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The Platinum EVing Manual

Discussion in 'Archives' started by Erodent, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Erodent

    Erodent

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    Latest Update: This is now on site. I'd like to thank everyone who made edits and/or read this.

    I made this guide because the old one that was never uploaded was outdated and because Smogon doesn't have a DPP Guide to EVs yet. I actually asked darkie if this would be useful, to which he replied "Probably", so I tried making this "manual" with the best of my ability. I hope you enjoy it and spot mistakes / recommend what to add, etc etc.

    This guide assumes that you know what natures and IVs are.

    Concerns:
    - The boxes with EVs in Sections 8 and 9 might have to become tables.
    - Too much BOLD!

    Everything beyond these dotted lines is part of the guide.
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    Table of Contents
    • 1: Introduction
    • 2: Analyzing Stats
    • 3: Basics of EVs
    • 4: Further Rules of EVs
    • 5: The Nature Factor
    • 6: Distributing EVs
    • 7: EV Training Preparations (Hotspots Included)
    • 8: Begin EV Training
    • 9: EV Training Samples
    • 10: Erase your EVs
    • 11: Additional Help
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    Section 1 - Introduction

    One day, a friend of yours decides to challenge you to a Pokemon Wifi Battle. You are bored, so you accept. Just then, you notice your friend grinning and laughing to himself. Hmm, you think. What does he have planned for me this time – a party of six legendary Pokemon?

    Quite the opposite, in fact – as you send your beloved Dialga into battle, your opponent sends in a rather extraordinary Pokemon – a Spinda! What? You think. Aargh, let’s get this over with. You command Dialga to use Roar of Time on the unfortunate bunny and prepare for victory…until you realize that something’s wrong. Something’s VERY wrong. Instead of Roar of Time turning Spinda into bunny stew, the Spinda…is faster than you? It sets up a Substitute while you break it with Roar of Time, and you must recharge on the next turn. You spend this time doing a little research and deduce that you’ve been duped!

    “I’ve been duped!” you shout to your friend. After all, how does Spinda, a Pokemon with Base 60 Speed, outrun Dialga, a Pokemon with Base 90 Speed?

    Section 2 - Analyzing Stats

    This section won’t seem to make much sense YET, but please still read it anyway. As you read on through the other sections, it will be advantageous to be able to refer to this section and actually understand it as you learn bit by bit. Therefore, you should read it through beforehand anyway, even if it doesn’t make sense at all.

    We are going to learn how to “analyze” the statistics that you can find for every single Pokemon in every single available analysis. Here is an example of those statistics:

    [​IMG]

    Have you ever wondered what all those numbers represent? Well, let's find out!
    1. The numbers in the colorful bars represent the base stat value of the Pokemon. Look at the ones above. It is easy to see that the Pokemon has high Attack and Speed, but poor Special attack, HP, and Defense. It has average Special Defense.
    2. The numbers in the Min(-) column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a negative nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    3. The numbers in the Min column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    4. The numbers in the Max column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    5. The numbers in the Max(+) column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a positive nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    Depending on your knowledge about EVs, IVs, and natures, you might not understand anything yet. However, I will make some references to this section. It will become clearer as you go through the guide.

    Section 3 - Basics of EVs

    EVs, or effort values, are the building blocks of a Pokemon’s stats. If you have always been an in-game trainer, chances are you’ve never heard of them before. However, EVs are extremely important in the world of competitive Pokemon – EVs are what allow a specific stat to reach its full potential! By engaging in a process known as EV Training, you will be able to make the most out of a Pokemon’s capabilities.

    In order to make your Pokemon powerful, you must first understand the task you must accomplish. Make sure that you are EXTREMELY clear with this section before proceeding to the next one.

    To get us started, let's look at a Very Important EV Training Rule. There will be a couple of these throughout the guide, and you should know (if not memorize) them.

    VERY IMPORTANT RULE #1 - For every 4 EVs that a Pokemon gains in a particular stat, the stat is increased by one point at level 100.

    If you didn't understand that, here is an example of EVs in action:

    [​IMG]

    Meet Bronzong. Bronzong will be our test subject in this explanation. We are going to analyze its HP stat:

    [​IMG]

    What the statistic above describes is that Bronzong has Base 67 HP. If you want to maximize its HP stat, you will need to EV train it. Let's make something very clear by this point: since no nature influences HP, HP does not have Min(-) or Max(+) values, so don't worry about those just yet.

    With 0 EVs in HP, Bronzong will have the stat's Min value at Level 100. In other words, Bronzong will have 275 HP at Level 100 with 0 EVs (and a HP IV of 31).

    Now, refer back to VERY IMPORTANT RULE #1. You can translate the rule to the following:

    So, if Bronzong has 48 EVs in HP, what happens?

    It's not over yet, though. 12 refers to the Stat Points gained at Level 100. Since we already figured out that Bronzong will have a HP Stat of 275 at Level 100 with 0 HP EVs, simply add 275 + 12 = 287. The formula is this:

    And that's the final answer: 287, or Bronzong will have 287 HP at Level 100 with 48 HP EVs.

    It's not as hard as it looks. In fact, the formulae above are so simple that they're fit for even mental calculations assuming you know the Min/Min(-) value of any stat and the number of EVs you're investing in the stat. The Min/Min(-) values of a stat can be found on any Smogon analysis page. Now, to make sure you've understood, YOU try.

    What will Bronzong's HP be at level 100 if it has 100 HP EVs?

    The stat will increase by - you guessed it (100 EVs/4) = 25, and the final stat value will be - you guessed it again (275+25) = 300 HP. You're doing very well!

    Now that we're done with that, you should be able to make a wise inference. The number of EVs you invest should always be divisible by four. For example, if you invest 7 EVs in a stat, the stat will rise by (7/4) = 1.75, which is rounded down to 1. If you invest 8 EVs in a stat (8 is divisible by 4), the stat will rise by (8/2) = 2, which is 2, not 1.

    However, realize that the example above is only referring to Bronzong and its HP stat. Different Pokemon with different base stats obviously have different stats at Level 100, but the concept remains the same. Hopefully you will be able to calculate the values of stats with varying EVs at Level 100 with this newfound knowledge.

    Section 4 - Further Rules of EVs

    Now, you're probably thinking, "Why can Bronzong only have a maximum HP stat of 338? Can't I maximize it and make it 999?" This brings us to Very Important Rule #2:

    VERY IMPORTANT RULE #2 - A Pokemon can only have a maximum of 510 total EVs. A Pokemon can only have a maximum of 255 EVs in one stat.

    However, as previously explained, investing 255 EVs is unwise; always make your invested EVs divisible by 4. The closest number less than 255 which can be divisible by 4 is 252. Now, since you can only invest 252 EVs in one stat, how many stat points does that stat rise by? To figure that out, simply use (252/4) = 63. The number 63 is very special. Now, let's take another look at Bronzong's HP stat:

    [​IMG]

    Subtract Bronzong's Max HP and Min HP. (338-275) = ?

    Lo and behold...you get 63! If you still don't get it, it means that a stat can only rise by 63 points and no more. That's the highest it can go. The Min value is obviously defined by the Base Value of the stat. This applies to the stats ALL of the Pokemon in the game, except for Shedinja’s HP stat, which is always 1, no matter what you do.

    Refer! Let's go back to section 2. Observe the Min and Max (not Min(-) or Max(+)) columns and subtract the numbers in the Max column by the numbers in the Min column. You get 63 all the time; there are no exceptions. Similarly, although the statistics don’t show it, the Pokemon’s stat at Level 100 with 252 EVs and a NEGATIVE nature (Min(-)) will be the (value in the Min(-) column + 63). Hopefully some things have become clearer now.

    Section 5 - The Nature Factor

    This section asks the question, What about the Min (-) and Max(+) columns?

    Let's take a look at this Attack stat:

    [​IMG]
    1. The numbers in the Min(-) column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a negative nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    2. The numbers in the Min column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    3. The numbers in the Max column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    4. The numbers in the Max(+) column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a positive nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.
    This is where it gets a little more complicated. Previously, we evaluated Bronzong's HP stat, but since HP is not influenced by any nature, the Min(-) and Max(+) columns were without values.

    However, the remaining five stats DO have values within the Min(-) and Max(+) columns. Some of these are influenced by natures. Consider this. Look at the attack stat above. By now, you should know that with 252 Atk EVs, the Attack stat will become 339 at level 100.

    However, natures also come into play. Here are some examples of natures in conjunction with EVs:

    Suppose an Adamant nature is assumed. Adamant BOOSTS Attack, so appropriate investment in the Atk stat will unlock access to the Max(+) column. In other words, with 252 Atk EVs, an Adamant (boosting) nature and 31 IVs, the attack stat of the Pokemon with Base 120 Attack will be the Max(+) value, or 372.

    In reverse, suppose a Modest nature is assumed. Modest REDUCES Attack. With 0 Atk EVs, a Modest (reducing) nature and 31 IVs, the attack stat of the Pokemon with Base 120 Attack will be the Min(-) value, or 248.

    REFER! Go back to section two. The Max+ and Min- column explanations should be clear by now. You should also, by this point, understand quite a lot about EV investment.

    INFER! If by this point you’re well-informed enough, then you can infer two things:
    • Only two of a Pokemon’s stats can be the value in the Max column at all times.
    • Only one of a Pokemon’s stats can be the value in the Max(+) column at all times.
    Section 6 - Distributing EVs

    As you should already know, a Pokemon has six stat categories: HP, Atk, Def, SpA, SpD, and Spe. Depending on the Pokemon you're using, you'll want to concentrate on EV Training the right stats. For example, let's imagine that we're going to EV train an Aerodactyl. Aerodactyl’s Attack stat is superior to its Special Attack stat, so you'll want to EV train it in Attack. Also, how about we EV train it in Speed to make it difficult to outrun? There, you have a plan as to what to EV train (Attack and Speed)! By wisely and thoughtfully distributing your EVs, you will be able to turn an otherwise poor Pokemon into a very competent battling weapon.

