Pokemon players have used EV (Effort Value) training in many games to enhance their team's overall performance. To help you out, here is what you need to know about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet EVs, such as how to train, check, and reset them.
EVs or Effort Values are stats your Pokémon gain from defeating or catching specific Pokémon. Pokémon can gain 510 EVs total, with a max of 252 per stat; 4 EVs round out to a one-point increase for a specific stat.
You can significantly boost your Pokémon's stats by having it battle-specific Pokémon until its EVs are maxed.
EVs can be trained in two ways—battling and vitamins.
Here's a list of some of the easiest and most reliable Pokémon to battle for each EV, along with their location:
• HP: Paldean Wooper (South Province Area 5)
• Attack: Yungoos (Inlet Grotto)
• Defense: Tarountula (Poco Path)
• Special Attack: Gastly (East Province Area Two, East Province Area Three, South Province Area One, South Province Area Three, West Province Area One)
• Special Defense: Toedscool (Socarrat Trail)
• Speed: Rookidee (East Province Area One, East Province Area Two, East Province Area Three, South Province Area One, South Province Area Three, South Province Area Five)
Each time you defeat one (in a proper battle, not auto-battling), the EV associated with it will increase by one. That means you'll need to defeat 252 of them to increase an EV to its maximum, which can take a long time.
Fortunately, you can make this process much faster by buying the following holdable items from Delibird Presents in Mesagoza, Levincia, or Cascarrafa.
They cost 10,000 apiece and increase the EV associated with them by eight per battle, regardless of which Pokémon you battle. The only downside is they halve your Pokémon's speed while holding them.
• HP: Power Weight
• Attack: Power Bracer
• Defence: Power Belt
• Special Attack: Power Lens
• Special Defence: Power Band
• Speed: Power Anklet
Using this method, you'll only need to defeat around 32 Pokémon to max out the desired EV. Moreover, you can buy multiple gifts for each Pokémon at your party. They'll gain EVs even without participating in the battle.
To make the process even faster, you can purchase one of the following vitamins to increase the desired EV by ten. They cost 10,000 each at Chansey Supply stores in big cities.
You can't use a specific one more than ten times on a Pokémon, but it's still easy to bump an EV up to 100—if you have the money to spare.
• HP: HP Up
• Attack: Protein
• Defence: Iron
• Special Attack: Calcium
• Special Defence: Zinc
• Speed: Carbos
Here's what we do to EV train:
1). Set a powerful Pokémon with either max EVs or stats we don't care about in front of the party.
2). Fill up the rest of the party with Pokémon that all need the same EV.
3). Give each EV training Pokémon their respective stat-boosting item.
4). Eat a sandwich that boosts the encounter rate of the target Pokémon.
5). Exclusively battle the target Pokémon that gives the desired EVs until the EVs are maxed. This takes 28 Pokémon using our provided targets and items.
How to Check EVs in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
You can check your Pokémon's EVs as soon as the beginning of the game. Here's how:
1). Press X
2). Move to a specific Pokémon
3). Press 'Check summary'
4). Press right
5). Move to the 'Moves and Stats' page
6). Press L to switch the stat graph to the EV graph.
The darker yellow shape is your EV distribution. The larger, more faded yellow is your Pokémon's base stats (or the numbers you see on the Moves & Stats tab).
You can reset your Pokemon's EVs by giving them berries that reduce the EVs of that stat by 10 and then retraining your Pokemon. There are 6 different berries for the 6 stats in the game. Thus to reset EVs, you will need the following:
• Pomeg Berry: -10 HP EVs
• Kelpsy Berry: -10 Attack EVs
• Qualot Berry: -10 Defense EVs
• Hondew Berry: -10 Special Attack
• Grepa Berry: -10 Special Defense
• Tamato Berry: -10 Speed
Now the toughest thing is that you will be thinking about where to get these EV-reducing berries, so here are the two ways to get them.
1). Buying from Porto Marinada
The best place to get EV Reducing berries is from Porto Marinada. You can get access to it after you defeat the Water gym leader. The items in the Porto Marinada auction house frequently change, so you must check in daily to find out which item is up for auction. Once you spot a berry you need, please place a bid, and the bidding war will begin. Other NPCs will try to outbid you, so keep outbidding them, and soon you will have the berries you desire. The items sold at the Porto Marinada auction house are generally cheaper than stores, so you don't have to worry about running out of money when placing these bids.
2). From Different regions
There are a ton of places that you can explore while traversing the Paldea region. Always keep an out for shiny things on the ground. One of them might be the berries you need.
That covers this guide on training, checking, and resetting EVs in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Click here for more help with Pokémon Scarlet & Violet guides, like where to buy Shiny Pokemon and how to farm EXP fast.