What are the IV floors in Pokemon Go based on all capture methods?

by Paul Cotton


Beyond capturing Pokemon themselves, a lot of Pokemon Go trainers are now exclusively looking for the best IVs - what is the best way to get them, though?

Some of you may answer that question by saying 'it is just luck', but in actual fact you can give yourself much better odds of finding high IVs - and that isn't just by catching as many Pokemon as possible.

Different capture methods will provide higher minimum IVs, or an 'IV floor'. For context, and those who may not be fully familiar with how IVs work, Pokemon's stats are based on three categories - attack, defense and stamina.

Lucky Pokemon are the best way to get perfect IVs...

Each of these are scored out of 15, meaning the IV range for any Pokemon is between 0 and 45 - or more commonly written as between 0/0/0 and 15/15/15.

Each of these numbers on any caught Pokemon is completely random, which means you have as much chance of getting an 11, for example, as you do a 15. When you work out the odds behind this, the complete randomness gives you a 1 in 4,096 chance of finding that perfect IV Pokemon.

However, that is where IV floors come into play. The above example would only apply to wild Pokemon as they don't have an IV floor and can be 0/0/0. 

As per philsmt on Reddit, other methods of capture have a minimum IV that each stat can be, which are as follows:

  • Wild encounter: 0/0/0
  • Weather boosted wild encounter: 4/4/4
  • Egg, raid or quest reward: 10/10/10
  • Lucky Pokemon trade: 12/12/12

There are also IV floors when it comes to trading too:

  • No friendship level: 0/0/0
  • Good friend: 1/1/1
  • Great friend: 2/2/2
  • Ultra friend: 3/3/3
  • Best friend: 5/5/5

Reddit: philsmt
Reddit: philsmt
Graph showing IV floors and odds in Pokemon Go...

As we can see here there is a huge difference in likelihood of finding high IVs depending where you catch the Pokemon. While the IV floor changes are notable, the odds of actually getting a 100% IV Pokemon are exponentially better, as shown below:

  • Wild encounter: 1 in 4,096
  • Weather boosted wild encounter: 1 in 1,331
  • Egg, raid or quest reward: 1 in 216
  • Lucky Pokemon trade: 1 in 64

An example of this mammoth difference in odds is that you are nearly 33 times more likely to get perfect IVs in an egg, raid or quest than a non-weather boosted encounter in the wild.

You can't guarantee yourself a perfect IV and we're sure there are some of you who have yet to get one - all you can do is put the odds in your favor, so get hatching those eggs, winning those raid battles and completing those field research tasks.

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