    This section assumes that you already know the basics of EV investment. For example, if we're EV training a Physical Lucario, then we should EV train it in Attack, to boost its strength, and Speed, to boost its agility.

    Distributing EVs is very simple. First, you should decide the purpose of your Pokemon. After you've done that, take a look at this chart to see what EVs you should commonly invest in:

    With that information in mind, let's practice distributing EVs for some subjects. Firstly, Dugtrio. Dugtrio is a Physical Sweeper, so dump EVs into Attack and Speed. Secondly, Cresselia. Cresselia can be a Double Wall, so distribute EVs into HP, Defense, and Special Defense. Finally, Lickilicky. It has a good movepool going for it to go mixed, but it seems slow. It can't be a mixed sweeper because of lack of Speed, so why not make it a Wall Breaker? Invest Attack, Special Attack, and HP EVs into it. That wasn't difficult, was it?

    However, you may not always choose to invest maximum EVs into core stats all the time. Let's think of Gyarados. 252 Atk EVs is a no-brainer, but suppose you don't want all that Speed? You can make it Adamant-natured and EV train it a spread of 252 Atk / 184 Spe / 74 HP to outrun Starmie after a Dragon Dance. As you can see, some Speed EVs were transferred to HP to make Gyarados slightly bulkier. Distribute your EVs wisely, find specific purposes with which they serve, and you will be off to a good start in no time.

    Section 7 - EV Training Preparations

    Now you're thinking: The previous six sections were all about information, information, and more information; I've had enough, so tell me how I EV Train! Sorry, not just yet. We still need to make some very important preparations. Trust me, you'll need them - plus, this is the last boring section before we actually EV train.

    Alright, let's say you just traded for a really cool Gengar you got off the GTS - and it has no EVs!

    [​IMG]

    How do you make Gengar obtain EVs?

    VERY IMPORTANT RULE #3 - You gain EVs by defeating in-game Pokemon. Different Pokemon give different EVs.

    For example, by killing one Gastly, you will obtain 1 SpA EV, and by killing one Bidoof you will obtain 1 HP EV. I will not list down each and every Pokemon and what EV point(s) they give, but I will instead list down some common Pokemon you can find in the Sinnoh region and the EVs they give:

    (JUMPLUFF, PLEASE SEE THE WORD DOCUMENT I SENT YOU!!)

    Note: An effective method that can be used to keep meeting the same Pokemon over and over again in battle is by using a method known as chaining. Using an item known as the Pokeradar allows you to chain (a way to encounter the same Pokemon in the wild continuously) Pokemon, eliminating the need to visit multiple hotspots. In other words, you can continuously keep encountering a particular Pokemon and remain at your desired hotspot until you finish EV Training a particular stat. Chaining also allows you to encounter several rare or evolved Pokemon that are generally known to give away more EVs at once. Chaining is also useful as it allows you to control a Pokemon's EXP gain (you will earn consistent EXP for every Pokemon you kill through chaining, since ), and you can chain in any location with grass in Sinnoh. For details on how to chain, please see Diesel's Chaining Guide for more information.

    Alright, now that we have a pretty good list of where to kill what, let's go back to our Gengar. Here's another rule for you -

    VERY IMPORTANT RULE #4 - A Pokemon starts gaining EVs from its very first battle.

    That simply means that if you have a freshly bred Clamperl and send it to battle, it automatically gains EVs from what it first kills. Now, let's look at some steps that we need to take in order to help us EV Train.

    1. Determine Your Distribution.

    For more information, please check Section 6. Since we're dealing with Gengar, you can travel to www.smogon.com/dp/pokemon/gengar to figure out its base stats. Gengar's Special Attack and Speed are the qualities that make it effective, so in our example we will focus on that. A simple spread that maximizes Gengar's Special Attacking potential will do - we will set the following as our goal:

    Timid Nature + 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP EVs

    It's as simple as that! Simply determine what your Pokemon is good at (or steal or create some EVs), and you're ready to roll.

    2. Make Preparations.

    Making preparations before EV Training is crucial. In fact, it's so crucial that it will make your work ten times easier...literally! Let's ponder over this for a while. Looking at our EV spread of 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP, we're going to need to kill 252 Pokemon that give special Attack EVs, 252 Pokemon that give Speed EVs, and 6 Pokemon that give HP EVs. Right?

    At first glance this might be the way to go. However, would you really want to spend hours killing more than 600 Pokemon? Obviously not! Thankfully, Gamefreak has blessed the Pokemon games with a number of useful tools that will lift a burden off our shoulders and prevent us from clicking buttons from dusk till dawn.

    Let me introduce some (more) formulae to you. In the following formulae, please assume that the variable y refers to the number of unique EVs gained by defeating any Pokemon.

    Yes, it's true - you can enhance the number of EVs you gain for every Pokemon you kill! The proof? Why, the formulae above! Now you're thinking about all those weird terms and items in the formulae up there, right? Well, fear no more - I will reveal their purposes!
    • Pokerus - You may have heard of a "virus" in the Pokemon games known as Pokerus. If you haven't, don't stress yourself, as there is only a 1/21845 chance for a Pokemon to actually be diagnosed by the mysterious virus. If a Pokemon in your party does have Pokerus, the nurse at the Pokemon Center will tell you. A Pokemon will also have the symbol [​IMG] in its profile if it does have the virus. In order to spread the virus around, you will want two Pokemon in your party: a Pokerus patient and a patient-to-be. Have the patient battle a few Pokemon (usually 3-7) until the symbol [​IMG] appears in the patient-to-be's profile. For more information, head over to the Smogon Wifi Forums; I'm sure that a lot of friendly faces are willing to give you a hand. Anyway, what's so good about a stupid virus, you ask? Well...Pokerus doubles EVs earned. That's why it's such a useful thing to have. However, Pokerus is not unlimited. If you leave your Pokemon in your party and not in your PC for one day, the Pokemon in question will no longer be able to spread Pokerus, indicated by the symbol [​IMG]. As said before, this Pokemon will be unable to spread Pokerus, but still has the effects of Pokerus remaining. It is not recommended that you begin EV training without Pokerus. Have your Pokemon contract it now!
    • The Macho Brace - The Macho Brace is another excellent item that also doubles EVs earned. You can get it by heading to Pastoria City, entering a house directly north of the Pokemart, talking to the boy, and showing him both genders of Combee. Do note that female Combees are rather rare, so you might have to do a little searching. The Macho Brace halves the Speed (not EVs, just the stat, temporarily) of your Pokemon in battle. Though the Macho Brace seems sweet, it's not really the best. The best are:
    • Power Items - Power Items also greatly aid in EV Training specific stats, although they can be rather problematic to purchase. They are only available as Battle Tower prizes, and each costs 16 BPs (Battle Points), so you will need to challenge the Battle Tower several times to earn the BPs you need. Purchase all six of them! You'll need them. Like the Macho Brace, Power Items also halve the Speed of your Pokemon in battle.
    Since I have advised you to buy all six Power Items, here is a reference as to which item boosts what:

    [​IMG] The Power Weight is used for HP EVs and HP EVs only.
    [​IMG] The Power Bracer is used for Attack EVs and Attack EVs only.
    [​IMG] The Power Belt is used for Defense EVs and Defense EVs only.
    [​IMG] The Power Lens is used for Special Attack EVs and Special Attack EVs only.
    [​IMG] The Power Band is used for Special Defense EVs and Special Defense EVs only.
    [​IMG] The Power Anklet is used for Speed EVs and Speed EVs only.

    Take another look at the five formulae of EV Training I just showed you. If you do a little math, you'll realize that the formulae that can yield the most EVs is:

    Therefore, we will be focusing on that one. But first, just how many EVs can you gain now if you have both Pokerus and equip a Power Item? Assume y is 1. That's 10 EVs per kill! See how I didn't lie when I told you your life would be ten times easier if you made preparations? (Also, if you haven't already, get your Power Items...NOW!)

    Pokerus and Power Items are pretty much the most essential things to have - together, they harmoniously make the most out of the number of EVs you gain for every Pokemon you kill. It's not over yet, though...

    3. Vis-a-Vis Vitamins...

    It's in the human nature for we as people to look for the easiest way to get things done, and EV Training is no exception. Let's make your life ten times easier! Yes, again!

    Vitamins in Pokemon terminology are the following six items that require no additional explanation from me:

    [​IMG]HP Up: Adds 10 HP EVs
    [​IMG]Protein: Adds 10 Attack EVs
    [​IMG]Iron: Adds 10 Defense EVs
    [​IMG]Calcium: Adds 10 Special Attack EVs
    [​IMG]Zinc: Adds 10 Special Defense EVs
    [​IMG]Carbos: Adds 10 Speed EVs

    Just like that, you can use Vitamins to automatically add EVs to your Pokemon without having to do anything but press a few buttons! However, with good news usually comes the bad, and there are two "catches" of using Vitamins:
    • $$$$$...[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] ?????: Vitamins are downright expensive. They cost [​IMG]9800 a bottle and are sold from the Veilstone City Department Store (Fly to Veilstone City; the Department Store is on the same island as where you land). If you have [​IMG]999,999 and are looking for a couple of battles, do spend your money on these valuable items. However, they are certainly worth the money. Vitamins can also be purchased for 1 BP per bottle in the Battle Tower.
    • Limitations: You can only use 10 Vitamins on each stat, and Vitamins only work for the first 100 EVs of any stat. That's the maximum number, but 10 Vitamins = 100 EVs already. That's no laughing matter.
    Section 8 - Begin EV Training

    Alright, with all that stuff in mind, it's time to begin EV Training! Here's a little recap and summary of how to do it, based on the previous three tips:
    • Determine your Pokemon's Distribution by seeing what it can do well.
    • Once if you have a Distribution and EV spread, have your Pokemon contract Pokerus.
    • Head over to the Veilstone Department City and buy the applicable Vitamins for your Pokemon.
    • Focus on EV Training one stat first. Use the applicable Power Items for each stat. Repeat until you complete EV Training.
    • Collect the Effort Ribbon. I will tell you more in a while.
    Previously we mentioned our example Gengar:

    [​IMG]
    Goal: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP

    It is also very important to remember that EVs are invisible and that you will not be able to see their full advantages until your Pokemon reaches higher levels, so KEEP TRACK of your EVs, and don't worry if it doesn't seem like your Pokemon is gaining many stat points at low levels!

