Pokemon games may look simplistic and childish, but they’ve always had a reputation for being quite complex underneath the surface. And the latest entry in the series, Pokemon Sun and Moon, is no exception.
Just like every Pokemon game before it, Sun and Moon contains the often unknown statistic called Individual Values or IVs for short.
Don’t know what IVs are? Well they’re basically the numbers that allow variation across Pokemon of the same species. Because of IVs, two Pokemon of the same kind and same level may have very different stats.
The IV of a Pokemon affects their HP, Speed, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, and Special Defense.
The caveat is that every title in the series has hidden the IV values of your Pokemon. The closest thing players have in determining IVs is through the use of the stats judge.
The stats judge is a special NPC that will vaguely allude to the IVs of your Pokemon’s different stats. Every game since the third generation has had this, and Sun and Moon is no different.
Pokemon Sun and Moon IV Checker
One major difference with the stat judge in Pokemon Sun and Moon is that it’s not actually an NPC. Instead it is a feature within the game’s PC that players need to unlock.
To unlock this feature, players will first need to have finished the main story. This is because players will need access to the Battle Tree which is only available post-game.
Once you have the Battle Tree unlocked, you need to have hatched 20 Pokemon eggs. And once you’ve done that, you need simply to speak to the Ace Trainer hanging out at the Battle Tree. Doing so will unlock this feature for your PC.
Your PC will now have a new option called “Judge” and you can use it on any of your Pokemon. Doing so will show a stat screen similar to this one:
In true tradition, instead of any actual numbers for the IV, Game Freak instead provides some vague statements for each stat. But worry not, as Serebii has already translated these phrases to their corresponding range of values. They are as follows:
- Best: 31
- Fantastic: 30
- Very Good: 26 – 29
- Pretty Good: 16 – 25
- Decent: 1 – 15
- No Good: 0
In addition to that, the Judge will provide a “summary” comment on your Pokemon’s overall IV (seen in the black section in the screen shot above) and just like before, each statement represents a certain range of IV totals.
- Outstanding Potential: 151 – 186
- Relatively Superior Potential: 121 – 150
- Above-Average Potential: 91 – 120
- Decent Potential: 0 – 90
So with both these sets of information (and some math) it’s possible to get a good approximation on the different IV values your Pokemon has.