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Pokemon Go appraisal meaning – Instinct, Mystic & Valor explained

Published: 21/Mar/2019 11:19 Updated: 21/Mar/2019 12:11

by Paul Cot


The appraisal tool within Pokemon Go is of vital importance. Using it gives an indication as to how strong a particular Pokemon is.

Pokemon Go appraisal explained

These indications, or aptly named appraisals, tell you how strong your Pokemon is and its strongest stat. While these appraisals don’t provide an exact reading, they do tell you the range the Pokemon lies in.

A Pokemon’s stats are broken down into three categories: attack, defense and stamina. Combining these three gives the Pokemon an overall IV, a score between 0 and 45, as each stat can range between 0 and 15.

The meaning of the appraisals differ between each team leader, however. This means there can be different appraisals for the exact same Pokemon when asking two different team leaders.

@PokemonGoAppAppraisals will vary between the Instinct, Mystic and Valor team leader…

Appraisal chart

The meaning of each team leader’s appraisal for each of Instinct, Mystic and Valor are explained below.

IV Range Instinct Mystic Valor
82% to 100% Overall, your Pokemon looks like it can really battle with the best of them! Overall, your Pokemon is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon! Overall, your Pokemon simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything!
67% to 81% Overall, your Pokemon is really strong! Overall, your Pokemon has certainly caught my attention. Overall, your Pokemon is a strong Pokemon. You should be proud!
51% to 66% Overall, your Pokemon is pretty decent. Overall, your Pokemon is above average. Overall, your Pokemon is a decent Pokemon.
0% to 50% Overall, your Pokemon has room for improvement as far as battling goes. Overall, your Pokemon is not likely to make much headway in battle. Overall, your Pokemon may not be great in battle, but I still like it!

This table shows the overall the overall IV of your Pokemon. If your intention is to be competitive then Pokemon in the highest IV range are required.

Highest IV appraisal

Appraisals also tell you the highest base stat of your Pokemon. For example, along with the overall IV range, the number of your highest stat from 0 to 15 will also be indicated.

Highest IV value Instinct Mystic Valor
15 Its stats are the best I’ve ever seen! No doubt about it! Its stats exceed my calculations. It’s incredible! I’m blown away by its stats. WOW!
13 to 14 Its stats are really strong! Impressive. I am certainly impressed by its stats, I must say. It’s got excellent stats! How exciting!
8 to 12 It’s definitely got some good stats. Definitely! Its stats are noticeably trending to the positive. Its stats indicate that in battle, it’ll get the job done.
0 to 7 Its stats are all right, but kinda basic, as far as I can see. Its stats are not out of the norm, in my opinion. Its stats don’t point to greatness in battle.

This Abra has an IV of 82% or greater and at least one stat of 15…

What’s my Pokemon’s exact IV?

The appraisal tool is incredibly useful. However, it only provides a range of IVs and doesn’t give you an accurate reading.

This is intentional on Niantic’s behalf who don’t want to provide the ability to get an exact reading. The reason for this open for debate.

With that said, there are additional apps out there that will calculate your Pokemon’s exact IV. These aren’t endorsed by Niantic and vary between iOS and Android.

Furthermore, it should be noted that these are third party apps which in some cases go against the terms and conditions of Pokemon Go. A screenshot based app, which calculates the IV based on a screenshot rather than the app itself, is probably the safest way to go should you want exact results.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.