    Let's go through the process, then!

    1. Have a Pokerus patient spread the virus to Gengar. In order to do this, simply have them both (and both only) in the party and battle in the wild a few times.
    2. Purchase 10 Calcium and 10 Carbos Vitamins.
    3. Feed the Vitamins.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 100 SpA / 100 Spe............|
    |EVs To Go: 152 SpA / 152 Spe / 6 HP.....|
    |Total EVs We Have: 100 SpA / 100 Spe.|
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    4. Head over to the Old Chateau in Eterna Forest.
    5. Equip the Power Lens.
    6. Kill 15 Gastly. (150 SpA EVs)
    7. Remove the Power Lens.
    8. Kill 1 Gastly. (2 SpA EVs)
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 152 SpA .........................|
    |EVs To Go: 152 Spe / 6 HP.......................|
    |Total EVs We Have: 252 SpA / 100 Spe..|
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    9. Go anywhere with a pool of water.
    10. Equip the Power Anklet.
    11. Use your Old Rod to fish for Magikarp. Kill 15 Magikarp. (150 Spe EVs)
    12. Remove the Power Anklet.
    13. Kill 1 Magikarp. (2 Spe EVs)
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 152 Spe..........................|
    |EVs To Go: 6 HP.................................|
    |Total EVs We Have: 252 SpA / 252 Spe.|
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    14. Go to Route 201.
    16. Do not equip anything and kill 3 Bidoof. (6 HP EVs)
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 6 HP......................................................|
    |EVs To Go: None......................................... ..............|
    |Total EVs We Have: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP - GOAL!....|
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    17. Go to Sunyshore City, head over to the Market, and talk to the woman to get the Effort Ribbon.

    Commentary: If you've been following intently, then you've just learnt how to EV Train a Pokemon. You might have some questions, though. For instance, what does Step 13 mean? By that point, you had 150 Speed EVs already and wanted only 2 more EVs. In order to do that, unequip your Power Item (Anklet in this case) and kill only one more Magikarp to obtain the 2 Speed EVs. How does that work? Well, refer to the old formula:

    With only Pokerus, the EVs you gain are doubled. Magikarp yields 1 Speed EV, and if you double that, it becomes 2 EVs. Equipping and unequipping Power Items at the right times help prevent you from over-EVing.

    [​IMG]The Effort Ribbon
    The Effort Ribbon is awarded to a Pokemon by a woman in Sunyshore Market. A Pokemon obtains the Effort Ribbon if it successfully gains 510 EVs. You will need all 510; 508 won't do! Use the ribbon as a reference to realize whether or whether not you messed up. Practice makes perfect...don't finish EV Training until you get this reward! After you obtain 510 EVs, you may level your Pokemon up to whatever level you desire.

    "SPLIT EV TRAINING"
    Split EV Training is a far more dangerous method than the Standard method of focusing on one stat before moving on to the next. Split EV Training refers to the following: for example, you equip a Power Lens to your Pokemon and kill a Bidoof. That means you gain 4 Special Attack EVs and 1 HP EV by killing one Bidoof, numbers of which are obviously doubled by Pokerus. This method is not recommended because of difficulty to keep track of EVs, but if you have an effective way of doing so, feel free to Split EV Train.

    "THE BOX TRICK"
    The Box Trick is a useful way to EV Train some Pokemon so that they are allowed to participate in Pokemon Video Game Tournaments. The Video Game Tournaments only permit Pokemon up to level 50 to enter; several important Pokemon are only available at Level 50 in Platinum - for example, Heatran and Cresselia. Usually, after EV Training, you will level a Pokemon up until the EVs you invested into it become clearly shown in its stats. However, with "The Box Trick", you will be able to simply EV Train a Pokemon, place it in your PC box (during which time your Pokemon's stats are recalculated to reflect the EVs you invested into it), withdraw it, and the Pokemon's stats change based on the EVs you invested into it. In other words, if your Pokemon is at level 1, no dramatic changes will be seen; however, if your Pokemon is at level 50, you will be able to see evident changes in their stats. Note that your Pokemon will still gain EXP in the EV Training process, though, so it is recommended that you fight low-level Pokemon. In conclusion, this is simply a way of making EVs seen without having to level a Pokemon up.

    "THE EXP SHARE TRICK"
    This is an alternative method to train EV Pokemon at Level 50 so that they do not exceed the maximum level permitted to enter the Video Game Tournaments (Level 50). Feed the Pokemon you desire to EV Train the applicable Vitamins. Next, instead of having the Pokemon itself battle, have it hold an EXP Share. Have another Pokemon in your party do the battling, thus allowing both Pokemon to earn half of the original EXP (Both Pokemon still earn EVs; for example, if the non-EXP Share Pokemon kills a Magikarp, both the non-EXP Share Pokemon and the Pokemon equipped with EXP Share gain 1 Speed EV each). Through this method it is possible to EV train a Pokemon while keeping it at Level 50. Normally, by the end of the process, the Pokemon simply earns 1000-1500 Experience Points. Place the Pokemon in your PC Box, withdraw it, and its stats should be updated by the EV Training process!

    Section 9 - EV Training Samples

    Still confused? This section provides 2 more examples of how to EV Train some spreads.

    Example One: Uxie
    [​IMG]
    240 HP / 28 Def / 16 SpA / 8 SpD / 218 Spe

    1. Have Uxie contract Pokerus.
    2. Buy the applicable vitamins - 10 HP Ups, 10 Carbos, 2 Iron, and 1 Calcium.
    3. Feed the Vitamins.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 100 Spe / 100 HP / 20 Def / 10 SpA...........|
    |EVs To Go: 140 HP / 8 Def / 6 SpA / 8 SpD / 118 Spe.....|
    |Total EVs We Have: 100 Spe / 100 HP / 20 Def / 10 SpA|
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    4. Head over to Route 201. Equip the Power Weight.
    5. Kill 14 Bidoof (140 HP EVs).
    6. Unequip the Power Weight. Head over to Oreburgh Mine. Equip nothing.
    7. Kill 4 Geodude (8 Def EVs).
    8. Head over to the Old Chateau. Equip nothing. Kill 3 Gastly (6 SpA EVs).

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 140 HP / 8 Def / 6 SpA............................|
    |EVs To Go: 8 SpD / 118 Spe.......................................|
    |Total EVs We Have: 240 HP / 28 Def / 16 SpA / 100 Spe|
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    9. Head over to Route 213. Surf in the water and equip nothing.
    10. Kill 4 Tentacool (8 SpD EVs).
    11. Find any pool of water. Equip a Power Anklet. Use your Old Rod and fish for Magikarps.
    12. Kill 11 Magikarp (110 Spe EVs).
    13. Unequip the Power Anklet.
    14. Kill 4 Magikarp (8 Spe EVs).

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    |EVs Earned: 8 SpD / 118 Spe.................................................|
    |EVs To Go: None..................................................................|
    |Total EVs We Have: 240 HP / 28 Def / 16 SpA / 8 SpD / 218 Spe. |
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    15. Collect the Effort Ribbon.

    Example Two: Marowak
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    Your mother asks you to EV Train her Marowak as a chore. She tells you these things:
    • Marowak is meant for Trick Room!
    • Marowak must be bulky!
    • Marowak must hit hard with Earthquake and Stone Edge!
    In this example, we must adhere to Mother's rules, find a spread of our own, and train the Marowak.

    Clue 1 states that "Marowak is meant for Trick Room". This means that training Speed EVs is out of the question.
    Clue 2 states that "Marowak must be bulky". Usually, one would train HP EVs for this.
    Clue 3 states that "Marowak must hit hard with Earthquake and Stone Edge". Mother is referring to Marowak's Attack stat, so we'll train too.

    What do you think the spread will be?

    We can generate a simple spread of 252 HP / 252 Atk / 6 Def and begin training the Marowak! 252 HP EVs buffs Marowak up, 252 Atk EVs allows it to hit hard, and 6 Def is simply an excuse for not investing in Speed EVs.

    This example will not use references to how many EVs are left, how many EVs you gained, and the Total EVs you have. It gets harder, but isn't too hard at all!

    "252 HP / 252 Atk / 6 Def"

    1. Have Marowak contract Pokerus.
    2. Buy 10 HP Ups and 10 Proteins. Feed the Vitamins.
    3. Head over to Route 201.
    4. Equip a Power Weight.
    5. Kill 15 Bidoof.
    6. Unequip the Power Weight.
    7. Kill 1 Bidoof.
    8. Head over to Route 202.
    9. Equip a Power Bracer.
    10. Kill 15 Shinx.
    11. Unequip the Power Bracer.
    12. Kill 1 Shinx.
    13. Head over to Oreburgh Mine. Equip nothing.
    14. Kill 3 Geodude.
    15. Collect the Effort Ribbon.

    And we are finally done.

    Section 10 - Erase your EVs

    Oh no, oh no! It's the end of the world! You were happily using this guide, read a little too much, and trained the wrong EVs! What can be done!?

