Pokemon Legends: Arceus – How To Make Your Pokemon Faster And Stronger

POKÉMON Legends: Arceus has completely turned the Pokémon formula on its head, changing how catching, raising, and battling Pokémon works.

It’s been a while since the game released, but some people are still hooked on the late game content.

There are some tough fights in Legends: Arceus.

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There are some tough fights in Legends: Arceus.Credit: The Pokemon Company

One fight towards the end in particular – if you’ve played it, you know it – increases the difficulty, and many people struggle to get over it.

However, there’s a really simple trick that will help you beat this fight and all the others you’ll have to contend with without struggling with levels.

Before we get to that, we need to talk about the core of all Pokémon games, and that’s math.

Buckle up and get ready for a learning adventure.

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What are Pokémon IVs and EVs?

In the mainline Pokémon games, a Pokémon’s power is determined by two secret stats.

The first are the Pokémon’s IVs. These are stats assigned to Pokémon when they are hatched or encountered, and they cannot be changed.

If you’ve ever noticed that some wild Pokemon are stronger than others despite being the same level, this hidden stat is why.

It can range from zero to 31 for any stat, giving a big difference in strength between each mon.

EVs are similar, but they’re more like bonus points that you give Pokemon by choosing who you fight.

Fighting fast Pokémon will give you a small speed boost, sturdy Pokémon will give you a defense boost, and so on.

These expensive vitamins that you can buy will give you extra EVs. This will give you a little boost in stats.

To show you what all this means in nice simple numbers, let’s use an example.

If we take one of the starter Pokémon for Husui, Typhlosion, we can see that it’s a special attacker with powerful attacks like Flamethrower and Shadow Ball.

Imagine our Typhlosion is level 100. It was unfortunately born with zero IVs and we’ve never fought any other super powered Pokemon.

Natures aside – they’re a whole different beast – their total Special Attack value would be 223.

However, if we caught a beefy Cyndaquil with 31 IVs and only fought with it against special attackers, that stat would now be 317.

That’s a 42% increase, meaning each flamethrower you use with your Chad’mon will do 42% more damage than your weak one.

How do IVs and EVs work in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

IVs and EVs were replaced in Legends: Arceus as they rethought the entire combat system.

Don’t worry, the new system is not only much easier to understand, but also much easier to control.

Instead of these secret stats, they have been replaced with effort levels.

Some Pokemon come with a few Effort Levels, but most require you to level them up yourself.

The difference between no effort level and ten effort levels isn’t quite the same in Legends: Arceus as it is in the mainline games.

Again using the example of our level 100 weak and strong neutral Typhlosion, the weak would have 278 Special Attack versus 387 Special Attack.

That’s still a 39% increase in performance just by ramping up their Effort levels.

How do I increase my Pokemon’s effort levels in Legends: Arceus?

Pokémon’s effort levels increase as they gain grit.

There are four types of grit: grit dust, grit gravel, grit pebbles, and grit rocks.

You’ll need a lot of these to superpower your Pokemon.

They use dust from effort levels zero through three, gravel from four through six, pebbles from seven through nine, and rock to reach level ten

These can be given to you in exchange for completing requests, can be found in rocks in the overworld, and you can trade ten smaller grit varieties for one larger one with the nice muscular lady who trains you.

However, the easiest way to get Grit is to release Pokémon back into the wild from your pastures.

Every time a Pokemon goes, they reward you with a small amount of grit for your mercy, and the stronger the Pokemon, the bigger the grit.

A level 1-19 Pokemon will give you Grit Dust, level 20-49 will give you Gravel, level 50+ Pokemon will give you a Pebble, and releasing an Alpha will reward you with a Rock.

Pump these bad guys into your main team and you’ll see how challenging battles suddenly become a breeze.

Even easier, if you use the X button, you can release Pokemon en masse and reward you with large amounts of Grit in a matter of seconds.

So if you’re having trouble taking down Cythnia’s evil great-great-grandfather, try this simple trick.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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