Pokemon Sun and Moon Base Stats, Battle Stats, Modifications, IVs Tips, EVs Training, Understand Natures and Pokerus

By   /   Nov 19, 2016
Pokemon Sun and Moon Elite 4

To get an idea of how Pokemon Sun and Moon stats work you need to get your head around the fact that every Pokemon’s strengths and weaknesses are determined based on six basic stats. The basic stats are HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.

This is the gist of the matter and you will need to pay attention to these stats in order to get your Pokemon where you want them to. In this guide, you can learn about everything from Pokemon Sun and Moon stats to tips and EV training.

There are two other Pokemon Sun and Moon stats but these are only found in battle, so we are calling them battle stats for ease. The two battle stats are Evasion and Accuracy. These two battle stats are not dependent on the Pokemon’s basic stats but are based on the moves that a Pokemon has.

For more help on Pokemon Sun and Moon, read our Max Affection Guide, Evolution Stones Locations, Island Trials Guide, 100% Zygrade Guide.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Stats

Base Stats

HP is short for health points. These are very important in the game as these indicate how much damage your Pokemon can take in battle. When your Pokemon takes a hit, the HP decrease. When the HP hit 0 your Pokemon will faint and will not longer be able to take part in the battle.

Tank Pokemon have the most health. These Pokemon can take a lot of damage before they faint. The more HP your Pokemon has the more damage it can endure and the longer it can last in battle.

In Pokemon Sun and Moon, the attack of your Pokemon tells you how powerful your Pokemon is and how it will do when attacking another Pokemon. Pokemon with a high attack can deal more damage as compared to Pokemon with lower attack stats.

The defense stat tells you the degree of resistance your Pokemon has to attacks. The higher the defense stat the lesser the damage taken. The same attack will deal more damage to a Pokemon that has a lower defense stat as compared to a Pokemon that has a higher defense stat.

Special Attack
Pokemon have special moves, depending on the Pokemon’s nature. The special attack determines how much damage the special move is going to deal. Pokemon with a higher special attack stat will deal more damage when using the special ability.

Special Defense
This stat tells you how much damaged dealt by a special move the Pokemon can resist. A special move will deal more damage to a Pokemon that has a lower special defense stat.

Pokemon Sun and Moon is a turned based game and this will make you wonder, who gets the first turn. That is based on the speed stat. The Pokemon with the higher speed stat will be the first one to attack. The Pokemon with the lower speed stat will have to wait for it’s turn and hence will attack after the first Pokemon has done so.

Battle Stats

The accuracy stat tells you how often your Pokemon’s attack will be on target. Every attack has an accuracy stat and that defines how often the attack will hit or miss. The accuracy of an attack can range from 100% to 30%. 100% being that the attack will never miss no matter how many times it is used.

The evasion stat of a Pokemon tells you how often the Pokemon can dodge an incoming attack. The higher the evasion stat the fewer the attacks dealt to the Pokemon.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats Modifications

In a battle, every stat except for HP can be modified with an attack. Each stat can be increased six times to reach the max level and can be decreased six times to reach the minimum level. Think of it this way, if a Pokemon’s stat has been increased six times to max it out then one would need to reduce it twelve times to get it to the bare minimum level.

Both base stats and battle stats can be modified but they both work in different ways. Here we are going to talk about both of them so you can understand the difference.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats Modification: Base Stats

With the use of the appropriate move, you can alter stats up to a max of six levels. This means a stat can either increase of decrease a total of six times in battle.

