Raising Pokemon may seem like an easy task, and it may be to some Trainers, but those who are just getting started may need a few tips. There are some very simple steps for beginners, intermediate players, and advanced Trainers.
Catch the Right Pokemon
The first thing you should note is the type of the Pokemon you catch. To make things go smoothly, try to vary the type of your party. If all six Pokemon share the same type, or even if a majority of Pokemon share a similar type, a single tough Trainer can wipe them all out with ease. Some advanced Trainers might choose an entire team of one type just to make things more challenging. Beginner Trainers should avoid this!
Intermediate players should note two very important things with each Pokemon they catch: ability and nature. These stats can help make the game easier when facing challenging opponents and Pokemon at higher levels. A huge majority of Pokemon can have one of two abilities that will randomly be assigned the moment they are encountered. Some are better than others when building a team or move set. Natures will increase one stat by 10% while decreasing another by the same amount. Some Pokemon specialize in Attack, some Defense, or one of the other stats. Use natures to boost the right stat for the right Pokemon.
Don’t worry, you can catch as many Pokemon as you like. Once you reach the six Pokemon limit in your party, the others will be transferred to the Pokemon Storage System. You can access this system using the PC in any Pokemon Center.
Check the Stats and Plan
When choosing the right move sets for a Pokemon, always check the Stats of the Pokemon first. You don’t want to give a Pokemon special attacks if its special attack stat is horrible and its attack stat is through the roof. It’s a simple tip for those new to the world of Pokemon. If both attack and special attack stats are bad, but their defenses are great, use more defensive moves that may cause status conditions or slowly sap the health of an opponent.
If you want to get into more advanced areas of stats, check out the Individual Values and Effort Values sections of this guide.
Battle, Battle, Battle
The obvious choice to raising Pokemon is to battle other Pokemon. Battling Pokemon will earn the Pokemon experience points (EXP), which allows the Pokemon to increase in levels. If the Pokemon is too weak to fight any other Pokemon around, you can either use the EXP. Share key item or send it out at the start of the battle and switch to another Pokemon before using a move. Both ways will earn the Pokemon EXP without it having to battle.
Facing Trainers is usually the best way to earn EXP. Facing wild Pokemon will net you EXP, but usually not as much as trained Pokemon. Another option is to trade Pokemon with other Trainers. Traded Pokemon will always grow faster than Pokemon you catch in your game. The EXP boost is a bit of a double-edged sword, however. If your Pokemon grows too quickly, you may not earn the badges needed to keep the Pokemon from disobeying you. The Pokemon will start using other Attacks in battle, or it may go to sleep instead of fighting!
Pokemon Centers and Poke Marts
If your Pokemon gets injured you can take it to a Pokemon Center. The nurse at the Pokemon Center will completely heal your team’s HP, PP, and Status Conditions for free! Use the PC at the Pokemon Center to switch up your team.
Poke Marts are merchants found within Pokemon Centers. They sell various items specifically for Pokemon. It’s best to pick up healing items for and after Pokemon battles to make things easier. The more badges you earn, the more items they will have in stock. Stat-enhancing items can also be found at certain shopping centers in game to buff up your team, though these items are incredibly expensive.
Many Pokemon evolve into stronger forms. Evolution is always a great choice in the long run, but it’s not always best to do immediately. Most Pokemon learn their moves quicker if they don’t evolve. Some Pokemon stop learn moves all together once they evolve! Then there are some Pokemon that learn certain moves only after evolving.
Evolution can be a tricky choice to make, but it is always the right choice to make when facing tougher challenges. Make sure you fully check out a Pokemon’s stats and moves before evolving. It may learn a new ability or take on a new type.
To stop a Pokemon from evolving, simply press the B button during the evolution scene. The Pokemon should immediately stop evolving, but it will try to evolve again at the next level. Alternatively, you can allow a Pokemon to hold an Everstone to prevent it from ever evolving until you remove the item and level it up again.
Remember, not all Pokemon evolve from leveling up. Some Pokemon need to use certain items, level up at a certain time of the day, level up in a certain area, get traded to a friend, or hold an item and get traded to a friend before it can evolve. Some Pokemon even having branching evolutions like Slowpoke. Slowpoke can either evolve into Slowbro or Slowking, but not both.