enough to give them to you.

- If you're struggling at all with anything, don't be afraid to ask Alternative for any help you may need. I will be willing to help out anyone who wants to learn EV training, and is stuck somewhere along this guide.

- If you're making your own EV spreads, then it's a good idea to follow a general rule of thumb for EV training some Pokemon.

- - - Fast sweepers will want 252 (Special) Attack, 252 Speed and 4 HP most of the time. These sorts of Pokemon are Darmanitan, Sandile and Emolga.

- - - Slow sweepers will generally want 252 (Special) Attack, 252 HP and 4 (Special) Defense most of the time. These Pokemon are somewhat like Emboar, Reuniclus and Beartic.

- - - Walls with roughly equal/lower HP than (Special) Defense will want 252 HP, 252 (Special) Defense, and 4 (Special) Defense. These Pokemon are like Serperior, Gigalith and Cofagrigus.

- - - Walls with higher HP than (Special) Defense will generally need 252 in both defenses and 4 in HP. These are Pokemon like Alomomola and Audino.


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