Some moves have double the effect which means that you can only use them three times instead of six but both types of moves will add up to the same level. Here is a table to give you a clear idea of how the stats change on different levels in a battle.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats: Increases 

Stage     Percentage     Multiplier

1st                50%                 1.5x

2nd              100%               2x

3rd               150%               2.5x

4rth             200%              3x

5th               250%              3.5x

6th               300%              4x

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats: Decreases

Stage     Percentage     Multiplier

1st                33.3%                 0.666x

2nd              50%                    0.50x

3rd               60%                   0.4x

4rth             66.6%                 0.333x

5th               71.5%                 0.285x

6th               75%                    0.25x

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats Modification: Battle Stats

The Battle stats are pretty much the same as the base stats but the difference is in the values. The values of increase and decrease for the base and battle stats are different.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats: Accuracy increase/ Evasion decrease

Stage     Percentage     Multiplier

1st                33%                    1.33x

2nd              66%                    1.66x

3rd              100%                   2x

4rth             133%                   2.33x

5th               166%                   2.66x

6th              200%                   3x

Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats: Accuracy decrease/ Evasion increase

Stage     Percentage     Multiplier

1st                25%                    0.75x

2nd              40%                   0.6x

3rd               50%                   0.5x

4rth             57.2%                 0.428x

5th               62.5%                 0.375x

6th              66%                     0.33x

Pokemon Sun And Moon IVs

These are stats that are different for each Pokemon and hence each and every Pokemon in the game is unique. Unfortunately, these are not one of those Pokemon Sun And Moon Stats that you can look up in a menu.

In order to learn more about IVs, you can find different calculators on the internet. In the game, you can talk to different NPCs to learn about IVs as well. But you will find that information from calculators is more useful.  

IVs will tell you how high or low a base stat can be. IVs range from 0-31. 0 is the worst that you can get and 31 is the best possible IV for a stat.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Hidden Powers

Hidden power is a special attack, the type of this attack depends on the Pokemon that is using it as well as the IVs.

Breeding For Better IVs

If you have a Pokemon with a good set of IVs then you can pass a specific stat down to another Pokemon through breeding. All you need to do is give the parent Pokemon the appropriate item and you can pass down a specific stat or numerous random stats.

Here is a list of items you need for passing down different stats in the game:

Item Name          IV Type

Power Weight         HP IVs

Power Bracer           Attack IVs

Power Belt                Defense IVs

Power Lens               Special Attack IVs

Power Band              Special Defense IVs

Power Anklet            Speed IVs

Destiny Knot            5 Random IVs from both parents

An important thing to note is that if you give different power items to both parents then the IVs of the offspring will be selected randomly so be sure to select the same type of items.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Characteristics

Characteristics of the Pokemon found in the summary screen usually depict the best IV stat but this does not tell how much the IV actually is. This means that the attack could be higher than the rest of the stats but it could also be 9, on the scale of 0 to 31.

That is not all that great. Here is a table that will tell you how to decipher the Pokemon characteristics.

If you find one of these characteristics than the highest IV is HP:

  • Loves to eat
  • Takes plenty of siestas
  • Nods off a lot
  • Scatters things often
  • Likes to relax

If you find one of these characteristics than the highest IV is attack:

  • Proud of its power
  • Likes to thrash about
  • A little quick tempered
  • Likes to fight
  • Quick tempered

If you find one of these characteristics than the highest IV is defense:

  • Sturdy body
  • Capable of taking hits
  • Highly persistent
  • Good endurance
  • Good perseverance

Special Attack
If you find one of these characteristics than the highest IV is special attack:

  • Highly curious
  • Mischievous
  • Thoroughly cunning
  • Often lost in thought
  • Very finicky

Special Defense
If you find one of these characteristics than the highest IV is special defense:

  • Strong willed
  • Somewhat vain
  • Strongly defiant
  • Hates to lose
  • Somewhat stubborn

If you find one of these characteristics than the highest IV is speed:

  • Likes to run
  • Alert to sounds
  • Impetuous and silly
  • Somewhat of a clown
  • Quick to flee

Pokemon Sun and Moon IVs

Effort values are used to make Pokemon stronger in a specific stat. These used to be hidden but that has changed as the franchise has evolved. The effort values make Pokemon unique but unlike IVs these have to be earned for each Pokemon by battling. Effort values can also be increased with the help of specific in-game items as well.

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