    Well, hopefully you know the EVs you trained wrong. If not, you'll have to start all over again. And you can, with the help of these six Berries:

    [​IMG]Pomeg Berry - Deletes 10 HP EVs
    [​IMG]Kelpsy Berry - Deletes 10 Attack EVs
    [​IMG]Qualot Berry - Deletes 10 Defense EVs
    [​IMG]Hondew Berry - Deletes 10 Special Attack EVs
    [​IMG]Grepa Berry - Deletes 10 Special Defense EVs
    [​IMG]Tamato Berry - Deletes 10 Speed EVs

    One thing about these Berries that turns them on is this: if you invested more than 100 EVs in a stat, the first Berry you use to delete EVs in that stat will reduce it to 100 EVs. That's right - if you had 240 Defense EVs in a stat, and you used one Qualot Berry, then you'd have 100 Defense EVs left. All subsequent Berries will reduce the EV points by 10. Conclusion: you will only need 11 of a type of Berry to completely erase the EVs in one particular stat.

    These Berries might seem like godsends, but they're actually pretty rare and hard to get. There are two ways to get them. First, hop over to the Smogon Wifi Forums and ask for help. Second, get them from the Berry Master, located in the house on Route 208. You are better off going with the first option, since the Berry Master gives a whole lot of Berry types and you'll need to soft reset for these EV-Lowering Berries.

    Section 11 - Additional Help

    By this point you should be thoroughly knowledgeable about EVs already! Remember, being knowledgeable means that you can explain something to someone.

    Anyway, you might be stuck along your way, or just want to ask a question that wasn't highlighted in this guide. Look no further - here are some links that will aid you in your quest in becoming the master of EVs.

    Stark Mountain - Click the link and make your way to the "Ask a simple question, get a simple answer" thread. Please avoid creating a new thread; simply ask there. Smogon members are generally fast in responding to your questions and are always willing to help. However, if your question is something along the lines of "WHAT ARE EVs!?" then please look at this guide again. The "Ask a simple question, get a simple answer" thread is the place to go to if you're going to ask about how things work.
    Smogon Wifi Forums - Click the link and make your way to the "Simple Questions / Simple Requests" thread. This is the place to go to if you're looking for the oh-so-hard-to-get Pokerus and EV-reducing berries. If you're looking to set up trade threads or want to help Wifi members EV Train, browse around the Wifi Forums as well.
    Battling 101 - Battling 101 is Smogon's tutoring program that pairs you with an expert for around a one-month period. In addition to helping you battle, tutors will also happily answer questions about EVs and any concerns that you may have. However, this program is difficult to get into - when a new round is up, sign-ups fill very quickly. You will have to battle your way through the program if you want to be a part of this valuable experience.
    Shoddy Battle Team Builder Application - If you download Shoddy Battle from the link on the left and open its Team Builder Application, you will be able to play around with all Pokemon and their EVs. You can also join the Smogon University server to participate in fun-filled battles against many other players!

    Finally, if you're still stuck, I'd suggest reading this a few times. :)

    Now, if your friend decides to challenge you again...

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    Hey, remember me, Dialga? Yeah, I was faster than you the last time we met!
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    Are you sure? I just got EV Trained, you know...
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    *gulp*

    Thank you and I hope you enjoyed my guide in which I attempted to make you laugh a few times but miserably failed.
  2. Ritsi_Time

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    Great guide - layed out well and easy to understand. I'm not a complete beginner when it comes to EVing but I did learn some things from the guide - the Pokérus / Split EVing stuff mainly.
  3. Master Sunny-EX

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    erodent dude this is just cool ^^ of course I know how to ev train but that small list of where to get what evs is a god send. you rock dude!
  4. Tarnished

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    Not bad. You just need a math check here. 275+12 is not 283. It's 287.
  5. Erodent

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    <dt><a href="EV_guide">The Platinum EVing Manual</a></dt>
    <dd>A guide that explains the basics of EVs, how they influence stats, and the steps one needs to take in order to effectively EV Train, thanks to Erodent.</dd>
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    The Platinum EVing Manual
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    <div class="author">By <a href="/forums/member.php?u=24169">Erodent</a>.</div>
    
    <h2>Table of Contents</h2>
    <ol>
    <li><a href="#intro">Introduction</a></li>
    <li><a href="#stats">Analyzing Stats</a></li>
    <li><a href="#basics">Basics of EVs</a></li>
    <li><a href="#rules">Further Rules of EVs</a></li>
    <li><a href="#nature">The Nature Factor</a></li>
    <li><a href="#distribute">Distributing EVs</a></li>
    <li><a href="#prepare">EV Training Preparations</a></li>
    <li><a href="#train">Begin EV Training</a></li>
    <li><a href="#samples">EV Training Samples</a></li>
    <li><a href="#erase">Erase Your EVs</a></li>
    <li><a href="#help">Additional Help</a></li>
    </ol>
    
    <h2><a name="intro">Section One - Introduction</a></h2>
    
    <p>One day, a friend of yours decides to challenge you to a Pokemon Wifi Battle. You are bored, so you accept. Just then, you notice your friend grinning and laughing to himself. Hmm, you think. What does he have planned for me this time – a party of six legendary Pokemon?</p>
    
    <p>Quite the opposite, in fact – as you send your beloved Dialga into battle, your opponent sends in a rather extraordinary Pokemon – a Spinda! What? You think. Aargh, let’s get this over with. You command Dialga to use Roar of Time on the unfortunate bunny and prepare for victory…until you realize that something’s wrong. Something’s VERY wrong. Instead of Roar of Time turning Spinda into bunny stew, the Spinda…is faster than you? It sets up a Substitute while you break it with Roar of Time, and you must recharge on the next turn. You spend this time doing a little research and deduce that you’ve been duped!</p>
    
    <p>“I’ve been duped!” you shout to your friend. After all, how does Spinda, a Pokemon with Base 60 Speed, outrun Dialga, a Pokemon with Base 90 Speed?</p>
    
    <h2><a name="stats">Section Two - Analyzing Stats</a></h2>
    
    <p>This section won’t seem to make much sense YET, but please still read it anyway. As you read on through the other sections, it will be advantageous to be able to refer to this section and actually understand it as you learn bit by bit. Therefore, you should read it through beforehand anyway, even if it doesn’t make sense at all.</p>
    
    <p>We are going to learn how to “analyze” the statistics that you can find for every single Pokemon in every single available analysis. Here is an example of those statistics:</p>
    
    <img src="http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/ErodentEVGuide/stats-1.png" />
    
    <p>Have you ever wondered what all those numbers represent? Well, let's find out!</p>
    
    <ol>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>colorful bars</strong> represent the base stat value of the Pokemon. Look at the ones above. It is easy to see that the Pokemon has high Attack and Speed, but poor Special attack, HP, and Defense. It has average Special Defense.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Min(-)</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a negative nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Min</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Max</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Max(+)</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a positive nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    </ol>
    
    <p>Depending on your knowledge about EVs, IVs, and natures, you might not understand anything yet. However, I will make some references to this section. It will become clearer as you go through the guide.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="basics">Section Three - Basics of EVs</a></h2>
    
    <p>EVs, or <strong>effort values</strong>, are the building blocks of a Pokemon’s stats. If you have always been an in-game trainer, chances are you’ve never heard of them before. However, EVs are extremely important in the world of competitive Pokemon – EVs are what allow a specific stat to reach its full potential! By engaging in a process known as <strong>EV Training</strong>, you will be able to make the most out of a Pokemon’s capabilities.</p>
    
    <p>In order to make your Pokemon powerful, you must first understand the task you must accomplish. Make sure that you are <em>extremely</em> clear with this section before proceeding to the next one.</p>
    
    <p>To get us started, let's look at a Very Important EV Training Rule. There will be a couple of these throughout the guide, and you should know (if not memorize) them.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Very Important Rule #1</strong> - <em>For every 4 EVs that a Pokemon gains in a particular stat, the stat is increased by one point at level 100.</em></p>
    
    <p>If you didn't understand that, here is an example of EVs in action:</p>
    
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/7/73/Spr_4p_437.png" />
    
    <p>Meet Bronzong. Bronzong will be our test subject in this explanation. We are going to analyze its HP stat:</p>
    
    <img src="http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/ErodentEVGuide/stats2.png" />
    
    <p>What the statistic above describes is that Bronzong has Base 67 HP. If you want to maximize its HP stat, you will need to EV train it. Let's make something very clear by this point: since no nature influences HP, HP does not have Min(-) or Max(+) values, so don't worry about those just yet.</p>
    
    <p>With 0 EVs in HP, Bronzong will have the stat's Min value at Level 100. In other words, <em>Bronzong will have 275 HP at Level 100 with 0 EVs (and a HP IV of 31)</em>.</p>
    
    <p>Now, refer back to <strong>Very Important Rule #1</strong>. You can translate the rule to the following:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Formula Translation of Very Important Rule #1</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr><td><strong>Stat Points Earned at Level 100</strong> = (EVs in Stat) / (4)</tr></td>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>So, if Bronzong has <strong>48 EVs in HP</strong>, what happens?</p>
    
    <p><strong>Stat Points Gained at Level 100</strong> = (EVs in Stat) / (4)</p>
    <p><strong>Stat Points Gained at Level 100</strong> = (48) / (4)</p>
    <p><strong>Stat Points Gained at Level 100</strong> = 12</p>
    
    <p>It's not over yet, though. <em>12</em> refers to the Stat Points gained at Level 100. Since we already figured out that Bronzong will have a HP Stat of 275 at Level 100 with 0 HP EVs, simply add 275 + 12 = 287. The formula is this:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Formula Used to Calculate Stat at Level 100</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr><td><strong>Final Stat at Level 100</strong> = (Stat's value in MIN/MIN(-) Column) + (Stat Points Gained through EVs)</tr></td>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>Continue to use that formula and refer back to the previous paragraph:</p>
    
