Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon - Effort Values: Guide

Brush up on the foundations of competitive battling by checking our Effort Values Guide.

Effort Values

*At the moment, the bulk of the information are taken from Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Effort values are points that affect the stats of the Pokémon. These values have a minor effect during Story progression but is relevant when participating in Wi-Fi Rating battles.

Refer to the list below on how to obtain EVs effectively.

The effort value is present for the following stats: HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.

The Effort Value cap for each stat is 252, and the maximum amount of EVs that one Pokémon benefits from is 510.

In training, 4 Effort Value points correspond to 1 increase for that stat. Knowing this, trainers should distribute Effort Values that is divisible by 4.

  • HP
    • {(Effort value / 4 + tribal value × 2 + IV) × level / 100} + 10+ level
  • Other Stats
    • [{(Effort value / 4 + tribal value × 2 + IV) × level / 100} + 5] × personality correction

Although 510 Effort Values are used to increase the stats of the Pokémon, the Pokémon only gains stat increase upon training 508 points. This means that the remaining 2 points do not contribute to the increase in the stat they are distributed on.

Checking the Effort Values

At the moment, you cannot determine the Effort Values gained in-game. However, it can be roughly estimated by using the Hexagon on the Pokémon’s Status Screen by pressing the 3DS’ Y button.

When a Pokémon reaches the EV cap of 252 points, a sparkle will appear on the tip of that stat’s arrow. After getting the total cap of 510, the Hexagon will become cyan. If the Pokémon has not maxed out its EVs yet, it keeps the orange color.

How to get Effort Values

When a Pokémon earns experience, it gains a specific amount of Effort Values which adds to the stats. The amount of Effort Values depends on the species of the Pokémon. Although a higher level Pokémon grants more experience, the Effort Value of the same species is the same.

For example, when your Pokémon defeats a Slowpoke it will gain 1 Effort Value point in HP.

There are some exceptions to the rule, one is that if you defeat Pokémon inside the Battle Tree, your Pokémon will not earn experience nor Effort Values.

Bear in mind that the Key Item Exp. Share allows trainers to distribute not only experience but also Effort Values across the party. For example, defeating another Slowpoke while the Exp. Share is turned “on” means that all the Pokémon in the party will obtain 1 HP Effort Value point each.

Items that increase Effort Values

Item Effort Values
HP Up HP+10
Protein Attack+10
Iron Defense+10
Calcium Sp.Atk+10
Zinc Sp.Def+10
Carbos Speed+10
Health Wing HP+1
Muscle Wing Attack+1
Resist Wing Defense+1
Genius Wing Sp.Atk+1
Clever Wing Sp.Def+1
Swift Wing Speed+1

Protein can be bought from the Pokémon Center shop and it can be used if the Pokémon has at most 99 Effort Values. However after using it, it will only reach a maximum of 100 Effort Values. In contrast, using a Wing such as the Muscle Wing does not have an Effort Value cap. This means that trainers can fine tune their Effort Values without worrying about the 100 cap.

Earning Effort Values through Poke Pelago

If you leave a Pokémon in Isle Evelup, it can earn the specific Effort Value once 30 minutes have passed. Trainers can increase the level of Isle Evelup to raise the amount of Effort Values gained. In other words, trainers can maximize a Pokémon’s Effort Value less time.

Click here to see a detailed guide on Poke Pelago.

Level 1 2 3
Effort Value obtained 1 2 4

How to EV Train Efficiently

Certain items and conditions can influence the amount of Effort Values gained each time a Pokémon defeats another or trains on Isle Evelup. Using this method in conjunction with having the rare Pokerus Virus, and the Exp. Share can enhance the Effort Value gained drastically.

As a matter of fact, the amount of Effort Values obtained can be summarized as:

  • [Effort Value obtained + Power Items Effect (+4)] x Pokerus Effect x SOS Bonus

Pokerus

Pokémon can contract a rare virus called the Pokerus. When affected with this condition, the Pokémon can earn double the amount of Effort Values during battle.

Click here to see a detailed guide on the Pokerus.

Power Items

If a Pokémon holds a Power Item, it can earn a total of 8 Effort Value points apart from the original Effort Value. For example, if it is holding a compatible Power Item while battling a wild Pokémon that gives the same Effort Value, the Power Item will take effect (i.e. defeating a Slowpoke while holding a Power Weight grants 1+4 or 5 Effort Value points.). In essence, items have an effect on the amount of Effort Values.

Power Item EVs earned
Power Weight If a Pokémon defeats a foe that gives HP Effort Value, while holding this Power Item it can earn the default EV + 8.
Power Bracer If a Pokémon defeats a foe that gives Attack Effort Value, while holding this Power Item it can earn the default EV + 8.
Power Band If a Pokémon defeats a foe that gives Defense Effort Value, while holding this Power Item it can earn the default EV + 8.
Power Lens If a Pokémon defeats a foe that gives Special Attack Effort Value, while holding this Power Item it can earn the default EV + 8.
Power Band If a Pokémon defeats a foe that gives Special Defense Effort Value, while holding this Power Item it can earn the default EV + 8.
Power Anklet If a Pokémon defeats a foe that gives Speed Effort Value, while holding this Power Item it can earn the default EV + 8.

EV Training through S.O.S. Call

During a Wild Pokémon battle, there is a chance that the foe will call for an ally. This means that Pokémon can obtain more Effort Values. In order to yield more Effort Values, trainers should aim to infect the desired Pokémon with Pokerus and give it the proper Power Item. With this method, the Pokémon only needs to knock out 7 of the same Pokémon to fully maximize one particular stat.

Click here to see a detailed guide on EV Training through S.O.S. Calls

Reducing Effort Values

Sometimes trainers can mess up the calculation and waste some Effort Values on other stats they deem unnecessary for that specific build. Fortunately trainers can wipe the misplaced Effort Values using a variety of methods.

Specific Methods for Reducing EVs

Trainers can remove Effort Values using certain Berries. These can be grown by leveling up Poke Pelago’s Isle Aplenny.

Below is a summary of the berries that lower EVs and the corresponding stat they reduce.

Click here to see a detailed guide on the Festival Plaza and the Premium Service.

Berry Effort Values Reduced
Pomeg HP(-10)
Kelpsy Attack(-10)
Qualot Defense(-10)
Hondew Sp.Atk(-10)
Grepa Sp.Def(-10)
Tamato Speed(-10)

Festival Plaza Method

Apart from relying on Berries, trainers can visit the Festival Plaza and avail of either the Friendship Parlor or the Friendship Cafe.

If you have access to the Premium Service, you can wipe all of the Pokémon’s Effort Values.

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