- Gen 9 Pokemon games broke tradition and added new features to reshape the series, including removing tall grass battles and line-of-sight trainer battles.
- Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduced accessibility tools for competitive play, making it easier to build competitive teams with the ability to purchase Bottle Caps and Mints.
- However, one function that is still missing is the ability to lower IVs, which poses a problem for players who want specific builds for their Pokemon in VGC competitions. Gen 10 should address this issue with an item to lower IVs.
Gen 9 Pokemon games were some of the most groundbreaking in the series, going above and beyond what their predecessors did in order to reshape the classic formula of the series, with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet removing tall grass battles and line-of-sight trainer battles, adding a move to revive critters, or making Professors the final bosses. There is more to Gen 9 than just tradition-breaking, though, as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet followed in the footsteps of Gen 8 games when it comes to opening up new accessibility tools to foster competitive play. Modern games have been trying to slowly add new features that make training Pokemon for VGC tournaments a much easier task for all, and while Gen 9 is on the right path, there is something that Gen 10 still desperately needs.
One of the best changes with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is that players can now straight up purchase or even find both Bottle Caps and Mints, making the act of building a competitive team a breeze in comparison to past games. Not only that though, as multiple battle items are no longer gatekept behind endgame activities and The Teal Mask even added an item called Fresh Start Mochi to reset EVs on demand. Still, one function remains unavailable even now, and Gen 10 should do something about it.
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Pokemon Gen 10 Needs an Item to Lower IVs
How IVs Complicate Shiny Hunting and Legendary Pokemon Stats
One of the biggest issues lamented by players who want their Pokemon to be perfect for when they bring them to the field in VGC competitions is that one can virtually change everything about a pocket monster, but their IVs remain untouchable. This can be a problem for various reasons, including shiny hunting Legendary Pokemon and actual competitive battles, where IVs are a big part of why a given Pokemon team works or why it doesn’t.
While Pokemon found in the wild are common and can be bred down with given moves or stat values, possibly even finding new specimens with the IVs one needs, this isn’t applicable to every critter in the series. An example comes from Legendary Pokemon or unique encounters, such as Bloodmoon Ursaluna in The Teal Mask DLC, or static encounters like Cresselia and Shaymin. These Pokemon often have IVs that vary each time they are encountered, and while low ones can be adjusted with Hyper Training, which can be done in Montenevera in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, high IVs cannot be lowered.
Why Pokemon Gen 10 Needs an Item to Lower IVs
This is a problem if players want a specific build on their Pokemon, such as minimum Speed for Trick Room or minimum Attack to reduce damage taken from Foul Play or self-hits while confused. Because not all Pokemon can be rerolled infinitely to get perfect IVs, and because some players rely on older critters from Pokemon Home, it would be amazing to see a feature that allows IVs to be decreased. An option would be to add something akin to a Bronze Bottle Cap, which would be “less valuable” than regular Bottle Caps or Golden Bottle Caps in Pokemon games, and that could be used to reduce a given stat’s IVs to 0.
A similar feature would be an incredible step toward competitive Pokemon accessibility, and one that feels only natural after all the recent changes in Gen 9 and the games before it. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s competitive meta has been reshaped with each new regulation and DLC release, and some critters could benefit from a minimum IVs item. For example, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s Paradox Entei, Raikou, Cobalion, and Terrakion all come with 20 IVs in each stat, and they won’t change at any given time. This means that players can only Hyper Train them, but their IVs will never be 0.
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- November 18, 2022
- E For Everyone Due To Mild Fantasy Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 31½ Hours