Here you will find a mostly complete breeding guide for 5th Gen games (Black, White, Black 2, and White 2) and 6th Gen games (X and Y). If there is something I missed or if you have a suggestion for the guide, feel free to post saying so but please follow the rules and don’t post spam. If there is something you would like to have explained better or have questions about that do not relate directly to the guide itself, then feel free to PM or VM me and I will answer back as soon as I can.
Where are the Daycares located?
-In Black and White the Daycare is located on Route 3 and is easiest to get to by heading west then north from Straiton City. When you first reach the Daycare ingame you can only deposit one Pokemon at a time. To be able to deposit 2 Pokemon at once and to breed you must have rescued the Daycare Man from Team Plasma in Nimbasa City.
-In Black 2 and White 2, the Daycare is in the same location as in Black and White, but you do not have access to it until after you beat the Elite Four and then head east from Castelia City to reach it. When you do reach it you can then deposit 2 Pokemon at once to begin breeding.
How do I breed Pokemon?
-You breed Pokemon by placing two compatible Pokemon in the Daycare and then taking a certain number of steps to produce an egg.
-To be compatible, the two parents must be in the same egg group and of different genders. The offspring will be of the lowest evolution of the same species as the female.
-Not every Pokemon is breedable.
-When breeding with Ditto, the gender and egg group (with the exception of No Eggs Group) of the other parent does not matter.
-Some Pokemon must be holding an incense or a certain item to breed the lowest evolution of that species.
-There are two Pokemon who can be bred to produce another species. Nidoran-F can produce either Nidoran-F or Nidoran-M, and Illumise can produce either Illumise or Volbeat.
What Pokemon can and cannot breed?
-All legendary Pokemon, with the exception of Manaphy and Phione, cannot breed.
-All other Pokemon can be bred, even genderless Pokemon.
-Exceptions: Pokemon in the No Eggs Group cannot breed.
Which Pokemon can breed with which?
-There are what is called Egg Groups that divides all Pokemon into groups that can then breed with each other within that certain group. There are 15 groups in all, and some Pokemon belong to more than one group.
-The Egg Groups (click on names to see the Pokemon in each group):
-Bug Egg Group
-Ditto Egg Group
-Dragon Egg Group
-Fairy Egg Group
-Field Egg Group
-Flying Egg Group
-Grass Egg Group
-Human-like Egg Group
-Amorphous Egg Group
-Mineral Egg Group
-Monster Egg Group
-Water 1 Egg Group
-Water 2 Egg Group
-Water 3 Egg Group
-No Eggs Egg Group
What makes Ditto so special when breeding?
-Ditto is genderless, but it can breed with any breedable Pokemon regardless of their gender. When breeding, Ditto acts as the opposite gender of the Pokemon it is breeding with. When breeding with a genderless Pokemon, Ditto acts as the female parent.
-In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 Ditto can be found in the Giant Chasm in the Plains area and has a 15% chance of appearing in normal or dark grass. The Plains are found inside the Giant Chasm after passing through the cave. The entrance is located directly across from the entrance to the cave.
-In Black 2 and White 2, Ditto can also be found in the Hidden Grotto (or Hidden Hollow) within the Plains area of Giant Chasm. These Dittos will have their Dream World Ability.
What are incenses and what Pokemon can I get from them?
-Incenses can be held by certain Pokemon to produce baby Pokemon of their species line. Below is a list of each incense and which Pokemon needs to hold it and what Pokemon it produces when held. All incense can be bought in Driftveil City at the Market for 9600 a piece for Black, White, Black 2, and White 2.
- Full Incense: Snorlax → Munchlax
- Lax Incense: Wobbuffet → Wynaut
- Luck Incense: Chansey/Blissey → Happiny
- Odd Incense: Mr. Mime → Mime Jr.
- Pure Incense: Chimecho → Chingling
- Rock Incense: Sudowoodo → Bonsly
- Rose Incense: Roselia/Rosade → Budew
- Sea Incense: Marill/Azumarill → Azurill
- Wave Incense: Mantine → Mantyke
What is the Everstone and how does it work?
- Everstone in-game →
- When an everstone is held by a Pokemon, it prevents it from evolving. When breeding with either of the parents holding an everstone, the parent’s nature has a 50% chance in Black and White and 100% chance in Black 2 and White 2 of being passed on to the offspring. Only one of the parents can be holding the Everstone though or else it won’t work properly, and it does not matter which parent holds it or what countries the parents are from. *Note: This has been changed since 4th Gen when the female or Ditto parent must be holding the Everstone and Pokemon from different countries didn’t work.
- In Black and White an everstone is given to you after having traded 10 Pokemon with different IDs and talking to a man in a black suit on the second floor of the Pokecenter in Castelia City. In Black 2 and White 2 you can receive an everstone in Driftveil City. After entering the city from the Driftveil Drawbridge, head west then south and enter the only house there. Head to the 23rd floor and talk to the waiter there to receive the everstone. In Black 2 and White 2 you can also receive an everstone at one of the shops in Join Avenue.
