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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet training guide: EV training locations and more

The ultimate training guide for your Pokémon

The Pokémon games always had the EV training system in them. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is no expectation of that either. EV or Effort Value was a hidden stat in the older games, but the Nintendo Pokémon team has made it much easier to find in the game. Through EV you will gain stats for your Pokémon. Gaining 4 EVs will result in increasing in one-point increase for a specific stat. So it is not hard to see how EV training will make your Pokémon stronger. There are different power items that boost EVs gained by battles. Specific battles will increase a specific EVs of a Pokémon. In this article, we will provide you with a detailed guide on how to train your Pokémon effectively.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Preparation for EV training

Before we start to fight and gain EV, there is a bit of preparation we need to do to maximize your EV gains. First, you will need a max EV Pokémon at the front of your party. He will be the main Pokémon who is going to do all the fights. This front Pokémon will be fighting but the EV gain on him doesn’t matter. We will be farming EVs for the rest of the party using him.

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Then, pick out those Pokémon you want to train EVs for. It is better to focus on one stat at a time, for example, if you want to increase your Attack, choose all the Pokémon you want to increase your Attack and put them in the party.

Use the power items to boost EV gains. Power items can be purchased from the delibird shop. You can check out our full guide for power items in our Power Item Guide. Also, make sure to eat the corresponding sandwich that increases the EV gain for the stat. With that, you are ready to train.

EV Training Locations and Pokémon

Different locations are better for the different stat. And the same can be said for battling different Pokémon. Here is a neat list detailing which Pokémon you need to battle and where to gain the maximum EVs for your Pokémon.

EVLocationPokémon to Battle
AttackSouth Province (Area Three)Yungoos
HPSouth Province (Area One)Paldean Wooper
DefenseSouth Province (Area One)Tarountula
SpeedSouth Province (Area One)Rookidee
Special AttackSouth Province (Area One)Psyduck
Special DefenseSouth Province (Area Three)Spoink

Set up your party and go to the location according to the stat you want to increase. Then fight the Pokémon listed in the table to increase EVs for your whole party. But make sure you are not auto-battling. Auto battle does not give any EV in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Alternate ways to increase EVs

There are items that can be used to increase EVs. But they are either not efficient or financially viable to do over just battling to gain EV. Nevertheless, they are an alternate way to increase some EVs if you find them over your adventure. These items are Vitamins and feathers. Both of them can be used to increase the EVs of a pokemon.

1. Vitamins

Each vitamin will give your Pokémon a 10 EV increase. There is a different vitamin for different stat. So you can choose which EV you want to increase and use the corresponding vitamin. But the downside of this is, vitamins are expensive. Each one costs 10,000 coins at Chansey Supply. So they are not a viable way to increase the EV. However, if you find them on the ground or as a reward from Tera Raid, you should use them to make your Pokémon stronger.

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2. Feathers

Like vitamins, feathers are another item that is used to increase EV. You can find feathers as sparkling items in the Casseroya Lake area. However, they are not an efficient way to increase EVs. Each feather only increases 1 EV. And there are different types of feathers for different stat. Compared to other ways of increasing EV, this is just too slow of a method. But you can always use a feather if you find one while exploring or from Tera Raid.

Have you done EV training in Pokémon before? Did this guide help you to bring out the full potential of your pokemon? Let us know in the comment below!

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