How to check IVs in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

When two Infernapes duke it out at level 50, the one with better IVs will win.

Individual Values (IVs) are hidden numbers that determine why certain Pokémon have higher/lower stats than another of the same species even if they’re at the same level. Every Pokémon can get an IV of one to 31 for every stat. They’re basically a Pokémon’s genes, and can’t be changed.

IVs normally don’t matter if you’re playing the game casually, but they are very advantageous in the Battle Tower post-Hall of Fame and downright essential for competitive battling. Here’s how to check IVs in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

1. Look at the Pokémon’s characteristic

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A Pokémon’s characteristic is the second to the last descriptive line on the second tab of their profile. It’s capable of taking hits and It’s alert to sounds are some examples. It’s an indicator of which stat contains your Pokémons highest IV (even it’s something as terrible as a single-digit number). It’s the only way to gauge what IVs it might have early in the game.

Below is a table of possible IVs for each characteristic’s best stat.

HPAtkDefSp AtkSp DefSpdPossible IVs
Loves to eatProud of its powerSturdy bodyHighly curiousStrong willedLikes to run0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
Likes to relaxQuick temperedGood perseveranceVery finickySomewhat stubbornQuick to flee4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
Often dozes offLikes to thrash aboutCapable of taking hitsMischievousSomewhat vainAlert to sounds1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
Often scatters thingsA little quick temperedHighly persistentThoroughly cunningStrongly defiantImpetuous and silly2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27
Scatters things oftenLikes to fightGood enduranceOften lost in thoughtHates to loseSomewhat of a clown3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28

2. Use the Judge function

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If you have defeated Cynthia, then you’re finally eligible to use the Judge function. Go to the Battle Tower and speak with the scientist on the rightmost side to receive it.

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With the Judge Function, you can select a Pokémon from your Box, press the + button twice, and see each stats’ potential.

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Every Pokémon’s stat can have the following IVs based on their potential:

  • No Good (0)
  • Decent (1-15)
  • Pretty Good (16-25)
  • Very Good (26-29)
  • Fantastic (30)
  • Best (31)

3. Use a Pokémon IV Calculator

If you want to take the extra step and get the actual IV of each Pokémon’s stat, you can use this IV calculator. Simply input your Pokémon’s nature (which can be found on the same tab as characteristic), current level, their stats at said level, potential, and other values. The closer they are to level 100, the more accurate the calculator will be.

4. Watch out for Trainer pop ups during random encounters

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When you’re looking for Pokémon in the wild, there’s a small chance that Dawn or Lucas will get a close-up headshot before the Pokémon appears on the screen. This is an indicator that the wild Pokémon has at least two stats with perfect 31 IVs. It’s worth capturing them just for that.

For more help with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, we at Pro Game Guides have you covered.

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