- In both Black 2 and White 2, everstones can also be found on wild Pokemon. Geodude, Graveler, and Golem each have a 5% chance of holding an everstone. Roggenrola, Boldore, and Gigalith have a 50% chance of holding an everstone.
What are Natures and what do they do?
Natures will each boost a stat by 10% and decrease a stat by 10% (except for the HP stat for which no nature increases nor decreases). The five neutral natures don’t give any benefits because the same stat is being raised and decreased by 10% at the same time.
- 5 neutral natures: Bashful, Docile, Hardy, Quirky, and Serious
Chart of all the different natures and what stat is raised and lowered by each:
What are egg moves and how are they passed on?
-Some moves on Pokemon can only be obtained through breeding. These are called egg moves. Only the male parent can pass on the move and only to the baby Pokemon if it can be passed down as an egg move. If the baby Pokemon cannot learn the move through TM/HM, level up move, or as an egg move than the move will not be passed down. In addition to egg moves, level up moves and TMs/HMs can be passed down. Like egg moves, if the father knows a TM/HM and the baby Pokemon can learn it then the move will also be passed down. Level up moves are different in that, in order to be passed down, both parents must know the move and the baby Pokemon must be able to learn it as it levels up, or else the move will not be passed down.
-There is also a certain order that determines what moves the Pokemon is born with. First comes the moves the Pokemon will always know at birth regardless of parents’ movesets. Then level up moves if both parents know it, then TMs/HMs that the baby Pokemon can learn, and last egg moves if the father knows any. So in short, moves are passed on in this order:
-Moves known at birth → level up moves → TMs/HMs → egg moves
-If there are more than 4 moves being passed down then those that are passed on first are pushed out to make room for those that come next.
What is chain breeding and how does it work?
-Sometimes the combination of egg moves you want aren’t so easy to obtain. That’s when chain breeding comes in. Instead of just breeding the baby Pokemon you want, you might have to breed/catch the parent(s) first to obtain the combination of egg moves you need. For example lets say you want a Vulpix with both Hypnosis and Faint Attack as egg moves. First you’ll have to breed/catch a male Glameow and level it up to level 17 so then it’ll know both moves, and then breed it with a female Vulpix/Ninetales to get a Vulpix that knows both Hypnosis and Faint Attack.
-Some chains can be more complicated than this though, and some egg move combinations are illegal altogether. If there is no legal way (no use of external devices) to get the egg moves onto the same Pokemon, whether cause of egg group breeding problems or something else, then the combination is considered illegal.
-Since Smeargle is able to Sketch moves, it can be used to Sketch moves and then bred to pass on egg moves. This is sometimes the only way to pass on certain combinations of egg moves making Smeargle’s ability to Sketch valuable to breeding.
What are abilities and what is Dream World abilities?
- Every single Pokemon has at least one ability and some can have two or three. Which ability the Pokemon is born with is random if it has more than one possible ability. Dream World (or DW for short) abilities are special abilities that are found in 5th Gen games only and are the abilities given to Pokemon that are caught in the Dream World or in Hidden Hollows. Only females with the DW ability can pass on the ability when bred with a male in the same Egg Group and the DW ability has a 60% chance of being passed on. Breeding with a Ditto will not pass on DW abilities and male and genderless Pokemon with DW abilities cannot pass on the DW ability. For non-DW abilities, the mother parent’s ability has an 80% chance of being passed on and this is not affected by using a Ditto.
How do you hatch eggs?
- After you collect the egg from the Daycare Man, to hatch it you must walk a certain number of steps. The amount of steps you need to take depends on the species of Pokemon. Here is a useful link with the number of steps needed to be taken to hatch each Pokemon: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Egg_cycles.
- There are also ways to speed up the process of hatching eggs. Pokemon with the abilities Flame Body or Magma Armor will half the number of steps needed to be taken when included in the party of Pokemon.
What are IVs and how are they important?
- IVs is an abbreviation for Individual Values. IVs are randomly generated through the game’s mechanics. Each and every single Pokemon in the game has IVs in each stat, ranging from 0 to 31 with 31 being the highest. A flawless Pokemon has 31’s in every stat and is considered to be “perfect”. It is nearly impossible to obtain a flawless Pokemon through normal breeding, however nearly flawless Pokemon can be obtained through normal breeding with lots of patience and effort.
- IVs are important are because they determine the overall stats of the Pokemon. A Pokemon with 31’s in every stat will have higher stats overall than that of a Pokemon that does not have 31’s in every stat. This is very important when it comes to competitive battling as almost every single player uses flawless or nearly flawless Pokemon on their teams.
- There is a character in the game that will tell you the approximate IVs of a Pokemon. The IV judge in the Battle Subway will tell you the stats that have a 31 in them and a general idea of its overall IVs. He can be found after beating the Elite Four and is the first NPC you will see as you go down from the stairs at the entrance.
