EV Training has been a part of the Pokemon franchise for as long you can remember. Training the EVs of a Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl basically means boosting their stats even further than the normal values. In this guide, we will provide you with a detailed look at how EVs work in Pokemon BDSP, how to train the EV stat of your Pokemon and the best EV training locations in Pokemon BDSP.
Pokemon BDSP EV Training
EV also known as Effort Values can be used to boost your Pokemon’s level in Pokemon BDSP. Normally when you level up a Pokemon, one of six main stats will rank up, making your Pokemon stronger.
EV is a hidden stat each Pokemon can level up. The details of how they work are as follows:
- Each Pokemon can have a total of 510 total EV points
- Gaining 4 EV points for a stat increases that particular stat value by 1
- EVs can be used to go beyond the maximum limit of a stat
- Players can prioritize which EV stat they want to increase for a Pokemon
- EV points can be increased or decreased by using items like berries and candies
- You can boost a certain stat up to 252 EV’s or 63 additional levels
How to Check Your Current EVs
You cannot see the exact number of Effort Values your Pokemon has gathered but there is a way to get a rough estimate of EVs. To check it out, you need to do the following steps:
- Go to the Pokemon Menu by Pressing X on the controller.
- Choose the desired Pokemon
- Check its Summary Page & navigate to the Hexagon tab.
- Now press X again to see a yellow graph that indicates how many EVs are being accumulated by which main stat.
This is how you can keep track of your EV training gains in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Methods of EV Training
There are a few different ways of doing EV Training in Pokemon BDSP and we will be looking into each method. You can use Vitamins and Held Items to train your Pokemon or do it the old-fashioned way; through Battles!
To double your EV growth rate, use your Pokemon with Pokerus and further pass it to a total of 5 members from your team.
To acquire a Pokemon with Pokerus, you must head over to the Pokerus Trading board and acquire it via online trading.
Go to Sinnoh and purchase Vitamins at different shops to feed your Pokemon. Each vitamin will boost EV for a certain main skill by 10 points. Here are all the vitamins and the skills they boost:
- HP Up: Increases HP EV gain by 10
- Protein: Increases Attack EV gain by 10
- Iron: Increases Defense EV gain by 10
- Calcium: Increases Special Attack EV gain by 10
- Zinc: Increases Special Defense EV gain by 10
- Carbos: Increases Speed EV gain by 10
Previously in other Pokemon games, you could only use the first 100 Ev’s, whereas now that limitation has been removed, and now you can use Vitamins up to the maximum value.
Using Held Items
You can also buy Held items to do EV training in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Different held items will provide different EV boosts whenever you defeat a Pokemon.
Here is a list of all the held EV items and the stat they boost:
- Power Weight: Gain +8 HP EVs
- Power Bracer: Gain +8 Attack EVs
- Power Belt: Gain +8 Defense EVs
- Power Lens: Gain +8 Special Attack EVs
- Power Band: Gain +8 Special Defense EVs
- Power Anklet: Gain +8 Speed EVs
- Macho Brace: Gain Double EVs
You can buy all the above-mentioned items from Battle Park except for Macho Brace. The price for each item is 16 BP.
To get Macho Brace, make your way to Pastoria City. Here, enter the house that is to the north of Poke Mart. Make sure that you have all three forms of Burmy before you enter the house.
Now, show all three forms of Burmy to the Bug Catcher that you will find inside this house. You can now add the Macho Brace item to your inventory as well.
Train through Battles
If EV training through items is not your thing then you can simply rely on Pokemon Battles to level up your Pokemon.
Each Pokemon you defeat will drop 0-3 EV points of random stats but some Pokemon drop 2 EV points for specific stats as well. So, if you want to level up a certain stat, you need to go after the Pokemon that offers said stat as its EV Drop.
Pokemon BDSP EV Training Spots
We will be providing a table that lists all the Pokemon EV training locations in the game and also tells you which Pokemon drops EV points for which stat so, grinding for your specific needs becomes much easier for you.
Defeating these particular Pokemon in these spots will grant you their respective EV points. If you are aiming to quickly train the EV for a Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, this method is going to be the fastest.
|Attack||Route 209 & 212||Bibarel|
|Attack||Route 201 & 212||Kricketune|
|Defense||Iron Island, Mt. Coronet||Graveler|
|Special Attack||Northern Route 212||Roselia|
|Special Attack||Sendoff Spring (post-game)||Golduck|
|Special Defense||Valor Lakefront||Girafarig|
|Special Defense||Route 223||Tentacruel|
How to Reset EV Points
You can only gather a maximum of 510 EV points for each Pokemon, you might want to make changes to how you’ve assigned these points later on, and luckily, the game allows you to do so by eating berries.
Different berries reset different stats for your Pokemon. Whenever your Pokemon consumes a berry in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, it will lower 10 EV points from the respective stat.
Here is a list of all the berries and the stat they reset:
- Pomeg Berry: Decreases HP EVs by 10
- Keplsy Berry: Decreases Attack EVs by 10
- Qualot Berry: Decreases Defense EVs by 10
- Hondew Berry: Decreases Special Attack EVs by 10
- Grepa Berry: Decreases Special Defense EVs by 10
- Tamato Berry: Decreases Speed EVs by 10
Speed EV Training Tips, How to EV Train Faster in Pokemon BDSP
If you want to EV train your Pokemon as quickly as possible in Pokemon BDSP, follow the EV training tips and tricks we’ve listed below:
EV Train Several Pokemon At Once
Every Pokemon in your team that gains EXP also gains EVs. This means that you can EV train 6 Pokemon at the same time. So when you’re out there farming EVs, make sure to bring all the Pokemon you want to EV train to maximize efficiency.
Use Power Items to Quickly Farm EV
Power Items will give your Pokemon EV in a specific stat no matter what kind of opponent they’re fighting.
This means that you can easily farm EV quickly using Power Items. To do so, equip the Power Item on the Pokemon that you want to EV Train and put them in your party.
For the lead Pokemon of your party, choose the strongest Pokemon that you have. Now, find an opponent that your lead Pokemon can take down in one or two hits and keep farming that opponent until you reach your EV goal.
Use Vitamins to Max out EV Stats
If you want to EV train your Pokemon in the easiest way possible, then Vitamins are the way to go. Since there is no limit to how many Vitamins you can give to a Pokemon, you can max out a Pokemon’s EV by just feeding them Vitamins.
To max out an EV stat, it’ll take 26 Vitamins. This will be a bit costly, but it’s the fastest and easiest way of max out your Pokemon’s EV.