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How to catch Pokemon with maximum IVs in Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Mar/2020 14:43

by Paul Cot


Many Pokemon Go trainers are now looking for nothing but species with high individual values – better known as IVs. The chances of finding a 100% IV Pokemon are very slim but there are methods you can use to maximize your chances.

This isn’t just by catching as many Pokemon as possible either. Much like shiny Pokemon, finding the ultra rare perfect IVs has become a challenge in itself in the mobile game.

Different capture methods will provide higher minimum IVs, or an ‘IV floor’ which signifies a minimum IV a Pokemon can have. Naturally the chances of finding those coveted 100% IVs are drastically increased if the IV floor is increased.

NianticLucky Pokemon are the best way to get perfect IVs…

What are IVs?

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. 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. So, very unlikely.

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.

IV floors based on capture method

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: philsmtGraph 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

Purifying Shadow Pokemon also helps your chances. The purification process raises each IV by 2 which means if each value is 13 or more then you’ll get a maxed out IV species.

This means if we take any given Shadow Pokemon then there is a 1 in 125 chance that when purified it will have perfect IVs.

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. Take note, trainers!

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.


Best Pokemon to use in GO Catch Cup 2020

Published: 24/Nov/2020 19:59

by Brent Koepp


To celebrate Pokemon GO’s Battle League season five wrapping up, Niantic has launched the Catch Cup to in addition to November’s Lake Legends event. Here are the best ‘mons to use to beat the special competition.

As we hit the end of November, Pokemon GO is winding down the year with a bang. The popular mobile title announced the epic “Beyond” update in December which brings Seasons and rotating monster spawns to the AR title.

And in the same month, the Lake Legends limited time raid gives players a shot at catching trio Uxie, Mespirit, and Azelf. The event also challenges Trainers with Catch Cup 2020. Here is everything you need to know about completing the contest.

Screenshot of Pokemon GO legendary monster for Lake of Legends event.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The Lake of Legends and Catch Cup event begins in late November.

How to beat Pokemon GO Catch Cup 2020

The final event for Season 5 of the Battle League is the Catch Cup. The special contest officially begins on November 24 and runs until November 30 at 1:00PM PST / 8:00PM GMT.

While it may seem easy on the surface, there are a couple of special restrictions that Niantic has put in place to make it a little trickier. For instance, you can only use Pokemon that you have caught in November (so the beginning of Season 5).

There is also a CP limit of 1,500 and popular legendaries Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Victini are banned from the competition. Below we will list the ‘mons that you can use to complete the event and claim victory.

Eligible Pokemon that are great for your Team

  • Wigglytuff  (Normal/ Fairy) – The Gen VI evolution of Jigglypuff is great choice to cover Normal/Fairy type.
  • Skarmory (Steel / Flying ) – The dual Steel/Flying monster has the powerful Steel Wing and Brave Bird moves which pack a punch.
  • Whiscash (Water / Ground) – Has an advantage of being both Water and Ground. Its Water Gun attack will demolish Fire types.
  • Sirfetch’d (Fighting) – Introduced in Sword & Shield, the Fighting monster has been praised for its Counter ability and Brave Bird moves. It also has a mighty Grass attack with Leaf Blade.
  • Altaria (Dragon / Flying) – The Hoenn fan favorite has a deadly combo with Dragon Breath and Sky Attack. When paired, it’s one of the highest DPS in the game.
  • Scrafty (Dark / Fighting) – The Gen V bipedal lizard gives players great coverage for their Dark needs.
  • Alolan Marowak (Fire / Ghost) – The beloved ‘mon is deadly and has one of the most powerful moves – Shadowball – which is a must against Ghost types. It’s also Fire which makes it a deadly mix.
  • Azumarill (Water / Fairy) – The Water type is versatile as it has one of the best Fairy moves in the game with Play Rough.
  • Sceptile (Grass) – The starter is insanely fast and will give you great Grass coverage. In particular, its speed and Leaf Blade will attack your foes before they know what hit them.
  • Alolan Raichu (Electric / Fairy) – Due to its showing up in a lot of spawns, many Trainers will probably have this form of Raichu in their inventory. Volt Switch and Thunder Punch will destroy Water types and will hit fast.

Of course, there are plenty of other Pokemon for Trainers to choose from. Just remember you have to have caught the ‘mon in November or at the start of League 5 in order for them to be eligible. There is also the pesky 1,500 CP limit that must be considered.

While it’s good to plan out your perfect team in advance before jumping into battle, don’t forget that the event officially ends on November 30 as the competition is only around for a week.