- When shown a Pokemon, he will first tell you its overall value of stats and then which stats have the highest IVs. If he says a Pokemon’s potential is “decent” then the total sum of all the IVs are between 0 and 90. If he says its “above average” then the total sum of its IVs is between 91 and 120. “Relatively superior” has a sum between 121 and 150, and “outstanding” has a sum between 151 and 186.
- The information above is summed up here:
“decent” - 0 to 90
“above average” - 91 to 120
“relatively superior” - 121 to 150
“outstanding” - 151 to 186
- After telling you the Pokemon’s potential, the IV judge then will tell you which stats have the highest IVs and what range they are in. If there are more than one stat that has the same highest IVs then he will say the stats in order of HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, then Speed. If he says the highest stat is “rather decent” then the IV is between 0 and 15. If he says it’s “very good” it’s between 16 and 25. “Fantastic” is between 26 and 30, and “can’t better” is 31, which is the highest IV possible.
- The information above is summed up here:
“rather decent" - 0 to 15
“very good” - 16 to 25
“fantastic” - 26 to 30
“can’t be better” - 31
What are Power Items and how are they useful?
- Power Items can be used for both breeding and EV training. In breeding they are used to pass down IVs from the parent(s) to the offspring, similar to how an everstone works for natures. If a parent is holding a power item, depending on which one they are holding, the IV in that stat will always be passed onto the baby 100% of the time. In this way, two IVs can be guaranteed to be passed down, one from each parent when holding power items.
- A list of the different Power Items and what stat they pass down:
- Power Weight (HP)
- Power Bracer (Attack)
- Power Belt (Defense)
- Power Lens (Special Attack)
- Power Band (Special Defense)
- Power Anklet (Speed)
- For an example, Parent A has IVs of 31/16/7/30/5/31 and Parent B has IVs of 31/9/11/31/25/0 and you want the baby to have IVs of x/x/x/31/x/31. You would give the Power Anklet to Parent A and the Power Lens to Parent B and every baby of theirs will have the IVs of x/x/x/31/x/31.
How IVs determine Hidden Power and what perfect IV combinations give what HPs
- Hidden Power (abbreviated as HP) is a special type move that varies by type and power depending on the IVs of the Pokemon using it. This is especially important in competitive battling as Hidden Power can be any type, except Normal, and can be used to cover just about any Pokemon’s weaknesses since every Pokemon that can learn TMs can learn HP. Also, if the HP type matches that of the type of the Pokemon using it then the move will receive a same-type attack bonus (STAB). However since HP can’t be Normal type, only Normal type Pokemon with Normalize as their ability can receive a STAB from HP.
- To find out what type of HP a Pokemon will have, this formula is used:
0 + 32 (if SpD IV is odd) + 16 (if SpA IV is odd) + 8 (if Speed IV is odd) + 4 (if Defense IV is odd) + 2 (if Attack IV is odd) + 1 (if HP IV is odd)
- As you can see from this formula, you must know the exact IVs of the Pokemon you wish to know the Hidden Power type of. After you know the IVs and have used the formula above and gotten a number, round that number down and then compare that number to the following chart to determine what type its Hidden Power will be.
- The power of the HP will be between 30 and 70 depending on the Pokemon’s IVs. To find out what the power of the HP will be, this formula is used:
(U + V + W + X + Y + Z) * (40 / 63) + 30
- To explain how this formula works, if the IV of a stat can be divided by 4 with a remainder of 2 or 3 then the following numbers are used in place of their variables:
HP is U and equals 1
Attack is V and equals 2
Defense is W and equals 4
Speed is X and equals 8
Special Attack is Y and equals 16
Special Defense is Z and equals 32
- If any of the IVs when divided by 4 has a remainder of 0 or 1, then 0 is used in place of the variable.
To make this easier, if the IV is 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, or 31 then you would use the numbers above. If the IV is not one of those numbers then use 0 instead for that stat.
- After you get a number from the equation then round the number down to get the power that the HP will be for the Pokemon.
- There are other ways to determine the type and power of HP on a Pokemon. In game there is the Hidden Power checker who will tell you the type of the HP the Pokemon will have. In Black and White, the HP checker is located in the Pokecenter in Mistralton City. In Black 2 and White 2 the HP checker was moved to the Pokemon World Tournament. Outside of the game itself there is HP calculators and pokecheck.org, which will tell you the exact IVs and the HP type and power of the Pokemon. For more help with pokecheck click here.
Other information that may be useful for breeding
- Name Rater: The Name Rater is an NPC that will allow you to change the name of a Pokemon with your OT and ID/SID combination only. The Name Rater can be found in Castelia City in the closest entrance on the left coming from Route 4 in Black and White. In Black 2 and White 2, the Name Rater was moved to the first floor of the Metal Offices which is located across the street from the Castelia City Gym.
- Useful Links:
- List of Breeding Chains
- Perfect IV combinations for Hidden Powers
- Link to Smogon's Pokedex
Credits to Serebii, Smogon, and Bulbapedia for the information and links.
Special thanks to tabor62 for proofreading and encouraging me to actually finish something for once. Your help is greatly appreciated. :D