    <p><strong>Final Stat at Level 100</strong> = (Stat's value in MIN/MIN(-) Column) + (Stat Points Gained through EVs)</p>
    <p><strong>Final Stat at Level 100</strong> = (275) + (12)</p>
    <p><strong>Final Stat at Level 100</strong> = 287</p>
    
    <p>And that's the final answer: 287, or: Bronzong will have 287 HP at Level 100 with 48 HP EVs.</p>
    
    <p>It's not as hard as it looks. In fact, the formulae above are so simple that they're fit for even mental calculations assuming you know the Min/Min(-) value of any stat and the number of EVs you're investing in the stat. The Min/Min(-) values of a stat can be found on any Smogon analysis page. Now, to make sure you've understood, YOU try.</p>
    
    <p><strong>What will Bronzong's HP be at level 100 if it has 100 HP EVs?</strong></p>
    
    <p>The stat will increase by - you guessed it (100 EVs/4) = 25, and the final stat value will be - you guessed it again (275+25) = 300 HP. You're doing very well!</p>
    
    <p>Now that we're done with that, you should be able to make a wise inference. <strong>The number of EVs you invest should always be divisible by four</strong>. For example, if you invest 7 EVs in a stat, the stat will rise by (7/4) = 1.75, which is rounded down to 1. If you invest 8 EVs in a stat (8 is divisible by 4), the stat will rise by (8/2) = 2, which is 2, not 1.</p>
    
    <p>However, realize that the example in this section is only referring to Bronzong and its HP stat. Different Pokemon with different base stats obviously have different stats at Level 100, but the concept remains the same. Hopefully you will be able to calculate the values of stats with varying EVs at Level 100 with this newfound knowledge.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="rules">Section Four - Further Rules of EVs</a></h2>
    
    <p>Now, you're probably thinking, "Why can Bronzong only have a maximum HP stat of 338? Can't I maximize it and make it 999?" This brings us to Very Important Rule #2:</p>
    
    <p><strong>Very Important Rule #2</strong> - <em>A Pokemon can only have a maximum of 510 total EVs. A Pokemon can only have a maximum of 255 EVs in one stat.</em></p>
    
    <p>However, as previously explained, investing 255 EVs is unwise; always make your invested EVs divisible by 4. The closest number less than 255 which can be divisible by 4 is <strong>252</strong>. Now, since you can only invest 252 EVs in one stat, how many stat points does that stat rise by? To figure that out, simply use (252/4) = <strong>63</strong>. The number 63 is very special. Now, let's take another look at Bronzong's HP stat:</p>
    
    <img src="http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/ErodentEVGuide/stats2.png" />
    
    <p>Subtract Bronzong's Max HP and Min HP. (338-275) = ?</p>
    
    <p>Lo and behold...you get 63! If you still don't get it, it means that a stat can only rise by 63 points and no more. That's the highest it can go. The Min value is obviously defined by the Base Value of the stat. This applies to the stats ALL of the Pokemon in the game, except for Shedinja’s HP stat, which is always 1, no matter what you do.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Refer!</strong> Let's go back to Section 2. Observe the Min and Max (not Min(-) or Max(+)) columns and subtract the numbers in the Max column by the numbers in the Min column. You get 63 all the time; there are no exceptions. Similarly, although the statistics don’t show it, the Pokemon’s stat at Level 100 with 252 EVs and a NEGATIVE nature (Min(-)) will be the (value in the Min(-) column + 63). Hopefully some things have become clearer now.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="nature">Section Five - The Nature Factor</a></h2>
    
    <p>This section asks the question, <em>What about the Min (-) and Max(+) columns?</em></p>
    
    <p>Let's take a look at this Attack stat:</p>
    
    <img src="http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/ErodentEVGuide/stats3-1.png" />
    
    <ol>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>colorful bars</strong> represent the base stat value of the Pokemon. Look at the ones above. It is easy to see that the Pokemon has high Attack and Speed, but poor Special attack, HP, and Defense. It has average Special Defense.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Min(-)</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a negative nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Min</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 0 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Max</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a neutral nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    <li>The numbers in the <strong>Max(+)</strong> column give a Pokemon’s stat value at level 100 assuming a positive nature, 252 EVs and 31 IVs in the stat.</li>
    </ol>
    
    <p>This is where it gets a little more complicated. Previously, we evaluated Bronzong's HP stat, but since HP is not influenced by any nature, the Min(-) and Max(+) columns were without values.</p>
    
    <p>However, the remaining five stats DO have values within the Min(-) and Max(+) columns. Some of these are influenced by natures. Consider this. Look at the attack stat above. By now, you should know that with 252 Atk EVs, the Attack stat will become 339 at level 100.</p>
    
    <p>However, natures also come into play. Here are some examples of natures in conjunction with EVs:</p>
    
    <p>Suppose an Adamant nature is assumed. Adamant BOOSTS Attack, so appropriate investment in the Atk stat will unlock access to the Max(+) column. In other words, with <strong>252 Atk EVs, an Adamant (boosting) nature and 31 IVs</strong>, the attack stat of the Pokemon with Base 120 Attack will be the Max(+) value, or <strong>372.</strong></p>
    
    <p>In reverse, suppose a Modest nature is assumed. Modest REDUCES Attack. With <strong>0 Atk EVs, a Modest (reducing) nature and 31 IVs</strong>, the Attack stat of the Pokemon with Base 120 Attack will be the Min(-) value, or <strong>248</strong>.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Refer!</strong> Go back to section two. The Max+ and Min- column explanations should be clear by now. You should also, by this point, understand quite a lot about EV investment.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Infer!</strong> If by this point you’re well-informed enough, then you can infer two things:</p>
    
    <ol>
    <li>Only two of a Pokemon’s stats can be the value in the Max column at all times.</li>
    <li>Only one of a Pokemon’s stats can be the value in the Max(+) column at all times.</li>
    </ol>
    
    <h2><a name="distribute">Section Six - Distributing EVs</a></h2>
    
    <p>As you should already know, a Pokemon has six stat categories: HP, Atk, Def, SpA, SpD, and Spe. Depending on the Pokemon you're using, you'll want to concentrate on EV Training the right stats. For example, let's imagine that we're going to EV train an Aerodactyl. Aerodactyl’s Attack stat is superior to its Special Attack stat, so you'll want to EV train it in Attack. Also, how about we EV train it in Speed to make it difficult to outrun? There, you have a plan as to what to EV train (Attack and Speed)! By wisely and thoughtfully distributing your EVs, you will be able to turn an otherwise poor Pokemon into a very competent battling weapon.</p>
    
    <p>This section assumes that you already know the basics of EV investment. For example, if we're EV training a Physical Lucario, then we should EV train it in Attack, to boost its strength, and Speed, to boost its agility.</p>
    
    <p>Distributing EVs is very simple. First, you should decide the purpose of your Pokemon. After you've done that, take a look at this chart to see what EVs you should commonly invest in:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Purpose of Pokemon</th>
    <th>EVs to Invest in</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Physical Sweeper</strong></td>
    <td>Atk EVs, Spe EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Special Sweeper</strong></td>
    <td>SpA EVs, Spe EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Mixed Sweeper</strong></td>
    <td>Atk EVs, SpA EVs, Spe EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Physical Wall</strong></td>
    <td>HP EVs, Def EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Special Wall</strong></td>
    <td>HP EVs, SpD EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Double Wall</strong></td>
    <td>HP EVs, Def EVs, SpD EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Physical Tank</strong></td>
    <td>HP EVs, Atk EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Special Tank</strong></td>
    <td>HP EVs, SpA EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Mixed Tank</strong></td>
    <td>HP EVs, Atk EVs, SpA EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Wall Breaker</strong></td>
    <td>Atk EVs, SpA EVs, HP and/or Spe EVs</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>With that information in mind, let's practice distributing EVs for some subjects. Firstly, Dugtrio. Dugtrio is a Physical Sweeper, so dump EVs into Attack and Speed. Secondly, Cresselia. Cresselia can be a Double Wall, so distribute EVs into HP, Defense, and Special Defense. Finally, Lickilicky. It has a good movepool going for it to go mixed, but it seems slow. It can't be a mixed sweeper because of lack of Speed, so why not make it a Wall Breaker? Invest Attack, Special Attack, and HP EVs into it. That wasn't difficult, was it?</p>
    
    <p>However, you may not always choose to invest maximum EVs into core stats all the time. Let's think of Gyarados. 252 Atk EVs is a no-brainer, but suppose you don't want all that Speed? You can make it Adamant-natured and EV train it a spread of 252 Atk / 184 Spe / 74 HP to outrun Starmie after a Dragon Dance. As you can see, some Speed EVs were transferred to HP to make Gyarados slightly bulkier. Distribute your EVs wisely, find specific purposes with which they serve, and you will be off to a good start in no time.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="prepare">Section Seven - EV Training Preparations</a></h2>
    
    <p>Now you're thinking: The previous six sections were all about information, information, and more information; I've had enough, so tell me how I EV Train! Sorry, not just yet. We still need to make some very important preparations. Trust me, you'll need them - plus, this is the last boring section before we actually EV train.</p>
    
    <p>Alright, let's say you just traded for a really cool Gengar you got off the GTS - and it has no EVs!</p>
    
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/9/95/Spr_4p_094.png" />
    
    <p>How do you make Gengar obtain EVs?</p>
    
    <p><strong>Very Important Rule #3</strong> - <em>You gain EVs by defeating in-game Pokemon. Different Pokemon give different EVs.</em></p>
    
