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Pokemon Go IV vs CP – The differences explained

Published: 19/Aug/2020 3:10

by Paul Cot


Pokemon caught in Pokemon Go have two key metrics: IV and CP. Respectively, they measure a species’ potential and power. Here are explanations for both IV and CP, and more importantly the differences between them.

IV explained

IV stands for individual values, which is something every Pokemon has. They determine your Pokemon’s potential in comparison to others of the same species, indicating how good they can be once fully powered up.


IVs are broken down into three statistics: attack, defense and stamina (HP). Each of these statistics have an IV of 0 to 15. Therefore, perhaps the easiest way to think of these scores is in either terms of a score out of 45, or as a percentage.

IVs are more important in GO Battle Master League than Ultra and Great…

For example, a total IV score of 40 out of 45 (89%) would indicate a strong Pokemon, at least for that species. It is estimated that the chance of getting a perfect IV Pokemon is 1 in 4,096, although the chances of a 100 IV Pokemon varies depending on how you capture them.


Earning Pokemon from hatching eggs, completing field research tasks and winning Raid Battles all drastically increase the chance of a perfect IV species.

The attack, defense and stamina stats do the following:

  • Attack: A factor determining how much damage a Pokemon can cause
  • Defense: A factor determining how much damage a Pokemon can resist
  • Stamina: A factor determining how long a Pokemon can survive

Base stats and IVs

While IVs are important, and play a vital role when trying to find competitive Pokemon, base stats are objectively more important. Each species of Pokemon have different base stats which are made up of the aforementioned attack, defense and stamina.


Every single species of Pokemon have exactly the same base stats. If we take Pikachu for example, it has base of stats of 112 attack, 96 defense and 111 stamina. A perfect IV Pikachu would increase each of these by 15.

So, perfect IVs in comparison to the worst possible increase Pikachu by roughly 15%. IVs become more important when comparing high level Pokemon and those of the same species.

If we take Altered Forme Giratina, one of the strongest ‘mons in all of Pokemon Go, and put it up against, for example, Growlithe, there is only winner. That’s irrespective of typing, too. Essentially Giratina’s base stats are so superior that the IVs each of Pokemon are irrelevant.

CP, shown at the top, can range anywhere from 10 to more than 4,000 in some rare cases…

CP explained

A Pokemon’s combat power (CP) is an aggregated statistic that gives a rough idea as to how powerful they are. It is based on IV scores and that Pokemon’s current level.

Generally, a Pokemon with a higher CP will perform better in battle than a Pokemon with a lower CP. There are other factors such as types, moveset and weather bonuses that alter this paradigm, though. Nonetheless, CP is a good way of determining a Pokemon’s strength at a base level.


This does mean that a Pokemon with a high CP can have terrible IVs and vice-versa. While high CP Pokemon don’t need to be levelled up as much (they are closer to their maximum level) they can still be weak.

Conversely, a Pokemon with a low CP can have perfect IV values. As a result it is important to check a Pokemon’s IV using the new appraisal feature Niantic introduced or with an IV calculator if going into more detail.

IV vs CP

IVs show a Pokemon’s potential within their own species. A perfect IV Pokemon, when fully levelled up, will be as powerful as that particular species can be.

On the other hand, a high CP will show power in terms of an absolute score but might be on the lower end of the potential spectrum.

When battling, high CP Pokemon should be utilized. However, if you’re playing the long game, wanting that perfect Pokemon, and are willing to spend the Stardust to level it up, then IV scores are the key metric.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

Lugia Zapdos Articuno Moltres Pokemon Go
Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.