In Pokémon Go, beyond your Pokémon’s CP (Combat Power), all your caught partners have semi-hidden base stats called individual values, or IVs.
IVs determine how strong a Pokémon can potentially get. For example, a perfect IV Chansey will have a higher CP and Stamina at its maxed out level, as opposed to a Chansey with only so-so IVs. There are just three stats to worry about: Attack, Defense, and Stamina, each of which maxes out at 15. Unfortunately the game doesn’t tell you directly what base stats each Pokémon has, but there are ways around that.
Our Pokémon Go guide will help you figure out IVs so you can maximize the strength of your beloved Pokémon (and perhaps not waste candy evolving a suboptimal critter).
How do you check Pokémon IVs?
Within Pokémon Go, you can check IVs by opening the menu on a Pokémon’s screen and clicking Appraise. Your chosen team leader will show you how your Pokémon’s stats fare.
A 100% IV would mean that Attack, Defense and Stamina are all at 15. Everything below that works out to being a percentage of the maximum possible stat of 45. For example: A Gengar with 10 Attack, 10 Defense and 12 Stamina would have an IV of 71%. In other words, 71% of 45.
The team leader will tell you how your Pokémon ranks using stars and a pretty easy to understand graphic using bars. If your Pokémon has three stars and a red stamp, it means that it has 100% perfect IVs. If it has three star with an orange stamp, it has around 80-99% perfect IVs. Two stars means 66-80% IVs and one star means 50-65% IVs.
Each tick of the stat bar is five stat points, so you can eyeball it out and see how good your Pokémon’s individual values are.
How can I get more exact numbers?
Checking IVs in-game only gives a vague idea of where your Pokémon lands, but by using external apps and websites, you can get a pretty specific range.
The Silph Road has an IV checker that asks you to input your trainer level and the visible stats of the Pokémon. After that, they’ll let you know how strong your buddy is.
To check IVs on the go, you can use PokeGenie, an app for iOS and Android. The iOS version requires you just to take a screenshot of your Pokémon and upload it. The Android version will let you check IVs from within the app with the tap of a button.
Poke Genie works great, but there are times when there can be multiple combinations of IVs, requiring you to have your leader appraise your Pokémon and inputting what the leader says to get a more accurate reading.
Of course, this only matters so much. If your goal is to simply catch ‘em all and treasure all of your precious new friends in Pokémon Go, the IVs don’t need to be perfect. But if you’re a player who likes to try to solo or duo high-tier raids, then every stat point counts. It’s always wise to check those IVs before you make a big candy investment or transfer your precious ‘mons to candy.