    <p>For example, by killing one Gastly, you will obtain 1 SpA EV, and by killing one Bidoof you will obtain 1 HP EV. I will not list down each and every Pokemon and what EV point(s) they give, but I will instead list down some common Pokemon you can find in the Sinnoh region (Platinum) and the EVs they give:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Pokemon</th>
    <th>EVs Given</th>
    <th>Most Convenient Location</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td>Bidoof</td>
    <td>1 HP</td>
    <td>Route 201</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Shellos</td>
    <td>1 HP</td>
    <td>Route 205 South</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Gastrodon</td>
    <td>2 HP</td>
    <td>Route 218</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Shinx</td>
    <td>1 Atk</td>
    <td>Route 202</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Machop</td>
    <td>1 Atk</td>
    <td>Route 207</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Gyarados</td>
    <td>2 Atk</td>
    <td>Fish Anywhere with Super Rod</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Geodude</td>
    <td>1 Def</td>
    <td>Oreburgh Mine</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Bronzor</td>
    <td>1 Def</td>
    <td>Wayward Cave</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Sudowoodo</td>
    <td>2 Def</td>
    <td>Route 221</td>
    </tr>
    <td>Gastly</td>
    <td>1 SpA</td>
    <td>Old Chateau</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Budew</td>
    <td>1 SpA</td>
    <td>Route 205 North</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Golduck</td>
    <td>2 SpA</td>
    <td>Surf in Resort Area</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Tentacool</td>
    <td>1 SpD</td>
    <td>Surf in Route 213</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Swablu</td>
    <td>1 SpD</td>
    <td>Route 210 North</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Tentacruel</td>
    <td>2 SpD</td>
    <td>Surf in Route 223</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Magikarp</td>
    <td>1 Spe</td>
    <td>Fish Anywhere with Old Rod / Fisherman Facing East (West of Eterna City)</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Starly</td>
    <td>1 Spe</td>
    <td>Route 201</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Floatzel</td>
    <td>2 Spe</td>
    <td>Route 218</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>Alright, now that we have a pretty good list of where to kill what, let's go back to our Gengar. Here's another rule for you -</p>
    
    <p><strong>Very Important Rule #4</strong> - <em>A Pokemon starts gaining EVs from its very first battle.</em></p>
    
    <p>That simply means that if you have a freshly bred Clamperl and send it to battle, it automatically gains EVs from what it first kills. Now, let's look at some steps that we need to take in order to help us EV Train.</p>
    
    <p><strong>1. Determine your Distribution</strong>.</p>
    
    <p>For more information, please check Section 6. Since we're dealing with Gengar, you can travel to <a href="/dp/pokemon/gengar">Gengar's analysis</a> to figure out its base stats. Gengar's Special Attack and Speed are the qualities that make it effective, so in our example we will focus on that. A simple spread that maximizes Gengar's Special Attacking potential will do - we will set the following as our goal:</p>
    
    <p><strong>Timid Nature + 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP EVs</strong></p>
    
    <p>It's as simple as that! Simply determine what your Pokemon is good at (or steal or create some EVs), and you're ready to roll.</p>
    
    <p><strong>2. Make Preparations</strong>.</p>
    
    <p>Making preparations before EV Training is crucial. In fact, it's so crucial that it will make your work ten times easier...literally! Let's ponder over this for a while. Looking at our EV spread of 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP, we're going to need to kill 252 Pokemon that give special Attack EVs, 252 Pokemon that give Speed EVs, and 6 Pokemon that give HP EVs. Right?</p>
    
    <p>At first glance this might be the way to go. However, would you really want to spend hours killing more than 600 Pokemon? Obviously not! Thankfully, Gamefreak has blessed the Pokemon games with a number of useful tools that will lift a burden off our shoulders and prevent us from clicking buttons from dusk till dawn.</p>
    
    <p>Let me introduce some (more) formulae to you. In the following formulae, please assume that the variable <strong>y</strong> refers to the number of unique EVs gained by defeating any Pokemon.</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Condition</th>
    <th>Formulae</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td>With no Item and no Pokerus</td>
    <td>y</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>With Pokerus or a Macho Brace</td>
    <td>(y * 2)</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>With Pokerus and a Macho Brace</td>
    <td>(y * 4)</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>With a Power Item</td>
    <td>(y + 4)</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>With a Power Item and Pokerus</td>
    <td>(y + 4) * 2</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>Yes, it's true - you can enhance the number of EVs you gain for every Pokemon you kill! The proof? Why, the formulae above! Now you're thinking about all those weird terms and items in the formulae up there, right? Well, fear no more - I will reveal their purposes!</p>
    
    <ol>
    <li><strong>Pokerus</strong> - You may have heard of a "virus" in the Pokemon games known as Pokerus. If you haven't, don't stress yourself, as there is only a 1/21845 chance for a Pokemon to actually be diagnosed by the mysterious virus. If a Pokemon in your party does have Pokerus, the nurse at the Pokemon Center will tell you. A Pokemon will also have the symbol <img src="http://gpxplus.net/files/images/pokerus.png" /> in its profile if it does have the virus. In order to spread the virus around, you will want two Pokemon in your party: a Pokerus patient and a patient-to-be. Have the patient battle a few Pokemon (usually 3-7) until the symbol <img src="http://gpxplus.net/files/images/pokerus.png" /> appears in the patient-to-be's profile. For more information, head over to the <a href="http://www.smogon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=53">Smogon Wifi Forums</a>; I'm sure that a lot of friendly faces are willing to give you a hand. Anyway, what's so good about a stupid virus, you ask? Well...<strong>Pokerus doubles EVs earned</strong>. That's why it's such a useful thing to have. However, Pokerus is not unlimited. If you leave your Pokemon in your party and not in your PC for one day, the Pokemon in question will no longer be able to spread Pokerus, indicated by the symbol <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v81/knightkris/pkrssmileycopy.gif" />. As said before, this Pokemon will be unable to spread Pokerus, but still has the effects of Pokerus remaining. It is not recommended that you begin EV training without Pokerus. Have your Pokemon contract it now!</li>
    <li><strong>The Macho Brace</strong> - The Macho Brace is another excellent item that also <strong>doubles EVs earned</strong>. You can get it by heading to Pastoria City, entering a house directly north of the Pokemart, talking to the boy, and showing him both genders of Combee. Do note that female Combees are rather rare, so you might have to do a little searching. The Macho Brace halves the Speed (not EVs, just the stat, temporarily) of your Pokemon in battle. Though the Macho Brace seems sweet, it's not really the best. The best are:</li>
    <li>Power Items - Power Items also greatly aid in EV Training specific stats, although they can be rather problematic to purchase. They are only available as Battle Tower prizes, and each costs 16 BPs (Battle Points), so you will need to challenge the Battle Tower several times to earn the BPs you need. Purchase all six of them! You'll need them. Like the Macho Brace, Power Items also halve the Speed of your Pokemon in battle.</li>
    </ol>
    
    <p>Since I have advised you to buy all six Power Items, here is a reference as to which item boosts what:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Power Item</th>
    <th>EVs Provided</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/7/7b/Bag_Power_Weight_Sprite.png" /> Power Weight</td>
    <td>HP EVs Only</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/8/84/Bag_Power_Bracer_Sprite.png" /> Power Bracer</td>
    <td>Atk EVs Only</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/b/b6/Bag_Power_Belt_Sprite.png" /> Power Belt</td>
    <td>Def EVs Only</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/4/4f/Bag_Power_Lens_Sprite.png" /> Power Lens</td>
    <td>SpA EVs Only</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/6/65/Bag_Power_Band_Sprite.png" /> Power Band</td>
    <td>SpD EVs Only</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/8/87/Bag_Power_Anklet_Sprite.png" /> Power Anklet</td>
    <td>Spe EVs Only</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>Take another look at the five formulae of EV Training I just showed you. If you do a little math, you'll realize that the formulae that can yield the most EVs is:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Condition</th>
    <th>Formulae</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td>With a Power Item and Pokerus</td>
    <td>(y + 4) * 2</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>Therefore, we will be focusing on that one. But first, just how many EVs can you gain now if you have both Pokerus and equip a Power Item? Assume <strong>y</strong> is 1. That's 10 EVs per kill! See how I didn't lie when I told you your life would be ten times easier if you made preparations? (Also, if you haven't already, get your Power Items...NOW!)</p>
    
    <p>Pokerus and Power Items are pretty much the most essential things to have - together, they harmoniously make the most out of the number of EVs you gain for every Pokemon you kill. It's not over yet, though...</p>
    
    <p><strong>3. Vis-a-Vis Vitamins</strong>...</p>
    
    <p>It's in the human nature for we as people to look for the easiest way to get things done, and EV Training is no exception. Let's make your life ten times easier! Yes, again!</p>
    
    <p>Vitamins in Pokemon terminology are the following six items that require no additional explanation from me:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Vitamin</th>
    <th>EVs Provided</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/5/5b/HPUpSprite.png" /> HP UP</td>
    <td>10 HP EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/1/11/ProteinSprite.png" /> Protein</td>
    <td>10 Atk Evs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/f/f5/IronSprite.png" /> Iron </td>
    <td>10 Def EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/8/8d/CalciumSprite.png" /> Calcium</td>
    <td>10 SpA EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/9/94/ZincSprite.png" /> Zinc</td>
    <td>10 SpD EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/6/68/CarbosSprite.png" /> Carbos</td>
    <td>10 Spe EVs</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>Just like that, you can use Vitamins to automatically add EVs to your Pokemon without having to do anything but press a few buttons! However, with good news usually comes the bad, and there are two "catches" of using Vitamins:</p>
    
    <ol>
    <li><strong>$$$$$... ?????</strong>: Vitamins are downright expensive. They cost 9800 a bottle and are sold from the Veilstone City Department Store (Fly to Veilstone City; the Department Store is on the same island as where you land). If you have 999,999 and are looking for a couple of battles, do spend your money on these valuable items. However, they are certainly worth the money. Vitamins can also be purchased for 1 BP per bottle in the Battle Tower.</li>
    <li><strong>Limitations</strong>: You can only use 10 Vitamins on each stat, and Vitamins only work for the first 100 EVs of any stat. That's the maximum number, but 10 Vitamins = 100 EVs already. That's no laughing matter.</li>
    </ol>
    
