For long time fans of Pokemon, IVs are a well-known part of maximizing your team's strength. They represent hidden statistics that can make a Pokemon a little better than their peers. Not long after Pokemon Go was released, it was discovered that IVs also entered Niantic's hit title.
So how does Pokemon Go IVs work and how can you get the most out of them in your team? Continue reading for our full Pokemon Go IV guide!
What Are Pokemon Go IVs?
Like in classic Pokemon titles, every type of Pokemon has base statistics. In Pokemon Go there are only three statistics: Attack, Defense and Stamina. Attack and Defense are obvious, but Stamina comes to the game when you leave a Pokemon to defend a gym. The higher the endurance, the longer they can defend before returning.
While each Squirtle may have the same base statistics, their final statistics vary. Pokemon Go IVs (or individual values) are hidden statistics that are randomly generated when a Pokemon is captured or hatched. These values are between 0 and 15, with a separate value for each state. If you are lucky, they can increase Pokemon's base statistics by about 10 percent.
Here is a quick example of Pokemon Go IVs. Squirtle Base Statistics vs. Perfect IV Statistics:
- Attack 94 vs 109
- Defense 122 vs 137
- Stamina – vs 103
These statistics are then put together in CP (Combat Points), which is the main way that a Pokemon strength is displayed in Pokemon Go. But CP also takes Pokemon levels into account, so a 500 CP Squirtle may not have better IVs than a 150 CP Squirtle. The only way to know a true Pokemon probability is to control their IVs.
It is also worth noting that IVs remain the same through evolution, so be good at developing the perfect IV Squirtle for a Blastoise.
How to check Pokemon Go IVs
There is a way to control Pokemon Go IVs that are already built into the game. However, it gives a rough estimate, and not the entire list of statistics. We will cover more precise ways too, but if a quick estimate is all you need, here's how to control IV's in Pokemon Go:
- Press Pokemon that you want to check.
- Expand menu at the bottom right.
- Press Assess .  If Pokemons IVs are high, you see one of the following messages:
- Mystic : Overall, your Pokemon is a wonderful one! What a great Pokemon!
- Valor : Everywhere, your Pokemon simply amazes me. It can do anything!
- Instinct : In summary, your Pokemon looks like it can really fight with the best of them!
Only Pokemon with 80-100 percent IVs will return the above messages. If you manage to see it, you have a goalkeeper!
Also read : 5 Best Pokemon Go IV Calculators for Android!
For legal options, there are two types. The first is an online calculator, and the other is an app with similar functionality. Essentially, enter your Pokemon statistics and it specifies the exact values using a mathematical formula. You may need to level up very low level Pokemon a few times to make sure it is correct.
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!