Pokémon Go IV calculators are a powerful resource for trainers. Your Pokémon’s IV determine its strength, competency in battle, and overall CP. The higher the IV, the more powerful the Pokémon. There are a variety of ways to calculate IV. However, there is also a caveat. Some IV checkers break the Pokémon Go terms of service. Thankfully, there are plenty of legal options out there. They usually just require a little extra work. Here are the best Pokémon Go IV checkers that are also totally legal!
From what we can tell, there are a few easy ways to determine if an IV checker or calculator is illegal. The first is whether or not its calculates or checks. IV calculators use information from the game to make educated guesses about your Pokémon’s IV. Checkers, by contrast, usually ping game servers for the exact numbers and that’s illegal. In addition, calculators never ask for our Pokémon Go login credentials while illegal checkers usually do. If you’re not sure, just stick to the IV calculators on this list! Finally, not all IV calculators are in the Play Store.
What are IVs?
IVs are basically Pokémon stats. Each species has its own set of base stats. For instance, Snorlax generally have a higher HP base than, say, a Bulbasaur. However, each Pokémon of a certain species has its own stats in comparison to others like it. Thus, almost no two Snorlax and no two Bulbasaur are the same. The IV stats determine things like attack power, defense, and stamina. These stats predominately affect things like HP growth and combat ability.
In the regular Pokémon games, IVs are a huge deal. However, Pokémon Go doesn’t put as much emphasis on them, likely for the sake of enjoyment from the casual audience. That doesn’t mean IVs are useless, though. The differences in a low IV Pokémon and a high IV Pokémon can be fairly significant over the course of the level up process. In other words, it’s good to have, but you won’t have such a huge advantage that it’ll be impossible for other players to beat you.
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