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~RNC~
October 20th, 2007, 3:19 PM
Ok I need to know if there is a difference in the stats of a pokemon if you feed it rare candies instead of training them? Any help greatly appreciated.

Faceless*
October 20th, 2007, 3:36 PM
Rare Candy gives NO EV's, or Effort Values, a BIG must for battling. Effort Values increase stats up to the Pokemon's max. Training and defeating certain Pokemon gain you Effort Values in certain areas like Atk or Spd.

~RNC~
October 20th, 2007, 3:42 PM
Rare Candy gives NO EV's, or Effort Values, a BIG must for battling. Effort Values increase stats up to the Pokemon's max. Training and defeating certain Pokemon gain you Effort Values in certain areas like Atk or Spd.

How can I check the effort values? I'm kinda of new to these things.

J-Rad
October 20th, 2007, 3:50 PM
How can I check the effort values? I'm kinda of new to these things.

u can't check unless in d/p, u have to keep track of them urslef

~RNC~
October 20th, 2007, 3:59 PM
u can't check unless in d/p, u have to keep track of them urslef

Then how will I know if my ev's are good?

Anti
October 20th, 2007, 5:22 PM
Then how will I know if my ev's are good?

Keep track yourself. that's the only way...if you've already started training, there's no way to tell :/

JX Valentine
October 20th, 2007, 7:51 PM
You could always "restart" by breeding. Pokemon that have just hatched and haven't participated in any battles have 0 EVs. After that, you'll just need to keep track of how many EVs you gain afterwards by keeping track of which Pokemon you battle. (Most online Pokedexes will be able to give you an "effort yield," or how many EVs the Pokemon gives if you defeat it. For example, Rattata has an effort yield of 1 Speed EV.)

I know it sounds like a bit of a hassle, but that's pretty much how you can tell if your Pokemon already have their EVs distributed and how you can be absolutely sure that you've distributed your EVs to the stats you want. Otherwise, if you have a Pokemon you've trained for awhile and would like to boost their levels to 100, chances are, you've already maxed out their EVs. There's a person in Slateport in RSE that will give your Pokemon a ribbon for being a hard worker if they can't gain anymore EVs.

Lord_Sesshoumaru
October 21st, 2007, 5:01 PM
Training, it boosts up more status on your pokemon than the rare candies...

msdmario
October 21st, 2007, 7:07 PM
EV Training should definitely come first before even using Rare Candies. Once you've finished EV training a Pokemon and received the Hard working ribbon from a lady in Slateport City, then you can give it Rare Candies. Since you have all the EVs, it doesn't really matter how you level up your Pokemon to Level 100 because it will receive the EVs it got from training the closer you get to Level 100.

Klingon
October 22nd, 2007, 4:36 AM
Training; rare candys don't really make them stronger; I think (training does make them alot stronger); however no evidence, yet.

Noisuf Ekop 993
November 20th, 2007, 2:42 PM
Rare Candy gives NO EV's, or Effort Values, a BIG must for battling. Effort Values increase stats up to the Pokemon's max. Training and defeating certain Pokemon gain you Effort Values in certain areas like Atk or Spd.

Name is right. Effort values are a biggy.

Giga Universe
January 3rd, 2008, 7:03 AM
If you give a pokemon rare candies it can still gain EV's so if you train 1 pokemon and rare candy the 2nd, then max out the EV's, they will both be equally strong (as long as they both have exactly the same ammount of EV's)

Danus
January 23rd, 2008, 10:21 AM
You lose EV's, which mean you won't get such high stats;)

ShadowTails
January 26th, 2008, 9:33 AM
Why does everyone seem to think if you use a Rare Candy you've messed your Pokemon up?

Rare Candies will raise your Pokemon a level without adding to any EVs it has/will receive, Pokemon will continue to get Effort Values till they stop receiving the full amount 510, Pokemon will continue to gain Effort Values no matter what level they are, but level 99 is where you should stop feeding Rare Candies, in the 3rd generation however, you can EV train at level 100, put the Pokemon in the PC and it's EVs will be recalculated.

So basically, do whatever you want, whenever the said Pokemon reaches level 100, (which, in Diamond and Pearl HAS TO BE BY TRAINING ON LEVEL 99 TO 100 YOU CAN GET TO 99 ANY WAY YOU WANT BECAUSE IF YOU JUST USE RARE CANDIES IT WONT GAIN ANY STATS FROM EVs.)

evilcheese
January 26th, 2008, 9:37 AM
well when you train you get evs depending on the pokemon you beat. rare candy just makes the pokemon go 1 level up without evs. anyway when you play wifi the pokemon's level is autimatically set to 100.

GamerFreak
January 26th, 2008, 1:07 PM
Also, you will not get the complete bond, or happiness with your Pokémon if you just use Rare Candies. Your EV value of Pokémon will not increase as it should either, so I would highly suggest not using Rare Candies except in emergencies.

Jubilation
January 27th, 2008, 12:14 AM
I'm not sure about the D/P but in R/S/E & FR/LG if you feed one of your pokemon a rare candy, they will get stats for that level up

Sajiri
January 27th, 2008, 12:43 PM
If you are in RSE you can get berries to delete its EVs to restart its EV training. I forget the exact names but they say in their description that they raise happiness but lower (stat) or something along those lines. You just keep feeding it those berries until it says it will have no effect.
The rare candies give the stat boosts for the lv and nature, but EV training gives extra stats. For every 4 EVs a pokemon obtains it gets an extra stat point. They can get a maximum of 510 EVs and its 255 EVs max in any stat (so its best to train them to have 252 max in each stat then put the extra 6 in whatever)
In the battle frontier in Emerald there's a man who can give you a rough idea of EVs. He tells you your pokemon are of average or good etc ability or something along those lines. Just look it up what the lv ranges are for what he says.

