Pokemon Go IVs: How to identify the strongest Pokemon!

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For long time fans of Pokemon, IVs are a familiar part of maximizing your team’s strength. They represent hidden stats that may make a Pokemon slightly better than its peers. Not too long after the release of Pokemon Go, it was discovered that IVs made their way into Niantic’s hit title, as well.

So how do Pokemon Go IVs work and how can you make the most of them in your team? Keep reading for our full Pokemon Go IV guide!

What are Pokemon Go IVs?

Just like in classic Pokemon titles, each type of Pokemon has base stats. In Pokemon Go, there are only three stats: Attack, Defense, and Stamina. Attack and Defense are obvious, but Stamina comes into play when you leave a Pokemon to defend a gym. The higher the stamina, the longer they can defend before returning.

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While every Squirtle might have the same base stats, their final stats vary. Pokemon Go IVs (or Individual Values) are hidden stats that are randomly generated when a Pokemon is caught or hatched. These values are between 0 and 15, with a separate value for each stat. If you’re lucky, they can increase a Pokemon’s base stats by roughly 10 percent.

Here’s a quick example of Pokemon Go IVs. Squirtle’s base stats vs perfect IV stats:

  • Attack – 94 vs 109
  • Defense – 122 vs 137
  • Stamina – 88 vs 103

These stats are then put together into CP (Combat Points), which is main way a Pokemon’s strength is displayed in Pokemon Go. However, CP also takes Pokemon levels into account, so a 500 CP Squirtle may not have better IVs than a 150 CP Squirtle. The only way to know the true potential of a Pokemon is to check their IVs.

It’s also worth noting that IVs remain the same through evolution, so feel free to evolve that perfect IV Squirtle into a Blastoise.

How to check Pokemon Go IVs

There is one way to check Pokemon Go IVs that’s already built into the game. However, it only provides a rough estimate, and not the full list of stats. We’ll cover more accurate ways too, but if a quick estimate is all you need, here’s how to check IVs in Pokemon Go:

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Pokemon Go IV check menu
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  1. Tap on the Pokemon you want to check.
  2. Expand the menu on the bottom right.
  3. Tap Appraise.
  4. If the Pokemon’s IVs are high, you’ll see one of the following messages:
    • Mystic: Overall, your Pokemon is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon!
    • Valor: Overall, your Pokemon simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything!
    • Instinct: Overall, your Pokemon looks like it can really battle with the best of them!

Only Pokemon with 80-100 percent IVs will return the messages above. If you manage to see it, you’ve got a keeper!

If you want to know exactly what the IVs of your Pokemon are, there are several tools at your disposal. Be careful before you start Googling and installing apps, because some of them are against the Pokemon Go terms of service and will get your account banned. To help, we’ve assembed a list of the best Pokemon Go IV calculators out there.

Read also: 5 best Pokemon Go IV calculators for Android!

For legal options, there are two types. The first is an online calculator, and the second is an app with similar functionality. Essentially, you input your Pokemon’s stats and it figures out the exact values using a mathematical formula. You may need to level up very low level Pokemon a few times to make sure it’s accurate.


That’s all for our guide to Pokemon Go IVs! Have you managed to find any perfect IV Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!

Don’t get super comfy with your neighbor’s Poké Stops and Gyms in Pokémon Go

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If you live in an area where Poké Stops and Gyms are somehow in your neighbors’ yards, we have some bad news. According to Variety, a proposed settlement filed in a California court will do away with them all if it’s approved.

The proposed settlement stems from a lawsuit that New Jersey resident Jeffrey Marder filed in 2016 against Niantic Labs, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo. In the lawsuit, Marder claimed that Pokémon Go’s Poké Stops and wild Pokémon encouraged players to trespass on other people’s properties.

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“During the week of Pokémon Go’s release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand,” reads part of the lawsuit.

“At least five individuals knocked on Plaintiff’s door and asked for access to Plaintiff’s backyard in order to ‘catch’ Pokémon that the game has placed at Plaintiff’s residence.”

