Effort Values (or EVs) make Pokemon stronger in a particular stat.
Unlike Individual Values (which inherently affect a Pokemon’s natural potential), Effort Values are earned through battle and specific items such Vitamins and Wings. EVs will be added to one of a Pokemon’s six base stats to make it much stronger.
Each Pokemon grants an EV point when defeated, usually dependent on what it’s naturally known for. For example, defeating a Diglett will grant one Speed EV point to your Pokemon. Some Pokemon, usually stronger evolutions, will grant 2 or 3 EV points when defeated.
Four EV points equal a stat increase by one.
Pokemon cannot gain unlimited EV points! Only a total of 510 EVs can be earned, and only a max of 252 EVs can be used toward a single stat. Choose wisely because this means you can basically choose two stats to max out, and one to raise slightly.
You can tell if a Pokemon’s EVs are maxed if the stat sparkles on its Summary page.
How to EV Train in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Get Pokemon With Good Stats (Immediately)
To make sure you’re getting the best Pokemon right off the bat make sure to catch ones with glowing auras. They’re guaranteed to have 3 best IVs and may even have an Egg Move, which is a hard-to-get move usually acquired by Breeding! If you want a perfect Pokemon with the best IVs, you’ll want to breed a Pokemon, most likely two Pokemon that had Brilliant Auras. You’ll also want a Pokemon with the right Nature, as this affects the Pokemon’s potential in two different stats. See the Pokemon Breeding Guide for more information, and How to Unlock the IV Checker – Individual Values to learn how to be able to see a Pokemon’s IVs.
For more details on these auras, check out our in-depth look on how these auras affect stats.
Use Berries that remove unwanted EVs
Because you can only have a total of 510 EVs you may want to remove EVs if you
accidentally earned some that don’t matter (Like Special Attack EVs on a Gyrados, which is a physical Attacker). Like in previous Pokemon games, this can be done with certain Berries. Find these berries in the north section of the Wild Area.
|Kelpsy Berry||Lowers Attack|
|Pomeg Berry||Lowers HP|
|Hondew Berry||Lowers Sp. Atk|
|Qualot Berry||Lowers Def.|
|Grepa Berry||Lowers Sp. Def|
|Tamato Berry||Lowers Speed|
There are some items that increase a Pokemon’s EVs just by using it on them, including Vitamins, which grant 10 EVs each, and Wings (AKA feathers) which grant 1 EV each.
Vitamins can be used to max out your EVs and can be purchased at the last city: Wyndon, it’s in the Pokemon Center in the city itself (not the one by the stadium).
Vitamins are quite expensive – See How to Get Money Fast in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Each Vitamin grants 10 EV points.
|HP Up||Increases HP||All Vitamins cost 10,000|
|Calcium||Increases Sp. Atk|
|Zinc||Increases Sp. Def|
Vitamins are expensive so one of the best ways to EV train is to get a lot of money, fast!
Wings Grant 1 EV Each
|Clever Wing||Sp. Defense|
|Genius Wing||Sp. Attack|
There are some EV-Enhancing Items that can be obtained that will make battling for EVs, and sending Pokemon on jobs, much more efficient. These are in the form of held items, which affect EV points earned in battles or on a Poke Job at Hammerlocke University.
When held, a Pokemon will earn an additional eight EV points in that stat for each Pokemon defeated, regardless of the Pokemon, in addition to the EV point that Pokemon grants. Pokemon will also gain eight EV points per hour spent on a Poke Job.
Purchase these items for 10BP each from the BP shop lady inside the Pokemon Center in Hammerlocke. You must have beaten Pokemon Sword and Shield, and earn Battle Points from the Battle Tower or through Ranked Battles online.
Only the Pokemon holding a Power Item will obtain the extra EV points! They will obtain these extra points even if they don’t participate in battle. Even if the lead Pokemon is holding a Power Item, its extra EV points will still not distribute to other Pokemon in the party unless they also hold a Power Item.
|EV-Enhancing Power Items||8 EVs Added To|
|Power Weight||Hit Points (HP)|
|Power Lens||Special Attack|
|Power Band||Special Defense|
The Macho Brace is available to purchase for 10BP as well, and this item doubles the EV points gained while halving the holder’s speed in battle. Because each Pokemon defeated only grants 1 to 2 EV points, the Power items are more efficient, as they add 8 points per action, whether it’s per battle or per hour at a Poke Job.
When a Pokemon has Pokerus, it will earn double the EV points from any method – whether during a battle or Poke Job.
Pokerus is an odd virus you can encounter on wild Pokemon that is extremely rare – rarer than even Shiny Pokemon. The best way to find a Pokemon with Pokerus is by getting it through a trade, since trainers can spread Pokerus to other Pokemon in their party.
You can tell a Pokemon has Pokerus by the purple icon on its summary page that says “Pokerus.” This means the Pokemon is still contagious, and can pass on the helpful virus to other Pokemon in your party. See the Pokerus page for more information.
Hammerlocke University seminars are available via the Poke Job board after you get your 4th Gym Badge. These Seminars are always available and allow you to EV train with ease. Below are the course offerings.
You can send up to 10 Pokemon at a time to each seminar.
|Hammerlocke University||EV Effect|
|HP seminar||Increases HP|
|Attack seminar||Increases Attack|
|Defense seminar||Increases Defense|
|Sp. Atk seminar||Increases Sp. Atk|
|Sp. Def seminar||Increases Sp. Def|
Just like other Poke Jobs you select the amount of time you send them away for. The more time they’re gone, the more their stat will increase.
Pokerus and Power Items also affect the EVs earned doing Hammerlocke University seminars. Here’s how long it will take with each item.
|Sent for||Hours||EVs Earned||w/Power Item||w/ Power Item and Pokerus|
|A little while||1 hour||4||12||24|
|Very short||2 hours||8||24||48|
|Very Long||8 hours||32||96||192|
|Half Day||12 hours||48||144||252|
|Whole Day||24 hours||96||252||252|
EV training through battling
As mentioned previously on this page, each time you defeat or catch a Pokemon, your Pokemon will earn 1 – 3 EV Points in a particular stat.
Exp. Share shares Experience Points across your team as well as Effort Values. You cannot turn off Exp. Share so if you want to EV train a specific Pokemon you’re going to want to keep just the one Pokemon in your party.
Remember if you happen to catch a Pokemon while doing this and have your settings on “Send to Box Automatic” the Pokemon will be automatically added to your party (if these’s space). Just remember to send it to the box in these cases so your new Pokemon doesn’t interfere with your EV training.
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