    <h2><a name="train">Section Eight - Begin EV Training</a></h2>
    
    <p>Previously we mentioned our example Gengar:</p>
    
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/9/95/Spr_4p_094.png" />
    <p><strong>Goal: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP</strong></p>
    
    <p>It is also very important to remember that EVs are invisible and that you will not be able to see their full advantages until your Pokemon reaches higher levels, so KEEP TRACK of your EVs, and don't worry if it doesn't seem like your Pokemon is gaining many stat points at low levels!</p>
    
    <p>Let's go through the process, then!</p>
    
    <p>Have a Pokerus patient spread the virus to Gengar. In order to do this, simply have them both (and both only) in the party and battle in the wild a few times.</p>
    <p>2. Purchase 10 Calcium and 10 Carbos Vitamins.</p>
    <p>3. Feed the Vitamins.</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>100 SpA / 100 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>152 SpA / 152 Spe / 6 HP</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>100 SpA / 100 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>4. Head over to the Old Chateau in Eterna Forest.</p>
    <p>5. Equip the Power Lens.</p>
    <p>6. Kill 15 Gastly. <strong>(150 SpA EVs)</strong></p>
    <p>7. Remove the Power Lens.</p>
    <p>8. Kill 1 Gastly. <strong>(2 SpA EVs)</strong></p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>152 SpA</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>152 Spe / 6 HP</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>252 SpA / 100 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>9. Go anywhere with a pool of water.</p>
    <p>10. Equip the Power Anklet.</p>
    <p>11. Use your Old Rod to fish for Magikarp. Kill 15 Magikarp. <strong>(150 Spe EVs)</strong></p>
    <p>12. Remove the Power Anklet.</p>
    <p>13. Kill 1 Magikarp. <strong>(2 Spe EVs)</strong></p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>152 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>6 HP</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>252 SpA / 252 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>14. Go to Route 201.</p>
    <p>15. Do not equip anything and kill 3 Bidoof. <strong>(6 HP EVs)</strong></p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>6 HP</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>None</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>252 SpA / 252 Spe / 6 HP - Done!</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>17. Go to Sunyshore City, head over to the Market, and talk to the woman to get the Effort Ribbon.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Commentary</strong>: If you've been following intently, then you've just learnt how to EV Train a Pokemon. You might have some questions, though. For instance, what does Step 13 mean? By that point, you had 150 Speed EVs already and wanted only 2 more EVs. In order to do that, unequip your Power Item (Anklet in this case) and kill only one more Magikarp to obtain the 2 Speed EVs. How does that work? Well, refer to the old formula:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Condition</th>
    <th>Formulae</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td>With Pokerus or a Macho Brace</td>
    <td>(y * 2)</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>With only Pokerus, the EVs you gain are doubled. Magikarp yields 1 Speed EV, and if you double that, it becomes 2 EVs. Equipping and unequipping Power Items at the right times help prevent you from over-EVing.</p>
    
    <p><img src="http://www.psypokes.com/dp/ribbons/ribbons/effort.png" /><strong>The Effort Ribbon</strong></p>
    <p>The Effort Ribbon is awarded to a Pokemon by a woman in Sunyshore Market. A Pokemon obtains the Effort Ribbon if it successfully gains 510 EVs. You will need all 510; 508 won't do! Use the ribbon as a reference to realize whether or whether not you messed up. Practice makes perfect...don't finish EV Training until you get this reward! After you obtain 510 EVs, you may level your Pokemon up to whatever level you desire.</p>
    
    <p><strong>"Split EV Training"</strong></p>
    <p>Split EV Training is a far more dangerous method than the Standard method of focusing on one stat before moving on to the next. Split EV Training refers to the following: for example, you equip a Power Lens to your Pokemon and kill a Bidoof. That means you gain 4 Special Attack EVs and 1 HP EV by killing one Bidoof, numbers of which are obviously doubled by Pokerus. This method is not recommended because of difficulty to keep track of EVs, but if you have an effective way of doing so, feel free to Split EV Train.</p>
    
    <p><strong>"The Box Trick"</strong></p>
    <p>The Box Trick is a useful way to EV Train some Pokemon so that they are allowed to participate in Pokemon Video Game Tournaments. The Video Game Tournaments only permit Pokemon up to level 50 to enter; several important Pokemon are only available at Level 50 in Platinum - for example, Heatran and Cresselia. Usually, after EV Training, you will level a Pokemon up until the EVs you invested into it become clearly shown in its stats. However, with "The Box Trick", you will be able to simply EV Train a Pokemon, place it in your PC box (during which time your Pokemon's stats are recalculated to reflect the EVs you invested into it), withdraw it, and the Pokemon's stats change based on the EVs you invested into it. In other words, if your Pokemon is at level 1, no dramatic changes will be seen; however, if your Pokemon is at level 50, you will be able to see evident changes in their stats. Note that your Pokemon will still gain EXP in the EV Training process, though, so it is recommended that you fight low-level Pokemon. In conclusion, this is simply a way of making EVs seen without having to level a Pokemon up.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="samples">Section Nine - EV Training Samples</a></h2>
    
    <p>Still confused? This section provides 2 more examples of how to EV Train some spreads.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Example One: Uxie</strong></p>
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/f/f9/Spr_4p_480.png" />
    <p><strong>240 HP / 28 Def / 16 SpA / 8 SpD / 218 Spe</p>
    
    <p>1. Have Uxie contract Pokerus.</p>
    <p>2. Buy the applicable vitamins - 10 HP Ups, 10 Carbos, 2 Iron, and 1 Calcium.</p>
    <p>3. Feed the Vitamins.</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>100 Spe / 100 HP / 20 Def / 10 SpA</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>140 HP / 8 Def / 6 SpA / 8 SpD / 118 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>100 Spe / 100 HP / 20 Def / 10 SpA</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>4. Head over to Route 201. Equip the Power Weight.</p> 
    <p>5. Kill 14 Bidoof <strong>(140 HP EVs)</strong>.</p>
    <p>6. Unequip the Power Weight. Head over to Oreburgh Mine. Equip nothing.</p>
    <p>7. Kill 4 Geodude <strong>(8 Def EVs)</strong>.</p>
    <p>8. Head over to the Old Chateau. Equip nothing. Kill 3 Gastly <strong>(6 SpA EVs)</strong>.</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>140 HP / 8 Def / 6 SpA</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>8 SpD / 118 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>240 HP / 28 Def / 16 SpA / 100 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>9. Head over to Route 213. Surf in the water and equip nothing.</p>
    <p>10. Kill 4 Tentacool <strong>(8 SpD EVs)</strong>.</p>
    <p>11. Find any pool of water. Equip a Power Anklet. Use your Old Rod and fish for Magikarps.</p>
    <p>12. Kill 11 Magikarp <strong>(110 Spe EVs)</strong>.</p>
    <p>13. Unequip the Power Anklet.</p>
    <p>14. Kill 4 Magikarp <strong>(8 Spe EVs)</strong>.</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Idea</th>
    <th>Data</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs Earned</strong></td>
    <td>8 SpD / 118 Spe</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>EVs To Go</strong></td>
    <td>None</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><strong>Total EVs we Have</strong></td>
    <td>240 HP / 28 Def / 16 SpA / 8 SpD / 218 Spe - Done!</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>15. Collect the Effort Ribbon.</p>
    
    <p><strong>Example Two: Marowak</strong></p>
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/3/3d/Spr_4d_105.png" />
    <p><strong>??????????</strong></p>
    
    <p>Your mother asks you to EV Train her Marowak as a chore. She tells you these things:</p>
    
    <ol>
    <li><strong>Marowak is meant for Trick Room!</strong></li>
    <li><strong>Marowak must be bulky!</strong></li>
    <li><strong>Marowak must hit hard with Earthquake and Stone Edge!</strong></li>
    </ol>
    
    <p>In this example, we must adhere to Mother's rules, find a spread of our own, and train the Marowak.</p>
    
    <p>Clue 1 states that "Marowak is meant for Trick Room". This means that training Speed EVs is out of the question.</p>
    <p>Clue 2 states that "Marowak must be bulky". Usually, one would train HP EVs for this.</p>
    <p>Clue 3 states that "Marowak must hit hard with Earthquake and Stone Edge". Mother is referring to Marowak's Attack stat, so we'll train too.</p>
    
    <p>What do you think the spread will be?</p>
    
    <p>We can generate a simple spread of 252 HP / 252 Atk / 6 Def and begin training the Marowak! 252 HP EVs buffs Marowak up, 252 Atk EVs allows it to hit hard, and 6 Def is simply an excuse for not investing in Speed EVs.</strong>
    
    <p>This example will not use references to how many EVs are left, how many EVs you gained, and the Total EVs you have. It gets harder, but isn't too hard at all!</p>
    
    <ol>
    <li>Have Marowak contract Pokerus.</li>
    <li>Buy 10 HP Ups and 10 Proteins. Feed the Vitamins.</li> 
    <li>Head over to Route 201.</li> 
    <li>Equip a Power Weight.</li> 
    <li>Kill 15 Bidoof.</li>
    <li>Unequip the Power Weight.</li>
    <li>Kill 1 Bidoof.</li>
    <li>Head over to Route 202.</li>
    <li>Equip a Power Bracer.</li>
    <li>Kill 15 Shinx.</li>
    <li>Unequip the Power Bracer.</li>
    <li>Kill 1 Shinx.</li>
    <li>Head over to Oreburgh Mine. Equip nothing.</li>
    <li>Kill 3 Geodude.</li>
    <li>Collect the Effort Ribbon.</li>
    </ol>
    