If approved, the proposed settlement would apply to those who own or lease property within 100 meters of a Poké Stop or Gym. Here’s what the proposed settlement would require Niantic to do:

  1. Maintain a database of requests from residents whose properties are within 40 meters of a Poké Stop or Gym.
  2. Retain the aforementioned requests for at least a year.
  3. Use “commercially reasonable efforts” to resolve complaints during a three-year period.
  4. Communicate resolutions to complaints within 15 days.
  5. Send a warning message to Pokémon Go Raids that include 10 or more players.
  6. Avoid putting new Poké Stops or Gyms on single-family residential properties.
  7. Receive requests from county or city governments to use their hours of operation for Poké Stops and Gyms located in parks.

Lastly, the proposed settlement would award each plaintiff $1,000 and award attorneys fees and reimbursement for expenses stemming from the case.

It’s unknown if the court will accept the proposed settlement. We’ll update this post if anything changes.

Pokémon Go will soon let you take AR pictures with your Poké pals

Today, Niantic Labs announced a new feature for Pokémon Go that will make augmented reality (AR) and Pokémon fans very happy — Go Snapshot.

Previously, you could only take AR photos of Pokémon that you encounter in the wild with AR+. With Go Snapshot, you can take AR photos of any Pokémon in your storage. When you select a Pokémon, you’ll see a camera icon that takes you to the snapshot tool. From there, just toss a Poké Ball wherever you want to position the Pokémon.


If you’re not a fan of your Pikachu’s initial positioning, you can move them around for the perfect angle. You can also tap or brush a Pokémon to get their attention. Finally, any picture you take with Go Snapshot is automatically saved to your phone’s gallery.

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Talking with The Verge, Niantic game designer Laura Warner said the idea behind Go Snapshot is for players to take more photos and to have an easier time taking those photos. “We just realized we should make it easier for them to take pictures. At any time of day, on any adventure a person is on, they should be able to take a picture with a Pokémon in their inventory.”

Niantic said the Go Snapshot feature will launch “soon” on both iOS and Android.

All you need to know about Pokémon Go’s Trainer Battles coming “later this month”

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After weeks of teasing, Niantic has finally detailed the PvP mode coming to Pokémon Go “later this month.”

Trainer Battles will see players take on other Go players in real-time battles with teams of three Pokémon each, the developer said in a blog post.

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Expanding on the existing Gym battling system, players will have to choose between fast and charged attacks to defeat the opposing monsters.

Unlike in Gyms, however, battles won’t simply be governed by a Pokémon’s power level (CP). Instead, trainers that wish to battle will need to both choose a specific Trainer Battle League category which sets a maximum CP limit for each monster to keep things fair.

There’s also a new mechanic called Protect Shield, which players can use strategically to block damage a limited number of times per battle.

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Players can take on their pals registered as Ultra Friends or Best Friends at any time, but if everyone else will have to be in the same location to initiate a battle.

A new feature is also being added which lets you train with your chosen team’s leader once per day to earn Stardust to level up your Pokémon.

“The Trainer Battles feature infuses the spirit of Pokémon Go with the classic concept of battling Pokémon, creating an exciting competitive angle for Pokémon Go Battles that also feels familiar to Pokémon GO and main series fans alike,” said Matt Slemon, Product Manager for Pokémon Go at Niantic. “The upcoming launch of Trainer Battles marks the very beginning for what we envision for this new dynamic social feature which will grow and evolve over time with new gameplay mechanics.”

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The introduction of Trainer Battles marks the final piece of the Pokémon Go puzzle, with all three pillars of the traditional Pokemon experience — catching, trading, and battling — all now present in the location-based smash hit.

It sounds as though the game’s evolution is far from over, however. In an interview with Eurogamer to mark the arrival of Trainer Battles, Niantic’s Matt Slemon teased the prospect of bringing characters from the games/anime into Go as opponents, as well as further gameplay mechanics such as status effects or even Mega Evolutions.

What do you think of Go’s Trainer Battles? Let us know in the comments.

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