A Guide to EV Training with Hordes

Written by Stellar.

Introduction

Hordes are a new type of battle introduced in Pokémon X and Y. These battles force the trainer to confront five wild Pokémon at a time instead of the usual one. Often, horde battles will contain five of the same Pokémon; however, there are certain areas which feature horde battles containing multiple species. While these battles can prove challenging during the main story, they serve as a quick means of EV training Pokémon in the post-game.

Horde Tips

  • Use Sweet Scent or Honey to initiate a horde battle while standing in tall grass.
  • Sweet Scent and Honey will fail if used on a route in which it is raining in Pokémon X and Y. However, both will work during weather in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Use a powerful spread move like Petal Blizzard or Surf to KO all five Pokémon at the same time!
  • You gain EVs and experience for all five horde Pokémon defeated in battle.

EV Training Tips

  • A Pokémon gains EVs when it gains experience.
  • To wipe a Pokémon's EVs, use a Reset Bag from Super Training or a Perilous Soup made from a Kee Berry and Maranga Berry in the Juice Shoppe (XY only).
  • Using a Reset Bag will tell you how many EVs were lost in a stat, allowing you to check if you performed the training correctly. Make sure to save beforehand so you don't lose your work!
  • EV-reducing Berries can be used in a pinch to decrease EVs in a stat by 10. They are the Pomeg, Kelpsy, Qualot, Hondew, Grepa, and Tamato Berries for HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed, respectively.
  • Pokérus doubles the number of EVs your Pokémon gains in battle.
  • Macho Brace doubles the number of EVs your Pokémon gains in battle (stacks with Pokérus).
  • Power Items (Brace, Anklet, etc.) grant an additional 4 EVs in a specific stat per Pokémon defeated.
  • With Exp. Share ON, the entire party gains EVs.

Horde EV Math

You can calculate how many EVs you will gain from a horde battle by using the following formula:

EVs = (Total_Horde_EVs + 20 A)*B*C
  • Total_Horde_EVs = EVs found on the far right of the tables below
  • A = Power Item Stat (Not equipped = 0, Weight = HP, Bracer = Atk, Belt = Def, Lens = SpA, Band = SpD, Anklet = Spe)
  • B = Pokérus (Not infected = 1, Infected = 2)
  • C = Macho Brace (Not equipped = 1, Equipped = 2)

Example: A Pokémon with Pokérus defeats a Gulpin horde while holding a Power Weight.

EVs = (5 HP + 20 HP)*2*1
EVs = (25 HP)*2
EVs = 50 HP

Most-Efficient EV Training Routes

HP
XY Route 5 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
ORAS Rusturf Tunnel 1 HP x5 = 5 HP

Attack
XY Route 19 2 Atk x5 = 10 Atk
ORAS Mt. Pyre - Interior 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Defense
XY Terminus Cave 2 Def x5 = 10 Def
ORAS Route 111 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Special Attack
XY Frost Cavern 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
ORAS Route 119 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Special Defense
XY Reflection Cave 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD
ORAS Route 115 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Speed
XY Route 8 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
ORAS Route 104 - North 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

A Complete List of Horde Battles Per Route

XY


Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Uncommon 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Rare X 1 Spe x4 = 5 Spe
1 Spe x1
Y 1 Spe x4 = 5 Spe
1 Spe x1

Common 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD
Uncommon 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Rare 2 SpA x5 = 10 SpA

Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon X 2 Atk x4 = 9 Atk + 1 SpA
1 Atk + 1 SpA x1
Y 1 Atk + 1 SpA x4 = 6 Atk + 4 SpA
2 Atk x1
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Route 10 - Menhir Trail
Common 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare X 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Y 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Route 11 - Miroire Way
Common X 1 Atk x4 = 4 Atk + 1 HP
1 HP x1
Y 1 HP x4 = 4 HP + 1 Atk
1 Atk x1
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Common 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 1 Def x4 = 5 Def + 1 SpD
1 Def + 1 SpD x1

Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Rare 1 Atk + 1 Spe x4 = 4 Atk + 4 Spe + 2 Def
2 Def x1

Azure Bay
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Rare 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Route 15 - Brun Way
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Rare 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Route 16 - Mélancolie Path
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Rare 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Rare 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Route 18 - Vallée Étroite Way
Common 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Uncommon 2 Def x5 = 10 Def
Rare 2 Def x4 = 8 Def + 2 SpA
2 SpA x1

Common 2 Def x5 = 10 Def
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare X 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Y 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Common 2 Atk x5 = 10 Atk
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 2 Atk x5 = 10 Atk

Route 20 - Winding Woods
Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Uncommon 2 Atk x5 = 10 Atk
Rare 2 Atk x4 = 8 Atk + 2 Def
2 Def x1

The Pokémon Village
Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 2 SpD x5 = 10 SpD

Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD
Rare 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Victory Road - Caves 1 and 4
Common 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Uncommon 2 Spe x5 = 10 Spe
Rare 2 HP x5 = 10 HP

Common 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Uncommon 2 Def x5 = 10 Def
Rare 2 HP x5 = 10 HP

ORAS

Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Route 102
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon AS 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD
OR 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Route 103
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Route 104 - South
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 HP x5 = 5 HP

Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 spe
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Route 116
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP

Granite Cave - 1F
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Def x1 = 1 Def + 4 HP
1 HP x4
Rare 1 HP x5 = 5 HP

Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Granite Cave (B2F)
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare AS 1 Atk + 1 Def x5 = 5 Atk + 5 Def
OR 1 Atk + 1 Def x5 = 5 Atk + 5 Def

Route 110
Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon AS 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
OR 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare AS 1 Spe x4 = 5 Spe
1 Spe x1
OR 1 Spe x4 = 5 Spe
1 Spe x1

Route 118
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Route 117
Common 1 SpA x4 = 4 SpA + 1 Spe
1 Spe x1
Uncommon 2 SpA x5 = 10 SpA
Rare 2 HP x5 = 10 HP

Common 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Route 112
Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon AS 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
OR 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Route 113
Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon 2 Def x5 = 10 Def

Common 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD
Uncommon AS 1 SpD x4 = 5 SpD
1 SpD x1
OR 1 Def x5 = 5 Def

Common 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Meteor Falls - 1F and B1F Room 1
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Meteor Falls - B1F Room 2
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Uncommon 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Route 123
Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Route 120
Common 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Uncommon 2 HP x5 = 10 HP
Rare 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Scorched Slab
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Route 121
Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD

Safari Zone
Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Uncommon 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA
Rare 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk

Mt. Pyre - Exterior and Summit
Common 1 Atk x5 = 5 Atk
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Rare 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Seafloor Cavern
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Cave of Origin
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

New Mauville
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 SpA x5 = 5 SpA

Shoal Cave - High Tide
Common 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Uncommon 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe

Shoal Cave - Low Tide
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 HP x5 = 5 HP

Shoal Cave - Ice Room
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 HP x5 = 5 HP
Rare 1 HP x5 = 5 HP

Victory Road
Common 1 Spe x5 = 5 Spe
Uncommon 1 Def x5 = 5 Def
Rare 2 HP x5 = 10 HP

Sky Pillar
Common 2 Spe x5 = 10 Spe
Uncommon 2 Atk x5 = 10 Atk
Rare 1 SpD x5 = 5 SpD