    <p>And we are finally done.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="erase">Section Nine - Erase Your EVs</a></h2>
    
    <p>Oh no, oh no! It's the end of the world! You were happily using this guide, read a little too much, and <em>trained the wrong EVs</em>! What can be done!?</p>
    
    <p>Well, hopefully you know the EVs you trained wrong. If not, you'll have to start all over again. And you can, with the help of these six Berries:</p>
    
    <table class="sortable">
    <thead>
    <tr>
    <th>Berry</th>
    <th>EVs Erased</th>
    </tr>
    </thead>
    
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/d/dd/Bag_Pomeg_Berry_Sprite.png" /> Pomeg Berry</td>
    <td>10 HP EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/e/eb/Bag_Kelpsy_Berry_Sprite.png" /> Kelpsy Berry</td>
    <td>10 Atk EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/9/9e/Bag_Qualot_Berry_Sprite.png" /> Qualot Berry</td>
    <td>10 Def EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/3/3b/Bag_Hondew_Berry_Sprite.png" /> Hondew Berry</td>
    <td>10 SpA EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/6/64/Bag_Grepa_Berry_Sprite.png" /> Grepa Berry</td>
    <td>10 SpD EVs</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/9/9a/Bag_Tamato_Berry_Sprite.png" /> Tamato Berry</td>
    <td>10 Spe EVs</td>
    </tr>
    </tbody>
    </table>
    
    <p>One thing about these Berries that turns them on is this: if you invested more than 100 EVs in a stat, the first Berry you use to delete EVs in that stat will <strong>reduce it to 100 EVs</strong>. That's right - if you had 240 Defense EVs in a stat, and you used one Qualot Berry, then you'd have 100 Defense EVs left. All subsequent Berries will reduce the EV points by 10. Conclusion: you will only need 11 of a type of Berry to completely erase the EVs in one particular stat.</p>
    
    <p>These Berries might seem like godsends, but they're actually pretty rare and hard to get. There are two ways to get them. First, hop over to the <a href="http://www.smogon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=53">Smogon Wifi Forums</a> and ask for help. Second, get them from the Berry Master, located in the house on Route 208. You are better off going with the first option, since the Berry Master gives a whole lot of Berry types and you'll need to soft reset for these EV-Lowering Berries.</p>
    
    <h2><a name="samples">Section Eleven - Additional Help</a></h2>
    
    <p>By this point you should be thoroughly knowledgeable about EVs already! Remember, being knowledgeable means that you can explain something to someone.</p>
    
    <p>Anyway, you might be stuck along your way, or just want to ask a question that wasn't highlighted in this guide. Look no further - here are some links that will aid you in your quest in becoming the master of EVs.</p>
    
    <p><a href="http://www.smogon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=43"><strong>Stark Mountain</strong></a> - Click the link and make your way to the "<strong>Ask a simple question, get a simple answer</strong>" thread. Please avoid creating a new thread; simply ask there. Smogon members are generally fast in responding to your questions and are always willing to help. However, if your question is something along the lines of "WHAT ARE EVs!?" then please look at this guide again. The "<strong>Ask a simple question, get a simple answer</strong>" thread is the place to go to if you're going to ask about how things work.</p>
    <p><a href="http://www.smogon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=53"><strong>Smogon Wifi Forums</strong></a> - Click the link and make your way to the "<strong>Simple Questions / Simple Requests</strong>" thread. This is the place to go to if you're looking for the oh-so-hard-to-get Pokerus and EV-reducing berries. If you're looking to set up trade threads or want to help Wifi members EV Train, browse around the Wifi Forums as well.</p>
    <p><a href="http://www.smogon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42"><strong>Battling 101</strong></a> - Battling 101 is Smogon's tutoring program that pairs you with an expert for around a one-month period. In addition to helping you battle, tutors will also happily answer questions about EVs and any concerns that you may have. However, this program is difficult to get into - when a new round is up, sign-ups fill very quickly. You will have to battle your way through the program if you want to be a part of this valuable experience.</p>
    <p><a href="http://shoddybattle.com/downloads"><strong>Shoddy Battle Team Builder Application</strong></a> - If you download Shoddy Battle from the link on the left and open its Team Builder Application, you will be able to play around with all Pokemon and their EVs. You can also join the Smogon University server to participate in fun-filled battles against many other players!</p>
    
    <p>Finally, if you're still stuck, I'd suggest reading <a href="http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57856">this</a> a few times. :)</p>
    
    <p>Now, if your friend decides to challenge you again...</p>
    
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/b/bf/Spr_4d_327.png" />
    <p><strong>Hey, remember me, Dialga? Yeah, I was faster than you the last time we met!</strong></p>
    
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/e/e5/Spr_4p_483.png" />
    <p><strong>Are you sure? I just got EV Trained, you know...</strong></p>
    
    <img src="http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/b/bf/Spr_4d_327.png" />
    <p><strong>*gulp*</strong></p>
    
    <p>Thank you and I hope you enjoyed my guide in which I attempted to make you laugh a few times but miserably failed.</p>
    
    
    
  6. A$AP DARKY

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    remember that this is still c&c, so please limit your posting to posts which help or are useful in some way. the first two posts don't fall under this category, although i'm sure erodent surely appreciates the sentiments.

    that said, this is a good guide. you should work on formatting it a little better. there are some parts that won't transition well onto the site (the colors for example). work on eliminating unnecessary bolding, too, and instead of using CAPS to show emphasis, bold those words.

    good work.
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    Carbon should be Carbos.

    EDIT: You might want to include a list of trainers to EV train against. This guide is reasonably good (note that the 6 Magikarp trainer does make split EV training quite easy since you always face 6 pokemon that give 8 EVs to the Power item stat and 2 EVs to Speed, assuming pkrs.)
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    Thanks darkie; I think I'll start by un-bolding the Max and Min stuff.

    Garchomp of the Funk - Nice catch, editing it. Thanks! Since this is Platinum-based, I was looking through a list of trainers in Platinum and I didn't find many of them to be effective, except the 6 Magikarp fisherman you mentioned. It is unfortunate that the 5-bidoof cowgirl disappeared. Because the only extra useful one was the fisherman, I decided against creating such a section.
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    Looks pretty good. A few things to point out, though:

    Unrecommended isn't a word. I'd just replace "highly unrecommended" with "not recommended" - I think the red font makes it obvious that you really think that the method is a bad idea.

    You might want to expand on the limitations a little - you can only use vitamins for the first 100 EVs in a stat.

    If you use a berry when your EVs for a particular stat are above 100, the EVs for that stat will drop to 100. So to clear EVs from a stat completely, you only need to use a maximum of 11 EV-reducing berries.
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    TotalPotato - Great stuff, great stuff; I'll edit them right now. Thank you very much. Anyway, I hope I worded the berry thing well:

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    104 EV != 100 EV.
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    bad math as pointed out by tarnished

    this should be 48 HP EVs; 12 is the HP gain

    iirc "Hp" should be "HP" because it's an abbreviation for Hit Points

    apart from these nitpicks very well thought out and written guide
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    Thank you both of you. whistle, I'm currently in the process of changing all the words "Hp" into "HP".
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    Very small correction but;
    I suppose you mean "look", instead of "lo".
    Nice guide though.
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    You've never heard of the phrase "lo and behold"?
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    "lo" is derived from "look", but "lo and behold" is perfectly legit.
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    Today I looked over the guide again and found a myriad of capitalization errors in stats (attack, defense, etc, which should be Attack, Defense, etc) Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing a few more comments before the dreaded HTMLization process.

    EDIT: HTMLization is underway! I'm not good at it (this is my first try), so expect to wait a while. But then again darkie is out there to steer me in the right direction :p The HTMLization draft can be found in post #5. Please help me point out errors if you see any. Thanks!
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    Thanks for this guide! Really helpful. I understood most of it.

    I just have a few questions regarding EV Training.

    When I kill for example a bidoof, the pokemon I'm using gets 1EV Point assuming it has no PKRS/Power Item, without the need to level it up.

    And now, lets say I have a PorygonZ, I maxed it out at 252/252/6 and its at Level 30. Do I continue EV Training it or can I train the fastest way possible?
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    you can level a pokemon up normally after it has 510 EVs
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    Very nice guide, especially for those who are new to the EV training process. However, since this is an in-depth guide on EVs, you might want to mention the "box trick". In case you're not familiar with the box trick, it entails EV training a Pokèmon, depositing it in the PC, then withdrawing it again. Once the Pokèmon is withdrawn from the PC, its stats are recalculated; all EVs that it earned will be used to calculate its stats.

    The box trick is useful for EV training Pokèmon such as Cresselia or Heatran (in Platinum) for use in the Pokèmon Video Game Tournaments; these tournaments only permit Pokèmon up to level 50, and using the box trick, Cresselia and Heatran can gain EVs, without leveling up. You might want to note that in D/P/P, the box trick does not work on level 100 Pokèmon.
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    Mention that you can fight fisherman Andrew west of eterna. Fighting his 6 magikarp is far easier than fishing for them and requires much less attention, allowing you to do other things like read/watch tv/surf the internet.
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    Shy Guy - I'll make a brief mention about that when I have the time to do so later. Basically, once you gain 510 EVs and the Effort Ribbon, you're free to level your Pokemon up to whatever level you wish; however, in traditional Level 100 battles, your Pokemon are automatically leveled up to 100 and if you've EV trained them, you'll see the difference.

    Hi again darkie. Are my HTMLized tables correct? :D

    Arseus - I'm PMing you.

    Phantom IV - Added a very minor mention in hotspots.

    Thanks guys!
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    Thank you for this guide! I loved to read it and I look forward to another guide! Thank you very much!

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