You can use rare candies after you've EV trained, but I usually save them for lvs 80-100 since thats the longest lv range to get through.

Skaterzpenguin
January 27th, 2008, 1:56 PM
Training pokemon is way different than using rare candies... Training pokemon is better leveling up more than use rare candies. ;)

shanecdavis
January 28th, 2008, 7:06 PM
Wow. A whole lot of misinformation being bandied about in this thread. I would ask that if you are unsure about things, please don't post as it simply only adds confusion to the original question. As for the ORIGINAL question, I will do my best to provide as much information as possible:
Ok I need to know if there is a difference in the stats of a pokemon if you feed it rare candies instead of training them? Any help greatly appreciated.
There is a HUGE difference in the statistics of a Pokemon between increasing its levels by training (battles) or feeding it Rare Candies. Before I can address that though, there are a few things I need to make sure you undersand first -

1. Every Pokemon in the game has a preset value assigned to each stat (HP, Atk, Def, SAtk, SDef, Spd) referred to as an Individual Value (IV). This IV is a random number from 1-31 that is added directly to that particular stat. These values are what make each Pokemon in the game unique. For example, you can catch two Lv5 Taillow with the same Nature (using a neutral nature in this example), and one will have an Atk of 10 while the other has 12. While that doesn't seem significant, let's feed both Pokemon Rare Candies until they reach Lv100. At that level, the first Taillow has an Atk of 115, while the second Taillow has 146. We can see from our example that the first Taillow had an IV of 0 while the other had 31.

2. Every Pokemon in the game has a nature that can possibly increase the value of a particular stat by 10%, while decreasing the value of a different stat by 10%. For example, if the Taillow we used previously had an Adamant Nature, its Atk would be increased by 10%, while its SAtk would decrease by 10%. So, if our second Taillow had an Adamant Nature, it would now have an Atk of 160. A Pokemon's Nature is VERY important when determining whether or not it deserves a spot on your team, or if it will just take up space in your PC.

3. Every Pokemon in the game is able to earn Effort Value (EV) points. The points can ONLY be earned by battling wild Pokemon or AI battles in-game (including Game Cube games). Every Pokemon in the game also has an assigned EV point value in a particular stat. For instance, defeating a Raichu in battle will earn your Pokemon 3 Spd EVs while defeating a Clefable with earn 3 HP EVs. A Pokemon can earn a maximum of 510 EVs, including a limit of 255 EVs in a particular stat. For every 4 EV points earned in a particular stat, the stat in question will increase by 1. That means EV training can increase a particular stat by 32 points. For our second Taillow, that means at Lv100 its Atk will be raised further to a robust 229 (taking into consideration the 10% increase for the Adamant Nature).

The end result is you have one Lv100 Taillow with an Atk of 115, while another Taillow can have an Atk of 229, or 114 points higher.

But, what the hell does this have to do with the original question? Glad you asked. Feeding Rare Candies to a Pokemon will increase its level, but it will not gain any EVs that it would get through battling. On the flip side, leveling up your Pokemon through battling only is not only time consuming, but it can leave your Pokemon with EVs in undesired stats.

The best way to train your Pokemon is to first get a Pokemon with the desired Nature, Ability, IVs, and Gender (if applicable). The next step is to level it up by feeding it Rare Candies to at least Lv20. It is at this point you would begin EV training, only involving your Pokemon in battles that will give it EV points in the desired stats. Once the EV spread has been achieved, you can either feed the Pokemon Rare Candies until it reaches the level you want, or you can just level it up thorugh battling without having to worry about fixing its EVs later.

Don't forget the useful tools that are available to you in regards to EV training. First and foremost is the Macho Brace. Having your Pokemon hold this will double the EV points it earns in battle. For example, battling a Raichu will yield 6 Spd EVs instead of 3, effectively cutting your EV training in half. Next is the Exp Share. A Pokemon holding this will not only earn Exp Points in battle, but it will also earn the EVs that were accumulated as well. Don't forget the expensive vitamins in the game. Each one you feed to your Pokemon will increase the EVs in that particular stat by 10. Be aware though that vitamins will only increase EVs in a stat to 100. That means if you have done no prior training, you can feed a Pokemon 10 of them, but if you have already done training in a stat, you can only feed it until it reaches 100. In Emerald (and possibly Diamond/Pearl) there are certain berries that will actually reduce EVs in a particular stat by 10. This is useful to remove unwanted EVs in an undesired stat so that you may apply them in a different stat. Last and the best, not to mention the rarest, is Pokerus. Pokerus is a virus that your Pokemon can acquire by battling wild Pokemon. Once infected, it works exactly the same as the Macho Brace, doubling the EVs your Pokemon earns in battle. A side benefit is that when a Pokemon contracts the virus, for the first 48 hours, it can spread the virus to other Pokemon in your party during battle. Just make sure to deposit an infected Pokemon in your PC since there is no time in the PC which allows it to remain contagious for a much longer period of time.

That concludes Pokemon Training 101.

Darkgale
January 30th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Yea, about EV training, i gave my Charmder the berry that lowers your def.EVs by 10, but i never had any def EVs so what happened?

shanecdavis
January 30th, 2008, 6:52 PM
Nothing. Unless you are playing Emerald, then it increases the Pokemon's Happiness.

ultimatelegend5
February 1st, 2008, 4:30 AM
I used to level pkmn up with rare candies all the time until I learned about Evs. Evs make your pokemon powerful in battle tower and online.

Forest Grovyle
February 2nd, 2008, 5:21 PM
Even though this thread has been active since, it was revived when it was more than a month old. countgrim, do NOT do this in future. Read the rules before posting again.

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