How to EV train in Pokémon Scarlet
- Understanding EVs: Each Pokémon can acquire up to 252 EVs in a single stat and a total of 510 EVs across all stats. For every four EVs gained in a stat, the Pokémon gets an additional stat point in that area.
- Tracking EVs: To check a Pokémon’s EVs, view its status summary, scroll to the ‘Moves and Stats’ tab, and press L to toggle EV mode. You’ll see a radar graph indicating the Pokémon’s EV distribution. Sparkles by a stat’s name indicate it’s maxed out at 252 EVs, and the graph turns light blue when you hit the 510 EV cap.
- Battling Wild Pokémon: Defeating wild Pokémon is a traditional way to gain EVs. The type of EVs gained depends on the species of the defeated Pokémon. For instance, Makuhita gives +1 HP EV, while Hariyama gives +2 HP EV.
- Using Power Items: These items boost the amount of EVs gained from battles. For example, the Power Bracer gives +8 Attack EVs after a battle.
- Vitamins and Feathers: Vitamins, available at Chansey Supply Shops, can be used to boost a Pokémon’s EVs by 10 in a specific stat. Feathers, which give a smaller boost, can be found throughout the game.
- Effort Ribbon: After maxing out a Pokémon’s EVs (510 EVs total), you can get the Effort Ribbon from a lady with a Luxio in Levincia, which signifies that your Pokémon’s EVs are maxed out.
- EV Training Locations: The game offers various locations for EV training. For instance, Azurill found south of Los Platos gives 1 base HP EV, and Chansey in Area Zero gives 2 base HP EVs. Specific locations for each stat are available in detailed guides.
- Party EV Gains: All Pokémon in your party gain the same EVs as your leader does during battles. Keep this in mind to avoid giving unnecessary EVs to Pokémon.
EV training can be a bit complex, but it significantly impacts your Pokémon’s performance in battles.