EV or better known as Effort Values are experience points that players gain from defeating every Pokémon that they knock out. These are bonuses to the values of a Pokémon’s six major stats (HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed). There are multiple ways to raise the EVs in Pokémon Scarlet And Violet and this guide will cover all the basic pointers on EVs, so read on.
How to Increase EV in Pokémon Scarlet And Violet
The 1st way to increase EV as stated is to defeat every Pokémon that players encounter. Each Pokémon has its own EV value that it can earn from a single battle. Another way to raise the EVs of your Party is through the use of Vitamins and these supplements can be used to boost a Pokémon’s stats in different areas.
Below is a list of Vitamins that can be purchased in certain stores in Pokémon Scarlet And Violet:
HP Up – Boosts HP
Protein – Boosts Attack
Iron – Boosts Defense
Calcium – Boosts Special Attack
Zinc – Boosts Special Defense
Carbos – Boosts Speed
Another way to train the EV fast is by the use of power items. These items can be held by any Pokémon you earn and they increase the amount of EVs they receive after defeating a Pokémon in battle and can be found in stores scattered in Paldea.
Below is a list of Power Items found in Pokémon Scarlet And Violet:
Power Bracer – +8 Attack EVs
Power Belt – +8 Defense EVs
Power Lens – +8 Special Attack EVs
Power Band – +8 Special Defense EVs
Power Anklet – +8 Speed EVs
Power Weight – +8 HP EVs
Macho Brace – Gains double EVs from defeated wild Pokémon
Where To Train EV Fast in Scarlet and Violet
There are areas in the game where players can train and raise EV better and below are the areas and list of Pokémon that can help players prioritize which aspect of their stats they want to raise.
Best Location and Pokémon for HP EV Training
South Province (Area Two) – Skwovet
South Province (Area Five) – Slakoth
South Province (Area Four) – Marill
Best Location and Pokémon for Attack EV Training
South Province (Area Three) – Shinx
South Province (Area Three) – Growlithe
South Province (Area Three) – Yungoos
South Province (Area Three) – Nymble
Best Location and Pokémon for Defense EV Training
South Province (Area One) – Scatterbug
Asado Desert – Hippopotas
East Province (Area 3) – Carkol
Best Location and Pokémon for Special Attack EV Training
South Province (Area Five) – Psyduck
South Province (Area Two) – Mareep
North Province (Area 3) – Sunflora
Best Location and Pokémon for Special Defense EV Training
South Province (Area One) – Hoppip
West Province (Area One) – Swablu
Best Location and Pokémon for Speed EV Training
South Province (Area three) – Rookidee
South of Cabo Poco – Wingull
South of Cabo Poco – Magikarp
South of Cabo Poco – Buizel
South of Cabo Poco – Arrokuda
How to Check EVs in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
You can’t easily check your EVs in this game. If you check the summary of your Pokémon, the Yellow stat chart will offer you the best approximation of your EVs.
Pressing the X button will bring up the menu, where you may then click “Check Summary” after selecting your Pokémon on the left. In this way, you can see a visual representation of your Pokémon’s stats and the extent to which it has been EV trained.
How to Reset EV in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
If players want to reset the effort values of a Pokémon, they can use berries to reduce the EV by 10 points. Below is the list of berries found in the game and what they can do:
Pomeg Berry – Reduces HP
Kelpsy Berry – Reduces Attack
Qualot Berry – Reduces Defense
Hondew Berry – Reduces Special Attack
Grepa Berry – Reduces Special Defense
Tamato Berry – Reduces Speed
Other Pointers about EV in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
EV or Effort Values are hidden stats in preparing a Pokémon in battle. Players can have up to 252 EVs Per Stat. When catching a wild Pokémon, they will start out with no EVs but if players follow the steps above about raising EVs they earn until the limit of 252.
Once a Pokémon earns 252 EVs for a certain stat, one Pokémon can only have a total of 510 EVs spread across all the stats. Balancing the distribution of the stats will be important if they want a perfectly balanced Pokémon. An example is for those who wish to focus on offensive types. They may put a total of 252 EVs on their attack stats while distributing the other 252 EVs to the other areas.
Another tip for increasing stats using EVs is that for every 4 EVs a trainer earns in the game, they gain an additional point in that stat. When a Pokémon reaches level 100, changes in their stats will begin to show. In competitive battles especially online, every point of a stat will be important so proper planning and thinking will be important.