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For long time fans of Pokémon games, IVs are a familiar part of maximizing your team’s strength. They represent hidden stats that may make a Pokémon slightly better than its peers. Not too long after the release of Pokémon Go, it was discovered that IVs made their way into Niantic’s hit title, as well.

So how do Pokémon Go IVs work and how can you make the most of them in your team? Keep reading for our full guide to Pokémon Go IVs!

What are Pokémon Go IVs?

Pokémon Go IVs (or Individual Values) are hidden stats that are randomly generated when a Pokémon is caught or hatched. These values are between 0 and 15, with a separate value for each stat. If you’re lucky, they can increase a Pokémon’s base stats by roughly 10 percent.

Just like in classic Pokémon titles, each type of Pokémon has base stats. In Pokémon Go however, there are only three stats: Attack, Defense, and Stamina. Attack and Defense are obvious, but Stamina affects both HP and how long a Pokémon can defend in a gym before needing to rest.

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While every Squirtle might have the same base stats, their final stats vary. These are Squirtle’s base stats compared with perfect IV stats:

  • Attack – 94 vs 109
  • Defense – 122 vs 137
  • Stamina – 88 vs 103

These stats are then put together into CP (Combat Points), which is main way a Pokémon’s strength is displayed in Pokémon Go. However, CP also takes Pokémon levels into account, so a 500 CP Squirtle may not have better IVs than a 150 CP Squirtle. The only way to know the true potential of a Pokémon is to check their IVs.

It’s also worth noting that IVs remain the same through evolution, so feel free to evolve that perfect IV Squirtle into a Blastoise.

How to check Pokémon Go IVs

Recently, an update to the app improved the in-game system to check Pokémon Go IVs. Now it’s easier than ever to check how strong your latest catch is and compare duplicate Pokémon. Note that it calls the stamina stat HP, but it has the same effect as before he update.

  1. Tap on the Pokemon you want to check.
  2. Expand the menu on the bottom right.
  3. Tap Appraise.
  4. After a short message, a graph displaying your Pokémon’s IVs will appear.

If the stamp above the graph has three stars and a red stamp, you’ve got yourself a perfect IV Pokémon. Three stars and an orange stamp is just short of perfect, but still very high and worth using. Each tick on the bar is five points, so you can estimate how close your Pokémon is to the golden number of 45 IV points.

To make things even easier, you can swipe left and right to check the quickly check your other Pokémon’s IV values. By sorting by Pokémon type, you can find out which of your duplicate Pokémon has the best IVs and transfer the rest.

If you want to know exactly what the IVs of your Pokemon are or run some IV calculations, there are several tools at your disposal. Be careful before you start Googling and installing apps, because some of them are against the Pokemon Go terms of service and will get your account banned. To help, we’ve assembled a list of the best Pokemon Go IV calculators out there.

Read also: 5 best Pokemon Go IV calculators for Android!

For legal options, there are two types. The first is an online calculator, and the second is an app with similar functionality. Essentially, you input your Pokemon’s stats and it figures out the exact values using a mathematical formula. You may need to level up very low level Pokemon a few times to make sure it’s accurate.


That’s all for our guide to Pokemon Go IVs! Have you managed to find any perfect IV Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!

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